Highlights from our first CanadaHelps Charity Roadshow

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CanadaHelps team members.

CanadaHelps team members from left-to-right: Tamara Rahmani (Charity Engagement Specialist, Western Canada), Niral Vora (Charity Marketing Manager), Jacob O’Connor (Director, Charity Engagement), and So Hang Chan (Senior Director, Product).

Our team is back from touring Western Canada last week, where they brought the first-ever free online fundraising tech jam to over 400 attendees from charities in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.

The CanadaHelps Charity Roadshow was held at the Vancouver Public Library, the Calgary Central Library, and Edmonton’s Food Bank. The event welcomed charities of all sizes for an afternoon of networking with sector peers and learning from CanadaHelps’ work with thousands of charities across the country. Discussions about the shifting Canadian charitable landscape were moderated by Tamara Rahmani (Charity Engagement Specialist, Western Canada) with panel speakers representing leading organizations in each city:


  • Dr. Jasper Lament (CEO, Nature Trust BC)
  • Shelina Dilgir (MA, CFRE, Director of Development, Neil Squire Society)
  • Elijah van der Giessen (Community Manager, Netsquared)


  • Tracy Johnson (CEO, Calgary Public Library Foundation)
  • Sue Tomney (CEO, YWCA Calgary)
  • Tanya Koshowski (Executive Director, Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids)


  • Marjorie Bencz (Executive Director, Edmonton’s Food Bank)
  • Lorraine Swift (Executive Director, Change for Children)
  • Mike House, President & CEO (Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation)

Jacob O’Connor (Director, Charity Engagement) provided a glimpse into the state of giving in Canada and highlighted how CanadaHelps’ powerful fundraising tools are helping charities capitalize on opportunities in online giving.

We’d like to thank our hosts, panelists, and all of our attendees for making this a successful event!

For more information about our fundraising solutions, see our offerings At a Glance.

Event Highlights in Photos:

Charities continued the conversations on Twitter using #CanadaHelpsRS19.

Ready to kick off at the Vancouver Public Library with our charity friends.

Vancouver panelists (left-to-right): Shelina  Dilgir (MA, CFRE, Director of Development, Neil Squire Society), Dr. Jasper  Lament (CEO, Nature Trust BC), and Elijah  van  der  Giessen (Community Manager, Netsquared) with Tamara  Rahmani.

Calgary panelists (left-to-right): Tanya Koshowski (Executive Director, Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids), Tracy Johnson (CEO, Calgary Public Library Foundation), and Sue Tomney (CEO, YWCA Calgary) with Tamara Rahmani.

Edmonton’s charities at our last roadshow stop, hosted by Edmonton’s Food Bank.

Edmonton panelists (left-to-right): Lorraine Swift (Executive Director, Change for Children), Marjorie Bencz (Executive Director, Edmonton’s Food Bank), and Mike House, President & CEO (Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation) with Tamara Rahmani.

Our team celebrating after wrapping up the last day of the CanadaHelps Charity Roadshow in Edmonton.

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  1. Kathleen Neufeld

    Thank you for a great presentation. I am new to using Canada Helps and found the information helpful. Thanks for your work.

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