DCG associates combine varied talents with dedication to building professional fund development strategies to create lasting relationships between the organizations we serve, and their donors and volunteers.
As President, Don leads DCG in support of our team and clients. His in-depth 25 years experience and training encompass planning fund development strategy, building an integrated development program, engaging donors and volunteers, managing capital campaigns, soliciting major and legacy gifts, and creating inspiring communications.
Through his direct and engaged approach with volunteers, corporate and individual donors, DCG has a solid track record of securing large gifts and winning campaigns. A firm believer in transformative giving, he has personally worked alongside several donors committing gifts at the $10M plus, with many among the largest gifts in the country.
Don’s philanthropic interest in sharing his time, talent and treasure both strengthens countless non-profit organizations and benefits the people they serve. He eagerly shares his extensive knowledge in all aspects of fund development at board and staff meetings, workshops and conferences. Don also provides mentorship to numerous fund development professionals and pro-bono counsel to many small not-for-profit organizations.
Don has served leadership roles with the following professional development organizations: Canadian Association of Gift Planners – Saskatoon (CAGP); Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Saskatoon Chapter; and Saskatoon Society of Fundraising Executives (SSFRE). After achieving his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation, he has taught several fund development workshops and seminars.
At DCG, Don has shaped a team with diverse skills that takes an “all hands on” approach to working collaboratively with clients seeking fund development expertise and community investment strategy.
Ann has been responsible for raising over $100,000,000 for various charities around the globe in her 25+ years of fundraising and marketing. During her international career she has worked as a Senior Executive for organisations such as the Shaw Festival and Harbourfront Centre in Canada, and in the UK The British Library, The English National Opera and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Ann has experience working with global Foundations, philanthropists and corporations and has brokered a number of multi-partner funding-schemes as well creating innovative cause-related marketing relationships. She has spoken at conferences around the world on various fundraising, marketing and sponsorship topics. Ann recently returned home to Canada after living in the UK for 16 years.
Kent’s strategic knowledge of the ‘art and science of fundraising’ encompasses all avenues of fund development with a focus on building lasting, mutually enriching, donor relationships.
He began his philanthropic career in 2007 as the fundraiser for the College of Kinesiology/Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan. His devotion to learning and skill as a fundraising leader enabled him to advance to Executive Director – Development, with oversight of all development activity raising $33M/yr.
Since joining DCG, Kent was Campaign Director for the University of Saskatchewan’s Home Ice Campaign, which achieved its $29M goal and is currently Campaign Director on three other community fundraising campaigns.
Kent values time spent with his wife Judy and their three adult children. They enjoy hiking, cycling, and attending local theatre productions.
His interest in health and wellness involves training and participating in triathlons and long distance running. Qualifying and participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon provides a checkmark on his bucket list.
Fueled by collaboration, creative energy and concrete results, Stephanie exudes a drive to connect with people and to deliver value that fits the overall fundraising and campaign objectives. Using her marketing and finance background, she delivers clarity and direction in evaluating and executing strategy. Stephanie also draws on her consulting, corporate and academic experience.
As a professional fundraiser she has managed feasibility studies, directed campaigns, and positioned asks and materials for targeted stakeholders. Stephanie’s experience is reflected in DCG’s presentation ‘Anatomy of a Campaign.’
Stephanie presented at the 2018 AFP Congress Fundraising Conference in Toronto on “Thundering Ahead – How Wanuskewin’s Campaign Became An Act of Reconciliation. She has also presented to numerous boards, government funding agencies, prospects and clients, both in person and via webinars. Stephanie also teaches a class in Entrepreneurial Marketing at the Edwards School of Business, where her students’ creativity and ideas continually inspire her.
To advance educational opportunities within the fundraising world, she has served as professional development chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Saskatoon Chapter.
When she’s not serving clients or teaching, Stephanie feeds her shoe addiction, practices rock star kicks, and lifts very heavy weights.
Cathie’s combined knowledge in business and as a community volunteer has made her the natural leader of operations at DCG. In her role on the executive team, Cathie is called upon to manage DCG through times of transition and growth. Cathie’s main focus at DCG is creating fund development programs for a variety of clients. In addition, she is responsible for policy development, human resources, finance and general administration.
Cathie has been instrumental in overseeing the creation of DCG’s fund development programming. Her vast experience in developing, building and implementing both small- and large-scale annual campaigns has contributed to DCG’s role as a leader in this area. Cathie also lends her expertise to Capital Campaigns, acting as an advisor and mentor for clients and DCG staff. Cathie has worked all across Saskatchewan, northern Alberta and Southern Ontario.
One of Cathie’s greatest strengths is training volunteers, where she applies skills from many years of conducting educational sessions. She likes to learn, as well as teach. Her fund development expertise is acknowledged by a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP).
Cathie’s value to DCG and its clients is evident from her leadership on the executive team.
Gregg brings a wealth of brand, marketing and digital experience, having held senior roles with LEGO, the NFL, Nokia and most recently the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League where Gregg was VP of Marketing and Business Development. The Roughriders are among the top pro sports brands in Canada and recently opened a new $300M stadium. Gregg led brand development, marketing, private fundraising, digital media, CRM and ticketing functions. Prior to the Riders Gregg spent eight years with Nokia Mobile Phones where he was Global Director of Media Partnership Development and Marketing, driving mobile content adoption with some of the world’s largest media brands. Gregg also served as Director of Consumer Products with the National Football League, and Managing Director of the LEGO toy group’s Media division in North America, where he led brand, marketing, sales functions for LEGO interactive products.
Cass has achieved success across the spectrum of fundraising techniques. Her involvement spans corporate sponsorship, grant application preparation, donor prospect research and gift solicitation, feasibility studies, capital campaign management, policy and procedure development, plus soliciting major and planned gifts.
As Co-Founder/Executive Producer of the Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival and Founder of the Flicks: Saskatchewan International Children’s Film Festival, Cass developed strong contacts within Saskatoon’s business, civic, arts and education communities. While Manager of Major and Planned Gifts at the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, she guided the team to a very successful capital campaign.
Believing volunteerism is vital to the health and success of every community, Cass has been very active both at local and national levels as a leadership volunteer.
Her accomplishments have been recognized with a YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Rotary Annual Achievement Community Award, and CFQC/CTV Saskatoon Citizen of the Year, along with children’s festival co-founder Joan Flood.
Most important to her is being the mother of two sons and grandmother to 2 grandsons.
Fundraising and community development form the heart of Kathleen’s career. Her tool kit, perfected through experience with a diversity of organizations, encompasses relationship building, volunteer engagement, major gift cultivation, capital campaigns, large scale events, communications, and grants.
Kathleen’s capabilities and organizational skills come together whether she’s managing a major gift program, organizing an event, or producing an annual campaign plan.
Contributing to the community has always been an important aspect of both her professional and personal life. She has encouraged the progress of others by mentoring via Business for the Arts and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Saskatoon Chapter. In 2015, Kathleen was among the founding members of Saskatoon’s successful Nuit Blanche, a free night-time celebration of arts and culture.
Kathleen credits travel for her personal growth, appreciation of different cultures and desire to live in a globally responsible manner. Her passions include cross-country skiing, all-day breakfast, and listening to CBC radio.
Rhonda is a doer, change maker and lifelong learner with involvement in both the non-profit and business sectors.
DCG’s clients benefit from Rhonda’s experience and proficiency with communications, public relations, training, and event planning. Her fund development knowledge was honed when she worked as the Coordinator of Development and Alumni Relations team at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan for five years. Rhonda’s commitment to client service, creativity and relationship building grew during the 10 plus years that she operated her own business. Other skills were sharpened when she worked in administration and human resources at KPMG.
Rhonda’s appreciation for people as individuals and desire to make a difference in their lives was further enhanced by her training and certification as a personal development facilitator and as a fitness instructor.
She volunteers regularly with the Connect Church and the Saskatoon French School, and as time allows, with community serving organizations like the Lighthouse Supported Living.
Proud of her Indigenous roots, Rhonda is learning her traditional language and the story of her ancestors so her children and next generations may know and stand proud in who they are—a passion she believes translates into her commitment to learning about the impact our clients make and to telling their stories to further their missions.
Strategy, charisma, sincerity and resilience are some of the tools Morgan implements when devising positive changes in the community. She recently completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Management with Honours from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. It is during this educational endeavour that she discovered a purpose and passion for making these positive changes.
While in school, Morgan served as the president of the SIIT Student Association, and a member of the Marketing Students’ Society (MSS), Indigenous Business Students’ Society (IBSS), and USSU Indigenous Student Affairs Committee. Her efforts with these groups have led to her being recognized with an Award for Leadership from the U of S and featured on CBC Saskatoon’s iamSK, and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Higher Education’s platforms.
Her proudest membership is with the Lac La Ronge First Nation, though she also proudly sits on the Board of The Princess Shop, Saskatoon Society of Fundraising Executives (SSFRE), and Dress for Success Saskatoon, and is an Alumni Advisor for the Edwards School of Business’ IBSS.
Outside of the community and in her home, you will find Morgan expressing her creative side through culinary creations 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.
Superior communication, marketing, research, event planning and relationship building – all key elements of fundraising – make up Christine’s solid skill-set. She brings an eye for detail and a polished, professional presence to every aspect of her service to DCG’s clients.
Christine’s experience incorporates well-conducted and managed campaign planning, volunteer training and management, and campaign strategy. She is an effective communicator whose past experience extends to attracting foreign investment to the province and developing positive communications and investor relations for a mining company.
She has a passion for government and public policy, and regularly shares her government relations expertise with other members of the DCG team. Her interest has led to local and provincial political involvement as well as volunteering with the AFP Canadian Government Relations Committee.
Christine continues to be highly involved in the community, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Saskatoon Housing Authority and The Saskatchewan Party. She was awarded The Governor General of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions and achievements in athletics, political involvements and community service.
She is an avid runner, having competed with the Huskies Cross Country and Track & Field teams in university, and completing several marathons including the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Fred came to DCG with 10 years of successful fundraising experience, raising millions of dollars for STARS Air Ambulance Foundation and the U of S College of Medicine. Prior to this, he had 20 years of sales experience working with National accounts and transferred those skills and experiences to his fundraising career.
Fred is passionate about legacy giving programs helping donors who wish to leave a legacy gift in their estate planning. He considers it a privilege to get to know donors and learn more about their personal stories, then connecting them to a cause that aligns with their passions.
Fred enjoys spending time working in his yard and going for walks. During the winter months, he and his wife enjoy vacationing to warmer climates. Fred and his wife Pam are looking forward to their first grandchild who will be arriving in November!
Lisa brings success in identifying, cultivating and stewarding major gift donors, securing corporate sponsors, and engaging event participants from her 30-plus-year career in the non-profit sector.
Responding to the challenges inherent in leadership roles encompassing fund development, event management, volunteer engagement and educational presentations is second nature to her.
She is enthused about enhancing donor and volunteer experiences, and is grateful for opportunities to interact with selfless, passionate, enthusiastic volunteers.
These interests prove valuable during her exchanges with potential donors and people serving on campaign teams.
They also came together, when Lisa trained and coordinated volunteers as an employee of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Southern Saskatchewan Region. She counts the volunteer engagement she encountered in both the RespectEd and disaster relief programs as highlights of her time at Red Cross.
Her ability to connect with people also served her well by generating fond memories and increasing fundraising with MS Society of Canada, Saskatchewan Division, where she secured a $1M gift to the 2019 Acts of Greatness Campaign.
Lisa grew up in rural Saskatchewan and now resides in Regina with her two children, Brooke and Kemper.
Jim is much more than a numbers guy. When working with finance and trusts at the University of Saskatchewan, he shared the importance of ensuring donors know the impact of their gifts. This is especially vital to encouraging planned or legacy gifts, an area Jim thoroughly understands as a previous long-time member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. His knowledge of donor relations combined with his accounting experience means his expertise has been sought both on campus and by charities in the broader community. Jim especially enjoys strengthening fund development programs by answering questions about Canada Revenue Agency regulations, Gift Acceptance Agreements, along with policies, guidelines and terms of reference. Jim’s versatility has been proven by his varied roles in construction, agriculture, oil and gas, and engineering.
Karen believes in the power of community. She began her journey in volunteer service as a young child, growing up in small-town, southern Saskatchewan. She spent several years volunteering at the local library and hospital. During these integral years, she learned the power of community.
Her career path has allowed her to develop a wide array of skill sets, from sales, marketing, dance, nutrition, fitness, and has crisscrossed the not-for-profit, charitable, and community sectors. Core to all of her work is a passion for connection, which was enhanced over the past ten years, as a local business owner. She believes that positive community and social support networks and connections improve our world, and create a butterfly effect with the potential to improve lives for generations to come.
Karen believes every day should be filled with fun and laughter. She can be found in her spare time playing practical jokes on her husband Trevor or making Tik Toks and spending quality time with her grandchildren.