Speaker Profiles

Tamara Rahmani

Tamara Rahmani

Canada Helps

Tamara has been leading the Western Canada Charity Engagement team for CanadaHelps in Vancouver since 2018. During her time, she has been fulfilling her passion for social justice by working with thousands of charities in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C, by helping remove online fundraising technological barriers.

Margot Weiner

Margot Weiner

Director of Development, Canadian Mental Health Association - Saskatoon branch

Margot has been involved in the Saskatoon non-profit sector for over 25 years, working primarily in resource development, fundraising and volunteer management, as well as training and facilitation.

Her focus has been on helping build our community’s capacity to care, “enjoying the adventure” alongside amazing teams of people at many local organizations including the Friends of the Broadway Theatre, the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, the RUH Foundation, and the University of Saskatchewan as Associate Director for Alumni Engagement.

For the past few years, Margot has been working independently with several organizations, coaching their teams on ways to improve their overall fundraising programs and systems, to create fundraising and engagement plans, and to increase their external reach.

For the past year, Margot has been working with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatoon Branch as their part time Director of Development.

Margot has been involved with the SSFRE since 1996 and sat on the Executive from 1999 – 2009 as President and Past President and worked on the Program Committee for 2018 and 2019. She has also volunteered on Committees and Executives for AFP, CAGP, and for Leave a Legacy. Currently, she is the volunteer Program Chair for Leadership Saskatoon’s Lunch & Learn Program.

Outside of her working life, Margot volunteers her time as a judge and mentor for the sport of synchronized swimming (now called artistic swimming), an organization she has been involved with for 50 years. Margot has two degrees in Literature from the University of Saskatchewan and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Saskatoon program, Class of 2018. Margot shares her life with her “boys,” Don Ewles and Simon B Underfoot, the cat (the “B” stands for Bitey).

Jonathan Huntington

Jonathan Huntington

VP of Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Cameco

Entering his 10th year at Cameco, Jonathan Huntington is a proud member and vice-president of the Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations department. In the middle of a global pandemic, Jonathan plays a leadership role within Cameco – helping manage changing circumstances: leading external and internal communications, while also overseeing community investment projects and engagement with northern Indigenous leaders near mine site operations. A Saskatchewan native with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina, Jonathan’s career path took him to Alberta – being named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 – before returning home to join Cameco. Named one of Saskatchewan’s Top 40 under 40 by CBC after joining Cameco, Jonathan enjoys the outdoors and is a marathon runner. Jonathan is also on the board of directors of the following organizations: Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), Saskatoon Friendship Inn and Saskatoon Sports Tourism.

Sheri Benson

Sheri Benson

United Way of Saskatoon & Area

For 25 years, Sheri has brought people together to tackle some of the most pressing issues in Saskatoon

As CEO for the local United Way since 2009, Sheri worked with community, labour and business groups to launch Saskatoon’s first-ever Plan to End Homelessness. Its Housing First Program Journey Home is living proof that, with solid leadership, we can tackle homelessness and save money at the same time. Sheri also implemented the organization’s ground-breaking Indigenous Engagement Strategy.

Sheri was elected to Canada’s House of Commons in 2015 serving for 4 years as the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon West. As a Member of Parliament, Sheri served as the NDP Critic for Labour, Deputy Critic for LGBTQ2+ issues, NDP Critic for Housing and Vice-chair of the Special Committee on Pay Equity where she called on the government to take immediate action to enact a proactive pay equity legislation. She advocated for a parliamentary committee on ending and preventing homelessness, increased funding for mental health services for Indigenous youth, and justice for residential school victims. Sheri also successfully pushed the government to enact a complete ban on asbestos.

As a proud mother and grandmother, Sheri is dedicated to building a safer, more equitable and better world—one we can be proud to leave to the next generation.

Don Ewles

Don Ewles

Saskatoon Community Foundation

Don joined the Saskatoon Community Foundation team in September 2008. Don has a broad background in the charitable sector, having managed programs and developed resources for several local organizations, including Friends of the Broadway Theatre, Epilepsy Saskatoon, Hemophilia Saskatchewan, and Jubilee Residences. His career began with an M.A. in English, and he taught English at the USask and the University of Regina, before working in the charitable sector.

During his 12 years with the Saskatoon Community Foundation, Don has been involved in administering virtually every type of granting program, including the Foundation’s many programs, federal, provincial and civic grants, many corporate granting programs, donor- created programs, and multi-sectoral funding partnerships.

Don has also served for 13 years on the SSFRE Executive in several roles.

Don and his wife Margot Weiner spend their spare time training their cat Simon to perform useful household chores. He hasn’t learned one yet, but they expect a breakthrough any day now.

Cara Bahr

Cara Bahr

YWCA Saskatoon

 Cara graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in sociology. In 2002 she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting. Cara is a CPA, CMA and holds a CIA designation. She has worked with a variety of businesses in the areas of project accounting, foreign currency management, internal audit, enterprise risk management, corporate social responsibility and community investment. Most recently Cara left an 11-year career in the financial services industry to pursue her passion for community.

In early May she accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer for the YWCA Saskatoon. She is passionate about the YWCA’s mission to advance the well-being of women, girls and their families. In her spare time Cara volunteers for a number of community organizations and has served on several non-profit Boards including the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Interval House and the Saskatoon Industry Education Council. Cara and her husband Scott have four wonderful children, three daughters and a son. They also welcomed their first grandchild into the family this past December.

Kent Hartshorn

Kent Hartshorn

DCG Philanthropic Services

 Kent is a strategic fundraising executive with a focus on assisting charities to build lasting, mutually enriching relationships with their donors and volunteers. 

After 15 years as a senior manager with a national printing firm in Saskatoon, he began his philanthropic career in 2007 as a major gift officer for the College of Kinesiology/Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan. His devotion to learning and skill as a fundraising leader enabled him to advance to Executive Director – Development, at the U of S, with oversight of all development activity raising $33M/yr.

In 2015, Kent joined DCG Philanthropic Services to be the Campaign Director for the University of Saskatchewan’s Home Ice Campaign, which achieved its $29M goal. He is currently Campaign Counsel on two other community fundraising campaigns. Kent also continues to share with boards and fundraising staff, his knowledge of the ‘art and science’ of fundraising, encompassing all avenues of fund development to achieve increased revenue generation. 

Kent and his wife Judy enjoy hiking, cycling, and attending local theatre productions. His interest in health and wellness involves training and participating in long-distance running events, which included qualifying and participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon. Nothing compares for Kent, however, then recently becoming Papa to his first grandchild, Albert.

Stacey Schewaga

Stacey Schewaga

College of Dentistry, U of S

 

Stacey Schewaga, Leadership Giving & Donor Relations officer in the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan, has been in her unique role for six years.  The only development person within the college means she is a one-stop shop for dentistry and wears many hats including alumni relations, communications, major gift, and donor relations.  A background in early childhood development, financial banking, and now non-profit in an educational setting, have all attributed to the success she has found.  Putting the donor first and making them feel uniquely special are top priorities in her role; keeping retention rates high and include a milestone gift for the college, its first million dollar gift. 

Damian McGrath

Damian McGrath

Scotia Wealth Management

 

Damian McGrath is the Estate and Trust Consultant for Scotiatrust in Saskatchewan. He often works with clients appointing the Trust Company as their executor and consults on their overall estate planning.

Damian has practised as a lawyer in Saskatoon for five years prior and the United Kingdom for ten.
Damian is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Canada and the STEP Saskatchewan Chapter.

He is a contributing member of the Saskatoon Estate Planning Council and sits as a committee member on Planned Giving for charitable organizations.

Damian has enjoyed calling Saskatchewan home for the last eight years, together with his wife Joanne and three rapidly growing children.

Carol Tebay

Carol Tebay

Autism Services of Saskatoon

 

Carol Tebay wears many hats: Development Coordinator for Autism Services of Saskatoon, Executive Assistant to Kinzel Cadrin & Associates, and owner of Executive Arrangements Event Planning.

Beginning as a Catering Coordinator in the hotel industry over 20 years ago, she eventually became Catering Manager at the Saskatoon Inn. In 2012, she left the hotel and began Executive Arrangements Event Planning.

A member of Autism Services with a son on the spectrum, Carol was hired as the event planner for the first Gatsby Night for Autism. This expanded into a yearly event planner contract, which morphed into the Development Coordinator role she has today.

Carol is married to her best friend, and has three children and a cat, all of whom make her smile on a regular basis. Her happy place is being on her kayak, in a secluded spot at the lake, drinking in the beauty of nature.

Anu Kashyap

Anu Kashyap

University of Saskatchewan

 

Anu Kashyap is a passionate fundraiser with a distinguished career in the sector for over 16 years. She was born in India and immigrated to Canada almost two decades ago and moved to Saskatoon. She is proud to call this amazing city home (except perhaps for a few weeks in January). She has graduated from the University of Delhi with a Masters in Psychology.

As Associate Director, Annual Giving, Anu works with a talented group of individuals engaged in enhancing student learning at the University of Saskatchewan. Anu’s successful career includes leadership roles at United Way of Saskatoon and Area, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, Hindu Society of Saskatchewan and Association of Fundraising Professionals, Saskatoon Chapter.

Anu was awarded the 2017 “Outstanding Fundraising Professional” by Association of Fundraising Professionals, Saskatoon Chapter.

Heather Macdonald

Heather Macdonald

DCG Philanthropic Services

 

Heather Macdonald prepared her first funding request a year after writing newspaper stories about the volunteer power behind Saskatoon’s annual United Way campaign. Her introduction to fund development – oddly enough an application from a United Way agency – came in 1997.

Since then, Heather has produced countless documents encouraging philanthropic donors and socially responsible corporations to support numerous non-profits and charities. She has no doubt improved at making the ask.

Heather’s understanding grew during conversations with volunteers reviewing grant applications for the Saskatoon Community Foundation. She learned more while interviewing stakeholders about the draft cases for support created for feasibility studies conducted by DCG Philanthropic Services Inc. Sprinkle in professional development sessions offered by SSFRE, AFP and CAGP and you’d almost think she knows what’s she talking about.

Nowshad Ali

Nowshad Ali

President, On Purpose Leadership

One of Shad’s core beliefs is that true growth and development comes from an intense understanding of self and a commitment to support and develop the capacity of others to realize their dreams and their potential. With a strong involvement and commitment to community, Shad has coached sports teams and served on several community boards and committees.

  • Hold the CPBA designation (Certified Personal Behaviour Analyst)
  • Hold the CPVA Designation (Certified personal Values Analyst)
  • Diploma in Adult Education – St. Francis Xavier University
  • Hold the CFRE designation (Certified Fund Raising Executive)
  • Completed course work and examinations for the AME program with Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Shad has worked with a number of Canada’s leading universities and charities including: McGill University, McMaster University, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Nature Canada, Sick Kids Foundation, Covenant House, The Lung Association, and Canadian Red Cross.

Shad’s leadership roles have included service with leading organizations such as: Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals; Canadian Society of Association Executives; and Association of Fundraising Professionals. Shad has presented at several conferences on topics such as: Strategic Planning, Building High Performance Teams, Leadership Dynamics, Peak Performance, Board Governance, Secrets of Sales Success, Dynamic Communications, Breakthrough Growth Strategies, Getting the Goods Through Sponsorship, Strategic Donor Development, True Donor Centered Relations Management, Fundraising in Culturally Diverse Communities, , Philanthropy with Purpose, What Canadian Donors Want; Social Enterprise Framework for Canada, Fund Development in Multi-Level organizations and many other topics.

Shad is considered a thought leader in areas such as: Leadership; Business Growth; Leading High Performing Teams; Organization Development, Talent Management; Assessment of Behaviour, Motivation, Emotional Intelligence and Core Competencies; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Not-for-profit Management/Leadership.