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June 24 - 26, 2019

Monday June 24th

Monday June 24th - 7:00 pm

Opening Plenary & Ceremonies

We welcome you to the 2019 National Convention - and invite you to celebrate Quebec's national holiday! There will be an Elder blessing, a welcome by Big Brothers Big Sisters National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council. Matthew Chater, BBBSC President and CEO will share thoughts on the future of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Canada, and your National Convention co-chair Jody Lundrigan will share what's happening over the next two days. Afterwards, we'll move to the garden for a social.

Hosted by: BBBSC National President and CEO, Matthew Chater, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council

Our Impact

Our Voice

Our Leadership

Enhancing Our


Tuesday June 25th - Morning

Tuesday June 25 - 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote: A Unified Mission / Vision / Theory of Change

It is critical that organizations demonstrate the impact they are having and Big Brothers Big Sisters is no exception. Leveraging the collective insights of the BBBS network, mentors and stakeholders nationwide, this keynote will consider a unified theory of change for BBBS. We will highlight the importance of measuring our impact, and provide insights around how we may go about this moving forward.

Keynote : Bain & Company / Barkley, Inc. / Strategy & Vision Committee

keynote_imageBain and Company are one of the world's leading management consulting firms, where bold thinking, inspired people and a passion for results come together for extraordinary impact.

Bain & Company helps transform the world's most important businesses into vigorous, agile organizations that anticipate the unpredictable, adapt rapidly to disruption and outcompete their opposition. They work with clients who do not hide from the future but want to define it, clients with high potential and high ambition, determined to adapt and become enduring winners. Learn more about the firm.

Panel Discussion: Embracing the Theory of Change

This session will begin to answer the following questions:

  • How does having a theory of change support you in your work?
  • What was involved in creating/developing the theory of change?
  • Who was involved in the creation and development of the theory of change?
  • How do organizations fully embrace a theory of change?

Tuesday June 25th - Afternoon

Tuesday June 25 - 1:00 pm - 2:05 pm

Delegates will then break into discussion groups focusing on:

Measuring Your Impact

This discussion will focus on why consistent impact measurement is critical to long-term success.

Sharing & Mobilizing

This discussion will focus on understanding the tools and resources available and how to draft a plan to share information across the network.

Governance & Decision-Making
in a Federation


Fundraising Systems
and Processes

This discussion will focus on understanding the systems available and how National and Agencies work together to raise funds effectively with long-term relationships in mind.

Tuesday June 25 - 2:35 pm - 3:15 pm

Network Expo

Tuesday June 25 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Keynote: The Power in a Brand

Agency, volunteer, and general public surveys said the Big Brothers Big Sisters need a change. Join us to discuss this change and what it means for the future of BBBS.  Learn about the power in a brand, how to successfully reposition a brand, and what potential our future brand holds. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion on opportunities and challenges.

Keynote: Barkley, Inc.

keynote_image Barkley is a 400-partner independent idea company with offices in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Boulder and New York.

They have partnered with Boston Consulting Group to pioneer the largest study of millennials and written three books on the topic as well as Gen Z, authored countless white papers on generational trends and their impact on industries and brands, host an annual conference on the modern consumer.

Dedicated to understanding and connecting brands with the modern consumer in rapidly-evolving ways, Barkley is organized into three key idea centers for building modern brands: Transformation Strategy; Design + Experience ; Communications + Activation. Learn more at www.barkleyus.com

Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges with Rebranding

This session will begin to answer the following questions:

  • Are you ready to embrace a new brand?
  • What opportunities do you see as a result of change?
  • What were some of the challenges you foresee and how do you think we can overcome them?
  • How have others embraced their new brand?
  • What opportunities have they uncovered as a result of the change?
  • What were some of the challenges they encountered when shifting to a new brand, and how did they overcome them?

Tuesday June 25 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebration of Mentoring

Let’s celebrate the progress we’ve all made over the past year and recognize the outstanding contributions of our national partners.

Keynote: Jennifer Botterill, Three-Time Olympic Hockey Gold Medalist & RBC Olympian

keynote_imageThrough sustainable high performance and perspective, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Botterill has become one of Canada’s most successful athletes and the epitome of a champion. Joining Canada’s Olympic Hockey Team in 1998 at the age of 18 – its youngest member – Jennifer has gone on to win three gold medals and one silver, as well as five World Championships where she was twice named MVP.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jennifer grew up in a family of high achievers: her mother, Doreen, was a two-time Olympian in speed skating; her father, Cal, is a sports psychologist; and her brother, Jason, is a three-time World Junior Hockey Champion. Jennifer graduated with honours from Harvard and, as a member of the university’s hockey team concurrent with her studies, she was the only two-time winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award for the top player in women’s college hockey.

Currently a contributing broadcaster for Rogers Sportsnet and Hometown Hockey with Ron MacLean, Jennifer is also an in-demand motivational keynote speaker. Embracing the chance to connect with her audience and share some of the many lessons she has learned throughout her own pursuit of excellence, Jennifer’s message is delivered in a sincere and heartfelt way. With the belief that everyone can “Excel In Life,” she expresses the importance of being mindful in maintaining a ‘big picture’ perspective, especially in careers that require continual success with little room for recovery, from Olympic athletes to physicians. Read more...


Wednesday June 26th - Morning

Wednesday June 26 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Keynote: Leading People in Times of Change

Change is hard. It requires critical thinking, communication skills, and courage. It also requires a great deal of support to team members on the change journey as well. Our Keynote Speaker will explore what it takes to manage people in times of change.

Keynote: Akeem Haynes, Team Canada Athlete, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Resiliency Expert

keynote_image Born in Savlamar, Jamaica, Akeem Haynes had limited options and experienced tragic events early in life before he moved to Canada with his mother seeking a better life. However, they fell into tough times, and struggled to find stability. In a span of five months they moved seven different times and eventually found themselves homeless in the middle of winter when Akeem was 13 years old.

Down but not out, with the help of some friends, they were able to get back on their feet. Akeem became involved in sports, mainly football and track and field. He excelled both on the field and on the track and won many different awards. After taking the S.A.T three times and the A.C.T. once, Akeem Haynes failed to get the scores he needed to become a NCAA Division I student-athlete.

You would think all of this adversity on top of having multiple learning disabilities would’ve stopped Akeem from furthering his education. But quitting has never been an option for Akeem. He attended Barton Community College in the fall of 2010. Two years later he would go on to make his first Canadian Olympic Team and earn All-American honors, becoming a national champion and earning a full athletic scholarship to The University of Alabama.

Through perseverance, a resilient mindset and a stubborn attitude to succeed, Akeem has graduated college and become a 2x Olympian (2012 & 2016), helping Canada bring home an Olympic Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympic Games. His self-help books entitled Love, Life & Legacy and Fear, Faith & Fruition are in various schools and bookstores across Canada. [read more]

Panel Discussion: Change is Opportunity and nothing to be feared

This session will begin to answer the following questions:

  • Why is change so scary?
  • What helps facilitate change to go smoothly?
  • Why is change such an opportunity?
  • In what ways can people be engaged in change?
Wednesday June 26 - 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Delegates will then break into discussion groups focusing on  :

Creating an
Effective Volunteer Cycle

This discussion will look at revising the current BBBS volunteer cycle and what this means to current processes.

Understanding &
Leveraging Your
Service Delivery Data

This discussion will help you understand how to tell your story through data and unleash the power of your data.

Self-Directed Learning
and Leadership
Development Plans

This discussion will explore methods to support staff and leadership development.

Program Innovation

This discussion will discuss how we can partner to sell program innovation at the National and Local level.

Wednesday June 26 - 11:10 am - 11:40 am

Youth Insights Panel


Wednesday, June 26 - 11:50 am - 12:20 pm

Keynote: Why Non-Profits Need to Care About Data

The days of basing critical decisions on what we think is happening around us are gone. It is more important than ever to rely on data to tell us what is truly happening so that we can make informed decisions, and demonstrate validity behind our practices. This keynote session will explore how to develop and implement strong data management practices within our organizations and the value of data-driven decision-making.

Keynote: Narinder Dhami, Managing Director, LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact

keynote_imageNarinder leads the Centre, mobilizing the private sector to partner with game changing interventions in the non profit sector, scaling their impact across Canada. She formally sat on the Global Council for Pro Bono and is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader.

As a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Narinder co-created the first course in microfinance and impact investing at the University. Further, she worked with Ryerson to launch the Professional Master's Diploma in Social Finance this past September, designing and teaching the “Investing for Impact” and "Social Impact Measurement" courses.

Narinder is the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development - a Rotman/CAMH financial initiative, providing an entrepreneurial path to employment for those with a history of mental health and addiction challenges. She led the design and growth of Rise from the pilot phase to its expansion across Ontario. Narinder has also has spent multiple years working across West Africa, both as program manager at the Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) across Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire and as a member of the portfolio team with Acumen Fund (West Africa office providing impact investments to social enterprises across Ghana and Nigeria).

Wednesday June 26th - Afternoon

Wednesday, June 26 - 12:20 pm - 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Digging Deeper into Data Management

This panel will begin to answer the following questions:

  • How have you leveraged data to increase revenue streams?
  • There is so much data to lean on – how do I decide where to start?
  • Different funders ask for different information – how can I weave the same story when being asked to report in different ways?
Wednesday, June 26 - 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Delegates will then break into discussion groups focusing on :

The Role of BBBS
in the Landscape of Mentoring

This discussion will help develop an understanding of our role in the pan-Canadian mentoring strategy.

A Government Relations Plan
for All Levels of Government

This discussion will help develop an understanding of the importance of government relations and how to action plans.

Understanding Your Agency’s Financial Health (OHVA)

This discussion aims to help you understand the value of measuring your organizational health.

Maximizing the Potential
of BBBSC Foundation

This discussion will begin to lay out a plan for how the foundation can benefit the network.

Wednesday, June 26 - 3:15 pm - 3:55 pm

Now What? / Closing Convention / Closing the Circle

Wednesday June 26 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

BBBSC Annual General Meeting

This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and to vote on the motions.

Hosted by: The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Board of Directors

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