- “Giving More than Money” by Mustafa Ahmed, poet
- “HiveMind Gives: Grassroots Crowdfunding” by Margaret Atwood, author
- “The Next Frontier of Corporate Philanthropy” by Tania Carnegie, KPMG
- “The Growth of Global Philanthropy” by Tony Elischer, THINK Consulting Solutions
- “What We Owe” by Mellissa Fung, CBC broadcaster
- “Attracting Diversity” by Krishan Mehta, Ryerson University
- “What Not to Give” by Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada
- “Anybody Can Afford to Give” by Robin Taub, Robin Taub Financial Consulting
With closing remarks from Chair, Business for the Arts, Jim Fleck, OC.
Mustafa Ahmed started writing at the age of ten, as a means of expressing himself and reflecting on society. His poetry touches on the subjects of poverty, drugs, violence, and immigration. Living in Regent Park, Canada’s first inner-city housing project, Ahmed was exposed to the experiences and lifestyles he writes about. He has performed in association with various organizations, such as the Children’s Aid Society, the Toronto District School Board, Hot Docs, TEDxToronto, and more.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her new novel, MaddAddam is the follow-up to The Year of the Flood (2009) and her 2003 Giller Prize winner, Oryx and Crake. Other recent publications include The Door, a volume of poetry (2007), Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008) and In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011). Additional titles include the 2000 Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Robber Bride; Cat’s Eye; The Handmaid’s Tale; and The Penelopiad. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Tania Carnegie is the national executive director of community leadership at KPMG Canada. She sits on the advisory committee of the Queen’s School of Business Centre for Responsible Leadership and the board of LIFT Philanthropy Partners. She is also a global ambassador for Free the Children and the past director of Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Carnegie is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her significant contributions to her community.
Tony Elischer is the founder of Think Consulting Solutions. He is also a fellow at the Institute of Fundraising in the United Kingdom, a board member of The International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, and past chair of the International Fundraising Congress and the International Workshop on Resource Mobilization. Elischer has over thirty years of experience in the non-profit sector, and has been a consultant for the last fourteen years, working at the highest level across a range of causes and organizations.
Mellissa Fung, an award-winning journalist, has been with CBC Television since 2000. As a national correspondent, she has been on the front lines of a wide range of stories on both Canadian and world affairs, including the Beijing Olympics and the war in Afghanistan, and she has worked on documentaries on topics such as asbestos mining and post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers returning from war. Her bestselling book, Under an Afghan Sky: A Memoir of Captivity, chronicles her experience after being kidnapped by insurgents in Afghanistan in 2008. Fung divides her time between Toronto and Washington.
Krishan Mehta is the Executive Director, Campaign at Ryerson University. Previously, he held a variety of fundraising, alumni and marketing roles at Seneca College and the University of Toronto. Krishan is also an instructor in Ryerson’s fundraising management certificate program and a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where he is conducting research on the philanthropy of high net-worth immigrants in Canada. He serves as the Vice President of Inclusion and Equity for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter and co-chair of the Inclusive Giving Project, a multi-year government-funded program that brings together donors, community leaders and non-profit managers to share their experiences of giving and fundraising within twelve diverse communities across Ontario.
Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author, and acclaimed public speaker. She is the founder and executive director of War Child Canada, a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and a regular foreign affairs panelist on CBC’s The National. Her written work has appeared in Maclean’s, Reuters, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and The Huffington Post. She was recently named one of 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and one of Canada’s Five Leading Activists by Time Magazine. In July 2011, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Robin Taub is a financial literacy consultant, speaker, blogger, and bestselling author. She has held professional positions at two of Canada’s largest accounting firms, and spent five years in the complex world of derivatives marketing at Citi Canada. She is chair of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council, educating employers and providing information and resources to support women’s advancement in the accounting profession. Taub graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and earned her chartered accountant designation in 1989.
The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation as part of an educational mandate to provide forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians. The Walrus Foundation produces The Walrus magazine, the most awarded publication in Canada, as well as producing content at thewalrus.ca, on Walrus TV, and on stages from coast to coast to coast.
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