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Our 2011 conference theme puts the spotlight on change.

Philanthropy in Canada today is changing faster than ever. More people are engaging in transformative philanthropy, operating with new media and evolving technologies. We have expanded opportunities for collaboration. There is energy being applied to tackling “old” problems with “new” strategies. Our people, our practices, our programs and our perspectives are all being challenged at a rapid rate.

Changing Philanthropy will feature new voices and visions for Canadian philanthropy. We have a terrific range of speakers lined up for plenaries and concurrent sessions.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, who has made philanthropy one of the three pillars of his program for a “smart and caring” Canada, will join us at the conference opening. [view media advisory]

Susan Berresford, the long-time President of the Ford Foundation and a wise and widely-regarded voice in the US philanthropic world, will speak about the changing and challenging role of the foundation trustee.

Other exciting speakers include Dr Susan Raymond, who has spoken at philanthropic conferences around the world on the changing nature of organized philanthropy, Mark Kramer, on creating collaborative impact and Allison Fine, on creating virtual networks through social media.

National Chief Shawn Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations will wrap up the conference with a look ahead to the future of a Canada in which philanthropy plays an important role in promoting the social inclusion of all Canadians. [view media advisory]

The 2011 conference will be an outstanding opportunity for learning and exchange in the Canadian philanthropic community and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you October 2-4 in Toronto. Take advantage of our early-bird registration rates and register now.

The 2011 Conference Planning Committee

October 2-4, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Honourary Co-Chairs






The Honourable Margaret McCain, OC, ONB






Martin Connell, OC, O.Ont