The Canadian Charity Law Association (CCLA) is pleased to present: Charities, Regulation and Donors – some international perspectives on June 22, 2017 at 8:30AM in Toronto.  The 1/2 day program will cover 4 thought provoking topics (see bios below) and have two excellent international guests.  The room can only hold 33 people so if you are interested book quickly.


1) Charity regulation and what makes a good regulator (David Locke)

• Principles of good charity regulation

• David will draw on his experience in Australia and England working with charity regulators in both countries

2) The Australian regulatory system and how it is structured (David Locke)

• How are charities and other non-profits regulated in Australia

3) Changing Face of Major Philanthropists (Michael Alberg-Seberich)

• How earning your own money and giving while living affects philanthropic outlook

4) International Philanthropy from and to Canada (Mark Blumberg)

• International trends with cross-border philanthropy

• What are the Canadian rules and how the Canadian rules compare to other countries.


David Locke, Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

David Locke was Chief Adviser to the ACNC Taskforce prior to his appointment to the role of Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services at the ACNC. David was formerly the Executive Director of Charity Services at the Charity Commission of England and Wales, with responsibility for the strategic leadership and operational delivery of all the Commission's one-to-one services to charities. David led a transformation of the Commission's services which were recognised when he and his team won the UK Public Service Award for Best Operational Delivery across Government. David has worked as an adviser to several international governments on the regulation of non-government organisations.

David is a qualified lawyer who started his career in community legal centres where he spent over 10 years managing the delivery of services to the public. David has served as a board member and volunteer of a number of charities and not-for-profits.

Michael Alberg-Seberic

Michael Alberg-Seberich is currently the inaugural CKX Philanthropy in Canada & Mercator Fellow. As part of the fellowship he conducts research on the relationship between philanthropy and government in Canada and the Philanthropy support infrastructure in Canada.

Michael is Managing Director at Beyond Philanthropy. Together with Dr. Felicitas von Peter, he is responsible for the development of business and people. He heads the advisory work of Beyond Philanthropy and handles all questions relating to philanthropy, CSR and impact investing. Michael is especially passionate about social justice work with a focus on education. Besides the advisory assignments, Michael also works with our clients as an organisational developer, facilitator and coach. Michael regularly writes for Alliance Magazine, Center for Effective Philanthropy and other blogs. He has been asked to speak on a variety of industry topics.

Next to his role at Beyond Philanthropy, Michael is also Managing Partner at Active Philanthropy.

Before joining Beyond and Active Philanthropy, Michael held various operative positions at the Bertelsmann Foundation. He was a Project Manager in the field of Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance Education and for strategy development in politics and federalism reform. Michael also managed the Carl-Bertelsmann Prize 2007 “Civic Engagement as an Educational Goal”.

Michael studied North American Studies, Anthropology and International Law at the University of Bonn and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After his graduation, he worked as language and cultural affairs lecturer at the University of Oxford.

Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg is a charity lawyer based in Toronto with Blumberg Segal LLP and has worked for over 20 years on issues relating to non-profits, registered charities and philanthropy, in Canada and abroad. Mark has written and lectured extensively on these topics. He is the editor of two blogs namely and™ and manages and

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