TORONTO WELCOMES GLOBAL philanthropic, making it canada’s only coast-to-coast full service international consultancy

December 1, 2015 marks a red-letter day in Global Philanthropic’s history. Toronto, the largest city in Canada and the capital of Ontario, the largest province in Canada, became home to the only truly international fundraising consultancy in the city.

The city, affectionately (or otherwise) known as the “Centre of the Universe”, is the nucleus of a larger metropolitan region known as the Greater Toronto Area with a population of over 6 million, making up nearly half of Ontario’s population. This region is by far the fastest growing region in the province and indeed in North America. Besides being the most cosmopolitan of Canadian cities (nearly 1 in 5 Torontonians were born outside of Canada), it is home to head offices of most Canadian national as well as international charities and corporations.

Global Philanthropic will be served by Ibrahim Inayatali, its senior consultant with over 33 years of experience in the charitable and corporate sectors, in Canada and internationally. During this period, he served for over 12 years in Ontario with some of the leading universities and teaching hospitals (McMaster University, SickKids Foundation and University of Waterloo) as a fundraiser and leader of their development programs, and so brings to his role, a good understanding of the region.

The event was held at the Royal Canadian Military Institute, a landmark on University Avenue in Toronto on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, also known as “Giving Tuesday”. Befitting to Global Philanthropic’s arrival, the day was a national day dedicated to giving – a day when Canadian charities, businesses, and individuals came together to celebrate giving and give back.

Ben Morton Wright, Global Philanthropic’s Group CEO from London, UK along with the entire Canadian team led by Guy Mallabone, President of Global’s Canadian operation were present.

Global TeamFrom L to R (standing): Elaine Lalonde, Senior Associate, Montreal, Ben Morton Wright, Group CEO, Ibrahim Inayatali, Senior Consultant, Toronto, John Bouza, Senior Consultant, Ottawa

From L to R (seated): Guy Mallabone, Canadian President and Principal Consultant, Calgary, and Karen Van Sacker, Vice President and Senior Consultant, Vancouver.

In addition to nearly 50 leaders from charitable institutions and other organizations from the sector in Toronto, we were fortunate to have the presence of Dr. Adel Sedra, former Provost and Vice-President, University of Toronto, the largest university in Canada, and former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada’s largest engineering school.

Ibrahim worked very closely with Dr. Sedra when he served as Director of Development and Alumni Affairs to raised $120 million towards the faculty’s Vision 2010 Campaign. Dr. Sedra spoke at length on the work that Ibrahim accomplished on the Vision 2010 Campaign and his working relationship.

 Dr Adel Sedra speakingDr. Adel Sedra speaking at the reception

The reception attracted many colleagues and friends who were excited by the presence of Global Philanthropic in the city. We are looking forward to building long-term relationships with many organizations that would benefit tremendously with our work within the sector.

  group shot of guestsA cross-section of the attendees at the reception