CAGP Lifetime Achievement Award

The CAGP Board of Directors selects and honours individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to strategic philanthropy and gift planning, be it as a philanthropist, fundraiser, professional advisor, charity leader or charity executive with the CAGP Lifetime Achievement Award. Recipients also demonstrate a commitment to CAGP, or hold a prominent national presence in the charitable sector.

Award Recipients

2024 - Ken Ramsay

Ken Ramsay is the founding Chair of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. He laid the foundation for excellence in our field and helped launch the very first CAGP conference back in 1994.  His work as Founder/Managing Partner at Legacy Leaders has resulted in over $2 billion in commitments for North American charities. His groundbreaking work has centered around the 'Empowerment Dialogue' – a method that has empowered countless fundraisers, foundation staff, and volunteers to engage with donors authentically and with passion – building lasting relationships based on trust and shared vision, not just securing financial commitments. 








2018 - Donald K. Johnson, O.C., LL.D.

Donald K. Johnson is an accomplished entrepreneur and celebrated philanthropist. Currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board of BMO Capital Markets, Don was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Awards because of his tireless advocacy for tax incentives that support charitable giving, including successful lobbying for gifts of publicly-listed securities, resulting in millions of dollars of gifts to Canada’s charities. He continues his efforts advocating for a capital gains exemption on gifts made from the proceeds of the sale of real estate and private company shares. Don Johnson is also a Founding Donor of the CAGP Foundation.

Watch his acceptance speech here:



2015 - Dr. Frank Minton

The CAGP Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2015 to recognize Dr. Frank Minton and his distinguished career in gift planning and his tremendous impact on CAGP and on gift planning in Canada. Dr. Minton was also the first recipient of the Friend of CAGP Award, in 1997.