The Leadership Exchange 2020


AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter in partnership with CAGP Niagara Chapter are

excited to join together to bring you

The Leadership Exchange 2020

This joint one-day conference is an opportunity to create leadership synergies between members of our region's two leading fundraising associations. The conference will feature keynote presentations by four of Canada's most sought after non-profit speakers (and local talent):

Lorna Somers /  Paul Nazareth / Bruce MacDonald / Dan Patterson

Focusing on emerging trends in fundraising leadership and philanthropic giving, sessions will address the challenges organizations face in creating a

"Climate for Innovation".


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Mark your calendars for:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

9 am - 3 pm

Brock University



BONUS:  AFP GH, supported by AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, are offering 6 bursaries @ $100 each to attend the conference.


REGISTRATION for the conference and APPLICATIONS for the Bursaries will open soon!




About our speakers:


Lorna Somers

Assistant Vice-President, Development, McMaster University




Lorna Somers is recognized internationally as a teacher/facilitator in the fields of Philanthropy, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement speaking at educational, charitable and arts organizations throughout the world. As an accomplished practitioner, she is in her 32nd year at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. From the introduction of foundational programs like Annual and Planned Giving, and the establishment of Major and Principal Giving and Recognition and Stewardship, Somers also leads strategic planning, case and vision development. Campaign Director for two university-wide comprehensive campaigns, she has also led  targeted campaigns for the Museum of Art, Health Sciences, Endowment, Chairs and Scholarships and University Centre. Somers works closely with academic leadership and is leading McMaster’s new Brighter World Research Initiative. Somers and Dr. Frank Minton have written the definitive Canadian fundraising text, Planned Giving for Canadians.  She is the recipient of numerous international awards for excellence in teaching and leadership including the Friend of CAGP and CASE’s Frank Ashmore Award for leadership and teaching and the John Lippincott Award for International Leadership.


Paul Nazareth

Vice President, Education & Development, CAGP




Paul Nazareth is Vice President, Education & Development at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and has 20 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector. Most recently VP at the charity CanadaHelps, Paul has been a philanthropic advisor in a national Wealth Management firm working with Donor Advised Funds and Foundations. He has worked with charities like the University of Toronto and the Catholic Archdiocese of Greater Toronto. Paul is on the board of several charities, is Chair of the Advisory Board at the Humber College postgraduate fundraising program, on the Advisory Council of the Carleton Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program, faculty for Advisor Education with Knowledge Bureau and has spoken with AFP Chapters in every Province. Paul writes on philanthropy for a variety of publications as well as appearing on national radio and television to speak about creating a personal legacy through charity.


Bruce MacDonald

President & Chief Executive Officer, Imagine Canada



When carnivals and social good combined, it pointed to a path and for 30 years Bruce has been walking that route. From working for organizations that provide services to young people, older adults, persons with disabilities, community service clubs and sports and recreation groups, Bruce's experiences have led him to Imagine Canada, where he is the President & Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada where he participated in a collective effort to bring mentoring programs to kids.  Bruce holds a Bachelor Degree in Sports Administration from Laurentian University, a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector from McGill University and a record in the Guinness Book of World Records. In early 2019, Bruce was appointed Co-Chair of the Permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector working with the federal government.