As a professional program, we want to ensure that we stay informed of emerging trends and issues and that we can connect our curriculum to professional practice and networks. Our Advisory Committee of highly experienced professionals and creative leaders in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector act as a sounding board and assist with external relationships in building the program. (Note: The Advisory Council has no control over curriculum decisions or other academic matters.)
- Keith Sjögren – Chair
Keith Sjögren is the Senior Consultant and Managing Director, Consulting at Investor Economics, a leader in the provision of research and advisory services to the Canadian financial services industry. The strategy consulting practice is focused on working with clients to realize revenue opportunities in the area of markets, products, customer segments and new businesses.
Before joining the consulting profession in 1995, Keith held a number of executive positions at CIBC, including President, CIBC Securities Inc. Keith’s career spans retail banking, wealth management and international banking. He has lived and worked in the United States, Iran, the United Kingdom and Singapore.
Keith was educated at Carleton University and the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and has lectured on a variety of financial topics at a number of Canadian universities. Keith is a frequent speaker on financial services at industry conferences and has authored articles which have appeared in publications in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
A former Director of the Canadian Opera Company, Keith currently serves on the Investment Committee of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He has also sat on the capital fundraising committee of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Keith chaired an award jury for Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.
- Mark Blumberg
Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP (Blumbergs) in Toronto and works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad. Mark has written numerous articles, is a frequent speaker on legal issues involving charity and not-for-profit law and is the editor of www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca and www.globalphilanthropy.ca™ – Canadian websites dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or overseas. He also manages www.charitydata.ca and www.smartgiving.ca.
Mark is particularly interested in the regulation of non-profits and charities in Canada, philanthropy, transparency requirements for the voluntary sector, providing accessible information on regulatory issues, and the use of data to make more informed decisions on the charity sector.
Mark is quoted regularly in print media and appears frequently on radio and television on topics relating to philanthropy and the regulation of charities in Canada. Mark has appeared on a number of occasions in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on topics such as charity regulation, transparency, accountability and tax incentives for philanthropy and lectures frequently on these topics.
Mark has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and a LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law.
- Cornelia Duck
Collaborating closely with her husband whose business success she credits with their good fortune to be active philanthropists, Cornelia Duck draws on her hands-on experience in two privately-held businesses to inform and support her work in the community. A lifelong learner, she has applied herself to be well-informed about the critical work many agencies carry out to maintain and to improve the quality of life in Ottawa. Her passion is for the common good tapping all available resources in the city. This, coupled with her uniquely compassionate approach, has made Cornelia a knowledgeable funder in a number of cross-sectoral initiatives in Ottawa.
- Heather Howe
Heather Howe is a corporate lawyer who was a partner at McCarthy Tetrault until 2000, and more recently worked at the Ontario Securities Commission. She has chaired and had senior board roles on a number of charitable and non-profit organizations including The Arthritis Society, The Bishop Strachan School, the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation, the Conference of Independent Schools and the Canadian Arthritis Network. She has had extensive experience on committees for governance and nominating, audit and finance, senior employee search, and fundraising. She lives in Toronto.
- E.H. Guy Mallabone
Guy Mallabone is President/CEO of Global Philanthropic Canada. He has served as Vice-President of External Relations for SAIT Polytechnic (1999-2010) and Chief Development Officer for the University of Alberta (1995-1999), as well as senior fundraising positions at the Canadian Red Cross Society and cultural non-profit organizations.
Guy has served as a former member of the International Board of Directors for AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and CFRE Professional Certification Board, member of the Board for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, past member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Advancement & Support of Education, District VIII, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Chamber for Voluntary Organizations.
Guy has taught Fundraising Management at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and is currently an Adjunct Professor for the Master in Fundraising program at the University of Bologna, Italy, as well as serving on a number of charity advisory committees. He is a regular speaker and presenter on fund development and has presented keynote and workshop sessions at numerous international conferences. Guy was recognized as one of Alberta’s most influential citizens (2009) by Alberta Venture Magazine, one of Calgary’s 20 most compelling citizensby the Calgary Herald (2009), and Outstanding Fundraising Executive by both AFP Edmonton Chapter (1999) and AFP Calgary Chapter (2011).
Guy has Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. He obtained his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1995.
- Robert I. Peacock
Currently CEO of Peacock Philanthropic Counsel Inc., Rob Peacock is a Certified Fundraising Executive with more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience gleaned from a variety of philanthropic sectors – health-care, education, arts and culture, politics and social services.
Rob began his career in fundraising as a Campaign Director with Ketchum Canada. Since then, he has fulfilled a number of senior development and leadership roles, including: President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation; Executive Director of the P.C. Canada Fund; Vice President of the Mississauga Hospital Foundation; Associate Campaign Director at the University of Toronto; Vice President, Development of the Toronto Community Foundation; Executive Director of the Ryerson University Capital Campaign; Chief Development Officer of the PC Ontario Fund; and Vice-President at the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation.
An active volunteer all his life, Rob is Past Chair of the International Development Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as well as Past Chair of the Canada Council. He recently served four years on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Rob also sat on the Board of Visitors for the Institute for Charitable Giving in the United States. Rob is a regular speaker at events for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Canadian Council on the Advancement in Education and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.
Rob is the author of two books: Face Time: Relationship Philanthropy, A Resource for Canadian Major Gift Fundraising, and Engagement – A Resource for Canadian Volunteer Boards.
Rob holds a Masters degree in Philanthropy and Development and was a faculty member of Humber College’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program.
- Hilary M. Pearson
Hilary Pearson has been President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national member association for family, independent and corporate grant makers in Canada since 2001. Her career has spanned the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She spent over 12 years in the Canadian federal government as a policy analyst and senior manager in central agencies such as the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office. In 1993, Ms. Pearson became Vice-President, Strategic Development, at Royal Bank of Canada. In 1996, she turned to management consulting with the Montreal firm Sector, and in 2000 launched a practice in the non-profit sector, with a wide range of clients, from national membership organizations and operating charities to local organizations in the health, cultural and social services field.
Ms. Pearson has been a director and member of several nonprofit boards, including Imagine Canada, the United Nations Association in Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Centraide of Montreal and ECS School. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University
Ms. Pearson holds a BA and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and an honourary doctorate from Carleton University.
- Marvi Ricker
Marvi Ricker joined BMO Harris Private Banking in 2002 to help clients to achieve their philanthropic goals. As Vice President and Managing Director, Philanthropic Services, Marvi works with individuals and families who want to set up a private foundation or a charitable fund at their local community foundation, or who want help to structure a significant gift to their favourite charity either in their lifetime or through their will.
From 1990 to 2002, Marvi was executive director of The Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation, which has made grants of more than $60 million in support of projects in health, education, social development, environment, and arts and culture. The Foundation has a particular interest in conservation of boreal forests in Canada.
A graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Sc. in mathematics, physics and chemistry, and M.Sc. in chemistry), Marvi began her career as a chemistry instructor at U of T’s Scarborough Campus. After teaching full time for four years, she held a number of administrative positions, among them director of the University of Toronto’s Department of Public and Community Relations.
Marvi is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, and has served on a number of boards, among them the University of Toronto Governing Council, Telehealth Ontario Advisory Committee, Living Legacy Trust and National Museum of Science and Technology, and she is currently on the board of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.
- Jo-Anne Ryan
Jo-Anne Ryan is Vice President, Philanthropic Advisory Services at TD Waterhouse Canada, Executive Director and architect of the Private Giving Foundation (PGF). PGF was the first donor-advised fund program launched by a financial institution in Canada that provides a structure to leave a lasting legacy in a simple and effective manner. Jo-Anne develops strategies within TD Waterhouse that help clients in corporate philanthropy in their overall financial and estate planning. She is a past member of the executive of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners GTA and is currently a member of the government relations committee which lobbies the department of finance to improve tax incentives related to charitable giving. Jo-Anne is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto. She is an active volunteer on several gift planning committees for charities. In addition, she is a recipient of the “Friend of CAGP Award” in 2002 which was awarded to her for her significant contribution to gift planning in Canada. She is also a member of the Board and audit committee for Bishops University Foundation.