I am looking forward to being on a panel for the APRA conference in Toronto on Wednesday.  The panel is entitled “Focus on Canada’s Non?Profit Sector – Thriving or Just Surviving?”  This going to be quite exciting.

Session Session Title Moderator Level
Lunch Panel: Focus on Canada’s Non?Profit Sector – Thriving or Just Surviving? Preeti Gill & Others General
Level: General
Panel: Focus on Canada’s Non?Profit Sector – Thriving or Just Surviving?

Moderator: Preeti Gill, Research Officer, University of British Columbia

Panel: Mark Blumberg, Partner, Blumberg Segal LLP; Terry Burton, President, Dig In Research;
Nicole Nakoneshny, Vice President & Editor of KCI Philanthropic Trends Quarterly, KCI (Ketchum
Canada); Rupen Seoni, Vice President & Practice Leader, Environics Analytics

As prospect researchers, we are students of philanthropy. We study the nature and scope of
giving in Canada which is constantly evolving. As capital and targeted campaigns get larger and
more frequent, are major gifts keeping up? Who is giving now? How can we better engage the
multicultural communities in our diverse country? How has new technology affected giving?
Find out more about the state of our charitable sector during this lingering economic
slowdown. Join service providers and policy experts as we explore these and other topical
questions during a panel discussion on trends in philanthropy.


Preeti Gill (Session Moderator), is Research Officer at the University of British Columbia, a role
she has held since 2005. Part of one of Canada’s largest prospect research teams, she has
worked with numerous faculty and central?unit fundraisers and now primarily identifies alumni
and major gift prospects for the President’s Office, the Vice?President’s Office, regional
fundraisers and Alumni Relations. Moving from occasional user to devoted fan, Preeti joined
LinkedIn in 2009 and has since uncovered numerous “lost alumni” for her colleagues. She has
led LinkedIn tutorials for research, fundraising and alumni relations staff at UBC. Preeti is Co?
Chair of Leading Discovery, APRA?Canada’s 2012 Conference. Connect with her on LinkedIn:
http://ca.linkedin.com/in/preetigill and follow her on Twitter @Preeti_Things.

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost
exclusively in the area of Canadian non?profit and charity law. Mark has a BA in Political Science
from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia, and a LLM from
Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law. Mark is on the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association
(CBA) National Charities and Not?for?Profit Law Section and is also on the Executive of the
Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Charity and Non?Profit Law section. Mark is also the editor of
www.canadiancharitylaw.ca, a Canadian charity law website, and www.globalphilanthropy.ca, a
Canadian website dedicated to legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating abroad.

Nicole Nakoneshny has over 14 years of experience working in the non?profit sector. Fluent in
both English and French, her expertise includes organizational audits and assessments, strategic
planning, development of revenue generation strategies as well as capital campaign
fundraising.  In addition to her client work, she is Editor of KCI’s Philanthropic Trends Quarterly. Published
four times a year, it provides the non?profit sector with guidance and insight on a variety of
topics. Prior to joining KCI, Ms. Nakoneshny held positions with the University of Manitoba’s
I.H. Asper School of Business, the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management and United Way of
Winnipeg. An active volunteer, Ms. Nakoneshny is a long time volunteer with the Canadian National
Institute for the Blind, serving a talking book narrator for 14 years. She also serves as a
telephone counselor with the Toronto Distress Centre.
Ms. Nakoneshny holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba.

Rupen Seoni, Vice President and Practice Leader at Environics Analytics, leads the government,
health care and not?for?profit practice. He brings seventeen years of experience in market
analytics, working with market leaders to unlock the value of information in decision?making
and business strategy. His practice area specializes in helping public?sector organizations
understand population trends, segmentation and performance benchmarking. Previously, he
has worked for both consulting and client firms in consumer packaged goods, financial services,
retail and not?for?profits. Prior to joining Environics Analytics, Rupen led CIBC’s customer
satisfaction tracking program and was an internal consultant on various marketing problems.
He worked at Compusearch, Canada’s original geodemographic company, and ACNielsen early
in his career. As a consultant, Rupen has helped not?for?profits such as Pride Toronto and First
Night measure the economic impact and marketing opportunity of community festivals. Rupen
also serves on the boards of the Community One Foundation and the Canadian Urban Institute.
He graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s degree in Urban Planning.