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Closing Panel: Panel Moderator Robin Cardozo, COO of SickKids Foundation

Robin Cardozo, COO of SickKids Foundation, will moderate an amazing panel of NFP sector leaders, talking about Creating and Sustaining Meaningful Group Volunteer Opportunities.

VECTor’s closing panel will discuss proven strategies and new ideas for engaging group volunteers in support of an organization’s mission. They will explore the challenges and rewards of working with group volunteers.

You won’t want to miss this enlightening discussion featuring a cross-sector group of panelists:

Julia Gorman, Chief Development Officer, United Way Toronto

Seanna Dempsey, Vice President Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation

Judy Leroux, Development Manager, Youth Without Shelter

Tanya Bell, Manager, Employee Volunteer and Fundraising, RBC


Panelist Biographies

L. Robin Cardozo, Chief Operating Officer, SickKids Foundation - Panel Moderator

Robin Cardozo joined SickKids Foundation in April 2012 as Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Robin’s responsibilities include Finance, Legal,  Information Technology, Human Resources, and support to the President on governance and strategic issues. Next to government, SickKids Foundation is the largest funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Robin served for twelve years as Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada’s largest grant-making  foundations with a mission to help build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and during Robin’s tenure more than $1 billion in grants were made to deserving not-for-profit organizations across the province.

For a decade before that, Mr. Cardozo served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Way Toronto. During those years, Mr. Cardozo’s leadership earned him the United Way movement’s highest national honour, the André Mailhot Award.

Mr. Cardozo was born in Pakistan, and was educated in Pakistan and in Britain. He was trained as a Chartered Accountant in the 1970’s, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA) in 2000. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Mr. Cardozo currently serves on the Boards of Centennial College and the Ontario Nonprofit Network. In 2013, he was awarded the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.


Seanna Dempsey, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation

Seanna Dempsey joined SickKids Foundation in October 2004.  In her current role as Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Seanna is responsible for developing philanthropic and marketing relationships with the corporate sector, stewarding corporate donors and overseeing the Children’s Miracle Network program.

With more than 15 years of fundraising experience, Seanna has grown and developed her career within SickKids Foundation, cultivating gifts through corporate and employee giving as well as engaging donors through cause marketing, sponsorship and event initiatives. In addition, Seanna recently led the Hospital Family Campaign at SickKids, successfully engaging and leading SickKids staff to contribute $5 million in support of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.

Prior to SickKids, Seanna was the Director of Community Investment at Foresters, a financial services company. In her role, she led the development and management of corporate social responsibility strategy with national partners.

Seanna had been engaged in many volunteer activities including Camp Oochigeas, Sunflower House Daycare, Sistema-Toronto, and currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter.


Julia Gorman, Chief Development Officer, United Way Toronto

Julia Gorman assumed the role of United Way Toronto’s Chief Development Officer in April 2014. In this new role she is responsible for leadership on all marketing and fundraising strategies related to United Way’s multiple stakeholders, including our corporate and individual donors, volunteers and community partners. The focus of United Way’s fundraising activity is our Annual Campaign, which includes annual and one-time targeted donations as well as endowment gifts. In 2013 United Way’s supporters raised a record breaking $117-million for the community.

As a member of United Way Toronto’s Senior Executive Team, Julia participates in the development and implementation of the strategic and operational direction for North America’s largest United Way, supporting over 200 community agencies and programs across Toronto. A seasoned fundraising professional with experience in all aspects of fund development, Julia has a particular interest in new donor acquisition, workplace fundraising strategy, brand awareness and engagement of United Way’s broad base of volunteers and donors.

Julia is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto Chapter and sits on United Way Worldwide Women’s Leadership Council Regional Advocates, working to encourage women in philanthropy internationally. In addition, Julia is a member of the lnstitute of Corporate Director’s Non Profit Task Force.


Judy Leroux, Development Manager, Youth Without Shelter

Judy Leroux joined the Youth Without Shelter Team in 2007 as Development Manager. In this role Judy leads the shelters’ fundraising, volunteer and community engagement initiatives. Judy holds an Honours BA in Business and Recreation from the University of Waterloo, and a postgraduate diploma in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber Guelph.

As Youth Without Shelter’s first full-time development professional Judy has grown donated revenue over 300% to an annual fundraising budget of $786,000. This growth has enabled Youth Without Shelter to add an employment program for youth; enhance aftercare services; launch a new case management model; introduce educational outreach into schools; and develop a volunteer program. With a focus on group volunteering the Youth Without Shelter volunteer program in 2014 saw 2,450 volunteers donate more than 15,875 volunteer hours, significantly benefiting the lives of the over 1,000 youth who call YWS home annually.

Throughout both her corporate and nonprofit sector careers Judy has been inspired by a quote from the anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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