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Maciek Kon is the Director, Quantitative Analysis & Strategic Research for UBC Investment Management Trust Inc., which administers the investment management of the University of British Columbia’s Endowment Fund, Staff Pension Plan and other designated funds. Mr. Kon is responsible for product research, risk management, manager screening and portfolio modeling. In addition, he supports the selection of alternative and public institutional investment managers. Mr. Kon was formerly Director, Risk Management with BlackRock Alternative Advisors in Seattle, Washington, responsible for ongoing risk analysis of hedge funds managed by the firm. He was Senior Investment Consultant with Watson Wyatt where he provided investment advice to Pension, Corporate and Foundation clients and was responsible for the implementation of absolute return strategies into balanced and immunized portfolios. Mr. Kon’s past experience includes working in Japan, Germany and the UK in senior risk management roles of securities firms, portfolio management and front office. Mr. Kon studied at Simon Fraser University where he graduated with a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance.
Vivian Smith, CFRE, is known for her commitment to philanthropy and her passion for the fundraising profession. Over the course of an extensive career, her dedication has meant a winning track record in support of a wide range of charitable causes including education, youth, sports, social services, health care and arts and culture.
Vivian’s commitment to providing highly effective and ethical services to the sector along with her flexibility, insight and more than 25 years of experience has led her to become one of the most respected and sought-after advisors to the charitable sector in western Canada. Recently, after 17 years in business as a fundraising consultant, she took on the role of Executive Director for the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.
A true believer in giving back, Vivian lends her energy and expertise as a volunteer, trainer and mentor. She is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, participating in a number of international committees, sitting as Vice-Chair of Membership Services on the International Board and volunteering as a facilitator and AFP Master Trainer.
William is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Island University Foundation as well as the Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations. The VIU Foundation is growing with the support of the Advancement office. The team has nearly doubled endowed funds over the last five years, while at the same time doubling scholarships over the last two year.
Previously he held the position of Director, Advancement at Parkland College in Saskatchewan, leading the International, Marketing, and Fund Development departments including the first ever Capital Campaign for a Trades and Technology Centre.
William holds an Honours degree in International Business from Carleton University, a graduate certificate in International Development from University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Liverpool. William’s graduate thesis focused on the critical success factors for small colleges to engage in entrepreneurial activities as a source of institutional revenue and community economic growth.
He has lived and worked in New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.
Dino Sophocleous has over twenty years of experience as a professional fundraiser and senior manager in the non‐profit sector.
He has worked with small, community based organizations, as well as with large regional and national charities. He has first‐hand knowledge of the difficulties, challenges and competition charities face today, and is well versed in annual fund development, major gift programs and capital campaigns. Dino specializes in strategic planning, gift planning, major giving and capital campaigns and has directed/managed campaigns with goals ranging from $10 million to $80 million.
He is currently the President & CEO of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation where he oversees all program and fundraising activities supporting the three hospitals in Regina.
Prior to his current assignment, Dino was the President of the Arthritis Research Foundation at University Health Network in Toronto. In the past he has served as President of the Hearing Foundation of Canada, National Director of Development for Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Director of Development for the Huntington Society of Canada.
Dino is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). He has presented at the annual AFP Toronto Congress on Major Giving and Leadership, and has served in the Mentor Program of the AFP Toronto Chapter.
He holds the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) professional designation, a BA (Specialized Honors) in Economics from York University in Toronto and has completed the Capital Campaigns Program offered by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).