Beyond Good Intentions

WE Charity and lessons learned about donor diligence

July 30th, 8am EST

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This 90 minute webinar will provide you with an opportunity to hear experts in charity law, finance, impact investment, community organizing and brand strategy and marketing. 

Webinar Panelists

Using WE Charity as a case study, this panel has been gathered to answer your questions about donor diligence, how to evaluate impact and how to ask questions that get to the heart of an organizations’ values, impact and governance strength.


Mark Blumberg


Partner, Blumberg Segal LLP

Mark works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad. He is particularly interested in the regulation of nonprofits and charities in Canada, philanthropy, transparency requirements for the voluntary sector, providing accessible information on regulatory issues, and the use of data to make more informed decisions on the charity sector. Mark is on the Charities Directorate Technical Issues Working Group, which is a bi-annual meeting between the Charities Directorate, the Department of Finance and the charity sector to discuss technical and policy issues pertaining to registered charities and the Income Tax Act (Canada).  Mark has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law.

Narinder Dhami


Strategic Advisor, Philanthropy & Impact Investing

Narinder, a Canada Top 40 Under 40 2019 honouree, is a leader in social finance and philanthropy.  She is a lecturer at Ryerson University and has been recognized as a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader.  Across the last decade, Narinder designed and scaled two social ventures: as the Managing Director she built LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, an innovator in venture philanthropy, and as the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development she provided an entrepreneurial path to employment for those with a history of mental health and addiction challenges. Narinder has also worked in West Africa at the Première Agence de Microfinance across Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire and with Acumen across Ghana and Nigeria. She holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, and a BASc from the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering. 

June Findlay


Social Media and Creative Strategist  

June is a talented and trusted social media creative strategist. She has spent many years working and volunteering in the charitable and corporate sectors, growing the online presence of major brands. June wrote her Masters Thesis "Pomp and Circumstance: Communication Strategy, Charitainment and the Media Event in the Humanitarian Context" focusing on the communication strategies of WE Day, which won the Best Civil Society Thesis award in 2012 in Sweden. She recently wrote about WE Charity's activity in the context of the current federal government scandal for Flare Magazine. She holds a BA in International Relations and French-English Translation from York University and an MA in Media and Communication Science from Mid Sweden University.

Malcolm Burrows


Head, Philanthropic Advisory Services Scotiabank 

Malcolm is a nationally-known philanthropic advisor and gift planner.  He spent 13 years with three Toronto charities before assuming his current role in 2004. Scotia Wealth Management is the largest national service provider to private foundations and operates Aqueduct Foundation, a public foundation with donor advised funds. Malcolm is active as a speaker, writer and volunteer in the charitable sector. He has worked extensively as a volunteer on tax and policy issues relating to the charitable sector. As past-chair and member of the Government Relations Committee of the CAGP he has contributed to the development of new charitable tax incentives, including the elimination of capital gains on gifts of public securities.

Hawa Mire


Strategic Senior Leader + Community Organizer

Hawa Y. Mire is a critical writer, strategic senior leader and community organizer based on the indigenous lands of Tkaronto/Toronto. In 2017 she completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University where her research examined community storytelling as a place of transformation.

Kate Bahen

Managing Director, Charity Intelligence

Kate is the Managing Director of the Canadian charity research service Charity Intelligence (CI), Canada's go-to trusted source for information on Canadian charities. CI provides Canadian donors with information that helps them make informed and intelligent giving decisions to have the greatest impact. Prior to Charity Intelligence, Kate worked in the financial sector from Burns Fry Research to UBS WarBurgs. Kate has a Bachelor degree from McGill and a CFA.  

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