Rethinking Philanthropy: Building a just society

Is it time for a new model of philanthropy to meet our rapidly changing world and its increasingly complex problems? Do we need new ways to understand what makes a philanthropist, how they give and why?

To celebrate National Philanthropy Day, Simon Fraser University is assembling social change leaders and current and future philanthropists for a conversation moderated by CBC’s Gloria Macarenko about how philanthropy can evolve (or if it has to) to tackle society’s most pressing challenges.

Featuring Kris Archie (executive director, the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada) Seth Klein (adjunct professor, SFU Urban Studies and former director CCPA-BC), Dara Parker (Vancouver Foundation) and Manny Padda (entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist).


Many institutions and organizations embrace the concept of Social Justice Philanthropy. To address society’s problems at the source, they donate to NGOs that are working to break down the systems that sustain social, economic and political inequality. This form of philanthropy works to include marginalized people as active participants, not passive receivers. Meanwhile, donors and foundations not only contribute their money, but also their time, labour and privilege to serve as allies in social justice movements.

The goal is to make philanthropy more accessible, equitable, inclusive and accountable. 

Is this the future of philanthropy? Are there other new models to consider? And how can a social justice model coexist with tried and tested methods of charitable giving?

At Rethinking Philanthropy you will hear stories of donors and organizations making an impact; stories of lived experience, of struggles and successes; and stories of results –– of how this kind of philanthropy has led to real social change. 

Reception to follow!
Your ticket price includes a free drink ticket for the reception to follow this dialogue. Enjoy a drink and a snack while getting to know your fellow changemakers.


Kris Archie, a Secwepemc and Seme7 woman from the Ts’qescen First Nation, is passionate about heart-based community work and facilitating positive change. In her own words: “My lived experiences as a mixed blood woman, mother and community member informs my desire for inclusion, accessibility, and justice”.

Archie was the project manager for the Vancouver Foundation’s youth homelessness initiative, called Fostering Change before becoming the Executive Director of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country.

In all of her roles, Kris works to transform philanthropy and contribute to positive change by creating spaces of learning, relationship-building and activation.

Seth Klein

Adjunct Professor, SFU Urban Studies 

Seth Klein served for 22 years (1996-2018) as the founding British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice. He is now a freelance researcher, writer, consultant and speaker, and an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program. He is currently writing a book on mobilizing Canadian for the climate emergency.

Seth is a founder and served for eight years as co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a network of over 50 community organizations in BC campaigning for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan in BC. He is a founder and served for 10 years on the advisory committee of the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families campaign (and was co-creator of the methodology for calculating the living family wage, now used in about three dozen Canadian communities). He is an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance. And he is a founder, advisor and instructor for Next Up, a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice.

Seth’s research deals primarily with climate policy and climate justice, fiscal policy, taxation, welfare policy, poverty, inequality, economic security, and job creation. His research reports can be found on the CCPA’s website; and his policy commentary can be found primarily on the CCPA-BC’s blog.

A social activist for over 30 years, Seth lives in East Vancouver with his partner and two children. Seth has been listed by Vancouver Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in the city, and by Homemakers Magazine among the “60 men we love.”  He does not know how he ended up on either list, but he humbly accepts the latter.   

Manny Padda 

Entrepreneur | Investor | Philanthropist | Founder of New Avenue Capital (NAC)

Manny is the founder of New Avenue Capital (NAC), a private family office that brings together financial, human and impact capital for high-growth companies. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, he’s “long on people,” with a knack for recognizing talent, cultivating relationships and connecting change makers.

Prior to founding NAC, Manny was a self-made entrepreneur, building his first multi-million dollar company, PM Search Partners, by age 26. Leveraging his powerful network, he made the leap from executive search to investment and currently manages a portfolio of 40+ companies in tech, mining, real estate and more. Manny is also the co-founder of Risetech Capital, a capital pool company established with some of Canada’s top business leaders that gives tech companies an alternative way to raise capital and go public.As a philanthropist, Manny is passionate about mentorship and education. He currently sits on multiple advisory boards in the not-for-profit sectors, including Room to Read, Science World and League of Innovators. His personal mission is to educate 1 million people worldwide through his initiatives and donations.

Manny’s work in investment, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship has garnered awards including StartUp Canada’s 2017 National Entrepreneur Promotion Award, NACO’s 2016 Canadian Angel Investor of the Year, EO Global Citizen of the Year, and the 2017 Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. He has spoken at events around the world, from Startup Weekend in San Francisco to EO Impact in Zurich and #BCTechSummit in his backyard of Vancouver.

Manny is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Private Equity & Venture Capital Program, He holds an MBA from Queen's University.

Dara Parker

Vice-President, Grants and Community Initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation

Dara is the Vice-President of Grants and Community Initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation, where she leads a team of 17 and is responsible for deploying $15-$20 million annually in grants.

Previously Dara served as the Vice-Chair of Pivot Legal Society, tackling the root causes of poverty and social exclusion across Canada. She also served as the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners, the Vancouver affiliate of an international network of engaged philanthropists who invest time, money and professional expertise in building capacity for local nonprofits. Prior to that Dara served as the Executive Director of QMUNITY, BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre, focused on equity and inclusion.

Trained as an urban planner with a background in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, Dara brings over 20 years’ experience working in social-profits and local government. For three years Dara consulted with UN-Habitat on their inaugural Youth Advisory Board, helping mainstream youth participation throughout the organization. 

Dara is also the co-founder of Lezervations, a nonprofit that facilitates social and business networking events for queer and trans women.

When not working in social change, she spends her down time as a mediocre volleyball player.


Gloria Macarenko

CBC Vancouver journalist and host of On The Coast

Gloria Macarenko is an award-winning journalist, a senior leader on the CBC British Columbia news team and current host of Metro Vancouver’s afternoon show On The Coast as well as Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show.

In her time with CBC, she has been awarded a Jack Webster Award for "Best News Reporting", multiple RTNDA Awards and a Leo award for "Best Anchor in a News Program" with former co-host Ian Hanomansing. Gloria hosted the award-winning newscast CBC Vancouver News at 5 & 6 and has guest hosted on The National and CBC News Now. She has twice been nominated for the Gemini Awards in the category of "Best News Anchor" in Canada.

Macarenko's relationship with British Columbia goes far beyond the newsroom. You can see her volunteering and hosting for organizations such as Arts Umbrella, Dr. Peter Centre, RCH Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, the Gordon Smith Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Prince Rupert Foundation and the International Women's Forum.

Venue and Accessibility

The Segal Graduate School of Business is located at 500 Granville St, and is a brief walk from both the Granville and Waterfront skytrain stations, along with numerous bus stops. Limited bike racks are available out front, with others closeby. Nearby paid parking is available at 443 Seymour St. 

There are wheelchair accessible washrooms available on the first floor. Unfortunately, this venue does not have gender-neutral washrooms at this time. However, there are gender-neutral washrooms located on the first floor of SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St), a 4 minute walk away. All floors within SFU Segal are wheelchair accessible. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance. 


$5-10 tickets - includes a free drink ticket for the reception.


Thursday November 14, 2019

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Reception to follow!


SFU Segal Graduate School of Business
Rooms 1200-1500 and Founder's Hall
500 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.