Feb 12, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Start the year with exploring how to create new opportunities in philanthropy by joining the conversation with two seasoned professionals as they share insights and best practices on creating strategic and successful collaborations that lead to transformational philanthropic giving.

Kevin Goldthorp and Catherine Rowe will draw on their current experience at SickKids and CHU Sainte-Justine to break down how to develop institutional vision and buy in for large scale collaboration and how to engage forward thinking philanthropists to support these ambitious projects.

Prepare to challenge yourselves at the start of this new decade when business as usual will no longer be sufficient as we tackle society’s biggest issues and aspirations.

Session will be in English and Q&A will be in French and English.

Presented by

Kevin Goldthrop

President and Chief Development Officer
SickKids Foundation


Catherine Rowe, CFRE

Pur Philanthropie

Kevin Goldthorp

Kevin Goldthorp is President and Chief Development Officer at SickKids Foundation where he has served since October 2016 with leadership responsibility for the Foundation’s current $1.3 billion campaign.

He is an accomplished and dynamic leader with a strong track record of managing successful, high-profile fundraising campaigns within the academic and health-care sectors.

Before moving to SickKids, Kevin was Chief Executive Officer, Sinai Health Foundation (formerly Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation) and Executive Vice President, Advancement & Marketing, Sinai Health System. In just over three years, Kevin raised an unprecedented $250 million for the Campaign to Renew Sinai, the largest campaign in the hospital’s history and led the re-branding of the new health system.

Prior to joining Sinai, Kevin served as Vice-President, External Relations, at Western University where he drove a transformational $750 million campaign, re-branding strategy, aligned international foundations and launched a new International Advisory Board.

Previously, Kevin spent six years as Chief Executive Officer of the Sunnybrook Foundation where he completed the integration of separate foundations and completed a successful multi-hundred million dollar campaign.

Kevin graduated with an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Commerce from a Trinity College t the University of Toronto. He has three children and is a Board member of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Board member and treasurer of his condominium corporation, and capital development committee member of Trinity College.

Catherine Rowe, CFRE

In 2019 Catherine launched her consulting business, Pur Philanthropie and works to help organizations maximize their philanthropic capacity and impact.

From 2012 to 2018 she was Executive Vice-President, Development at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre Foundation, responsible for leading the Healing More Better campaign, the most important fundraising campaign in the institution’s history. The campaign target was surpassed by $100 million to reach $255 million under her leadership. The Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation’s mission is to mobilize the community to allow Sainte-Justine to accelerate its quest for innovation that translates into health advances for the children and mothers of Quebec.

From June 2006 to October 2012, Ms. Catherine Rowe was the Executive Director, External Affairs at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro – where she led the $40 million Thinking Ahead Campaign. In this role, Ms. Rowe oversaw all program activities related to fundraising, communications, media and government relations. Prior to 2006, Ms. Rowe was the Director of Major Gifts at Centraide (United Way) of Greater Montreal.

In 2018, Ms. Rowe was awarded the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Career in Philanthropy award. Ms. Rowe was one of the first in Quebec to earn her Certified Fund Raising Executive accreditation (CFRE) in 1997. She is also a graduate of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) Leadership Academy, as a Faculty trainer. Ms. Rowe holds a Masters of Public Administration (1991) from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Commerce (1986) from McGill University.

Active as a volunteer within her profession, Ms. Rowe served as President on the Board of Directors for AFP Quebec, serves on the AFP Education Committee and National Philanthropy Day Awards Committee.

Centre Saint-Pierre, Room 100

1212 Rue Panet, Montréal, QC H2L 2Y7


$50 plus tax per person
($40 per person if 2 participants or + from the same organization)

$70 plus tax per person
($60/person if 2 participants or + from the same organization)

Additional information

12 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Presentation
1:30 - 2 p.m . Q&A