The Goldie Company

Our People

George Stanois – Managing Director

George Stanois

An acknowledged leader with an extensive and accomplished consulting background, George began his fundraising career in 1984 with an international consulting firm. After gaining further experience with two additional national consulting companies with an emphasis on capital campaigns, he joined The Goldie Company in 1996.

As Managing Director of the firm, George is committed to high-level, hands-on service to clients. He has a consistent record of developing innovative solutions to fundraising challenges, exceeding expectations and forging long-term relationships. Renowned for his high-energy fundraising management style, George has conducted numerous studies and led scores of successful campaigns for a wide range of municipal, healthcare, education, religious, community service and heritage organizations from coast to coast. Time and again, George has demonstrated his ability to manage difficult projects, implement creative change and achieve positive outcomes.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, George earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 1990. He is an active participant with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is frequently asked to speak to organizations on the 12 Step Fundraising Program. Over the years, George has been a volunteer and board member of many charitable organizations, most recently with the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, Station Gallery in Whitby, St. John’s Mission in Toronto and the Foundation for Rural Living.

George is the editor of the recently published The Vigilant Fundraiser: 12 Steps to Fundraising Success, a practical guide to fundraising success based on his 12 Step Fundraising Program. As well, he is the author of Dodging Tough Times: How Stewardship Programs Can Make All the Difference, which contains the results and conclusions of a 2010 survey of the major donor cultivation and recognition practices of charities in Canada.

In addition, George published, in conjunction with Collis Reed Research, The Current State of Non-Profit Charitable Organizations in Western Canada, a comprehensive summary of survey results conducted with not-for-profits in 2009. 

Amanda Graham, MPA – Senior Consultant Amanda Portrait

Amanda Graham brings 15 years of experience working with nonprofit agencies.   Receiving her Master's Degree in Public Administration, specializing in nonprofit management, from New York University, Amanda has worked and consulted for dozens of nonprofit agencies.  Specifically, she has extensive experience in the arts, sports and recreation centres, counselling and social service agencies, religious nonprofits and international charities in both Canada and the United States. 

Her work with Goldie includes bringing a well-rounded, hands-on approach to fund development to all of her clients as well as vast knowledge of strategic fund development planning, sponsorship development and audits, capital campaigns, prospect research, corporate fundraising, case statements, proposal development and grant writing.   She has passion for helping small and medium-size nonprofit agencies with limited budgets achieve their strategic goals.   She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.   Amanda lived for over 10 years in Calgary and has since relocated to Southern Ontario.  She is an active member in her community serving as a Girl Guide Brownie leader and the Girl Guide Community Leader for her area.

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Lois Graveline, CFRE – Senior ConsultantGrayscale picture of Lois Graveline

Before joining The Goldie Company as a Senior Consultant, Lois has had an extensive career, spanning a quarter of a century, leading the development of strong and sustainable fundraising programs in Canada. 

In addition to being self-employed as a philanthropic consultant, she has contributed to the success of organizations such as the Canadian Hunger Foundation, CARE Canada, USC Canada, Parkinson’s Society, and more recently, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, where she sat as the Regional Executive Director for Ontario North and East. Her strategic and fundraising management skills include planning and implementation, relationship and capacity building, volunteer and community engagement, major gift and planned giving solicitations and board engagement and governance issues.

She is deeply passionate about the charitable sector in Canada and strives to improve the environment for philanthropy in Canada.  Lois continues to contribute to the nonprofit sector on a personal basis through her active involvement as a community member.  She has been a long time member and supporter of AFP Ottawa, where she has served as Co-Chair of Fundraising Day and as the Chair of the Mentorship Program.  Lois currently serves on the board of Cancer Computer and has a genuine appreciation for the value of extraordinary people coming together for amazing causes.

Michelle D. Harder, M.A. – Senior Consultant

Michelle HarderMichelle brings to The Goldie Company over 20 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit development. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Psychology from Brock University followed by a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy & Development from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Working alongside Ben Harder at Harder and Associates for 15 plus years, Michelle has proven knowledge and experience in successful faith-based fundraising. Specializing in capital campaigns with churches of various denominations, Michelle is sensitive to the culture of faith-based fundraising and has always upheld the highest ethical standards of her profession.  
Additionally, Michelle has played a significant role in the non-profit sector with organizations such as Brock University, the Canadian Cancer Society and most recently as the Director of Development for the Lincoln County Humane Society.

Michelle is active in her local community, volunteering at her two sons' minor hockey association as a board member, coach and team trainer. An avid athlete herself, she participates in triathlons and local charity fun runs. In addition to her passion for sport, Michelle also works with an international dog rescue from St. Lucia as a foster pup parent. Michelle is driven by a passion to help organizations large and small achieve their fundraising and strategic goals.

John McCabe – Senior Consultant

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With more than 25 years experience in the fundraising field, John brings a solid track record and diverse set of skills to The Goldie Company. John has demonstrated success in achieving campaign goals and has worked as a senior consultant and manager for three of Canada’s top fund-raising consulting firms. As a consultant, he has provided counsel for a wide variety of clients in Ontario, Quebec and across Atlantic Canada. John has held senior staff positions with the Canadian Red Cross, Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Feed Nova Scotia and is recognized for his expertise in major gifts, board development and corporate fundraising.

John is experienced in all facets of annual and capital campaign processes, including board and volunteer development, strategic planning, sponsorship, major gifts, moves management and planned giving in a number of sectors which include healthcare, education, civic, arts and social services. 

John is a long-time member of AHP and has chaired the annual AHP Maritime Conference. Active in his community, he has been a volunteer and board member for a number of organizations, including Special Olympics Dartmouth, Feed Nova Scotia, Halifax Amateur Football Association, Feis Nova Scotia and Football Nova Scotia. 


Tom Shand, CFRE – Regional Manager, Western Canada

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Tom Shand transitioned from journalism to the not-for-profit sector in 1981 and has never looked back.

Through the past 30 plus years, he has exhibited expertise in public relations, communications, fund development, not-for-profit management, government relations and advocacy, all within the healthcare sector. He began working for NGOs (lung and diabetes associations) then moved to hospitals (Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in Prince George; and the Misericordia and Glenrose Rehabilitation hospitals in Edmonton) before changing his focus to mental health in 2006.

Tom says he never could have planned such a diverse and rewarding career path and sees strong communications and relationship building skills as being the key connecting links.

Tom also has a significant history of volunteer involvement. He is currently past Board Chair of the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and the Lt. Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction. Previous Board engagements have included the areas of dance (parents), library, autism, adult recreation, needy children, community service organizations (Kiwanis and Rotary) and professional development organizations in public relations and fund development. Tom earned his CFRE designation in 1998.

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Daniel Tessier-Young Senior Consultant

Daniel Tessier-YoungDaniel brings to The Goldie Company a solid record of achievement in association management, public affairs, advocacy and event planning. Daniel is a bilingual, results-oriented practitioner – he is a strategic thinker without losing sight of the operational details. He is accomplished in the development, management and execution of high-impact outreach and partnership initiatives. He is skilled at problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and facilitating a collaborative approach to tackle strategic objectives.

Daniel is also analytical and has a keen understanding of the federal and provincial policy process and how decisions are influenced by the intersection of political, bureaucratic, public and stakeholder interests.

Over the years, Daniel has supported the efforts of about 90 or so associations and non-profits, including the Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada, the Hearing Health Alliance of Canada, the Canadian Hearing Instrument Practitioners Society, the Mining Association of Canada, the Canadian Automobile Association, the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Daniel is passionate about community and charitable involvement and is particularly interested in social housing, suicide prevention and community support for young adults.

Daniel is an avid year-round bicyclist, a rock music historian, and enjoys reading American and French revolutionary history, political biographies and British mysteries.

Jim Watson – Regional Manager, Vancouver

Jim WatsonJim Watson has managed and supervised studies and major capital campaigns and programs throughout Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. He has extensive experience in all facets of fundraising, both professionally and as a volunteer. Before moving into a career as a professional fundraiser, Jim spent more than 25 years in the broadcast communications industry.

As a volunteer, Jim chaired the epic Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour and continues to serve on the Board as Secretary of the Rick Hansen Foundation. He is an active member of Rotary International and a Life member of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs. In addition, Jim served as the Canadian Kinsmen National President, and he has served on the Executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), volunteer CEO of the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation of BC, and works closely with a number of other groups and organizations.

Jim not only talks the talk – he “walks the walk” with a strong dedication to volunteerism, which he demonstrates on a daily basis. Jim’s knowledge of, and experience in the philanthropic community of the Lower Mainland Region and all of Western Canada is second-to-none.

Glen Welch – Senior Consultant

Glen Welch joined The Goldie Company in 1996, bringing 13 years of management experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors, including direct responsibility for long-range and strategic planning, public relations and marketing. Glen was a senior manager with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Toronto where he had direct responsibility for program development and implementation, volunteer/staff recruitment and training and committee management.
With The Goldie Company, Glen has consulted on numerous fundraising studies and directed a range of successful campaigns including: The RCAF Memorial Museum (Trenton); RIM Park (Waterloo); Bluewater Health (Sarnia), the United Way of York Region Major Gift Campaign, Wellington Square United Church in Burlington and the Inn of the Good Shepherd (Sarnia). Glen is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a resident of Toronto.