Original broadcast date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Summary: Learn more about The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector’s report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector. The report challenges all sectors to work together to contribute to a stronger charitable sector, given the critical and growing role that we are being called upon to play in addressing social, economic, and environmental issues. The recommendations cover a wide range of key areas including volunteering, charitable status, overhead, and establishing a home for the sector within the federal government. This webinar will provide an overview of the report, review the 42 recommendations, and explore potential next steps.

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About the presenters

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. In April 2016, she was appointed to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate’s Independent Senators Group she holds a leadership position as the Scroll Manager, and previously she was the Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. Senator Omidvar is a Councillor on the World Refugee Council, a Director at the Samara Centre for Democracy and Chair Emerita for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. Previously at Ryerson University, Senator Omidvar was a Distinguished Visiting Professor and founded the Global Diversity Exchange. Senator Omidvar is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario.

Paula Speevak, President & CEO, joined Volunteer Canada after serving as the Managing Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development. At Carleton, in the School of Public Policy and Administration, she taught a graduate course in Nonprofit Management, and at the University of Ottawa she taught undergraduate courses in Governance in the Voluntary Sector and Community Service-Learning. Prior to her focus on applied research, Paula enjoyed a 24-year career as a practitioner and senior manager in the non-profit and voluntary sector in both institutional and community-based settings, in Montréal, Ottawa and on pan-Canadian initiatives. She holds a Master of Management Degree from McGill University in the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders.

Ruth Millard is the President of Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada, a national membership-based organization dedicated to advocacy, capacity building, networking and supporting volunteer management professionals across Canada. Ruth enjoyed a 25 year career in internal control and professional accounting and brings the business philosophy to the nonprofit and volunteer sector. With volunteer experiences in youth leadership, program planning and event management at the local, regional and national levels, Ruth has worked on many national projects in areas of curriculum and eLearning development; program and training standards and has served as a trainer, facilitator and mentor. Her work brings her satisfaction through community investment, involvement, partnerships and advocacy in the areas of accessibility and disabilities. Ruth holds a degree in Business Administration, certificates in leadership, volunteer management, program evaluation and the international certification in volunteer administration, CVA.


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