A volunteer management conference like no other presented by Volunteer Toronto
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What's VECTor?

A full-day conference for volunteer managers to learn, connect and get inspired. Workshops, discussion groups, networking opportunities and more will allow you to develop your volunteer management skills and discover new trends, research and innovation in the non-profit sector.

Conference Schedule

Check out the Conference Schedule here, featuring opportunities to network, learn and share ideas throughout the day. After each session, participants will attend Discussion Groups to work through what they’ve learned. By the end of the day, everyone’s ideas will be shared with sights set on the next goal for the sector to achieve.

A Volunteer Management Conference Like No Other

Connect with colleagues across the sector, be the first to hear the results of exciting new research in volunteer management and contribute your voice to creating solutions for volunteer coordinators across Toronto. Help shape the direction of the profession for years to come, only at VECTor.

Venue & Fees

On November 8th, the 2017 VECTor Conference will take place at the Toronto Central YMCA, 20 Grosvener Streeet near Yonge & Wellesley. Many thanks to this Volunteer Toronto Subscriber organization for hosting!


On November 8th, VECTor invites volunteer coordinators and managers from across Toronto to be a part of the conversation.

Morning Session: Innovative Collaboration in Volunteer Management

Representatives from three Toronto organizations will share how collaboration has helped them improve their volunteer programs. You’ll learn how these organizations have seen successes and faced challenges while putting innovative new ideas into practice in their volunteer program. After the session, you’ll attend your first Discussion Group ready to explore these innovations and share suggestions to apply them across the sector and in your own program. Presenters:

  • Alicks Girowski, Hot Docs & Saskia Rinkoff, ImagineNATIVE
    Alicks & Saskia will share details about the city-wide recognition collaboration VAACT (Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture in Toronto).

  • Amele Zewge-Teffera, The Stop Community Food Centre
    Amele will explore The Stop's service-user volunteer program and the training they're developing to make it work.

  • Racine Senining, The Yonge Street Mission
    Racine will share the challenges and successes of YSM's new Family-to-Family Mentoring program.

Afternoon Session: Volunteer Management Research

VECTor will be the first place to learn about exciting new research into volunteer management trends. In your Discussion Groups, you’ll be able to explore the applications of this research for your organization. PResenters:

  • Erin Spink, Centre for Advanced Research in Volunteer Engagement
    Erin will share brand new findings from her research into politically motivated civic engagement and its impact on volunteering in North America.
  • Lisa Robinson, Volunteer Toronto
    Lisa will present findings from Volunteer Toronto’s current research on the barriers that exist to volunteering for marginalized groups and discuss promising practices in the sector.

Each session is followed by in-depth discussion and group problem-solving led by Discussion Leaders.

Discussion Leaders

Adriane Beaudry

Manager, Volunteer Engagement Strategy
Heart & Stroke Foundation

As a Certified Volunteer Resource Manager with almost 20 years’ experience in volunteer management, Adriane enjoys working with colleagues to learn and share knowledge, trends and how we continue to move our profession and the voluntary sector forward. She is Past President of Professional Administrators of Volunteer Leaders - Ontario (PAVR-O) and Past Chair of the Peel Volunteer Administrators Network (PVAN).

Bobby Hrehoruk

Manager of Development and Community Engagement
Rainbow Railroad

Bobby has been working in Volunteer Engagement for the past 10 years including in his current position at Rainbow Railroad, and past positions at Prostate Cancer Canada and the AIDS Committee of Toronto. He currently volunteers as the President of Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC), as Vice President of the Local 75 Housing Co-Op and is a former President of a CUPE local in Toronto.

Kelly DeVries Harbour

Community Engagement Coordinator
Volunteer Toronto

As an experienced facilitator and volunteer manager, Kelly focuses on educating and motivating people to volunteer and become involved in their communities. Her team of staff and volunteers engage the public in Toronto through one-on-one support, educational presentations and community events to inform and inspire people to volunteer.

Networking at VECTor

The Discussion Groups won't be the only opportunity to network at VECTor. Come prepared to talk about your experiences throughout the day including an opening and closing facilitated networking opportunity.

2016 VECTor Report

View and download the final report from the November 2nd, 2016 VECTor Conference. The report includes:

  • Presenter summaries - Innovations in Volunteer Management
  • Research findings - youth volunteering trends in Toronto & Community Service Orders
  • Discussion group ideas & applications
  • Useful tools including feedback-collection tips, focus group how-to, mentorship program planning & more

Photos from VECTor 2016

Contact us

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