2021 Dismantling Digital Barriers Summit

Strengthening teams for a data and digital-first world.

2020 changed how social impact work is done. 

More specifically, it moved this work online at a previously unimaginable speed.

As communities went into lockdown, organizations finally understood that internet and digital skills are essential. But the pandemic also exposed and amplified a major digital disparity in Canadian society and across the social impact sector — from helping women find work to helping the elderly access services to keeping kids learning. Social purpose organizations of all kinds sprung into action in response, but many scrambled to become digital-first overnight.

As changemakers look ahead at their work, the sector isn’t going back to the status quo. Whether you work in fundraising, grantmaking, research, service delivery, programs, advocacy or community engagement, massive digital transitions are underway — whether your organization is ready or not. 

Join us on November 2nd and 3rd for Future of Good’s 2021 Dismantling Digital Barriers Summit presented by CIRA. You’ll be joined by more than 500 changemakers working in diverse roles, tackling a range of issues, to learn about the digital transitions required to do your work well.

Featuring plenaries, interactive breakouts, and Braindates to make the most of peer learning, this summit explores the range of digital transitions taking place, and shares actionable steps for strengthening digital affordability, tools and capacity.

Digital transitions take time. In order to better support you in your journey to strengthen your organization’s digital transition and skills, we are including a one-year Future of Good membership with your summit experience.

Purchase your ticket + membership below.



Day 1: November 2, 1-4:30 PM EST

Welcome and Context

Plenary: What is digital equity? Who’s left out?

Moderator: Charles F. Milton

  • Jace Meyer, Executive Director, Indigenous Innovation Institute
  • Charles Buchanan, CEO, Technology Helps
  • Hector Mujica, Head of Economic Opportunity, Americas, Google.org
  • Louise Adongo, CEO, Inspiring Communities
  • Erin Knight, Digital Rights Campaigner, OpenMedia

Plenary: Social impact going digital: What does it look like on the ground?

Moderator: Kylie Adair

  • Surranna Sandy, CEO, Skills for Change
  • Roger Simard, Chief Digital Product Officer, Canadian Red Cross
  • Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest
  • Jake Stika, CEO, Next Gen Men

Plenary: Funding digital connectivity and capacity

Moderator: Vinod Rajasekaran

  • Maureen James, Community Investment Manager, CIRA
  • Joanna Kerr, President & CEO, MakeWay
  • Jennifer Flanagan, CEO, Actua
  • Cait Brenchley, Director of Fund Development, Canada Learning Code
  • Anil Patel, Senior Advisor, Digital transformation, Community Foundations of Canada

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Fundraising going digital (moderated by Gabe Oatley)
    • Wen-Chih O’Connell, Executive Director, PayPal Giving Fund Canada
    • Jacob O’Connor, SVP of Engagement, CanadaHelps
    • Leah Eustace, CEO, Blue Canoe Philanthropy
    • Allen Davidov, SVP, Environics Analytics
    • Chris Greenfield, CEO, TipTap
  • Services and programs going digital (moderated by Brennan Doherty)
    • Dan Kershaw, CEO, Furniture Bank
    • Anissa Stambouli, Associate Director of Communications, Scouts Canada
    • Shelley Zuckerman, Executive Director, North York Community House
    • Matt Spurway, GEO Nova Scotia Provincial Coordinator
  • Inclusion and Accessibility in the online world (moderated by Avanthika Anand)
    • Abid Virani, COO, Fable
    • Alejandro Lakgaxixiwa Mayoral Baños, Indigenous Friends
    • Alison Burkett, Community Learning Manager, HUB
    • Sheri Byrne-Haber, Senior Architect, Accessibility, VMWare
  • Technology standards for non-profits (moderated by Katie Gibson)
    • Alicia Richins, Partnerships and Standards Lead, Common Approach to Impact Measurement
    • Moe Aryaie, National Director of Insights & Performance, United Way Centraide Canada
    • Keith Jansa, CEO, CIO Strategy Council

Closing Plenary:

Actions for the next 12 months 

Day 2: November 3, 10AM-5PM EST

Continue the conversation with the Future of Good community through Braindates. Braindates let you connect with and learn from other event participants through discussing topics you care about. Sign up for a 1:1 or group chat by checking out the available topics, or create one of your own. This is a great opportunity to dive deeper into some summit topics with your peers. 




You have complimentary access to this event. Please check your member emails or log in to futureofgood.co to access the Member Resources section. Email katrya@futureofgood.co if you have any questions. 


Summit access includes one year of Future of Good membership. Find out more about membership here. Once you purchase, you’ll be redirected to a page with your registration link for the summit. You will also receive an email from community@futureofgood.co containing the link.

Individual Super Early Bird Access: $69.00 – SOLD OUT

Individual Early Bird Access: $79 – SOLD OUT

Individual Regular Access: $95.00 – SOLD OUT 

Gift access: $69.00 – SOLD OUT

Provide access to this event for one person plus one year of membership to a Black, Indigenous or person of colour or anyone for which financial barriers may exist with this gift. 

Accessibility $5.00 – SOLD OUT
If financial barriers exist to your participation at this event, we encourage you to self-identify and purchase this ticket to the event only. 


All team plans include access to summit and one year of Future of Good team membership, a team kick-off call with our Editors and Community Specialist and curated reading list. Find out more about team plans here.


More speakers to be announced! Stay tuned.

Abid Virani
COO, Fable
Abid Virani is the COO at Fable. Informed by experiences spanning the non-profit sector, international development initiatives, film and digital product development, Abid is a strong advocate of accessibility and inclusive design. Abid has been celebrated as one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and an Emerging Innovator in North America by Ashoka Changemakers.
Alejandro Mayoral Banos
Executive Director, Indigenous Friends Association
Alejandro Mayoral Banos is a Mixtec/Totonac activist and the Executive Director of the Indigenous Friends Association based in Tkaronto, Canada. Alejandro has a Ph.D. in Communication & Culture from York University, where he specialized in the intersections between Indigeneity, decolonization and digital technologies.
Allen Davidov
Senior Vice President & Practice Leader, Environics
Allen Davidov, MBA, CM. is the Senior Vice President & Practice Leader of the not-for-profit, energy, transportation, public sector and government healthcare at Environics Analytics. With nearly twenty years of experience in marketing, analytics, and fundraising, he has worked with organizations of all sizes to unlock the value of information in decision-making and business strategy. Allen is an active member of the Canadian Marketing Association Not-For-Profit Council, a marketing and data volunteer with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and a member of Seneca College’s Marketing Advisory Council.
Alicia Richins
Partnerships and Standards Lead, Common Approach to Impact Measurement
Alicia Richins serves as the Partnerships and Standards Lead at the Common Approach to Impact Measurement, where she leads the adoption and alignment of the Common Approach's four flexible standards for impact measurement, and stewards the standard development process. A fierce advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Alicia has extensive experience in the international development, nonprofit and community development sectors, and loves to help organizations translate the global goals into local action. Alicia also serves as Director of Programming for Leading Change Canada and is a mentor to several youth-focused climate leadership programs. A dual citizen since birth of Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, Alicia holds a Master in Environmental Studies, Planning Concentration, and a BA in Economics and Social Science (Honours), both from York University.
Alison Burkett
Manager, HUB
Alison Burkett is the Manager of Springboard’s HUB with a decade of professional experience leading social innovation through learning in Canada and Rwanda. Alison holds a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Queen’s University.
Anil Patel
Creative Director, AndProsper
Anil Patel has spent nearly two decades designing multi-SaaS architecture and integration strategies. Anil is the creative director at his new venture, AndProsper. AndProsper is a crew of technology specialists that embed themselves within social purpose organizations to add digital bench strength for several months at a time. He is currently embedded at Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Graze and Gather Foods (G&G) in the role of Senior Advisor, Digital Strategy and Platform Architecture. Anil also recently joined the board of Philanthropic Foundations of Canada.
Anissa Stambouli
Associate Director, Communications, Scouts Canada
With experience in strategic communications and digital marketing, content creation and publishing, Anissa’s time at Scouts Canada in particular has been full of transformative experiences. Seeing a century-old organization evolve into the digital age and grow beyond in-person programming quickly amidst a virtual world brought on by the pandemic—”it has been exciting to be a part of an organization so willing to innovate.”
Cait Brenchley
Director of Fund Development, Canada Learning Code
Cait has spent her career in the charitable sector working to build giving programs to support causes across public health, sports and education. Her passion is creating opportunities for individuals, groups and organizations to give generously and participate in philanthropy.
Chris Greenfield
CEO, Tiptap
Chris Greenfield is a technology entrepreneur with more than 20 years of innovative leadership experience at some of North America's most innovative top companies. While his previous leadership roles saw him working in industries such as Packaged Goods, Retail, Advertising and Advanced Technologies, Chris has always had a passion for more purpose-driven work, feeling a strong pull to use his skills to give back. In 2018, Chris tapped in and followed this passion and began his journey of developing tiptap - a cash-free fundraising and payment solution for charities, and non-profits and other sectors that have been hurt by the continued disappearance of cash as well as other sectors also negatively affected by the decreasing use of cash.
Charles Buchanan
CEO, Technology Helps
Charles Buchanan is the Founder and CEO of Technology Helps, a social purpose organization with a mission to end technology poverty in the non-profit sector. He spent nearly three decades in corporate technology leadership, management consulting and entrepreneurship with senior roles at Suncor Energy, Deloitte, Oracle, MNP, and Royal LePage. He also has started and worked with numerous technology companies in many areas that span online games, fintech to environment protection. He currently serves as a founding board member of Calgary Black Chambers; a member of the GAIN Team at United Way of Calgary and Area; grant committee at Calgary Foundation; entrepreneur mentor at Venture Mentors Service of Alberta (VMSA); founder and advisory board member of UpRising Academy helping talented at-risk youth in Jamaica in STEM and sports.
Dan Kershaw
Executive Director, Furniture Bank
Dan Kershaw, Executive Director of the Toronto-based Furniture Bank, is a nationally proclaimed proponent of one’s right that all housing should be furnished before it can be a home. The charity collects and redistributes home furnishings to thousands of families in need, gifting beds, chairs, and household goods through their range of different social enterprise programs. Under Dan’s leadership, Furniture Bank has re-purposed over 400,000 items of furniture heading for landfill into the empty housing for over 21,300 families in the GTA. Working with businesses on circular economy pilots, Dan has continuously demonstrated significant social and environmental impacts associated with reuse and refurbishment charities like Furniture Bank. He is now scaling the organization’s technology platform and social enterprises to become accessible nationally, aiming to use their daily learning from Toronto to support a more vibrant and impactful network of independent Canadian furniture banks.
Erin Knight
Digital Rights Campaigner, OpenMedia
Erin Knight (she/her) is a Digital Rights Campaigner at OpenMedia where she works to help make the Internet affordable and accessible to all. Born and raised in rural Manitoba, Treaty 2 territory, Erin is Métis with family roots in the San Clara/Boggy Creek, Turtle Mountain, and St. Francois-Xavier areas. Erin studied as a national Loran Scholar at the University of Calgary where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies and a Certificate in Sustainability Studies. Apart from her work at OpenMedia, Erin is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Foundation for Rural Youth Empowerment (FRYE), a non-profit organization that supports equitable access to university education for rural-background youth across Canada.
Hector Mujica
Head of Economic Opportunity, Americas, Google.org
Hector Mujica leads the economic opportunity portfolio at Google.org—Google’s philanthropy—across the Americas. Within his role, he looks after a $100M+ grantmaking portfolio that supports interventions which aim to provide pathways to digital economy jobs for individuals with multiple barriers to employment across Canada, the United States and Latin America. Hector also serves on Google’s Latino Leadership Council, where he helps to steward Google’s social impact endeavors with the Latino community.
Jace Meyer
Executive Director, Indigenous Innovation Institute
Jace Meyer serves as the Executive Director of the emerging Indigenous Innovation Institute, a community space for self-determination being birthed by the First Nations Technology Council. As a Métis educator, public speaker and entrepreneurship coach, Jace has cultivated an expertise in the co-creation of culturally relevant, place-based STEM education in partnership with Indigenous communities, non-profits, and industry. Through her fierce advocacy work, Jace’s teaching has reached more than 1.25 million Canadians from coast to coast to coast. In 2019 Jace was recognized as a BMW World Responsible Leader, for her global work championing the conditions for Indigenous entrepreneurs to thrive.
Jacob O’Connor
Senior Vice President, Engagement, CanadaHelps
Jacob is Senior Vice President, Engagement at CanadaHelps where he leads a team focused on supporting thousands of charities raising funds online.
Jake Stika
Executive Director, Next Gen Men
As Next Gen Men's Executive Director, Jake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men in communities, and gender equity in workplaces for a future where boys & men experience less pain, and cause less harm. Jake was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He is also a proud advisor to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Canadian Women & Sport, as well as the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter.
Jennifer Flanagan
CEO, Actua
Jennifer Flanagan is a go-to thought leader and advocate for inclusive STEM education and skill building in Canada. As the co-founder and CEO of Actua, Jennifer leads a national network of 43 organizations engaging 400,000 youth each year. Actua is known for its impact with underserved audiences working extensively with girls and young women, Indigenous youth, rural and Arctic communities and youth facing socio-economic challenges. Jennifer has twice been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, is the recipient of a Y Women of Distinction Award (Education and Training), was named a Top Forty Under 40 and the RBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year in the social change category.
Jermaine Henry
Opening act and MC
Jermaine is the creator of IBLV DREAMERS, a cross cultural collective of Creatives and Community Leaders making an impact across Turtle Island by focusing on Art, Culture, and Economy.
Joanna Kerr
President and CEO, MakeWay
Joanna Kerr has dedicated her career to advancing social justice and women’s rights, a healthy environment, and strong civil society. Prior to joining MakeWay in 2019, Joanna led Greenpeace Canada for over 5 years. She was the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International based in South Africa, and the Executive Director of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. She currently serves as the Chair of the Equality Fund, Canada’s global fund for women, and is the International Board Chair of World Animal Protection.
Katie Gibson (Moderator)
Executive, CIO Strategy Council
Katie is an executive at the CIO Strategy Council, a national non-profit, where she leads cross-sector partnerships to foster a trusted, secure, sustainable digital ecosystem in Canada. She is currently working to incubate a Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience. Katie served as Director of the Entrepreneurship and Start-up Services Branch at Ontario’s economic development ministry and has also led an innovative capital advisory program at MaRS Discovery District. Katie practiced and taught law and clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She holds a BA from Harvard University and received her joint law degrees and MBA from McGill University.
Keith Jansa
Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council
Keith brings 15+ years of public, private and not-for profit experience leading diverse teams to generate successful business strategies and deliver client-focused solutions and meaningful results. Keith has particular subject matter expertise in the strategic application of standards for creating secure, privacy-preserving technologies. He works with Canada’s most forward-thinking Chief Information Officers and executive technology leaders to collectively accelerate the pace of digital transformation and advance Canada’s position in the global digital economy.
Leah Eustace
President and Head Paddler, Blue Canoe Philanthropy
Leah Eustace, ACFRE, is President and Head Paddler at Blue Canoe Philanthropy, where she specializes in fundraising strategy, case writing and storytelling. She’s also a member of The Case Writers, a small group of writers and designers who work with some of North America’s most impactful nonprofits. Her volunteer work is extensive: she’s a member of the AFP Global Board, sits on the ACFRE Credentialing Board and is a Board Member of PLEO (Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario). Leah is an AFP Master Trainer, a Stability Leader and holds a Certificate in Philanthropic Psychology (Distinction) through the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.
Louise Adongo
Executive Director, Inspiring Communities
Louise Adongo is a bold and grounded leader who brings over a decade of experience in systems change, policy and evaluation to Inspiring Communities. She is known for bringing care and intention to uncovering the roots of tangled problems; enabling shifts to greater resilience, sustainability and impact. She believes in carving institutional spaces that are more nimble, transparent and creative.
Lori Nikkel
CEO, Second Harvest
Lori Nikkel is a visionary leader and champion of social and environmental justice issues related to food. She is an international thought leader on Perishable Food Recovery with a strategic focus on increasing awareness of the negative impacts food loss has on climate. Lori’s guidance has changed the way Canada manages food loss and waste. She is a co-author of The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste, a world first evidence-based research project. She was globally recognized by the United Nations as Canada’s Food Hero in 2020. Lori is also a Clean 50 recipient and one of Canada’s 2021 Women of Influence. As CEO of Second Harvest Lori has developed a national food recovery network that redistributes healthy surplus food to thousands of communities in need.
Matt Spurway
GEO Nova Scotia Provincial Coordinator, Inspiring Communities
GEO founder and provincial coordinator Matt Spurway is a Community Coordinator with Inspiring Communities. Matt has worked in the private sector, government, and the social sector, and in 2021 he was presented the Dr. Robert Strang Community Hero Award for his work on GEO Nova Scotia, harnessing the collective efforts of dozens of multi-sector partners, and helping hundreds of people receive internet access and computers they could not otherwise afford.
Maureen James
Community Investment Program Manager, CIRA
Maureen James manages the Community Investment Program at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which funds innovative community internet projects to build a resilient, trusted and secure internet for all Canadians. Her background is in fundraising, grantmaking and strategy development with non-profits internationally and here in Canada. Since the release of CIRA’s ‘Unconnected’ digital funding research report (https://cira.ca/unconnected), she has been actively working with others to create a new tradition of digital philanthropy in Canada.
Moe Aryaie
National Director of Insights & Performance, United Way Centraide Canada
Moe Aryaie is the National Director of Insights & Performance at United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), the national office of the UWC network. Moe has been working for UWCC since 2013. In his current role, he has been spearheading a system-wide data transformation strategy. He is mainly working with the local leaders to identify the business requirements, assess data and technological gaps, and build a shared data vision in order to develop a roadmap for the future state of the UWC network as part of their broader Network Modernization strategy.
Roger Simard
Chief Digital Product Officer, Canadian Red Cross
A pharmacist by training, Roger Simard co-founded Conceptis Technologies, the company that launched the first interactive online medical education program in 1998. In 1999, Roger founded the portal www.theheart.org with Dr. Eric Topol. After selling the company to WebMD in 2005, Roger re-certified as a clinical pharmacist and founded Pharmacy 3.0 in 2014 to harness the potential of connected health, pharmacogenomics, and pharmaceutical care. He was the first pharmacist to remotely monitor seniors using wearables and connected health devices paired to an electronic dashboard in 2015. Today, Roger is the Chief Digital Product Officer at the Canadian Red Cross and he advises public and private organizations – including the World Health Organization (WHO) – on health and innovations.
Shelley Zuckerman
Executive Director, North York Community House
Shelley has been the Executive Director of North York Community House (NYCH) for the past 29 years. During that time, she has led the growth of NYCH from a newly established small organization to one with a range of programs throughout northwest Toronto and a budget of over $7 million. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and 40 years of experience in community development and the management of non-profits in Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto. Throughout her career, Shelley has been committed to increasing engagement and innovation in neighbourhoods and facilitating the full participation of newcomers to Canada.
Sheri Byrne Haber
Senior Staff Architect, Accessibility at VMware
Sheri is a prominent global subject matter expert in the fields of disability and accessibility in the business and educational settings. She is best known for launching digital accessibility programs at multiple Fortune 200 companies, including McDonald’s, Albertsons, and VMware, as well as consulting on government accessibility. Sheri’s award-winning Medium blog summarizes legal cases and issues facing people implementing accessibility programs, with over 300,000 readers since its launch. Sheri is a frequent panelist and speaker at accessibility related conferences and an active member of several accessibility committees and non-profits, helping drive and communicate the evolution of accessibility standards.
Surranna Sandy
CEO, Skills for Change
Surranna Sandy is currently the CEO of Skills for Change, a multiservice charitable agency that helps 16,000+ Immigrants and Refugees annually access employment, settlement and training/skills building programs and services across Central and Southwestern Ontario, with national virtual programming delivery. She sits on the Board of the International Women’s Forum-Canada (IWFC) where she chairs the Partnership Committee. She also serves as Board Chair for the Black Human Resources Professionals of Canada. She recently completed a 2.5-year term on the City of Toronto’s Anti-Black Racism Partnership and Accountability Circle.
Wen-Chih O'Connell
Executive Director, PayPal Giving Fund Canada
Wen-Chih O’Connell is the Executive Director of PayPal Giving Fund Canada, a Canadian registered charity that enables charitable giving online by partnering with tech companies such as PayPal, Facebook, GoFundMe and others – all without charging donors or charities for its services. Wen-Chih has 20 years’ experience in the charitable space that ranges from implementing grassroots, grant-funded community projects as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati, to developing and refining fundraising, partnership and community investment strategies for nonprofits, multinational corporations and large grantmaking foundations.