Sessions & Presenters

Tim Cormode, Executive Director and Founder of Power To Be

Tim wants to leave this world in a better place for his family and the many generations that will follow. He strives to be a difference maker, inspiring others to make a difference in the community causes they care about.

In 1996, Tim participated in a three-month outdoor leadership program at Yamnuska Mountaineering School, located in Canmore Alberta, where the inspiration for Power To Be was born: Help youth and families living with barriers climb their own mountains. Tim now leads this organization that lives by its values, inspires philanthropy, and strives to have real impact in the communities in which Power To Be operates.

Tim is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, and now resides on the outskirts of Victoria in Metchsoin.

Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru Group

Lynne Wester strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success, and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as the Olivia Pope of fundraising, Lynne helps organizations when they need it most: when crisis or opportunity arrives.

Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with non-profits large and small on a variety of initiatives, from developing sound strategy and vision to using technology and creating meaningful donor engagement; all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication and ground-breaking donor relations work.

Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Master’s in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.

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