“I grew up in a rural community where I learned to respect nature and wildlife and appreciate how they benefit people. It’s our responsibility to ensure those riches remain sustainable for future generations.”
Stephen Hutchinson is a chartered professional accountant with more than 25 years of financial and operational experience from startups to medium-sized businesses. His strengths are motiving teams to focus on results-driven objectives and modernizing processes. After selling a business, he decided to move into the non-profit sector with World Wildlife Fund Canada to use his skills to make a more personally rewarding impact on future generations. He has also been involved in Scouts Canada for almost 20 years to share his passion for the great Canadian outdoors with his son and other like-minded youth.
David Lightheart PMP, MBA is Director, IT at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, a health charity working to connect and empower the MS community to create positive change. David has worked in IT for more than 15 years in a variety of roles, with 10 of those years at the MS Society of Canada. Over this period, he has developed a firm belief in the power of people and technology to improve life, and he has focused on using technology to help develop relationships and foster collaboration. When he’s not sitting at a computer, David enjoys playing video games with his kids, watching a play with his wife, or reading about technology, culture, and history.
James brings 25 years of experience in government, political and private sector IT: House of Commons/Federal NDP (12yrs), The Bradford Group (5yrs), Disus Software/Atos Canada (5yrs) and Bell Canada (3yrs).
James brings a passion for people and end users and sees IT as a customer service role as the foundation to enable departments to meet their needs and focus on core competencies. James has managed many successful software development projects ranging from a $3 million-dollar voter outreach system, a successful cloud transformation project as well as development and integrations for several $30+ million ERP projects for US & Canadian multi-nationals
In the United States alone, nonprofit organizations employ 12.3 million people, and spend nearly $1 trillion annually for goods and services. From that statistic, it's quite clear to get a high-level picture of the global economic impact that nonprofit organizations have. In this session, executives from St. John Ambulance, the MS Society of Canada, and World Wildlife Fund Canada will discuss not only the importance of the charitable sector to North American economies, but also how charities can invest in technology to further their cause, and how charities need to adapt for the future.