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5th Annual CKNN Conference

“Strengthening Our Roots”


Dan Pallotta

Join us for an exclusive speaking engagement and book signing!

Join hundreds of other nonprofit sector leaders and supporters for our 5th Annual Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Conference, "Strengthening Our Roots", featuring world-renowned charity guru, Dan Pallotta. Dan has generously agreed to make himself available for an exclusive speaking engagement and book signing opportunity, featuring his latest book, "Uncharitable".

In a time of change unlike anything we've ever experienced in our sector before - with new governments, new and revised policies and regulations, and increasingly complex challenges in our local communities - it's important that we share our thoughts, collect ideas, discuss solutions, and get inspired.

We have pulled together a program for you featuring some of the most highly sought-after experts in the field. "Strengthening Our Roots" will feature key insights from nonprofit trailblazers who are driving success within their respective fields in this rapidly changing environment. Our exclusive line-up features these notable visionaries:

* BETTY FERREIRA, CPA, CMA - Civil Society Futurist & Transformation Strategist
* DAVID HARTLEY - Consultant/Trainer, Board Governance
* JENNIFER JURGENS- Principal, 1 Bold Step
* PAUL NAZARETH- National Vice President, Canadian Association of Gift Planners
* DOUG SARTORI- Founder, Windsor Hackforge
* CATHY TAYLOR- Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network
* DANIELE ZANOTTI- President & CEO of United Way Greater Toronto

Are the roots of your organization strong enough to withstand these powerful and unrelenting winds of change? Don't allow your organization to be left behind. Together, we will learn how to strengthen our individual organizations, our networks, and our sector as we adapt to these new demands and ways of working that are being thrust upon us at lightening speeds. Join us to arm yourself with the most up-to-date information, so that together, we can continue to help our communities prosper and thrive.

Early Bird Rate (tickets purchased on or before March 1, 2019): $225.00 CDN (all fees included)
Regular Rate (tickets purchased after March 1, 2019): $325.00 (all fees included)
Ticket Price Includes: Entry to All Sessions, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Non-alcoholic Beverages


Chatham-Kent is closer than you think! Almost 42% of North America's population lives within a day's drive.

Wheelchair accessible. Free parking.

Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network is a community-building initiative of United Way of Chatham-Kent and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. CKNN engages with, and advocates for, the hundreds of local nonprofit and charitable organizations in order to build a strong and resilient nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent.



Dan has been committed to human transformation since he began studying it as a freshman at Harvard. "I think my classmates thought I had a screw loose," he says. "There weren't many popular frames of reference for human consciousness back in 1979. Words like 'possibility' and 'transformation' weren't in vogue. But I knew from the moment I first encountered them that transformation technologies held the key to creating the kind of world we all want to live in."


Dan invented the multi- day charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. The model and methods he created are now employed by dozens of charities and have raised in excess of $1.5 billion more for important causes from pediatric leukemia to AIDS to suicide prevention and many others. You can view detailed financial results of the events, see photos, videos and more on the Pallotta TeamWorks website: 


In the last five years alone, Dan has given over 275 talks on philanthropy and innovation in 34 states and eight countries. He is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, and has spoken twice at TED, and at and for Google, E-Bay, KPMG, UBS, Stanford, Wharton, Brown, Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government,  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Council on Foundations, the Philanthropy Roundtable, the Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, national and global conferences for United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Childrens Miracle Network, and many others. 

2013 TEDTalk

Dan's iconic TED 2013 Talk has been viewed more than 4 million times. It is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. It generated tremendous conversation, and is one of the twenty most-commented TED Talks of all time. It is one of the featured talks in the book, "TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking," by Chris Anderson, Head of TED.

“The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong” 


Dan is the author of “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential,” the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that the book, “deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto.” His newest book is, “Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World.” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has described it as “An Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector”.

Dan is a featured regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review online.


He is the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change. 


Dan is the Chief Humanity officer for Advertising for Humanity, a bold agency of ideas committed to strengthening the fundraising power of some of America's most innovative humanitarian organizations.  


Dan is a recipient of the Liberty Hill Foundation Creative Vision award, the Triangle Humanitarian of the Year award, the Albany State University International Citizen of the Year award, and the Seven Fund’s Morality of Profit Essay Prize.

He has been written about in feature and cover stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, American Public Media’s Marketplace, the TED Radio Hour, the BBC's Business Matters, and on numerous NPR stations, among others.


Dan lives in Massachusetts with his husband and their three children.

Our exclusive CONFERENCE line-up features these notable visionaries:


Betty Ferreira



Civil Society Futurist & Transformation Strategist “Practical NFP Models are Changing”

I am a former Executive Director of several not-for-profit organizations and the founder and principal consultant of ReStructure Consulting, a niche consulting firm focusing on building the resilience of not-for-profit organizations so that they are better equipped to fulfill their mission.

I am passionate about transforming and modernizing organizations.  Increasingly my transformation work focuses on modernizing not-for-profit organizations through strategic financial leadership, digital transformation, mergers and amalgamations, and radical organization-wide strategic turnaround transformation.  Late in my career, I earned my CPA, CMA designation in 2013 and achieved a Masters Certificate Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2016 to strengthen my capacity to assist not-for-profit organizations and funders.

My 25 years of experience as a former Executive Director, not-for-profit strategic and financial transformation expertise, lean six sigma training and my 12 years consulting allows me to take a very thorough and comprehensive approach to organizational transformation. 

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David Hartley


Principal Consultant - Hartley Nonprofit Consulting, Inc “Board Governance, Risk Management & Leadership”

David Hartley has trained or consulted over 20,000 Canadian nonprofit senior staff or board members in the past 10 years in over 160 Canadian communities. He carries the Canadian Risk Management (C.R.M.) designation. David’s greatest passion is coming alongside exceptional but tired nonprofit staff and their Board.


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Jennifer Jurgens


 Principal Consultant - 1 Bold Step “Why Marketing Comes First”, and “Building Great Teams”

Jen is a catalyst that loves to make everything she touches somehow better, faster, and more efficient.  From creating some of the first hosted e-commerce solutions at Pandesic (an Intel/SAP venture), to working with The HON Company, Konica Minolta, Safety-Kleen, Adtegrity, USXchange, The American Heart Association, and others to bring process and marketing ROI, to serving as executive director for Susan G. Komen Michigan, and most recently, scaling growth as the president of SalesPad, Jen brings clarity to the complex and builds trust-based teams that keep organizations moving forward. In her current role at 1 Bold Step, she is helping companies and organizations organize, optimize, and grow.  

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Paul Nazareth


National Vice President, CAGP “Planned Giving: Strengthening Relationships with Donors and Advisors”

Paul Nazareth is a leader in Canada’s philanthropic sector with over 19 years’ experience. Currently the Vice President, Education & Development at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, he most recently was VP at the charity CanadaHelps. Paul has been a philanthropic advisor with Scotia Wealth and spent over a decade with charities like the University of Toronto and the 230 Churches of the Catholic Church of Greater Toronto. He is on the board of several charities, is Chair of the Advisory Board at the Humber College postgraduate fundraising program, a speaker in every Province with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, in 2016 was named a lifetime “Friend” of CAGP and speaks to advisor groups such as Advocis, CPA and Estate Planning Councils. Paul writes on philanthropy for a variety of publications as well as appearing on national television speaking about charitable giving. 

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Steve Pratt


CEO, United Way of Chatham-Kent Introductory Remarks

As a lifelong philanthropist, Steve Pratt is honoured to have been welcomed into the United Way movement serving as the Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Chatham-Kent. Steve has spent time serving as an advocate for the Government of Ontario, having been recently appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on the Opioid Overdose Emergency Task Force. He also is currently working in partnership with the University of Toronto and University of Windsor as the co-lead investigator in a study examining barriers individuals face in accessing mental health and addiction services in a predominantly rural community. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business in Marketing and Operations Management. 

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Doug Sartori


Principal Consultant - Parallel 42 Systems “Technology for NFPs”

Doug Sartori has more than 15 years of experience in software development, solution design, and project management. He's worked on products used in organizations around the world, from Fortune 500 companies to small enterprises. Doug founded Windsor Hackforge, a non-profit dedicated to capacity building in technology, to help build an educated and empowered community.


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Cathy Taylor


Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)“Strengthening the Roots in the Nonprofit Sector”

Cathy has been a member of the ONN team since June 2012. Throughout her 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, including as the founding Executive Director of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, she has been passionate about collaboration and leadership in the sector. Cathy works with sector colleagues from across Ontario and Canada, as well as private sector and government officials, to create an enabling policy environment for nonprofit organizations. Cathy’s roots are in the environmental movement and she has been active in municipal politics. She holds a degree in political studies and history from Queen’s University, and attended the Maytree-York University Executive Directors Leadership program. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family and her garden in Erin, Ontario.



Daniele Zanotti


President & CEO of United Way of Greater Toronto “Transforming Neighbourhoods Through Leadership Strategies”

President and CEO of United Way of Greater Toronto, Daniele Zanotti is an effective and inspiring leader. With more than 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Daniele’s previous role as the CEO of United Way York Region was pivotal to the historic merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015.

Leading resource development of the first combined United Way Toronto & York Region fundraising efforts, he spearheaded a record-breaking achievement of raising $100-million to strengthen United Way’s impact across the region, reducing the gaps in inclusion, income and infrastructure.

Deeply involved in the community, Daniele sits on the Board of Directors for CivicAction, and has volunteered on the boards of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, the Human Services Planning Board of York Region and the Vaughan Community Health Centre.

Daniele has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and Bachelor’s Degree from York University. He lives in Vaughan with his wife and two children.