The Ties that Bind: Investing in Charitable Organizations

The Ties that Bind: Investing in Charitable Organizations

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Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST
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Canadians have given generously to support the charitable and not-for-profit sector in the fight against COVID-19. These charitable organizations have also faced considerable challenges in their ability to deliver their essential programs.  Join us for an insightful discussion with leading Canadian charities and non-profit organizations on their collaborations to help support our country’s most vulnerable populations.


Michael Allen | President and CEO | United Way East Ontario

Michael was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and after 22 years in this community he now calls Ottawa home. Following a career that saw Michael practicing law and then working on Parliament Hill, Michael was drawn to United Way by the opportunity to help others in his adopted community. For Michael, what really sealed the deal was the ice storm, which took place during his first year at United Way. “At a time when the community really had to pull together, United Way didn’t seem to have a role in helping during that disaster,” says Michael. “I wanted United Way to be thought of as a place where the community could turn to in these different times of need. More and more often, that’s happening today.” Michael gets involved in other ways in his community, a committed soccer dad, he has also been a fundraiser for his children’s hockey teams. For Michael, working at United Way is a constant source of inspiration. “Our volunteers are here helping out in their spare time and our staff is extremely committed and motivated. We share a common goal of helping others in their community.”


Dan Clement | President & CEO | United Way Centraide Canada

Dan holds the position of President & CEO, and Secretary of the Board for United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) where he leads a national movement for social change comprising 76 local United Way and Centraide (UWC) organizations serving more than 5,000 Canadian communities.

Dan has 20 years of leadership experience within the UWC Movement at the local, provincial and national levels. He brings his expertise to UWCs’ work on community impact and engagement, public policy, product development, network governance and business transformation. Dan is leading and championing the UWC transformation and future state vision process for growth and impact. Dan engages with stakeholders through donor, government and media relations, engaging in public policy development to drive the United Way Centraide mission forward.

Prior to joining UWC Dan held positions with the Ontario Government and managed an independent consulting practice offering services in urban planning, public policy, housing and research.

Amy Avis | General Counsel | Canadian Red Cross

Amy Avis was appointed General Counsel for the Canadian Red Cross in 2017 and has been with the organization for over 10 years. In this role, Amy oversees a team of legal and risk professionals and her role includes compliance, critical incident management, personnel security and public policy.
A recognized expert in her field, Amy is frequently asked to present on risk, legal, policy and compliance issues to other charities and humanitarian actors. Amy is a member of the Charities Directorate Technical Issues Working Group, and in 2015 represented the Canadian humanitarian sector in the global Financial Action Task Force consultations in London and Vienna.
Amy has a further operational role in specialized emergency management and operates service lines for granting and case management for small businesses and individuals.  
During her over ten years with the Canadian Red Cross, Amy has supported the CRC’s major large-scale operations domestically and internationally including Fort McMurray Fires, BC Fires and most recently the COVID-19 response. This support has included successfully negotiating countless contracts and undertaken complex compliance audits across Canada and in South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. 


Andrew Chunilall | CEO | Community Foundations Canada

Andrew joined Community Foundations Canada in 2013 and became CEO in 2017, following a six-year tenure as Vice-President of Finance for the London Community Foundation and his long-standing service as a finance and regulatory expert for Canada’s philanthropic milieu. Now at the head of the community foundation movement, Andrew is working closely with the Community Foundations of Canada Leadership team, Board and foundations in Canada and abroad to help the philanthropic sector transform, innovate and meet the new challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. An increasingly active public speaker, Andrew is helping raise awareness for how the philanthropic sector’s convening power, leadership and action around targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals can help Canadian communities reach their full potential.

Outside of Community Foundations of Canada, Andrew has been highly active in the nonprofit community for 15 years, serving on numerous boards including Community Living London and Art for AIDS International. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of the Southwest Local Health Integration Network by former Minister of Health, Deb Matthews. In 2015, he was among 250 selected emerging leaders to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He recently joined the Board of WINGS, the global network of grantmaker associations and philanthropic support organisations.

With a background in education in economics and commerce, Andrew obtained his chartered accountant designation in 2002 and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Assurance and Advisory Group.