Improving management and governance in the non-profit sector has been Nathan Garber’s passion for more than 35 years. In pursuit of this goal he has led two non-profits to international recognition, served on many boards and committees, and provided consulting and training services for hundreds of organizations, large and small. His articles have been published in Canada, the United States, the UK, and Australia. His work and writing have been recognized for innovative, leading-edge thinking and the challenging of conventional ideas about boards of directors. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit Boards & Governance Review, an electronic newsletter with more than 5,000 subscribers. Nathan is principal consultant of Nathan Garber & Associates.
Holly Doty has spent 10 years building an Event Management & Public Relations company, Connect Dot, that is intended to share best practices and roads to success for organizations that require solid event and association management services. She has immaculate skills in keeping projects on time and on budget and specializes in managing committees while ensuring ultimate success. Holly has been involved with strategic event management and development solutions for national associations such as the Sunshine Foundation and Easter Seals. She has worked with The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, as well as government funded organizations including the London Economic Development Corporation, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection and TechAlliance. Holly has an Honours B.A. in English Language and Literature from Western University and a postgraduate certificate in Business Management from Georgian College. Holly is also fluent in French and English.
Barry Fellinger as of October 2011 is the Manager of Community Health Services at the West Elgin Community Health Centre located in West Lorne. Prior to accepting this post, he held the position of Director, Project Management with ConnexOntario Health Services Information, and prior to that was Manager of Information and Referral Services with ConnexOntario. His experience working for not-for-profit organizations also includes serving as Executive Director of The Crest Centre (Meadowcrest) Inc. and working in numerous roles with Mission Services of London. Barry holds a Bachelors Degree in Theology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. He is also a certified Master Level Crisis Prevention Intervention Counsellor and has extensive experience serving on a variety of community and professional committees, including for the Ministry of Health. Barry has taught at Fanshawe College and currently teaches the “Foundations of Leadership” course in the Not-for-Profit Management Program.
Jennifer Kirkham holds a Master of Science in Rural Extension Studies from the University of Guelph and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western. Jennifer has over fifteen years of experience working for the City of London, Ontario in such roles as Chief Strategic Planning Officer as well as Director of the Community Programs and Strategies Division. She is also active in the community as a Member of the Board of Directors for Across Languages and a Member of the Community Services Committee with the United Way of London and Middlesex. Jennifer founded and manages her own consulting company, Mischevious Cat Productions, which provides consulting and executive coaching services to individuals, organizations and teams in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. She teaches both at King’s University College and in the Not-for-Profit Management Program where she teaches the course “Strategic Planning for Not-for Profits.”
As the Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women & Children in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario,
Barb MacQuarrie is interested in how research can inform prevention of and responses to violence against women and girls and vulnerable people.
She has been an advocate for survivors of violence and has worked on diverse fronts to give voice to their experiences of violence as well as their experiences in the systems that are intended to respond to this violence. She has co-authored publications on workplace harassment, violence in the lives of girls, violence on college and university campuses and has written for local anti-violence organizations about the challenges facing front line service providers and the connections between mental health, addictions and trauma. She is the executive producer of two videos addressing harassment and violence against women.
Her work leads to involvement in a wide range of issues and initiatives. She is involved in local work to support Truth and Reconciliation with Canada’s original peoples; she manages the provincial Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign, the public education campaign of Ontario’s Domestic Violence Action Plan and the Make It Our Business training program to recognize and respond to Domestic Violence in the workplace. Recently she has been working on the problem of Elder Abuse with the initiative, “It’s Not Right – Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults.” She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Resource Centre in London, Ontario.
Suzanne McDonald Aziz s the Executive Director of the Thames Talbot Land Trust. Prior to this, Susanne was the Executive Director of the Brescia University College Foundation. She is a graduate of Western University in Political Science and French. Prior to her current position, Suzanne had an extensive corporate affairs and public relations career with John Labatt Limited. Teaching has always been a major focus for Suzanne—she taught in the fund development program for many years both in Continuing Studies at Western and Fanshawe College. She has been an active board volunteer with the Stratford Festival, the Centrefor Philanthropy, the United Way of London and Middlesex, the Ontario Council for University Affairs, the London Regional Children’s Museum and the Board of Western University Alumni Association. She serves on the Board of the Ontario Trust Foundation, the Arts Project and on Western University Senate as an Alumni Representative.
A fundraising professional for more than a decade, Liz Rejman, CFRE, has spent her entire career in the not-for-profit sector bringing her dynamic expertise to health care, education, and the arts. Her specialties include prospect research and database management with a particular interest in social media, trend watching, and media monitoring.
In addition to her role as Development Researcher with London Health Sciences Foundation, in London, Ontario, Liz is an instructor for courses on Prospect Research and Technology in the Not for Profit with Western University and Georgian College.
Liz has presented on the topics of media monitoring, prospect research and social media within prospect research at conferences for LRFRE, AFP Canada South and Association of Professionals in Advancement, Canada Chapter (APRA-C). She is currently President of London Region Fund Raising Executives (LRFRE), an association of professionals engaged in fund raising efforts in London, Ontario’s charitable sector.
Gordon Saylor teaches Finance for Not-for-Profit Organizations and is the Manager of Accounting for WOTCH Community Mental Health Services in London, Ontario. Gordon has significant experience in financial management and has worked for not-for-profits, including the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, as well as in the private sector for Dundee Private Investors, Allen Business Services, Ltd, and EMCO Distribution Division. A graduate of Western University, he holds a Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation and is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for The Old South Community Organization, The Thames Talbot Land Trust, as Past Chair of The Covent Garden Market Corporation, and as Vice Chair for the London & Middlesex Housing Corporation. Gordon also volunteers with The London Community Players.
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