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2016 Professionals Forum and Awards Luncheon


2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Sheryl Barlage, RESOLVE CAMPAIGN

2016 Outstanding New Fundraising Professional - Jessica Bergen - Haskayne School of Business 

2016 Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Award - Lorna Carlson - Imperial 

20/20 Vision Professionals Forum & Awards Luncheon

As part of Philanthropy Awareness Week, this year's Professional Forum is themed 20/20 Vision - what the next 20 years of the fundraising and community investment profession will look like. This will be an exciting day of networking and educational opportunities for fund development and community investment professionals, as well as community members. AFP Calgary & Area Chapter professional awards will also be presented to recipients at the Professionals Forum Luncheon including the Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award, Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award, and the Outstanding New Fundraising Professional Award.

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration opens, networking and continental breakfast begins
9:00 am - 9:45 am Breakfast keynote (45 mins)
9:50 am - 10:45 am Fireside Chat (50 minutes) 
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break (20 mins)
11:00 am - 11:55 am Concurrent Sessions (55 minutes)
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Luncheon (30 mins)
12:30 pm - 12:40 pm Professional Awards Ceremony Introduction (Lunch Continues)
12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Professional Awards Ceremony
1:20 pm Event Concludes


Keynote Speaker: Marnie Spears, CEO, KCI Ketchum Canada Inc.
Marnie A. Spears, President and CEO of KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has played and integral role in developing the firm into Canada's largest and most successful fundraising consultancy. 
Her insightful relationship management, organizational health, and campaign strategies have helped pave the road to success for non-profits of all sizes. Under her guidance, KCI's focus on coaching, mentoring and skills development continues to allow for the transfer of knowledge and expertise to clients in all areas of advancement, helping to build a stronger, more viable philanthropic landscape. 
As Chair of KCI's Philanthropic Trends


Advisory Board, she is an internationall recognized expert on fundraising and philanthropy and is a sought-after speaker and advisor to institutional leaders and senior professionals across the country.  

Today's Philanthropic Landscape:

We are going through complicated economic and political times, and hearing contradictory assessments from "experts" daily as to the road ahead. This disruptive environment has a real time effect on the philanthropic sector, and fundraising professionals and their Boards in particular, as donors waver between doubt and optimism. Professionals and volunteer leaders must navigate the broad range of reactions by assessing their programs, their case, their relationships, and their efficacy. Challenging times present an opportunity to assess risk, grow resiliency and adaptability, and plant the seeds for innovation as a key organizational value. Against this backdrop, Marnie will explore the current philanthropic landscape and challenge you as leaders to think collaboratively about the way forward. 


Fireside Chat: Jason Lee, Interim President & CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals 

Jason Lee is interim president and chief executive officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $100 billion in charitable contributions every year around the world for countless causes.  In his role, Jason leads the association’s professional staff based in three offices (Arlington, Va.; Toronto, Ontario and Mexico City, D.F.) and serves on the board of directors for AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Jason holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from The University of Texas at Austin; a Masters of Arts degree from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York; and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the States of Maryland and Virginia.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Chantilly, Virginia.


Breakout Session 1: Leading Practices of Successful Partnerships

The words partnership and collaboration are often used when describing community engagment activites. 

This session is designed to take a closer look at two community programs that demonstrate successful partnerships and collaboration between fund development and community investment professionals. What are some of the leading practices and how have they impacted the success of the program? Two case studies will be presented. 


Breakout Session 2: Demographics and Giving Strategies

What does the future of philanthropy look like? Find out at the Demographics and Giving Strategies panel, moderated by Siobhan Doherty of the University of Calgary. The panel features , Donna Vecino of the Mustard Seed discussing millennial giving, and Jennifer McLean of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation discussing youth philanthropy, and Zai Mamdani discussing family giving. Each panel member offers a unique perspective on the different demographics involved in philanthropy, their expectations of their charity of choice and how to engage them in your mission. Panelists will share their experiences, strategies and programs and will conclude with a discussion period in which we encourage all attendees to ask questions. Join us for this engaging and enlightening discussion as we look to the future of philanthropy.