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UPDATE: The Canada New Horizons Transition Task Force

April 12, 2016

By Lori Gusdorf, CAE

The Canada New Horizons Transition Task Force continues to make steady progress toward implementation of an enhanced AFP presence for fundraising professionals in Canada. Recommendations to form a Canada-centric association and governance arm in Canada were presented last summer in Regina by the task force chair Denis Lalonde and unanimously approved by the AFP International Board of Directors in October.

Last week, the Transition Task Force convened in Toronto.  Chaired by Nicholas Offord, the transition team includes Scott Decksheimer, CFRE, Patrick Feeley, CFRE, Michelle Gauthier, Denis Lalonde, Ken Mayhew, Marnie Spears, and Andrew Watt, FInstF.  

Moving forward, the Transition Task Force will prepare a request for proposals (RFP) to identify a search firm to recruit a senior level staff person with a dual title: Executive Vice President of AFP and Executive Director of Canada.  The position will report to the President & CEO of AFP with a dotted line to an AFP Canada Board, to be appointed separately.

The structure of that board is still under discussion.  However, while a final governance model is being considered, it was decided that the Transition Task Force will serve as a nominating committee to recruit the first board chair.  In the coming weeks, all Canadian members will receive forms enabling their participation in the process of nominating candidates for the chair.

The Transition Team will update and discuss the status of its work with the Canadian Chapter Leadership at the July retreat in Winnipeg. A formal implementation plan and schedule will be presented to the full AFP International Board in October. 

Questions?  Contact Transition Task Force Chairman Nicholas Offord at  

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