Tania Cheng

Tania Cheng is the Development and Operations Manager at Ontario EcoSchools, an organization that delivers environmental education and certification to a network of over 1,750 schools across the province. In her role, Tania is responsible for fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development, and program evaluation. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours) from the University of Waterloo and is currently completing her Master in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership through Carleton University. Since 2011, she has served on the the Board of Directors for The Otesha Project, a charity that combines bicycle tours and theatre to promote environmental sustainability across Canada. Tania is passionate about social innovation, youth engagement, sustainability, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and design. She aspires to revolutionize the nonprofit sector and build capacity in social impact organizations that make the world a better place.

Lorena Muñoz

Lorena Muñoz is the Development & Donor Relations Manager at Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation, where she’s putting to use a versatile fundraising skill-set. She’s a graduate of the Fundraising Management Program at the Humber Institute of Technology, and completed her internship with the Corporate Partnerships team at Habitat for Humanity Canada. Lorena’s special interest is implementing strategic development initiatives and believes the road to success is trying. Based in Toronto, she’s determined to uncover the secrets of how to be a great storyteller. She holds a master’s degree in International Development & NGO Management. You can find her at:

Hope Lovell

Hope Lovell is the Volunteer Coordinator and development assistant at the Downtown Mission of Windsor. Joining the Mission two years ago Hope was quickly enamored with its ability to affect a difference in providing basic needs, as well as a sense of community and purpose, to the impoverished in her community. The past two years have been a whirl-wind of fundraising activities and volunteer development. Through the opportunity provided by this fellowship Hope is excited to expand her knowledge of the fundraising profession and apply those skills to help the Mission maintain and grow their programs and services.

Cheryl Blackman

Cheryl is Assistant Vice-President, Audience at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Her responsibilities include ensuring a quality experience, managing the front of house and audience research. Cheryl is the main point of contact for our 1300+ vibrant Volunteers, and she leads the ROM’s Community Access Network which she has grown into more than 40 partnerships with groups across the GTA. Cheryl’s leadership and commitment to inclusion has grown this area into a highly successful part of the ROM where the Museum regularly achieves high satisfaction levels amongst visitors, and win awards for innovation in all aspects of access and community building.

Uma Venkataramaiah

Passionate about social innovation, Uma’s committed to making a meaningful difference in her community. At The Boston Consulting Group, she fostered positive business and community impact leading marketing and social impact efforts in Canada. At CIBC, Uma managed an $8.5MM national employee United Way campaign and a national youth scholarship with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA. As a city builder, she engaged the next generation of leaders when she led United Way Toronto’s GenNext program. An Ivey MBA graduate and recipient of the 2010 Ivey Global Emerging Leader award in Community Advancement, Uma’s excited to be a 2015 AFP Fellow.

Mam Joof

Mam Joof was born and raised in Sub Saharan Africa, including Senegal, Namibia and Tanzania. From a young age she believed that everyone has the power to make a difference in this world. She has worked in the not for profit sector for over 4 years and continues to contribute the development of organizational policies and practices on diversity and inclusion throughout the sector. She is currently the Stewardship Coordinator for Community Food Centres Canada, an organization that empowers communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system across Canada.

Rebecka Abotossaway

Rebecka is a proud Indigenous female who is a member of Aundeck Omni Kaning, First Nation, a very small reserve located in Northern Ontario. She is a recent graduate of the Social Service Worker (AEI) Aboriginal Emphasis Initiative Program, Honours from Sir Sandford Fleming College. She has lived away from home for eight years. She knew there was more to life, than the small boundaries of her own community, so she took the initiative to move away. Rebecka wanted to explore life, and the vast opportunities life had to offer. Most importantly, so she can get an education, and break the barriers, that Indigenous youth face in today’s society. Rebecka started working with the development team at Indspire, in May 2015. Her previous work experience has allowed her to work closely with Indigenous youth, children, adults and elders. As a recent graduate, she would love to gain as much experience as she can in the not-for-profit sector, and she feels that this program would be a perfect added opportunity on achieving her future educational goals.

Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson has been a fundraising practitioner with the Canadian Cancer Society for the past 3 years. In her role as Manager, Corporate Engagement in the National Office, she provides program management leadership for a portfolio of cause-related marketing and independent fundraising event partnerships. She also provides oversight for donor services processes. She thoroughly enjoys the stewardship and database aspects of her work. She’s a member of the AFP Toronto chapter.

Muneeb Syed

Muneeb Syed has been involved in fundraising and the non-profit sector for over ten years. Currently, he is the Associate Director of Development for University-Wide Initiatives at Ryerson University, where he focuses on advancing the University’s development priorities. Prior to this he worked with UNICEF Canada, Community Living, TakingITGlobal, and Georgian College. He currently volunteers for Canadian Arab Institute, and previously has volunteered for various organizations such as Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Youth Assisting Youth, Toronto Youth Cabinet, Peel Multicultural Council and the Maytree Foundation. Muneeb completed his undergraduate education from York University in Public Policy Management and Marketing. You can find him at: and @msyed.

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Mohit Pramanik

Mohit Pramanik is an international development professional with a strong background in maternal, newborn and child health issues. After working in the field in Geneva and in Sub-Saharan Africa, Mohit now works for an international NGO called Save the Children Canada overseeing partnerships that the organization has fostered with Canadians. Through Mohit’s work he helps Canadians realize their vision of a more equitable world for the most marginalised children, families and communities in developing couantries.

Mohit holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree from McGill University and a Master’s degree in International Health Systems from The Johns Hopkins University.