Ottawa Nonprofit Digital Transformation Summit

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Canadian Museum of History

100 Laurier Street

Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8


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The Toronto event was so successful, we're bringing the Nonprofit Digital Transformation Summit to all of Canada!

On September 20th, over 40 Executive Directors, Finance Directors, and HR Directors at leading Nonprofits across North America came together in Toronto to discuss leveraging technology to better deliver on their mission. We want to help this discussion reach even wider circles, so we're doing encore events in Ottawa and Alberta!

The concept of this event is to share ideas, benefit from the experiences of your peers, discuss barriers and challenges that many of you are facing, and provide you with tools and best practices to embark on your own Digital Transformation project at your Nonprofit.

All summit participants will be involved in a Digital Benchmarking Survey prior to the event and will get a results report post-event to see how you rank among your Nonprofit peers. You'll also get the chance to ask questions to our esteemed panelists (see below).

We hope you'll join us in this important discussion on how to transform the Nonprofit sector with technology in order to enable more good.

Summit Agenda

9:30am – 10:00am

Registration and Coffee

10:00am – 10:30am

A discussion on Nonprofit Digital Transformation

  • Why is it essential for Nonprofits to consider technology now more than ever

  • Overview of benchmarking results of all summit attendees

10:30am – 11:30pm

Panel Discussion on Nonprofit Digital Transformation moderated by Richard MacNeill

  • Philippe Lemieux, Chief Information Officer, Canadian Museum of History


11:30pm – 1:00pm

Lunch and moderated peer discussions at each table

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wrap up and sharing of lunch discussions

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All Attendees with participate in a benchmarking survey prior to the event, and will receive the results report.

Keynote and Moderator:

Richard MacNeill – President - OTUS Group Consulting


Richard MacNeill is a professional accountant and consultant, with more than twenty-five years of leadership and senior management experience in finance and administration. Before founding OTUS Group, Richard served in senior management roles with Teldon International Corporation and with TELUS Corporation. He also has experience in systems and information technology, and leverages his combined financial and IT expertise in helping clients to optimize their financial management systems and operations. Richard enjoys working with clients to help them streamline their operations and improve their bottom line.


OTUS Group is a business advisory and management consulting firm that has developed a reliable brain trust of experienced, talented and dedicated experts. Together, our consultants support not-for-profit, private and public sector clients with resourceful financial management, virtual CFO and risk management solutions. For over 10 years, OTUS Group has delivered exceptional value to hundreds of organizations in the Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal regions.


Philippe Lemieux - Chief Information Officer, Canadian Museum of History


Philippe had been a teacher for 10 years when he started leading digital transformation initiatives in the education sector. As Vice Principal of a high school at the Commission scolaire des Draveurs, he led the adoption of the Cisco curriculum. His strategic vision and increasing passion around the integration of IT in the classroom were instrumental in his tenure as IT Director at CEPEO, the French public school board responsible for education in Eastern Ontario. There, he led the implementation of Google Apps for Education. At the Canadian Museum of History, he continues to lead innovative projects that leverage technology to better deliver on the Museum’s mandate while helping to strengthen, modernize and optimize its IT infrastructure.


The Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year to its celebrated complex in the heart of the National Capital Region, making it the country’s most-visited museum. With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions and a respected centre of museological excellence, sharing its expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology, and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad.


Colin Dickinson – President, Sparkrock


If you ever meet Colin it won’t be long before you’ll learn a thing or two about this outgoing father of two, cycling fiend and tennis enthusiast. Colin takes every opportunity with anyone that will listen to share that Sparkrock has the best clients on the planet.

Colin has been involved in the Social Benefit Sector for almost 25 years. He sat on the Board of his first Not-for-Profit – a Community Economic Development Inititive in Ottawa – at the tender age of 22. Moving to Toronto to attend Business School in the mid-1990s, he ran a five person NFP, the York Business Mentorship Program, aligning students with willing mentors in the Toronto Business Community.

Colin also co-founded and ran a Not-for-Profit organization, ensuring 100% of its profits, tens of thousands of dollars, were channeled to Trails Youth Initiatives, an Organization that helps foster leadership amongst at-risk Youth, through a four-year Program of Outdoor Education.


It started with a simple idea. Sparkrock wanted to help Nonprofits leverage technology in order to more effectively deliver on their mission to improve the quality of life for people, families, and communities. Now, over a decade later, we still deliver on that idea every day. Sparkrock provides the only all-in-one Finance, Human Resources and Employee Scheduling software for Human Services agencies to help you serve more people with less effort, stress and expense. Our solution is built on the robust Microsoft platform, and then customized for the unique needs of Nonprofits – making it the most stable, modern and tailored solution for you out there.

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