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YOUTH NETWORK: Youth Leadership in Not-for-Profits – Ask An Expert

September 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


You’ve got questions, the experts have answers!

When we’re just starting out in our careers, there are countless uncertainties to navigate. Sometimes, perspective from someone who has been there provides the perfect reassurance to keep going. Vantage Point’s Youth Network has strived to provide exactly that reassurance and context to young professionals in the not-for-profit sector to feel more confident in their next steps. We are excited to present our final event in the Young Leaders in Not-for-Profits series on September 23, Ask An Expert!

After a year of great events packed with practical tools and information by experienced not-for-profit professionals, we invite youth 18-35 to join us as we tie what we’ve learned together, gain clarity on the sector’s current climate, and connect with others navigating the sector. In this hybrid event we will hear from our panel of experts on their unique journeys and advice they have to share, and celebrate all we have learned in this event series.

Event Outcomes:

  1. Understand the not-for-profit sector landscape
  2. Give youth opportunities to connect with not-for-profit leaders and peers
  3. Provide insight into learnings from previous Youth Network events

Who Should Attend:

Young professionals (18 – 35) working – or interested – in the not-for-profit sector

Supported by:

We are so grateful for the support of the RBC Future Launch Program for supporting the first year of our Youth Network.

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Event Accessibility:

We are grateful to have received funding from the RBC Foundation towards accessibility for these events. CART Closed Captioning will be provided at every webinar event, and further accessibility supports can be provided upon request. Details on how to request other supports will be sent after registration.


Bob Wang

Bob Wang is currently the VP of Finance at Traction Guest, a fast-growing venture-backed startup. He’s passionate about helping teams succeed and organizations thrive. Previously, he started his own accounting firm, which was eventually acquired by Deloitte. Bob Wang won the Top 40 under 40 Award from the CPA Practice Advisor, recognizing Top Accountants who have significantly impacted the Accounting Industry in a meaningful way. He currently sits on the

Board of Vantage Point and Sharing Our Future…

Mebrat Beyene

Mebrat is an Eritrean, born in Ethiopia and raised in Montreal. As executive director of WISH and co-chair of Living in Community, Mebrat supports women and initiatives related to the health and safety of women and gender-diverse people engaged in street-based sex work.

She has worked in social justice, and non-profit management and community development for over twenty years. Mebrat has worked closely with women and women-serving organizations as a Programs Officer with Status of Women Canada; and served as executive director of PeerNetBC. She is also a recipient…

Shagun Bhanot

Shagun Bhanot is Vantage Point’s People Manager. She works one-on-one with our Knowledge Philanthropists (or, skilled volunteers) who contribute to our workshops and other learning opportunities, and is a facilitator herself. Shagun is a licensed Chartered Professional in Human Resources and has a passion for people engagement which is a great asset in her role as someone who manages such a large group of experts in a diverse set of fields. Before her work at Vantage Point, Shagun worked in varied capacities in the academic and not-for-profit sectors… 

Toni Carlton

Hadih everyone- it is an honour to spend some time with you at the Ask an Expert Event and I know I will be learning as much as I am sharing! A bit about me: I am an Indigenous woman, mother, leader and advocate who has been working in the helping field for a long time. I am from T’Sou-ke Nation on the Salish Sea and have been living and raising my small family on unceded and occupied lands of the Lheidli T’enneh for many years now. My background is in counselling and leadership and I have worked in a variety of spaces along the way- elementary, secondary and post-secondary education systems, not-for-profits, health authorities, justice and…

The Youth Network is lead by six team members at Vantage Point:

Rowan King, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Miranda Maslany, Membership & Government Relations Coordinator
Olivia Gordon, Client & Program Delivery Coordinator
Samantha Kannegieter, Education & Projects Coordinator
Jenessa Ellis, Interim Sector Development Coordinator
Biao Zheng, Operations and Fund Development Coordinator


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