our team

Rowena Veylan - Founder and Lead Instructor

A fundraiser, consultant, teacher and mentor, Rowena has been working within the non-profit industry since 2003. She has held positions at a number of different organizations and also ran her own consulting company where she worked with teams to build fundraising capacity and increase revenue.


Rowena has taught fundraising-related courses at BCIT and the Art Institute of Vancouver. She also has guest lectured and participated as a panelist for the Association of Professional Fundraisers, VantagePoint Vancouver and Selkirk College.


Rowena whole heartedly loves what she does and her passion for her work has been described as contagious.

Joanne Veltri - Sponsorship

Joanne Veltri works on all sides of sponsorship: as a sponsorship rights holder and on behalf of beneficiaries and corporate sponsors. She has helped non-profit organizations and corporations redefine their strategic priorities and bring their operations to a world-class level.


She boasts a $13 million sponsorship sales record, ahead-of-the- curve analytics acumen, and a stellar portfolio that includes the Sponsorship Chief position for Canada’s Paralympic Team supporting the 2008 Beijing and 2010 Vancouver Games.


Joanne is one of a small group of professionals in North America who lecture at post-secondary institutions and under the National Training Center, she has been delivering Canada’s #1 sponsorship workshop training for sport and charities to cities across Canada since 2018.

Nicole Taylor-Sterritt - Indigenous Protocols

Nicole Taylor-Sterritt is a mixed heritage woman with Gitxsan and European roots. She was born and raised on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory in what is now known as Vancouver, BC.


In 2018, Nicole co-founded and managed the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit (IWLS) while she completed her BBA in Marketing. She has utilized her education and experience to build and collaborate on numerous projects across the country and has been continuously inspired to learn and collaborate with Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island.


Nicole is known for fostering meaningful connections and credits her success to many positive, personal and industry relationships. She has completed the RavenSPEAK: Mastery program and is currently the Manager of Indigenous Events Protocol at Simon Fraser University.


Deanne Berman - Storytelling

Deanne has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and branding and is currently the Marketing & Communications Director at Seva Canada, an international development charity. Prior to her work at Seva Canada, Deanne was a Senior Marketing Communications Manager at TELUS launching TELUS TV, Satellite TV and Optik TV. She also had the great pleasure in working on the tourism brand for Canada at the Canadian Tourism Commission just prior to the Vancouver Olympics and was a part of the team that launched Bell Mobility in BC and Alberta.


Deanne believes that through sharing stories we can connect with people and cultures we may not otherwise get to meet and experience firsthand. Stories enable us to become more knowledgeable, understanding and compassionate as individuals and as a global community. Deanne shared her love of her craft by guest lecturing at UBC, Sauder School of Business, BCIT and Cal Poly Pomona.


In her spare time Deanne enjoys travelling, the outdoors and keeping local takeout restaurants in business.

Morgan Kalk - Indigenous Protocols

Morgan Kalk is a proud member of Lac La Ronge Indian Band located in Treaty 6 territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Metis, Saulteaux, Dene, Nakota, Lakota, and Dakota peoples. She was raised by her grandmother in the northern community of Buffalo Narrows and later relocated to what is now known as Saskatoon, SK.


She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Management with Honours from the Edwards School of Business and recently completed a certification program in digital marketing. Morgan is a passionate volunteer who currently sits as a board member with The Princess Shop and the Saskatoon Society of Fund Raising Executives. Professionally, she works as an Associate with DCG Philanthropic Services Inc., a fundraising consulting firm that serves a variety of clients across Turtle Island.


Outside of the community and in her home, you will find Morgan expressing her creative side through culinary creations, DIYs, and art pieces. She believes that while doing this, she is continually reminded to step outside of her comfort zone, and that is, after all, when you are most likely to make a change.

Laura Ralph - Grant Seeking

Laura is a grant seeking guru with over a decade of experience in higher education and healthcare fundraising.


After her graduate degree in English, Laura fell into fundraising through a writing position with the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s development office. She caught the fundraising bug and has contributed on various teams that have raised money from individuals, corporations, and granting foundations.


She also had the pleasure of working as fundraising consultant for Grant Advance, where she developed grant seeking resources for Canadian nonprofits.


Currently, she works as a freelance writer and Co-Founder of Fundraising Fix, a strategic and relational grant seeking agency that helps charities secure grants more efficiently and effectively.

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