Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Forum Sessions and Speakers


June 8

Welcome Reception: 6:30 p.m. - 9:oo p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

Connected North – Transforming Lives Through Technology

In 2014 Cisco Canada, in partnership with over 35 corporate and NGO partners, launched Connected North - a high definition Telepresence video network that connects northern communities to each other, and to organizations, experts, teachers, students, doctors, mental healthcare providers and many others across Canada and around the world. Connected North has two main goals – to make the classroom more dynamic and engaging; and to provide virtual Youth Mental Health services on-demand. Connected North began with one pilot school in Iqaluit and scaled quickly to schools in Nunavut, Ontario, the NWT, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This year over 30 schools will be part of the Connected North network.  This presentation will tell the Connected North story, and how partners came together with a shared vision for capacity building in communities across Canada’s north.  
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Corriero, Taking IT Global
Recognized by Forbes in 2013 as an Innovative Rising Star in Education, Healthcare and Environment, Jennifer Corriero has designed and delivered youth engagement programs since 1999 when she co-founded TakingITGlobal. Jennifer earned her BA and Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and was appointed as Adjunct Professor by the Faculty of Health.


June 9


Three Streams


Ages and Stages: Engaging today’s multi-generational workforces in your ESV programs

Different generations approach community involvement differently.  Understand the values and motivations of employees at each stage of their working lives to encourage greater engagement in ESV activities.

Speaker:  James Temple, PwC Canada

Retiree and Alumni Volunteers   

What are the benefits of engaging employees who have either retired or moved on? What are the various retiree/alumni volunteer program models within businesses and in the community?  This session will address these questions and provide a forum for participants to exchange insights and experiences. 

Presenter:  Paula Speevak, President and CEO, Volunteer Canada

Speakers: Adele Robertson, The V Generation;  Jennifer Filson, CESO

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs): Connected to Community

Learn how SMEs define employer- supported volunteering, the challenges they face because of their size and how their approaches to engaging employees and community partners differ from large corporations.

Moderator:  Katherine Scott, Canadian Council on Social Development
Panelists:  Alison O’Rourke, BMS Group and Jane Hennig, Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and area



Mobilizing Employee Volunteers for Disaster or Emergency Response

How can companies prepare to more effectively mobilize their employees in times of disaster or emergency?  Hear how the non-profit, business and public sectors worked together in a recent Canadian disaster response effort.

Moderator:  Deborah Pike, Volunteer Canada
Panelists:  Sarah Sargent, Canadian Red Cross Society; Tanya Bell, RBC; Amanda Pick, Missing Children Society of Canada; Annette Vautour-McKay, Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick

Pro Bono Volunteering

Is pro bono/skills based volunteerism the boon for non-profits that many think it is?  If it is, why is there an imbalance between the growing numbers of employees and individuals who want to volunteer and available opportunities?  Dr. Gornitsky of LBG Associates will share the results of her firm's latest study on Pro Bono Volunteerism, including a discussion of the challenges that non-profits face and solutions that address these challenges.

Presenter:  Linda B. Gornitsky, Ph.D., President and Founder, LBG Associates
Speakers:  Deb Swartz, Accenture; Criss Habal-Brosek, Progress Place; Justin Scaini, Accenture

Group Volunteering

Trends, tips and new directions in group volunteering.

Moderator:  Megan Marshall, Cenovus Energy
Panelists:  Erica Thompson, Nature Conservancy of Canada; Cathy Hall, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division; Wendy Cooper, AMEX



Evaluation and Impact of ESV programs

More and more companies are striving to maximize the value of their corporate investment into Canadian communities. Hear more about how to create value and measure performance in corporate community investment and employer-supported volunteering programs.   

Speaker:  Stephanie Robertson, President, SiMPACT Strategy Group

The Transformational Company: Qualities in Action

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) presents its research on a new approach for businesses seeking to improve their social and environmental impact.  Learn about the 19 qualities of a transformational company and how these qualities can address systemic societal risks, challenges and opportunities that will affect their ability to succeed and thrive.

Presenter:  Steven Fish, Executive Director, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility

Using technology to improve employee engagement in ESV programs

Moderator: Paula Speevak, Volunteer Canada
Panelists:  Dave Sciuk, Benevity; Tanya Bell, RBC; Susan Byrom, First West Credit Union


For more information, please contact:

Deborah Pike

Director of Knowledge Assets, Volunteer Canada | 1-800-670-0401 ext. 234