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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.