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Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonald

President & CEO, Imagine Canada

Session Title: Good Riddance 2020, Hello 2021 – It’s Not All Gloom & Doom

What a year! From the global pandemic to the WE charity controversy to a seismic shift related to systemic racism, the charitable sector has been engaged in massive disruption.  Bruce’s keynote will address some of the main issues from 2020 and look ahead to the possibilities of 2021.

Bruce MacDonald is the President & CEO of 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 lead him to Imagine Canada. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. 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.

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Jennifer Barnes van Elk

Jennifer Barnes van Elk

Inkwell Grant Seeking and Professional Writing

Session Title: Not Your Grandmother’s Application: Grant Seeking in 2020

Description: An overview of the landscape that grant seekers find themselves in in 2020 and some general strategies to help applicants prepare for success.

Bio: After receiving a Masters in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, Jennifer worked for a few years in “corporate Canada” before turning her attention to social profit. Over the past decade, Jennifer’s grant writing skills have brought millions of dollars to local businesses, non-profits, and charities. 

Jennifer has lived on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan Valley since 2003. Home is a small hobby farm where she spends most of her free time tending a modest vegetable garden, riding her horse, or adventuring with her husband and dog.

Shagun Bhanot

Shagun Bhanot

People Manager, Vantage Point

Session Title: Engaging Skilled Volunteers In A Virtual World 

Description: Explore practices that support the successful virtual engagement of ‘Knowledge Philanthropists’, or skilled volunteers, and learn how to proactively plan for, attract, and engage them in your work. From project managers to human resources experts, from business analysts to information technology specialists, community members are eager to contribute their skills to your cause, even virtually.

Bio: Shagun brings her warm energy, positive spirit, and passion for volunteerism to her role of Engagement Manager at Vantage Point. Shagun worked in varied capacities in academic and non-profit sector, including administration, management of specialized projects, facilitation, career services, recruitment and talent development. She completed her PhD in Language and Literature at one of the top universities in India, Himachal Pradesh University. Shagun pursued a certificate in HR management from BCIT and earned her CPHR designation along with attending a range of conferences and courses in the areas of Coaching, Team Dynamics, Porject Management, Intercultural Competency, and more. 

Melissa Bilko

Melissa Bilko

Head of Partnerships, Keela

Session Title: The Future of the Non-Profit Workplace: Using Artificial Intelligence to Automate Your Work

Description: 89% of nonprofit professionals believe AI can make their organization more efficient. While AI has the potential to make organizations faster, smarter, and more efficient, its adoption raises challenges. How do we train the sector to use AI systems? How will automation affect your work? Yes, more and more tasks will become automated, but no need to panic. This session will explain how to position yourself to work with AI tools. We will map the intelligent tools that are currently available to nonprofits – from email automation to fundraising solutions – and provide tips about leveraging your skill set in this new landscape. 

Bio: As Keela’s Head of Partnerships, Mel leads the team by building strategic partnerships with thought leaders, nonprofit agencies, and service providers in the sector. These relationships work to build a strong knowledge for Keela users across various mediums as well as helping Mel to keep her finger on the pulse of the needs of nonprofit organizations across North America. Mel is very passionate about educating the sector on the importance of utilizing technology to create a bigger impact, and how to do more with less.

Terry Clark

Terry Clark

Real Board Solutions

Session Title: How To Make Your Board Mad At You!

Description: Humorous and relatable session on areas that can make Boards mad at you. Learn positive steps towards effective and efficient board governance.

Bio: Terry is the Founder and President of Real Board Solutions is a results-oriented, not-for-profit professional who has a unique background and skill set that volunteer board members and their staff truly appreciate.

Twenty plus years of not-for-profit experience as an Executive Director with a high profile business association complements consulting assignments with hundreds of Boards of all sizes and sectors. Significant private sector experience in operations management, financial accounting and marketing management provides many value added benefits to clients.

The Community Gaming Grant Branch Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing

The Community Gaming Grant Branch Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing

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Session Title: Community Gaming Grant Updates with Covid-19 Info

Description: Virtually meet face-to-face with Community Gaming Grants Branch staff. Become informed about any updated program guidelines and Covid-19 related info.

Bio: To Be Announced

Carmen Hildebrand

Carmen Hildebrand

Hildebrand Consulting

Session Title: Nuts and Bolts Strategic Planning

Description: In today’s challenging world, it is common to see an increased need for strategic direction yet less tie for planning. This session is an overview of the essential components of a strategic plan and how it informs program development.

Bio: Carmen began her career in Calgary in the late 80’s as a Social Worker.  After moving to Vancouver Island in 2013, she spent 2 years as Executive Director of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council (CVAC). Recently, she has re-entered the social services sector, providing  capacity building support for various organizations such as: The John Howard Society Central and South Okanagan; Summerland Arts Council; Ladysmith Restorative Justice & Cowichan Tribes – Le’lum’uy’lh Daycare

Matthias Klenk

Matthias Klenk

Manager, MOSAIC Engage

Session Title: From Inclusive To Intercultural Leadership: How To Be A Leader In A New Era 

Description: Research shows that inclusive workplaces are six times more likely to be innovative and twice as likely to meet or surpass financial goals. Employees who feel able to bring their whole selves to work are 42% less likely to plan on leaving for another position within a year. The higher the level of inclusion, the higher the level of well-being and engagement in your employees, which can lead to better business results.
This interactive and informative workshop will facilitate discussions on how to create inclusive workplaces, and how to continuously evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of teams that are multi-generational, multicultural, gender diverse, ability-inclusive and neurodiverse.

Bio: Matthias grew up in Eastern Germany and experienced the drastic changes that occurred after the Iron Curtain came down. He is an Intercultural Practitioner, certified by NorQuest College and manages the Centre for Diversity at MOSAIC. He obtained a Doctorate in sociology and communication studies from the University of Guadalajara/ Mexico and studied Political Science and InterAmerican Studies at the University of Bielefeld/ Germany. Before traveling the world, he was a fierce advocate for anti-racism in his home country and being and supporting volunteers in several occupancies.

Amber McMillan

Amber McMillan

Vice Chair Council, Certification in Volunteer Administration

Session Title: Managing Volunteer Through Change

Description: Create understanding on how to manage volunteers successfully through change. Realize the impact that simple volunteer management strategies can have on bending the change curve to your will. Learn how to build volunteer management competencies in the midst of change.

Bio: Amber is a diversely skilled professional with unique approach for innovating and leading projects in various environments. With experience in all aspects of project, change and people management as well as operations and organizational strategy, she is committed to the highest of standards, works diligently to create positive working environments and is motivated by her own contagious enthusiasm. With tangible credentials and over 25 years of experience in both profit and not-for-profit environments, she is well equipped to contribute her skill set in complex organizations in need of dynamic and proprietary services.

Lisa Mort-Putland

Lisa Mort-Putland

Executive Director, Volunteer Victoria 

Session Title: Muddying the Waters: When Others Define Volunteerism

Description: As members of a community of practice focused on volunteer-led organizations and volunteer-led initiatives it was shocking to realize earlier this summer that, among other things, people in power did not know that volunteers never get paid. Politics aside, the question remains for our community: How do we ensure that the voices of volunteers and volunteer-led organizations are heard and the impact of volunteerism is fully understood by the people who make decisions in our communities and across our province. 

In this workshop we will dig deeper into the steps we need to take to raise our profiles and our voices and explore the messages that make a difference.

Bio: Lisa is the Executive Director of Volunteer Victoria. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in drama and a Master’s in Public Administration. She has worked and volunteered with the nonprofit sector for nearly 30 years.

Randy Wright

Randy Wright

Imagine Focus

Session Title: Living A Balanced Life – It Doesn’t Have To Be Hard!

Description: Bring your life together.  Your organization is not separate from you and your personal life is affected by everything you do.  By the end of this session you will have an understanding of how to better manage life and navigate through to the future.  Imagine your life just as you want it and let’s work together to move in that direction leaving nothing behind.  You can live a life that is balanced, joyful, and filled with richness.  It doesn’t have to be hard.

Bio: For almost 40 years, Randy has studied human development and the understanding of why people do what they do. He’s also a successful entrepreneur and taken over 500 hours of training in personal coaching in order to understand and support people as they see where they want to change. Randy can share the struggles of wherever you are in your organization’s life cycle.

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