Margaret H. Mason, Q.C., Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Mason practises in the area of trust law with a particular emphasis on advising charitable and tax-exempt organizations. She assists not-for-profit and charitable organizations with their creation, administration and registration with the Canada Revenue Agency and has particular expertise with respect to entities involved in environmental and health care matters. Ms. Mason advises such entities on governance issues and regulatory compliance. She also advises donors with philanthropic planning. Ms. Mason lectures extensively in her area of practice. She is widely published and was recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Governance Practice and Trusts and Estates in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Imagine Canada and is an appointee of the Law Society of BC to the Board of the BC Law Institute.



Jeanette Ageson, Publisher, The Tyee, Vancouver, BC. Jeanette is the Publisher of The Tyee, an independent online news magazine based in Vancouver, BC. With a background in nonprofit communications and fundraising, Jeanette leads all revenue generation activities at The Tyee, including investor relations, advertising, sponsorships, events, and reader funding. The Tyee has consistently been recognized as an innovator in Canadian news media for its experimentation with new business models for journalism, and has been featured in the New Yorker, The Walrus Magazine and CBC for its leadership in digital media.


Cathy Barr, Vice-President, Policy, Research, and Standards, Imagine Canada, Toronto, ON. Cathy has been with Imagine Canada since 2002, when it was still known as the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. She spent five years as Director of Research, was the founding Director of the Insurance & Liability Resource Centre for Nonprofits, and led the creation of Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program. In her current role, Cathy oversees Imagine Canada’s public policy development and advocacy activities, its research and knowledge mobilization activities, and its work to promote operational excellence in the charitable sector. Prior to moving to the charitable sector, Cathy was an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a PhD in political science from York University.


Cathie Brayley, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver, BC. Cathie has worked with clients through all types of tax complexities, including Canada Revenue Agency audits and appeals, buying and selling businesses, structuring international and domestic investments, as well as personal tax and estate planning. Her aptitude for creative and strategic thinking, combined with her practical approach, are complimented by her significant experience in commercial transactions. For Cathie, service is a priority: she is responsive and committed to providing pragmatic solutions to serve her clients’ needs. Cathie is well-integrated in the business and wider communities and she puts the strength of her network and experience to work for her clients. She is a passionate contributor to the tax community, an Adjunct Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and regularly speaks at seminars and events to educate practitioners and clients in the evolving areas of tax law. She is a member of the CPA Canada-Canadian Bar Association Joint Committee and a former governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation.


Hayley Maschek, Senior Associate, KPMG Law LLP, Vancouver, BC. Hayley is a senior associate with KPMG Law LLP, practising in affiliation with KPMG Enterprise in Vancouver. In that capacity, Hayley’s practice focuses on working with charitable and not-for-profit clients and assisting with tax compliance and planning, including maintenance of tax-exempt status and structuring planned gifts. Hayley also works with high-net-worth individuals and privately-owned businesses, assisting clients with tax-efficient charitable gifting. Hayley is a practising member of the Law Society of British Columbia. She is also a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Bar Association.


Bryan Millman, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Bryan Millman primarily serves clients in the charitable and tax-exempt sector, including registered charities, not-for-profit organizations, professional bodies and other entities. These clients commonly operate across a broad spectrum of sub-sectors including, but not limited to, healthcare, education, social services, recreation and the environment. Mr. Millman leverages his previous experience in commercial law to assist his current clients on a wide variety of matters that include charitable registration, governance, corporate structuring and restructuring, social enterprise, regulatory compliance, fundraising and tax. Mr. Millman also counsels donors on philanthropic planning by advising on the implementation of charitable gifts. He also advises both public and private foundations on all aspects of their operation and governance.


Linda Solomon Wood, Founder & Editor-In-Chief, National Observer, Vancouver, BC. Linda Solomon Wood is an innovator, entrepreneur, and award-winning journalist. As CEO of Observer Media Group and founder and editor-in-chief of the National Observer, she works to strengthen public service journalism that investigates corruption, celebrates innovation, and illuminates and helps to make sense of the complex political and social challenges people face today. She previously founded the Vancouver Observer and has led both publications to win Canada’s top awards for public service, investigative journalism and excellence in reporting. She sits on the Board of Governors of the National Newspaper Awards, representing digital media and Western Canada. She has participated in the Public Policy Forum’s roundtables on the state of journalism.


Maria Turnbull, Associate Executive Director, Vantage Point, Vancouver, BC. Maria brings over 15 years of leadership experience in both staff and director roles within the not-for-profit sector, both here in Canada and in the UK. Maria is a skilled facilitator and consultant with strong expertise in the areas of human resource management, board governance, organizational development, and executive leadership. Leveraging her MBA from INSEAD, Maria provides advisory services in the areas of governance, executive recruitment, succession planning, and employee and team engagement. She has consulted for Foundations, City of Vancouver social policy and cultural service grantees, various Colleges, and hundreds of other not-for-profit organizations. Maria is former Chair of Potluck Café Society and a small Montessori School on Bowen Island, where she lives with her husband and two young sons and occasionally finds time for her other passions - skiing, cycling, travelling, and sailing.