Marcus is a data scientist at the Canadian Red Cross. As a member of the Analytics team in the philanthropy department at the Canadian Red Cross, Marcus has worked closely with all fundraising teams, including prospect research, to generate new insights into donor behaviour and enable data-driven decision-making.
Stacey Bissell is the Prospect Research and Corporate Records Analyst for the University of Alberta. Stacey is a two-time alumna of the U of A and holds both an MLIS and a BA. She has been with the Prospect Research team since 2015 and has held her current role since 2017. Stacey is the chair of the 2018 Apra Canada Conference Programming Committee. She presented at Apra Prospect Development Conference in 2017.
Lisa Bullock has a decade of experience in the post-secondary advancement sector as well as several years in university research administration, where she was responsible for the preparation and submission of faculty prizes and awards applications. She holds a BA from the University of Windsor and an MA from the University of Southampton. She has served as a CCAE Prix d’Excellence judge and as a mentor with Apra Canada. She is currently pursuing a second MA in History.
Lesley Choules has over eight years of fundraising experience.
A specialist in corporate development, she has managed partnerships of various shapes and sizes, from local community-based grants to event marketing activations and national cause marketing campaigns. Currently a Senior Development Officer of Corporate Partnerships at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Lesley has also worked at The Canadian Stage Company, Actua, and TIFF.
Tracey has been a researcher for over 20 years and is the Past President of Apra Canada and current Director for Apra International and AFP Golden Horseshoe. She is also on the AFP International Research Council. Tracey is Principal Researcher and Consultant for Tracey Church & Associates and has worked with over 300 charities across Canada. Tracey is Co-Editor and Author of “Prospect Research in Canada: An Essential Guide for Researchers and Fundraisers” (2016). Tracey teaches at Western University in the MLIS program and has her MLIS and Professional Certificate in NFP Management. She is a requested presenter and loves to see her trainees and students succeed in the exciting field of prospect research.
Allen Davidov is Director of Business Consulting at Environics Analytics in the not-for-profit, government, energy, public sector and health practice. With nearly twenty years of experience focused primarily on the not-for-profit sector, he has lead responsibility for helping charities and foundations apply EA’s products and services to attract and retain donors, corporate partners and volunteers. Prior to joining EA, Allen successfully led marketing, annual giving, leadership giving and event initiatives at a number of organizations, including Sinai Health Foundation, Habitat for Humanity GTA, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, St. John’s Rehab Hospital Foundation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and North York General Hospital Foundation. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Liverpool, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University and a Creative Advertising diploma from Centennial College.
Dwayne DiPasquale is the Director of Advancement at Mackenzie Health Foundation. Dwayne brings nearly 20 years of extensive healthcare fundraising experience, that has included overseeing successful direct response programs, and operationalizing integrated CRM data bases such as Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and advanced demographic and psychographic analytical tools to enrich Major Gift, Mid-Level, Planned Giving and Event fundraising campaigns. Prior to joining Mackenzie Health Foundation, Dwayne led successful advancement programs at North York General Hospital Foundation and St. Mike’s Hospital Foundations.
Matthew has enjoyed over 6 years of experience being a loud-and-proud data nerd in the non-profit world alternately as charity personnel and data analytics consultant (both at KCI and Blakely). He is currently taking his analytical mind and patient nature out into the open as the founder and chief data scientist at Donor Science Consulting. Being a good-natured expert, many in the non-profit space have benefited from listening to his practical, realistic, and insightful perspectives on data analytics.
A resourceful fundraiser with an innovative focus on prospect research, Jen Filla is a researcher, consultant, author, speaker and trainer. Her mission is to perform research with distinction and to provide other fundraising professionals with the power to perform their work with excellence, lead with research, and make a difference!
It's a great day when she can help an organization focus and connect with its best donor prospects as President of Aspire Research Group LLC or help a prospect research professional learn and apply a new skill as CEO of the Prospect Research Institute.
Deeply committed to advancing philanthropy and the fundraising profession, Jen is co-author of Prospect Research for Fundraisers: The Essential Handbook. She has also served as a volunteer and trustee for numerous organizations over the years including The Center Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County. Currently she serves on the board of the Nonprofit Consultants Connection in Tampa, Florida.
Jen is a member of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She received a B.S. from Neumann University.
Lauren Fulthorpe currently serves as one of three Prospect Management and Research Officers at Sunnybrook Foundation, a role she has held since October 2016. Prior to this, she began her career as a front-line fundraiser before moving into the Development Researcher role at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In her current role, Lauren supports her Advancement Partners (including Sandra Mapa) with research, prospect management, and prospect strategy.
Beyond Sunnybrook Foundation, Lauren is also a part-time faculty member with Humber College, teaching Prospect Research within the Fundraising Management graduate certificate. In 2016, she was asked to present on wealth screening strategies at the international Tessitura Database Learning & Community Conference in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Western Ontario, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Art Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College.
Kevin is the founder of Pixelbot (www.hellopixelbot.com), a software development company specializing in innovative technical strategies and solutions. With a degree in computer science from Simon Fraser University, he has over a decade of experience in programming, data management, and business.
Pixelbot has worked on data-centric projects for businesses, government, and international non-profits whose influence has helped shape global policy in areas such as environment. Under Kevin's leadership, Pixelbot designs vision-driven data strategies and crafts solutions to enable effective decision making.
During Florian’s academic and professional career his focus was on developing and implementing top-notch custom machine learning solution for problems ranging from life science to retail marketing. Florian actively participates in the Toronto AI environment and he explores new ML technologies and their applications.
Florian has more than 7 years of experience in Data science. In 2014 he received his Ph.D. in Computer science from the Technical University of Munich, after which he joined the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow. Prior to joining BMO Florian worked as a researcher at LoyaltyOne’s innovation lab where he investigates novel applications of deep learning on Canada’s largest retail dataset with the goal to improve your shopping experience.
John Hermans has worked in the prospect development field for 19 years. He is currently the Director of Advancement Research for the University of Toronto’s Division of University Advancement, where he manages a team of prospect researchers in support of the University’s $2.4-billion Boundless Campaign. He is currently Treasurer and Vice-President of Apra Canada.
Meghana has over 10 years of experience working in fundraising in the arts and healthcare. After beginning in major gifts, she decided to pursue a Master of Library and Information Sciences and transition to prospect research. Meghana currently works as Senior Specialist, Research Services at SickKids Foundation.
Ken Kempcke has over 25 years seasoning as a prospect researcher, grant writer, donor relations specialist, database administrator, journalist, editor, and academic librarian. He has published numerous articles in reference works and professional journals, produced thousands of prospect profiles, delivered dozens of presentations on fundraising and research methodologies, and played a significant role in successful fundraising campaigns across Western Canada and the Unites States. He is currently a Senior Advisor, Prospect Research with United Way (http://uwgv.ca/team/).
Angela recently joined the Canadian Red Cross as she values the incredible humanitarian work the organization does on a domestic and international level. Angela has been in the fundraising
environment for 12+ years, in healthcare as well as academic institutions.
Angela’s term at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine had her focus on endowed Chairs but she was able to grow the donations across the Department of Medicine working closely with senior leaders.
Valuing the art of collaboration for the big picture of delivering results to an organization, Angela enjoys building authentic relationships internally and externally for the organization she is aligned with. In her current role, Senior Manager Major Gifts, Angela is helping establish a Major Gift platform for the Canadian Red Cross.
Graduated from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, she currently resides in Port Credit, ON with her young family.
I-Ju Lai (pronounced “ee-ru lie”), is a research analyst with the Research and Prospect Analytics team at the University of British Columbia. She has been delivering decision-ready information to help advance her organization’s fundraising mission since she entered the philanthropic sector in 2011. I-Ju possesses a multidisciplinary skillset, with a strong drive for critical thinking and life-long learning. She currently focuses her interests on data-driven prospecting and analysis, social entrepreneurship, and international prospect research.
I-Ju holds a Master of Arts in linguistics from UBC, and a Master of Science in computer engineering from Santa Clara University.
Bond T. Lammey
Bond T. Lammey is a managing associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner specializing in prospect development. Prior to joining BWF, Bond led prospect research efforts at the University of Chicago, where she oversaw the central prospect research team and developed integrated strategies with prospect management, analytics, corporate and foundation relations research, and non-central research teams at the medical center and Booth School of Business.
Bond received her BA in Sociology and her Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration, both from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She is on the board of Apra International and has presented in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia at CASE, ADRP, AASP, and Apra conferences.
Jim Lawson began his fundraising career while working with the United Church of Canada where he directed their national planned giving program, moving to the University of Toronto in 1999. Jim has been Associate Director of Gift Planning at U of T since 2014.
Mingxia Liu is approaching her 20th year in prospect research. As Manager, Prospect Research and Management at Carleton University, she oversees prospect research, pipeline development and management for the Collaborate: The Carleton University Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the university’s history. Prior to joining Carleton in 2013, she was Manager, Advancement Research and Records at Ryerson University. Mingxia holds a BA and MA from Shandong University and an MLIS from Western University.
Rena Liviniuk is the Acting Director, Prospect Research for the University of Alberta. Born and raised in Edmonton, AB, she is a two-time graduate of the University of Alberta and holds an MBA and BA in English and Philosophy. Before joining the University of Alberta’s Prospect Research team in 2014, she served as Manager of Major Giving at CNIB and Project Coordinator at Crude Quality Inc. Rena is a member of the Apra Canada Conference Programming Committee. In addition, she has been a Director for the Catalyst Theatre Society since 2010 and is a Past-President of the Edmonton Mayfield Rotary Club. Rena previously presented at Apra Canada 2016 (Toronto, ON) and Apra Prospect Development in 2017 (Anaheim, CA).
Michelle Lonergan works at the Canadian Red Cross as the Director of Philanthropy Business Support and Operations. She is also responsible for the Data and Analytics Hub within the Philanthropy and Commercial Operations Business Units. Her team’s job is to work with the various Philanthropy and Prevention and Safety Channels to provide oversight, support and data governance concerning Strategic Analysis, Data Architecture, Data stewardship and the CRM databases.
Before this role at the Red Cross, Michelle was in charge of the face to face and telemarketing activities across the country. Before the Red Cross Michelle was the Senior Database Management and Fundraising Consultant for JMG Solutions Inc. and since 2001, Michelle has worked with over 100 non-profit organizations across Canada. Michelle integrates her database experience with her direct response role and truly believes that good data is the cornerstone for any successful fundraising program.
Sandra Mapa is an Advancement professional who has been working with Sunnybrook Foundation for the past three and a half years. In her role on the Advancement Team, her main objective is to secure financial contributions that enable the hospital to care for patients and their families when it matters most. Sandra partners with individuals and corporations to help align their philanthropic interests with initiatives and projects to advance Sunnybrook’s world-class health sciences centre, support research, education, and equipment needs. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education from York University.
A researcher turned developer, Noah comes with over a decade of experience spanning research, analytics, and software development. No stranger to emergent technology, he is right at home in intersection between AI and Blockchain.
Beginning his career as a researcher at Vision Critical, Noah migrated to the product side to design and build research automation tools. More recently, Noah has held the position of Scientist at Zero Gravity Labs (LoyaltyOne’s innovation arm) and Vice President, Research & Development at BlockAble Inc.
Cristina Naccarato holds masters degrees in English Literature and in Library Science. Cristina got her start in fundraising as a grant writer for artist-runcenters. While in library school she was placed as a Prospect Research Intern at St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and the Richard Ivey School of Business and quickly realized the fast-paced and ever-changing environment of a fundraising office is where she wanted to be. She found a job perfectly marrying her love of art and fundraising research in June 2014 and has been the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Development Researcher ever since.
Mark Neilans is the Manager, Prospect Management and Prospect Research at Western University. In this role, he provides strategic leadership and oversight of the prospect research team providing a full range of research support to the University’s development programs. He has worked in prospect research and advancement for 13 years.
He is a past board member of Apra Canada. Mark holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Library and Information Sciences from Western.
Monique T. Rabideau is the Practice Lead on capital markets and securities at Thomson Reuters. Previously, Monique was a partner at Fogler, Rubinoof LLP, a business law group specializing in corporate and securities law. She has years of experience practice business law in areas such as corporate governance, mergers, and issuances of securities.
Sheila Rogers is new to Prospect Research and has joined the Canadian Red Cross’s National Research Hub in September 2017. Sheila’s background is based on nearly 20 years of experience in research, including in Executive Search Research and Market Research.
Betsy Schuurman is a prospect research professional who began her career at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Since moving to Canada, Betsy has worked with Ashbury College on their Opening Doors capital campaign and as a fundraising and prospect research consultant. Betsy joined the research team at Carleton in 2017. As a volunteer, Betsy devotes her time to Carty House, a home for refugee women in Ottawa.
Katherine is the Senior Manager of Prospect Research at the Canadian Red Cross, one of the largest charities in Canada. She has been in prospect research for nearly a decade and has worked with organizations across sectors.
Vice-President Advancement at the University of Waterloo since January 2017, Joanne has been in advancement leadership positions at INSEAD Business School in France (2012-2016), the University of Guelph (2004-2012) and in a variety of fundraising, marketing and administrative leadership roles at Wstern University and Ivey Business School (1987-2004), including 2 years based in Hong Kong. A presenter and volunteer with CCAE and CASE in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia; her international perspective offers unique insights to the alumni experience and effective change management.
Steven Sorensen is the Senior Prospect Research Analyst at the University of Alberta. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1997. Steven joined the University’s Prospect Research team in 1999. He served as the team’s Acting Manager for four months in 2013. Prior to working in prospect research, Steven served as a University of Alberta Alumni Records Clerk (1998-1999) and worked with a television production company doing research for a biographical documentary TV series.
With Apra Canada, Steven has been a volunteer at the annual conferences, a mentor, and, as of 2014, has been serving as the Director of Regional Representatives. He presented at the 2016 Apra Canada Conference (Toronto ON).
Michelle Sparrow works at Evergreen where she provides research for the development and programming teams. She was previously the prospect researcher at Plan International Canada. She an investment banking librarian before her prospect research career.
Michelle is on the board of directors of Toronto PFLAG, where she chairs the fundraising committee. In 2016 after her son came out she found that there wasn’t programming for LGBTQ tweens in Toronto. She approached Skylark Youth Services and pitched the idea of a free drop-in program for LGBTQ tweens and their allies. Michelle and her husband fundraised the funds for the program. The tween program has been running for a year. 30 to 40 youth attend each week.
Erica Sum is a Research Officer at the University of Toronto's Division of University Advancement. Prior to this, she was a volunteer researcher with Doctors Without Borders Canada. She has written and presented on prospect research with Apra Canada and CAGP (Canadian Association of Gift Planners).
Brock Warner is the Director of Community Giving and Innovation at War Child Canada where he is responsible for the growth and operations of War Child's Community Giving opportunities which includes annual giving, monthly giving and community-driven events along with War Child's legacy giving program.
As the Director of Foundation Relations at the University of Toronto Beth Weintrop provides leadership and strategy for foundation fundraising across the university. In addition to being a seasoned major and planned gift fundraiser, Beth has acted as a philanthropic adviser in her previous roles managing a portfolio of private foundations at Scotiabank, and overseeing donor advised funds at Tides Canada.
Beth volunteers with Imagine Canada, Tarragon Theatre and Fall for Dance North. She received her BA in Cultural Studies and Communications from York University, and is a graduate of the Income Managers Program through the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario and the Centre for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo.
Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self
Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host and creator of Spark on CBC Radio, and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.
Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.