SARC Fall Conference


SARC Fall Conference 2018


On behalf of SARC and our Board of Directors, we welcome you to the 2018 SARC Fall Conference. Join us as we celebrate 50 years!

Throughout 2018, SARC has been reflecting on the last 50 years, and how SARC Members are heading into the next 50 years with innovation and strong leadership. This year’s Fall Conference will provide you with a variety of  information that will help equip you to lead your nonprofit organization into the future.

The opening keynote presentation from Bruce MacDonald, Executive Director of Imagine Canada, is titled “5 Wicked Questions.” Bruce will focus on leading a sustainable organization, as he addresses key trends affecting all nonprofits today.

To close the conference, we are delighted to have Joseph Macbeth, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), present on “Understanding the Past to Chart the Future of Supports and Services.” Joseph will share stories and some “uncomfortable truths” to make you consider things a little differently.

We will be offering a total of nine concurrent sessions for Board Directors, Executive Directors, and management staff. Sessions will focus on leadership, change, and developing and motivating a strong team. Sessions such as the “5 Keys to Leading Change and Building Performance” with Dan Gaynor, and the “Golden Rule” with Patrick O’Reilly will share how you how you can genuinely, honestly, and comfortably adapt your leadership style to each employee.

Topics related to governance include: “Accelerating System Change with Collective Impact and Authentic Engagement,” and “Collaborative Governance and Backbone Structures” with Sylvia Cheuy from the Tamarack Institute, as well as an informative session on “Bylaws – Why They Matter” from Justin Wood from MLT Aikins.

On the evening of October 24, we will be hosting the SARC Awards Banquet. At this exciting event, we will be celebrating SARC’s 50th Anniversary as well as presenting the new SARC Awards to six deserving recipients. We would love to have you join us for this heartwarming event – so check out our special Early Bird offers:

1) Save $45 on your conference only registration, OR
2) Register for the conference AND banquet for the same price as the registration fee after the Early Bird Deadline ($390 for SARC Members)

Join us for what is sure to be a great event and gain practical knowledge in your role, network with peers, and celebrate SARC’s 50th Anniversary! 

See you in Regina on October 24 & 25!

- Mindy Bonderoff, Facilitator of Education & Training, SARC

SARC Fall Conference 2018 Agenda

October 24, 2018

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Registration

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Opening Plenary Session

5 Wicked Questions, Bruce MacDonald, Imagine Canada

Organizations that have been around for 50 years have learned to adapt and change. But what is coming next? Bruce will kick off the conference by exploring five “wicked” questions that will look at upcoming trends affecting charities and nonprofits. Success of this session will be measured by the volume of discussion over coffee as delegates continue to debate these questions and issues!

12:00 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase

1:45 - 4:00 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

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A: Transformation Leadership in a Nonprofit Environment, Jocelyn Berard

B: CEO Succession: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions, Deryck Williams

C: Bylaws - Why They Matter, Justin Wood

5:30 - 9:00 p.m. SARC Awards Banquet

If you are looking to purchase a Banquet ticket only, please click here.

October 25, 2018

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (refreshment break from 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.) 

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D: Accelerating System Change with Collective Impact and Authentic Engagement, Sylvia Cheuy

E: 5 Keys to Leading Change and Building Performance, Dan Gaynor

F: The Golden Rule is Wrong - And What You Can Do About It, Patrick O'Reilly

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (refreshment break from 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.)

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G: Vision, Mission and Culture: The "Inspiration Team-Building Force", Dan Gaynor

H: The 80% Solution, Joseph Macbeth

I: Collaborative Governance and Backbone Structures, Sylvia Cheuy

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Keynote Presentation

Understanding the Past to Chart the Future of Supports and Services, Joseph Macbeth, NADSP

As advocates, families, providers, and policy makers find themselves at a critical point in shifting support models for people experiencing disability toward individual autonomy and self-direction, this keynote offers a chance to reflect on how the strength of advocacy led the community living movement over the past 40 years. We will also reflect on the changes coming to our system that are driven by funders, families and people experiencing disability, and how service organizations must implement continuous quality improvement practices in their approaches to empowering people to lead self-directed lives.

SARC Fall Conference 2018 Presenters


Bruce MacDonald, Executive Director, Imagine Canada

Who would have thought that operating carnival games and rides would lead to a career in social good? Nobody, really.

Well – over 30 years later, Bruce is still at it. From having served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for ten years and prior to that as the organization’s Vice-President of Marketing, Bruce has led major change initiatives and developed long and innovative partnerships with corporations and other charities. A wide and varied career, working with different parts of the sector has lead him to Imagine Canada – working with young people, older adults, sports and recreation and community service clubs.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration, a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector and a Guinness Book of World Records.


Joseph M. Macbeth, Executive Director, NADSP

Joseph has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for 35 years – beginning as a Direct Support Professional.

Macbeth is recognized as a national leader in the advocacy movement to recognize direct support as a profession and is a highly sought after speaker on the workforce challenges that affect the disability system.



Jocelyn Berard,  Senior Vice-President and National Practice Leader, Organizational Psychology, at Optimum Talent

Jocelyn has extensive Canadian and International experience in the areas of Human Resources and Business Management in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, in a variety of industries such as telecommunications, auto manufacturing, health care, retail, aerospace and banking. His interventions focus on talent management, especially in the area of leadership assessment and development, performance management, succession management and selection best practices.

Fluently bilingual in French and English, Jocelyn holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and human resources, a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and an executive MBA. Jocelyn’s new book, Accelerating Leadership Development, focuses on leadership assessment, leadership development and succession management.


Deryck Williams, National Leader of Grant Thorton LLP's Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations Team

Deryck is an FCPA and Certified Management Consultant (CMC). As both an auditor and a consultant, Deryck has practiced exclusively with charity and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years.

As well as guiding clients through almost every type of Board, Audit and Finance Committee challenge, Deryck has served throughout his career as a Board Member for a wide variety of charities and nonprofit organizations. He is currently Treasurer of CanadaHelps, sits on the Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, and is a member of CPA Canada’s Not-for-Profit Risk Oversight and  Governance Committee.



Justin Wood, Lawyer, MLT Aikins LLP

Justin completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan with Great Distinction and his Juris Doctor, also from the University of Saskatchewan, with Distinction. Justin has served as a Director and Chairperson of the Saskatoon SPCA, as an elected student representative of the University of Saskatchewan Senate and on the University of Saskatchewan Student’s Union’s Budget and Finance Committee. Justin maintains a corporate commercial practice with MLT Aikins LLP in its Saskatoon office.



Sylvia Chuey, Consulting Director, Collective Impact & Community Engagement, Tamarack Institute

Sylvia is passionate about community engagement and the unique role that citizens play in creating dynamic and well-connected neighbourhoods and communities. She delights in delivering learning opportunities that profile, disseminate and share the resources, tools and experiences to Tamarack’s vast network of learners. Sylvia leads the Deepening Community Practice Area at Tamarack. She is an internationally recognized trainer and community builder and provides coaching, leadership, and support in the fields of collaborative leadership, collective impact and community engagement.

Over the past four years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in Collective Impact throughout North America.


Dan Gaynor, Gaynor Consulting

For as long as he can recall, Dan has had a passion for building high performance teams through skillful leadership. He entered the workforce by following his father’s footsteps into the newspaper business as an Advertising Sales Representative. Dan’s first leadership role was as one of five Sales Supervisors at a large daily newspaper, leading six Sales Representatives and a Sales Administrator.

As his career progressed, Dan led teams through several challenging situations, including integrations, turnarounds and labour unrest. Dan has led in non-union and unionized environments. Each time, he appointed the members of leadership teams with care and worked tirelessly at helping them become better, more skillful leaders. Dan believed then, as he does now, that every team reflects its leadership. As leadership gets better, corporate performance improves. In 2003, Dan formed Gaynor Consulting. After, fifteen years of working with a wide variety of clients, it has only enriched his own leadership development and given him a broader base of experience to draw upon.


Patrick O’Reilly, Founder and President of Padraig Coaching & Consulting Inc.

Patrick is certified in executive coaching and specialized in helping those who lead others to excel in their roles and dive into new roles. As a former Crown Corporation CEO who rose through the executive ranks learning on the fly to lead people, Patrick has lived the life of his audiences. He sees the world through their eyes. He has had enormous wins and has made the mistakes they’re trying to avoid.

Patrick has spoken to diverse audiences ranging from a small mastermind group of executives to large convention centres, from hard working front-line service people, to heads of government and even royalty. Patrick’s experience has seen him presenting across Canada and around the world from Iceland to Australia, Ghana to China, with stops along the way as diverse as the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and a triennial global gathering of ICOM, the United Nation’s International Council of Museums and a TEDx Talk on why the Golden Rule is Wrong.

SARC Fall Conference 2018 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities


There are sponsorship opportunities available for the SARC Fall Conference and Awards Banquet.  Sponsors are vital to providing a quality educational experience for employees in the nonprofit sector.  To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available, click here.

Please note: The deadline to confirm sponsorship is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Exhibitor Booths

Exhibitors interested in attending the SARC Fall Conference to market their organization or business can purchase booth space in the networking area of the conference for Day One of the event. 


All Exhibitor booths include:

  • One skirted table and chairs
  • One complimentary lunch on Day One
  • Access to all conference sessions on Day One
  • An opportunity to network with approximately 150 delegates during extended networking breaks and lunch on Day One of the conference

Exhibitor Booths are available on the first day of the Fall Conference on October 24. Booth set-up will take place at 9:00 a.m. and take down will be after 3:00 p.m.


  • Nonprofit Rate: $250

  • Corporate Rate: $300

To become an exhibitor, download the Exhibitor Registration Form.

SARC Fall Conference 2018 Venue


The SARC Fall Conference will take place at the Regina Travelodge Hotel, located at 4177 Albert Street, in Regina.

We recommend booking accommodations for the conference early, as there are only a limited number of blocked rooms available.

Please call 306-586-3443, and quote block code: CGSF18 to ensure that you retain a guest room at the preferred rate. Alternately, you can email your reservation request to The block rate is available until October 1, 2018.

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