Schedule of events

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Location: University of Saskatchewan campus, Health Sciences Building

8 AM

Registration and morning refreshments

Health Sciences E Wing Atrium

8:30 AM

Opening session

Opening remarks and welcome

“Why talk about volunteerism?”

Bruce MacDonald, CEO & president of Imagine Canada

Health Sciences E Wing
# 1150

9:20 AM

Refreshment Break

Community organization EXPO

Networking clusters (grab a snack and join a group)

  • Corporate/group volunteering and partnerships with Kim Gilbert, Ronald McDonald House and Tim Morse, Van Houtte Coffee Services
  • Measuring impact/using data with Paula Speevak, Volunteer Canada

Health Sciences E Wing

10 AM

Keynote Session with Ilona  Dougherty, leading expert on millennials & Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur “Wired for innovation: tapping into the full potential of millennial and Gen Z volunteers – a refreshing, evidence-based perspective on how intergenerational partnerships can dive innovation in your organization

Health Sciences E Wing
# 1150


5 minute stretch


11 AM

Workshop with Lori Gotlieb, Gotlieb Consulting  “From passion to professionalism: transforming to a top-rated volunteer program”

Health Sciences E Wing
# 1150

12:10 PM

Lunch and program (look for volunteers to lead the way)

Indigenous Volunteer Voices panel with

  • Alicia Buckley
  • CeCe Baptiste
  • Tribal Chief Felix Thomas
  • Warren Isbister

Marquis Hall

1:30 PM

Concurrent workshops: choose one


Volunteer/Student Focus

Ilona Dougherty, leading expert on Millennials & Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur - “Inspiring millennials and Gen Z – tools you need to stand up for what you believe in and realize your bold ideas

 Organization/Leadership Focus

Lori Gotlieb, Gotlieb Consulting - “Marketing your volunteer program: Are you buying or selling volunteerism? – recruitment and marketing for the best volunteers ”



Health Sciences E Wing
# 1150


Health Sciences E Wing
# 1130

2:20 PM

Refreshment break

Community organization EXPO

Networking clusters (grab a snack and join a group)

  • Involving newcomers with Saskatoon Open Door Society
  • Corporate volunteering & Partnerships with Shannon Durand, Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon and Colette Stewart, Rawlco Radio

Health Sciences E Wing

3:00 PM

Closing Keynote with Paula Speevak …

“Volunteering 2017 and beyond”

Closing remarks with Grit McCreath, USASK Ambassador

Health Sciences E Wing
# 1150


Gala dinner at TCU Place

Date: March 25, 2017

6:00 pm – Cocktail reception

6:30 pm – Dinner and program

             – Welcome and greetings

             – Celebration:

  • Sharing your volunteer stories
  • Volunteer BUZ Award – introduction and presentation

          Inspiring the future

  • Mr. Bruce MacDonald, president & CEO of Imagine Canada
  • Creating a Legacy  – Canada 150 for 150 volunteer challenge

Bruce MacDonald, president & CEO, Imagine Canada

Bruce MacDonald

Having served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for ten years, Bruce MacDonald has led major change initiatives and developed long and innovative partnerships with corporations and other charities. A wide and varied career, working with different parts of the sector has lead him to Imagine Canada – working with young people, older adults, sports and recreation and community service clubs.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration, a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector.

Paula Speevak, president & CEO, Volunteer Canada

Paula Speevak

Paula Speevak joined Volunteer Canada after serving as the managing director of Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development.

Prior to her practitioner-research career, Paula enjoyed 24 years in the non-profit and voluntary sector, in both institutional and community-based settings. Since 2006, she has taught undergraduate courses in Governance in the Voluntary Sector and Community Service-Learning at the University of Ottawa, and a graduate course in Non-Profit Management and Governance, in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. Bridging community and university and linking research to practice and policy have been threads running throughout her journey.

Ilona Dougherty - Leading expert on millennials & Generation Z | Social entrepreneur

Ilona Dougherty

Ilona is the Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Research Project at the University of Waterloo. She is a regular commentator in the Canadian media and speaks to audiences internationally about tapping into the innovation potential of millennials and gen Z.

In 2004, Ilona co-founded Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. With Apathy is Boring, she accompanied the Governor General of Canada on the 2009 State Visit to the Ukraine and Norway, was featured in the national media hundreds of times and even worked with rock stars.

Ilona was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015 and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Lori Gotlieb – Volunteer engagement & management consulting, Lori Gotlieb Consulting

Lori Gotlieb

Lori is the founder of Lori Gotlieb Consulting as well as co-developer and faculty for Humber College Volunteer Management Leadership Certificate.

She is a Canadian subject matter expert in volunteer engagement and management and an internationally known trainer and well-known writer who has collaborated with other experts with a chapter in the recently published academic book; The Volunteer Handbook 2nd edition which is widely used to deliver post-secondary content in the field. Lori is the 2012 recipient of the Linda Buchanan Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration.