Apra Canada

Call for nominations for the Apra Canada Board 2021-2022

This is a call for nominations for directors of the Apra Canada Board for 2021-2022. Nominations must be sent via e-mail to Sarah Chiu no later than Thursday, October 30, 2020 (5pm EDT). See below for details.

Why should you join the Apra Canada board?

It’s a chance to get more involved with Apra Canada and to work with and learn from your colleagues across the country. You will also gain professional development experience serving on the board of a non-profit association. Plus, you’ll have fun! Check out these job descriptions to learn more.

Each Board candidate must display a willingness to be an active participant of a working board for a two-year term beginning in November 2020 and ending in November 2022 and must: 

1. Be an Apra Canada member in good standing
2. Have been an Apra Canada member in good standing for the six (6) month period preceding the nomination
3. Have at least six (6) months of experience in advancement research

Please note that as Apra Canada is a registered Society in the Province of British Columbia, the Board must have a representative from BC. It has always been the Board’s goal to be geographically diverse, thus we will again be seeking greater representation across geographic areas and industry sectors in Canada and we would ideally like to add at least one board member from Atlantic Canada.

How to Complete a Nomination:

1. Please use the nomination form to nominate yourself for an opening on the Board. Note that your nomination form will be submitted to the membership for review during the voting process. Nominations must be sent via e-mail no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 (5pm EDT).

2. In addition, please indicate your areas of interest on this form. Please note that Apra Canada directors are elected generally to the board, and roles are determined after new directors have been elected, based on vacancies. Although we will try to match directors with areas of interest, we cannot guarantee that new directors will be matched with their top choice in their first year on the board.

All nominations received by the deadline will be reviewed to determine the slate of candidates that will be presented to the membership for a vote in early November 2020. 

If you have any questions about the Nomination process or about serving on the board, please contact:

Katherine Scott, President or Sarah Chiu, Secretary.

Your nominations make a difference and ensure the continual development of Apra Canada as a meaningful organization for researchers.


Congratulations to Liz Rejman!

Liz is the recipient of the 2020 Apra Canada Excellence in Prospect Research Award, which recognizes and honours one individual who has enhanced the prospect research profession beyond their day to day work. Liz is a tireless volunteer for both Apra Canada and Apra International, serving on the Apra Canada Board, co-chairing the 2014 Apra Canada Conference, and most impressively serving as the first Canadian President of Apra International. She is the co-editor and contributor to the book "Prospect Research in Canada: An Essential Guide for Researchers and Fundraisers" as well as a contributor to the book “The Vigilant Fundraiser”. Liz is a cheerleader and advocate for the profession, a ready mentor, and a caring colleague, and is very deserving of this award. Congratulations Liz!

The Apra Canada board is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Radikha Jaggernauth Scholarships.

For the Virtual International Conference:

  • Kathleen Fric, St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation (Hamilton, ON)
  • Charissa Hurt, Roman Catholic Archdioceses of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

Congratulations to this year’s recipients and thank you to everyone who took the time to apply.

About the Radikha Jaggernauth Conference Scholarships

In August 2012, the Canadian prospect research community lost a valued member. Radikha Jaggernauth passed away after being diagnosed with cancer. Radhika was an Apra Canada Director responsible for the Regional Representatives portfolio. Over the years, she gave a great deal of time as a volunteer with Apra. As a prospect researcher, Radhika contributed directly to the success of a number of organisations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, UNICEF and the United Way of Greater Toronto. She is remembered as a kind-hearted, funny, inquisitive, and focused individual who was committed to Apra Canada and the research profession. The 2011-2012 Apra Canada Board of Directors renamed the Apra Canada Scholarships in Radikha's memory.


Update on the Apra Canada (In-Person) Conference

The Apra Canada Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person conference for 2020-21. While we had initially postponed the conference to April 2021, we feel strongly that it is in the best interests of the health and safety of our members to cancel outright. There are too many uncertainties in how the pandemic is progressing to be confident in planning an in-person conference for 2021. We are optimistic that the outlook in 2022 will be much improved, and will endeavor to plan an in-person conference for then.

A huge thanks to the conference committee for all the hard work that went into planning the 2020 conference.


Apra Canada is excited to formally announce our new board for 2020:

  • Katherine Scott, Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)
  • John Hermans, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)
  • Steven Sorensen, University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
  • Cristina Naccarato, Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation (Toronto, ON)
  • Sarah Marcotte, Canadian Red Cross (Toronto, ON)
  • Alexandra Basen, Nature Conservancy of Canada (Toronto, ON)
  • Travis Bateman, Humber College (Toronto, ON)
  • Jessica Blencoe, Lakeridge Health Foundation (Oshawa, ON)
  • Sarah Chiu, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation (Vancouver, BC)
  • Elanna Giang, Covenant House Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
  • Kelly Langerfield, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation (Markham, ON)
We would like to extend our appreciation and warm wishes to our outgoing directors, Selene Hur, Corinne Hynes, Melanie Fulop, Sheila Larin, and Sarah Anderson!
Thank you to everyone for your participation in the annual Apra Canada board election. Stay tuned for more from your new Apra Canada board in 2020! 
Please contact our new board President, Katherine Scott, if you have any questions.


    Prospect Research in Canada: An Essential Guide for Researchers and Fundraisers

    PDF versions of each chapter are now available for purchase

    Intended for fundraisers and researchers just starting out with prospect research, this book is an invaluable resource for those needing to establish training and guidelines for their organization or educational programs. It also offers a wealth of information for those from the private sector who realize the unique skill sets required to successfully conduct research in Canada.

    In this book, 30 skilled contributors share their front-line experiences in the field of prospect research. Through their words and knowledge they reveal why Canadian researchers are not only specialists in their field, but also passionate about ethics and standards and continually improving a profession that they love.

    Edited by Tracey Church and Liz Rejman, this book was made possible due to the generous sponsorship support of Apra Canada (Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement, Canada).

    Order your copy now

    On behalf of Apra Canada, we would like to thank you by offering a discount promo code for Apra Canada's book: Prospect Research in Canada: An Essential Guide for Researchers and Fundraisers.

    Please contact Travis Bateman for the discount promo code.

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