Join us for our new breakfast learning series. At each breakfast, we will
explore different topics related to mental health, well-being and giving back.

2020 Morning Meeting Dates:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
All dates are postponed until further notice.

Tune into our virtual sessions until we can return to large gatherings. 

Ontario Health Teams: What does it mean for our kids and the mental health system?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – New date TBD

We are living in an unprecedented and uncertain time with the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with Canadian Public Health recommendations, we will be postponing this event indefinitely. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to update the status of our events as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and support during this challenging time.

7:00 – 7:30 AM | Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 AM | Panel Discussion

Join us as we speak to a panel of experts about the Ontario Health Team in East Toronto, which is known as the East Toronto Health Partners. One of the first health teams announced in the province, leaders in East Toronto Health Partners will talk about their hopes and aspirations, the work done to-date and their plans to deliver on a new and improved health care system. We will discuss what this means for children, youth and families and their ability to access mental health care.


Deb Shime
Change Consultant, Capitalize for Kids


Anne Babcock
President & CEO, Woodgreen

Sarah Downey
President & CEO, Michael Garron Hospital/ Toronto East Health Network

David Willis
Director, East Metro Youth Services

2019: A Year in Review

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

7:00 – 7:30 AM | Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 AM | Panel Discussion

2019 has been a record year for Capitalize for Kids. We have experienced unprecedented growth in all areas of our operations. Our donors, supporters, Bay Street Games participants, pro-bono partners and conference attendees have made an incredible impact by empowering us to build capacity among more children’s mental health service providers.

Join us on November 20th as we share our successes of the year and chat with several of our agency and consulting partners about their experiences working with Capitalize for Kids, and highlight how your support has built capacity in kids’ mental health!


Suzette Arruda-Santos
Executive Director, Yorktown Family Services

Michelle Bashir
Senior Director, Strategy & Transformation Services, RBC

Katherine Hay
President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

Culturally Based Mental Health Services: Why Do They Matter?

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

7:00 – 7:30 AM | Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 AM | Panel Discussion

Join us as we discuss the importance of providing culturally based mental health services for children and families, and why they matter. What are the barriers preventing marginalized communities from accessing services in Canada and how can we, as donors, more effectively direct our charitable dollars to support them?


Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best
Project Manager, Pathways to Care Project Improving Mental Health & Addictions Care for Black Children & Youth, Black Health Alliance

Vince Pietropaolo
General Manager, Family & Mental Health Services, COSTI

Impact Under the Hood

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

7:00 – 7:30 AM | Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 AM | Panel Discussion

In the second installment of the Capitalize for Kids Morning Meeting Series, we’re going to pop the hood on charitable organizations. We will look at the importance of investing in the unseen opportunities for impact to ensure services operate as effectively as possible and every dollar goes as far as possible for kids and families.


Sue Wilkinson
Executive Director of Findhelp Information Services/211 Central

Debbie Schatia, M.S.W
President and CEO of Youthdale Treatment Centres

Deb Shime
Change Consultant, Capitalize for Kids
Past: CEO, East Metro Youth Services;
Senior Vice President, United Way Toronto & York Region

Smart Philanthropy

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

7:00 – 7:30 AM | Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 AM | Panel Discussion

For our first event, we’re tackling the subject of smart philanthropy. Learn how to become a smarter charitable investor from our panel of experts. Gain insights on how to better evaluate charitable opportunities and organizations.


Pedro Barata
Senior Vice President, Community Impact & Strategy
United Way Greater Toronto

Cathy Barr
VP, Policy, Research & Standards
Imagine Canada

Jill Miller
Portfolio Director
LEAP Pecaut Centre for Social Impact

Donate to kids’ mental health and help reduce wait times for youth seeking service providers.