Join the MPNL program for a panel about “The Future(s) of NextGen Philanthropy in Canada”

A new generation is approaching philanthropy differently — investing in systems change, using new giving vehicles, and melding philanthropy and entrepreneurship. A three-person panel will explore some of these emerging directions in philanthropy. The MPNL program and TD Bank Group invite you to join us online on Oct. 27, 4:00-5:30 p.m. (EDT). Register here. Our three panelists are listed below.

Isaac_Olowolafe_JrIsaac Olowolafe Jr.

is the Co-founder & General Partner of BKR Capital. Before co-founding BKR, he was General Partner for the Dream Maker Venture fund (DMV), which primarily invested in early-stage technology companies with founding teams inclusive of persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, and immigrant, refugee and Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Isaac is an award-winning real estate entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist. His corporation, Dream Maker Inc., successfully operates multiple divisions, including a brokerage, real estate development, and insurance. Among other projects, the development division celebrated the completion of the first major mixed-use development (condos, townhomes, retail) called Dream Residences at Yorkdale, located directly across from Yorkdale Mall, and a boutique hotel called Dream Suites @ YYZ, located near the Toronto international airport. Through Isaac’s love of sports, Dream Maker Developments became the jersey sponsor of the Men and Women National Basketball Team from 2017 to 2020.

Isaac completed a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Toronto and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Harry Jerome Business Award, an Enterprise Business Award by Planet Africa, an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, a Business Leadership Award by Leadership and Governance Canada Inc., a Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation, and the Toronto Board of Trade Award. In addition to his membership in the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Innovation Circle, Isaac made a generous donation, which named the Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab in Toronto Metropolitan University’s iconic Student Learning Centre, and co-created the Black Innovations Programs out of TMU’s technology incubator, the DMZ.

Sabina_Vohra_MillerSabina Vohra-Miller

has an MSc in clinical pharmacology and toxicology and is currently a Doctor of Public Health student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She’s the co-founder of the Vohra-Miller Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor with the goal of making systemic, sustainable and meaningful changes to healthcare in Canada.

Sabina is the founder of Unambiguous Science, which is a fact-based, educational platform that aims to make science accessible and approachable. She’s also the co-founder of the South Asian Health Network, a grassroots volunteer-based organization focusing on culturally appropriate health education content and advocacy to address structural inequities in health care within the South Asian community.

Sabina’s passions include both science education, especially countering vaccine mis- and dis-information, as well as promoting and advocating for health equity and access to healthcare. As a first-generation immigrant and woman of colour, she believes strongly in community-based approaches that help build a more resilient and equitable Canada for everyone.

Sharilyn Hale, WPCDr. Sharilyn Hale

helps those who give, give well, engage their families, and channel their wealth and influence for good. As President of Watermark Philanthropic Counsel, Sharilyn is professional and discrete, working with leading philanthropists, generous families, and social purpose organizations across Canada and the Caribbean. Drawing from the best global practices and knowledge in philanthropic strategy, governance, organizational development, and research, her client engagements result in confidence and clarity.

Sharilyn is an advisor with 21/64 to support multi-generational family philanthropy, and a faculty member of the US-based Ultra High Net Worth Institute. She holds the Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy (MFA-P) designation, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. A Chartered Director (C.Dir), Sharilyn is also a certified governance advisor and trainer with BoardSource, blending corporate and family governance in her work with foundation and nonprofit boards.

She’s an invited speaker, and author, known for her ability to combine on-the-ground practical experience with the best of philanthropic theory and research. Sharilyn’s award-winning doctoral research on family philanthropy governance in Canada produced a model that helps families approach their giving in a meaningful way that works. She recently completed a study exploring affluent philanthropy in the Caribbean, where she grew up and continues to work.

A committed volunteer, Sharilyn is a member of the Advisory Council for Canada’s first graduate degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University, and is Vice-Chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation in support of the world’s busiest library system.

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