Staff & Board

Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®

President, CAF Canada

Ted Hart brings extensive experience in the fields of internet and global philanthropy. As an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on topics related to nonprofit strategy, Ted is an expert in board and volunteer development practices both online and offline. Before coming to CAF America, Ted served as CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services, an international consultancy providing strategic solutions to major nonprofits and NGOs. He coauthored People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities and was critical in the creation of the online fundraising movement People to People Fundraising designed to give donors the chance to participate in the success of a charity beyond the online gift. Ted was also a leader at the International ePhilanthropy Foundation. Most recently, Ted obtained his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy certification, aimed at increasing expertise in the impacts of planning for family wealth, charitable giving, and gift planning for nonprofits and is one of only 101 individuals who hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation globally.

Howard English

Director, CAF Canada

Howard English joins CAF Canada with 25 years of experience as a recognized expert in non-profit governance, communications, donor relations and volunteer development whose work has benefited countless families throughout North America, Israel and beyond. Before establishing his own company in the fall of 2014, Howard distinguished himself as the Senior Vice President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – the Canadian Jewish community’s largest non-profit advocacy organization. Previously, he played an integral role in the United Jewish Appeal’s fundraising efforts, first as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and then as Vice President of Corporate Communications at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. As UJA’s most senior marketing professional, Howard directed the marketing efforts of 10 successive annual campaigns featuring fundraising increases. UJA raises well over $50 million a year in donations for general charitable use and millions more in designated gifts. In part, his success as an executive can be attributed to his success in developing warm, lasting relationships with donors and volunteers. A powerful speaker at local, national and international forums, Howard excels at inspiring even the most unknowing of audiences in articulating the heart of a charity’s mission, vision and core values. Combined with his understanding of the Canada Revenue Agency’s requirements for charitable organizations and a commitment to strong governance structures, Howard provides volunteers with meaningful, fulfilling input into organizational decision making. A former broadcast journalist, consultant and Ontario community college teacher, he is recognized as one of Toronto’s most effective communicators, having received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service.

Catherine Pagliaro

Director, CAF Canada 

Catherine Pagliaro is Director at CAF Canada. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Priot to joining CAF Canada, Catherine was CEO of C.N. Wylie Group of Companies including Strategic Profits Inc.; PayPaq Solutions Inc.; SPIguard Security Solutions Inc.; GAINE Center for Spiritual Progress; and Global Animal Network.

Jessie Krafft

Vice President, Donor and Program Services

Jessie Krafft is the Vice President of Donor & Program Services at Charities Aid Foundation of Canada (CAF Canada), where she has worked for 6+ years. In her current role, Jessie manages a grants team of 20 individuals who are responsible for charity vetting, grantmaking, oversight of IRS regulatory compliance and foreign nonprofit laws, as well as the day-to-day support of thousands of donor clients and international charities. Under her direction, the team works diligently to remain at the forefront on all IRS laws, local foreign country regulations as well as all compliance-related issues in relation to international grantmaking.

Jessie holds an M.A. in International Development from American University, and graduated summa cum laude from the honors college at Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Spanish, B.S. in Anthropology, and a minor in Latin American Studies. She holds a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University and is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP). Jessie is fluent in Spanish and holds a Spanish Certificate of Translation and Interpretation from her alma mater. Prior to joining the CAF Canada staff, she worked for 18 months as a volunteer visitor coordinator, tutor, and child caretaker at an orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Kinga Ile

Vice President, Thought Leadership

Kinga is a human rights lawyer with 15 years of experience with multidisciplinary teams in the private and nonprofit sectors. Aiming to bridge the gap between these two sectors, she works with businesses and NGOs on forging partnerships and developing strategies that are sustainable, measurable and benefit both corporations and communities.

At CAF Canada, she manages all strategic and tactical aspects of the thought leadership platform including the launch and development of the International Grantmaking Symposium. Kinga is passionate about using human rights principles to motivate the private sector in seeking to deliver social benefits. Her experience spans from assisting businesses with their expansion strategies into new markets, to representing clients in international arbitration proceedings. Within the nonprofit arena, in her role with the Open Society Foundations, Kinga worked with human rights organizations worldwide focusing on international justice and minority rights.

Kinga is Adjunct Faculty of Regis University and Maastricht School of Management where she lectures on the intersection of business strategy and human rights. Kinga holds an LL.M. in European Union Law from University of Amsterdam and an LL.M. in International Human Rights from Central European University, Budapest.

Blake Brophy

Chief Financial Officer

Blake Brophy leads CAF Canada’s financial operations and regional finance teams, including CAF Canada’s west coast operations.  Prior to joining CAF America, Brophy directed finance and accounting for functions for Arabella Advisors. Holding an MBA from Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, Blake began his career in the tax practice of Arthur Andersen LLP servicing a broad array of clients including corporations, partnerships, trusts and high-wealth individuals.

In his private time, Brophy is committed to supporting a vibrant arts and culture environment throughout the greater Washington, D.C. community.  He has served on the boards of three performing arts organizations and has performed in and directed numerous staged productions with several local theatre groups.  He lives on Capitol Hill and enjoys spending summer afternoons rooting for the home team at Nationals Park.

Brooks Reed

Director, Business Development

Brooks joined CAF Canada in February 2018 as Director of Business Development. He comes from a background in international development, with research interest focusing on the private sector in development and multi-sector structures of global governance. His professional experience includes time with international NGOs and within the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida. Before coming to CAF Canada, Brooks worked closely with Charities Aid Foundation in the UK, as a co-author on the report titled Beyond Integrity: Exploring the role of business in preserving civil society space (Charities Aid Foundation, 2016).

Brooks holds a MSc in Development Management from London School of Economics (2016), as welll as a BA in International Affairs and a BA in Political Sciene from Florida State University (2015).

Robynn Benner

Senior Program Officer

Robynn leads CAF Canada’s project team by providing guidance to Canadian philanthropists interested in funding projects around the globe. She currently supports the team as both a fund manager and charitable organization liaison; working to create Project Agreements for funding. Robynn brings project management and customer service experience from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors; this combination has allowed her to hone her skills and leverage her expertise in the field of philanthropy. Robynn received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Marketing from the University at Buffalo.

Katherine Tanham

Program Officer

Katherine is a valuable part of the CAF Canada project team. Having started her career with CAF America in 1998, Katherine brings years of knowledge and expertise to the CAF Canada team; specifically focused on providing due diligence and project review support. Prior to arriving at CAF Canada, Katherine served as a field executive with Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council, responsible for membership services, leadership training and program delivery across a six-county area in western Virginia.  Katherine is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a B.S. in Psychology.

DeMornai Blackwell

Finance Director

As the Director of Finance for both CAF America and CAF Canada DeMornai helps to ensure financial accuracy and compliance for both entities. He has worked in various industries ranging from Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Professional and Financial Services giving him a broad range in accounting knowledge and applications. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DeVry University.

 

Erica Quijano

Finance Associate

Erica Quijano is a Finance Associate at CAF Canada. She is a recent graduate of Randolph College with two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts – BA in Economics and a second Bachelor of Arts – BA in International/Global Studies. At Randolph college, she served as President and Head Delegate of the National Model United Nations team for 3 years, as well as participated on the Equestrian Team her senior year. She has held several positions such as Finance and Payroll Assistant, Assistant to the Dean of Randolph College, and Assistant to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Head of Randolph College. In 2015 she worked as a sustainability projects intern with the Rediscovery Centre, a non-profit organization in Dublin, Ireland . Most recently, Erica traveled to Cuba to study economic well-being on the island as it compares to the UN Human Development Index and attended a conference held by the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy in Miami, FL where she discussed her research

Meet Our Board of Directors

Mo Lidsky

Board Chair

Mo is the Chief Executive Officer at Prime Quadrant. Prior to Prime Quadrant, Mo was the co-founder and owner of TMX Inc., a group of automobile restoration companies in Northeast Ohio, co-founder of CharityBids LLC, an online auction platform serving the non-profit sector, and founding partner of Apex Global Capital, a regional micro-finance company in the Caribbean.

Mo also spent five years as the national director and chief executive officer of Yeshiva University (Canada) and Chairman of the THJ Foundation. He continues to sit on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including CJPAC, Haifa University, Jerusalem College for Technology, Hebrew University, and CAF Canada. He also serves as an Investment Policy Advisor for Canada Gives Foundation and the Chair of the Prime Quadrant Foundation.

Mo is co-author of The Philanthropic Mind, profiling Canada’s most generous philanthropists, In Search of the Prime Quadrant: The Quest for Better Investment Decisions, and author of Partners in Preservation: How to Know Your Advisor Is Truly Protecting Your Wealth.

Mo holds multiple degrees, Magna Cum Laude, in Economics and Psychology, from Yeshiva University, and has an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Ted Hart, ACFRE, CAP®

Board President

Ted Hart brings extensive experience in the fields of internet and global philanthropy. As an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on topics related to nonprofit strategy, Ted is an expert in board and volunteer development practices both online and offline. Before coming to CAF America, Ted served as CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services, an international consultancy providing strategic solutions to major nonprofits and NGOs. He coauthored People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities and was critical in the creation of the online fundraising movement People to People Fundraising designed to give donors the chance to participate in the success of a charity beyond the online gift. Ted was also a leader at the International ePhilanthropy Foundation. Most recently, Ted obtained his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy certification, aimed at increasing expertise in the impacts of planning for family wealth, charitable giving, and gift planning for nonprofits and is one of only 101 individuals who hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation globally.

Janet Boyd, Esq.

Treasurer

For more than 18 years, Janet has provided legal counsel to a number of tax-exempt organizations. She has served as a CAF America board member since 1999, and as president of CAF America from 2002-2014.

Janet currently works for the Dow Chemical Company in Washington, D.C., providing legal and policy advice on tax, corporate governance, and employee benefits issues. Before joining Dow, she was a partner in the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.L.P.

Janet received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas-Austin and a law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center. She is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and a member of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section. She also serves on the board of the Tax Council.

Neil Gallaiford

Secretary

Neil is a former national director, donor-based campaigns, at the MS Society of Canada and founder of Cornerstone Response Management, the leading fundraising database management and donation processing firm in Canada. He was also founding editor of The Fundraiser’s Handbook, published by the Canadian Marketing Association.

In 2006, upon his appointment as president of Stephen Thomas, FRM Consulting, which Neil founded in 2000, merged with ST. FRM Consulting to provide strategic advice, program audits, and marketing consulting services to some of Canada’s leading not-for-profits, including the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario and British Columbia & Yukon Divisions, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the March of Dimes, the Toronto Humane Society, and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

David Latner

Board Member

David is the General Counsel of the family office of Richard Hyatt and Michael Hyatt, including the Hyatt Family Foundation. The Hyatt brothers founded and are the controlling shareholders of BlueCat Networks. David was the General Counsel of BlueCat from Jan 1, 2007 until October 2015, when he joined the family office. Between 1997 and 2007 he was a partner in (and General Counsel of) XDL Capital, a Toronto based venture capital firm focused on information technology investments. Prior to joining XDL Capital, David served as General Counsel of Delrina Corporation, a software developer acquired by Symantec. David has been an adjunct lecturer, originally at the Law Society Bar Admissions Course, and then at the University of Waterloo and the Canadian Film Centre’s Digital Media program until 2006. David is a board member of Newtopia, Inc.

Libby Wildman

Board Member

Libby Wildman is an exceptionally successful wealth advisor who has distinguished herself from her peers by approaching wealth advising in a way uncommon to her industry. Upon graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1987, Libby earned her CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and joined London Life as an agent. In 1998, Libby founded Wildman & Associates and achieved Top of the Table status with The Million Dollar Round Table, placing her in the top 1% of agents worldwide. In August 2014, Libby was named a ‘Woman of Influence‘ in Canada’s life insurance industry by The Insurance and Investment Journal. She is a lifetime member of ADVOCIS and CALU. She has helped host educational women’s entrepreneurship events, published works such as Celebrating Women in Business across Canada, and is a common speaker. Libby is also a technology innovator who supports the promotion and research of blockchain by connecting investors and founders to facilitate sector growth. She currently lives in beautiful Toronto and is immensely proud of her three children; Bailey, Jack, and Robbie.

Kostas Andrikopoulos

Board Member

Kostas N. Andrikopoulos holds an impressive track record of success in the field of wealth management. Throughout his career, Kostas has developed broad experience in strategic planning, general management, marketing and product development. Kostas has found great success leading T. E. Financial Consultants Ltd., one of Canada’s largest private wealth management firms, to sustained profitability. Today, he is president of KNA Strategic Wealth Consulting Corp. His company assists families with the development and structuring of their family office. He is a recognized expert on wealth management and has made numerous appearances on television including CBC evening news, ROB TV and BNN. He has also been a member of over 13 boards, and a lecturer for both McGill and Concordia University. Mr. Andrikopoulos has received a DEC from Vanier College, a B.A. from McGill University, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from Concordia University with CPA, CA, and TEP designations.  Kostas is fluent in English, French, and Greek.