Charitable Sector Recovery Part 1
Join Lia Grimanis, Susan Horvath and, Moderator, Mina Mawani, as they discuss challenges faced by organizations during COVID.
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President and Chief Executive Officer, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Mina Mawani is an experienced executive in the not-for-profit sector. Her bold, collaborative, and modern leadership style contributes to successful and transformational change toward improved capacity, stronger and broader partnerships and relationships, better and more resilient funding models and clear vision and strategy for the future.
Mina has more than 20 years’ leadership experience with socially focussed organizations including President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Chief Development Officer for Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, and Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Council for Canada.
Currently, Mina is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. She applies her passion and enthusiasm to the Crohn’s and colitis community and is deeply engaged with the issues that matter most to patients and those who care for them – finding cures and improving lives for the millions of Canadians affected by these chronic diseases.
Mina is truly community-focused with a foundation in philanthropy that she demonstrates often through speaking engagements on the importance of gender equality and volunteer positions that contribute to solutions for challenges faced by women and girls, particularly those new to Canada.
In recognition of her remarkable achievements, involvement, and contributions to communities across Canada, Mina has received the ICCC Humanitarian of the Year award, the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, the Grant’s Desi Achievers Award, and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
Founder and CEO, Up With Women
Lia's work in the homelessness sector is informed by lived experience, as an abuse survivor and formerly homeless teen. A high school dropout, she climbed the corporate ladder to her most recent corporate position as Regional Head of Financial Services, Americas for a division of the global technology firm TIBCO. She now manages Up With Women’s women’s career program full-time.
Prior to creating and building Up With Women, Grimanis founded the non-profit, the Mighty Lola Ballsy Girls Arts Fund, which provided grants to female artists doing cutting-edge work. She also is a Co-Founder of Social Venture Partners Toronto, an organization that blends the power of business with the passion of philanthropy to assist grass roots organizations that are focused on poverty reduction.
On a civic level, she has served on the Toronto Mayor’s Communications Advisory team as a PR strategist and speech writer with a special focus on the Mayor’s “Opportunity for All” platform. In 2011, Financial Post Magazine listed her as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She was also named Chatelaine Woman of the Year.
A gym class flunkie, Grimanis now holds two Guinness World Records: « Heaviest Vehicle Pulled 100 ft by a Woman » (18,000 lbs) and « Heaviest Vehicle Pulled in High Heels » (15,000 lbs). She is now preparing to pull a jet to raise awareness about family homelessness in the fall of this year.
Grimanis uses these world record attempts to attract much needed media attention to the issues of poverty, homelessness and violence against women. Up With Women has been covered globally including The TODAY Show, the New York Times, CTV News, CBC, Global TV, CNN Money, Inc, Chatelaine, More Magazine, Flare, UK’s Daily Mail, CBC Radio, Toronto Star, Calgary Herald, The Calgary and Toronto Sun newspapers and more.
President & CEO, ROM Governors, Royal Ontario Museum
Susan is a seasoned philanthropic executive with diverse leadership experience in the healthcare, education, research and culture sectors. Susan joined the Royal Ontario Museum nearly six years ago as President & CEO of the ROM Governors, inspired by the opportunity to build on her lifelong passion for the ROM and her love of helping donors realize great impact through philanthropy.
In her 30 years in the charitable sector, Susan has served as Vice President Philanthropy for the Canadian Cancer Society; President of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation; Vice President External at Robarts Research Institute; Director of Alumni & Development at Western University; and Director, Resource Development United Way of London & Middlesex.
Susan’s fundraising career was preceded by a decade as an academic at Brescia University College at Western University, where she taught and researched clothing, textiles and historic costume. Susan holds a BSc from Western and an MSc from the University of Alberta.
Susan has held leadership positions with AFP, CAGP, CCAE and several healthcare and community organizations. Susan was recognized in 2016 with AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award.