December 15 - 16, 2020 - TORONTO, CANADA

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Chris Baylis

The Sponsorship Collective
President and CEO
Website: sponsorshipcollective.com

Bio

Chris Baylis is the President and CEO of The Sponsorship Collective and a self-confessed sponsorship geek.

After several years as a sponsor (that’s right, the one investing the money!) Chris decided to cross over to the sponsorship sales side where he has personally closed tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship deals. Chris has been on the front lines of multi-million dollar sponsorship agreements and has built and coached teams to do the same.

After several years as a sponsorship consultant for The International Fundraising Consultancy, Chris launched The Sponsorship Collective with one goal in mind:

To build best-in-class sponsorship programs for his clients

Chris now spends his time working with clients to value their assets and build strategies that drive sales. An accomplished speaker, international consultant and head coach inside The Sponsorship Academy, Chris has helped his clients raise millions in sponsorship dollars.

Brad Offman

Spire Philanthropy
Founder and Principal
Website: spirephilanthropy.com

Bio

Brad Offman is Founder and Principal of Spire Philanthropy, a management consultancy specializing in corporate-charitable partnerships. He is the former Senior Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments. Brad is also former President of the Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation and Managing Director of the Mackenzie Charitable Giving Fund. Prior to joining Mackenzie, Brad served as Vice President, Development at the Toronto Community Foundation.

Brad is currently on the Board of CANSOF Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto and Benefaction Foundation. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for Imagine Canada.

Brad is past Chair of the Leave A Legacy Program for the Greater Toronto Area and former member of the Board of Directors for Philanthropic Foundations Canada. He is a past Faculty Member for the CAGP Original Gift Planning Course and is currently on the organization’s Government Relations Committees. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Gift Planning in Canada.

Brad holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University in Montreal.

Paul Klein

Impakt
Founder and CEO
Website: impaktcorp.com

Bio

Paul is an internationally recognized authority on the intersection of business and social change. He is the Founder and CEO of Impakt a B Corp that helps corporations solve social problems and Impakt Labs a non-profit social incubator.

Paul writes about social innovation for publications including Forbes, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and the Stanford Social Innovation Review and serves on the Advisory Council of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business and the Advisory Boards of Urban Matters and Power to Be. 

Shelley Mayer

Ramp Communication Inc.
Founder and President
Website: ramp.agency

Bio

Shelley founded Ramp Communications in 2011 with a genuine desire to change the landscape in social cause marketing. Her strategic expertise, creative spirit, and approachable style make her a true leader in the sector. Shelley is a sought-after speaker who enthusiastically shares her knowledge and experience with the industry.

What inspires her the most is working with organizations that are dedicated to causing a shift and making a difference through strategic, creative, and practical marketing solutions that help them achieve their goals. With more than 20 years of combined client and agency experience, Shelley is a trusted strategic advisor to social impact organizations and is actively involved with CBSR, Imagine Canada, B Local Toronto and Futurpreneur Canada. She is also a four-time SheEO Activator contributing to the financing of women-owned social enterprise in Canada. Shelley holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Phillip Haid

PUBLIC
Co-Founder & CEO
Website: publicinc.com

Bio

Phillip Haid co-founded PUBLIC in 2008 to disrupt the way companies think about doing “good”. Driven by a passion to prove that social impact is a key business driver to achieve profit with purpose, he set out to build a hybrid company – part consultancy/part creative agency– designing social purpose brands, community impact strategies and social change programs and campaigns.

As CEO, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative growth of the business, including oversight on some of PUBLIC’s North America clients including: NBC Universal, Converse, The Body Shop, Tiffany’s & Co, Johnson & Johnson, Rogers, TD Bank, and the LCBO. Phillip is also a columnist for Fast Company writing on “profit with purpose”.

Andreas Souvaliotis

Carrot Insights 
Former CEO

Bio

Andreas Souvaliotis has been called Canada’s Chief Gamification Officer for figuring out how to influence the behaviour of millions in remarkable ways. He simply calls himself a Misfit in his bestselling memoir about turning his autistic, gay, immigrant edges into a changemaker’s toolkit.

Andreas Souvaliotis is a globally recognized social innovator. He created the world’s first wellness rewards platform, the hugely popular Carrot app. A decade earlier he had built Green Rewards, the first-ever eco loyalty points program. 

He is an unconventional and disruptive pioneer of social change, an incurable lover of real, measurable, mass-scale impact, and an outspoken promoter of diversity, inclusion, wellness and climate action. 

He proudly serves on the Boards of a number of impact-centric organizations, including the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Windmill Microlending and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

As CEO, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative growth of the business, including oversight on some of PUBLIC’s North America clients including: NBC Universal, Converse, The Body Shop, Tiffany’s & Co, Johnson & Johnson, Rogers, TD Bank, and the LCBO. Phillip is also a columnist for Fast Company writing on “profit with purpose”.

Jessica Avery

Ipsos
Senior Vice President
Website: ipsos.com

Bio

Jessica Avery is an experienced research consultant with 18+ years working primarily in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.  Jessica’s expertise is in helping her clients achieve business growth via successful innovation, brand renovation, and brand equity building.  Jessica’s work focuses both on the Canadian market as well as helping clients manage both new and current brands globally.

Jessica has led Ipsos’ deep dive into cause-related marketing for the last 4 years, including an annual assessment on the role such programs play at driving customer relationships with businesses.  She has been a main speaker as well for 3 years at the Canadian Companies and Causes Conference in Toronto.

Allen Davidov, MBA, CM.

Environics Analytics
Vice President, Business Consulting
Website: environicsanalytics.com

Bio

Allen Davidov, MBA, CM. is Vice President of Business Development and NFP Practice Lead at Environics Analytics. With nearly twenty years of experience, he is responsible for helping charities and foundations apply EA’s products and services to attract and retain donors, corporate partners and volunteers.

Prior to joining EA, Allen successfully led marketing, annual giving, leadership giving and event initiatives at several organizations, including Sinai Health Foundation, Habitat for Humanity GTA, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ontario Region, St. John’s Rehab Hospital Foundation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and North York General Hospital Foundation. Allen is also an active member of the Canadian Marketing Association Not-For-Profit Council and a member of Seneca College’s Marketing Advisory Council. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Liverpool, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University, a Creative Advertising diploma from Centennial College, and a Chartered Marketer certificate from the Canadian Marketing Association.

Mena Gainpaulsingh, LLB MInstF (Cert)

Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Chief Executive Officer
Website: humanrights.ca

Bio

Mena Gainpaulsingh is a fundraising leader with national and international experience and a demonstrated commitment to human rights.  Mena began her career in the human rights sector, managing a capital campaign in the United Kingdom to build a new treatment centre for torture survivors. 

She moved on to fundraise for Rights of Women, which provides support for women experiencing violence and discrimination. She then worked with the International Fundraising Consultancy, relocating to Canada in 2010 to establish a Canadian chapter before starting her own Ottawa-based firm. 

Gainpaulsingh, who holds a law degree from the University of South Wales, also sat on the steering committee for Prime Minister’s Row, which worked to develop Canada’s first street museum. She has volunteered for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Mena was appointed as CEO of the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in April 2018.

Jennifer Paukman

Ramp Communications
Social Media & Content Strategist
Website: ramp.agency

Bio

Jennifer Paukman is a marketing and communications professional with over nine years of experience. She graduated from the Bachelor of Public Relations program at Humber College with award-winning achievements. In 2016, she had the honour of presenting her research on viral content and social sharing at the World Public Relations Forum. She was also named one of PR In Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 and Top 40 Under 40. Jennifer is passionate about working with brands that make a difference. Her goal is to integrate innovation with social sharing and traditional/digital media to create brand experiences that last. Jennifer spends her free time volunteering for the causes she believes in. She loves her vinyl record collection, live music, great food, and yoga.

Cristin Christopher

Nipissing University
Director of External Relations
Website: nipissingu.ca

Bio

Prior to her role at Nipissing University, Cristin led development for a world-renowned science museum, completing a comprehensive sponsorship valuation project while decreasing cost of fundraising and achieving highest funds raised at their signature gala.  She also helped rebuild and lead the central Canada peer-to-peer fundraising team at a national health charity at a time of significant growth and change.  Throughout her career, Cristin’s leadership has been sought after to help organizations lead through times of high growth and change while building a culture of trust, collaboration and communication.  

With close to 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and fundraising, in sectors ranging from tourism to international development, Cristin’s diverse background has led her to be deeply committed to community and employee engagement while learning how to adapt and thrive in various work environments.  Cristin draws on her dialogue and communication background to offer a unique perspective in leadership development for teams in the non-profit sector.  

Stephanie Robertson

SiMPACT Strategy Group
Chief Impact Officer
Website: simpactsg.com

Bio

Stephanie Robertson is the Founder of SiMPACT (social + impact), facilitator of LBG Canada and Board Chair of Social Value Canada.  She has a long history of working with non-profits, governments and businesses, helping them to measure impact and to use the information to improve performance. 

Catherine Brown

Aviva Canada
VP, Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility
Website: aviva.ca

Bio

Catherine Brown is passionate about building brands and driving business. It is only through thoroughly understanding business objectives and the customer that the brands can thrive. Through her career, Catherine have had the opportunity to develop brands and drive successful businesses. In her current role at Aviva Canada, Catherine is leading the marketing department through the evolution of the business to focus on customer acquisition, leveraging customer insights and data. Her role includes strategic media planning of marketing investment, championing the digital experience, and development of overall marketing and strategy roadmap, tactics and programs. Corporate Responsibility has always been a focus for Catherine in her personal and professional life.

Kristine Remedios

KPMG Canada
Chief Inclusion & Social Impact Officer
Website: home.kpmg

Bio

Kristine Remedios is KPMG’s Chief Inclusion & Social Impact Officer. In her role, she leads KPMG’s vision and strategy to leverage the firm’s diversity for broader economic and social inclusion in the Canadian marketplace and our communities. Kristine is the co-chair with the CEO of the Executive Inclusion and Diversity Council, and is among the top executives in the KPMG network of firms leading our social impact strategy with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the environment. 

With over 20 years’ experience in human resources, inclusion and diversity, and social impact, Kristine has led innovative strategies and partnerships focused on women, LGBTQ+, inclusive leadership, unconscious bias and mental health, to name a few. Kristine’s lived experience as a young refugee to Canada, a woman of colour, a wife and mother of two children under 10 are deep motivators for her drive. Her mission is to create shared economic prosperity in a sustainable and equitable world for future generations.

Rachel Hutchisson

Blackbaud
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy
Website: blackbaud.ca

Bio

Rachel Hutchisson is VP of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy of Blackbaud, Inc., BLKB, a leading cloud software company focused on powering an Ecosystem of Good through its work with individuals, nonprofits, foundations and companies. She is responsible for global CSR, leading the company’s 3,400 associates in efforts to serve and give both through professional and personal avenues. Rachel couples her deep interest in good and mentoring with strong communication skills developed through collegiate and postgraduate study and with her passion for diversity, inclusion and equity.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Rachel is the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Giving Institute, publishers of Giving USA, serves on the board of Learning to Give, and chairs Blackbaud’s Senior Women’s Leadership Council. She is a past board member of AFP International and the Coastal Community Foundation, is a Riley Fellow (having attended Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute) and has participated in both phases of the Racial Equity Institute training, hosted by the YWCA.

Mike Bartlett

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Vice President of Community Affairs
Website: mlse.com

Bio

Mike Bartlett is the Vice President of Community Affairs for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).  He oversees the community relations, sport development and philanthropic efforts for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies. In addition, Mike leads the live events and marketing team for MLSE, working closely with league partners to execute events such as the NBA All Star Game. 

Mike joined Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in 2011, after serving as Vice President for the Oakville Hospital Foundation, directly overseeing the Capital Campaign to build a new hospital.  He also served at the Associate Director of Development for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, overseeing the launch of the national Great Strides campaign.

Mike has helped raise more than $75 million to support national and local causes, as a professional and volunteer.  In 2013 Mike was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his work on behalf of MLSE, through a partnership program with Right To Play designed to improve the lives of aboriginal youth, through sports. 

Mike has served on a number of charitable and not-for-profit boards on behalf of MLSE, including Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade, the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

Marco Di Buono

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Associate Vice President of Programs & Operations
Website: jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

Bio

Dr. Di Buono is the Associate Vice President of Programs & Operations at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, where he oversees the planning, design and execution of programs intended to help children of all abilities in communities across Canada participate in sport and recreation. 

Before joining Jumpstart, Dr. Di Buono spent three years as Vice President, Science, Research & Professional Education at the American Heart Association, where he was responsible for the Association’s $170 million research enterprise and oversaw the development of clinical practice guidelines and professional education resources.

Dr. Di Buono holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and has a history of advocating for the health and well-being of children and youth.

Dr. Di Buono currently sits on the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is a very proud father to three kids who keep him active with an abundance of sport and play.

Paul Joliat

Sun Life
Assistant Vice-President, Global Partnerships
Website: sunlife.ca

Bio

Paul joined Sun Life in 2010 as Director, Sponsorship & Marketing. In 2014, Paul was appointed to his current position as Assistant Vice-President, Global Partnerships. He has over 20 years of sponsorship marketing experience and worked in the agency world developing sponsorship, activation and community relations strategies and programs for well-known Canadian companies and numerous arts & entertainment, sports and not-for-profit organizations. Paul holds an honors degree from the University of Guelph (Psychology major, Music minor) and an MBA from the University of Alberta.

During his tenure at Sun Life, Paul has had significant achievements leading our global sponsorship and philanthropy strategies and has enhanced Sun Life’s reputation and profile across the country and around the world. Here are a few highlights: Paul led the development of our signature Team Up Against Diabetes strategy, and as part of its activation introduced inventive new tactics such as physical and online diabetes screening clinics at Sun Life sponsored events, and leveraged key sports properties such as the Canadian Football League (CFL) and Maple Leafs Sport and Entertainment (MLSE) as platforms to communicate Sun Life’s diabetes giving priority. He has also led the implementation of Sun Life’s diabetes platform in the United States and throughout Asia, namely through a proprietary running property called the Resolution Run.

Amy Smith

TOMS
Chief Giving Officer
Website: TOMS

Bio

Amy Smith is the Chief Giving Officer at TOMS, overseeing all aspects of the company’s impact, including managing global giving partners, measuring the giving program impact, and leading TOMS Giving Trips. Additionally, she also supports TOMS environmental sustainability efforts, B Corp© certification and employee engagement. As the head of the giving team at the original One for One company, Amy knew TOMS was in a position to improve more lives in addition to those who were receiving shoes. In 2019, under Amy’s leadership, TOMS giving model evolved beyond One for One to also include impact grants which support local partners around the world who are working to create positive change in the areas of mental health, physical safety, and equal access to opportunity. 

Prior to TOMS, Amy was the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Action Networks for Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Amy has also held several management positions at Apple helping to lead their retail initiative and was part of the original team that opened the first 50 Apple retail stores supporting international real estate development, store design, construction and store operations. 

Amy sits on the advisory board of STEM3 Academy and holds a BA in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University. 

Elizabeth Dove

Volunteer Canada
Director, Corporate Citizenship
Website: Volunteer Canada

Bio

Elizabeth Dove is Volunteer Canada’s organizational lead on supporting companies in their employee/stakeholder community engagement programs. She convenes the Corporate Council on Volunteering, leads the consulting practice, and collaborates with companies and nonprofits to create thought-leadership on CSR practices that provide benefit to communities, businesses, their employees and other stakeholders. She has worked as senior staff and consultant for companies and nonprofits advancing health issues, empowerment of women and youth, the arts, and international development.  Elizabeth holds the McGill-McConnell Master of Management for National Voluntary (Non-Profit) Sector Leaders and was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on social justice issues.

Eric Shirley

Volunteer Canada
Corporate Events and Projects
Website: Volunteer Canada

Bio
Eric has over five years of experience working in the voluntary sector, beginning at Volunteer Ottawa and continuing with Volunteer Canada.  Voluntary sector experience includes project management of over 100 corporate volunteering activities; engaging under-represented groups in volunteerism; leading volunteering 101 training workshops; management of volunteers (from recruitment to exit); as well as researching and developing best practices for non-profits to engage various groups. 
Eric holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University with a concentration in International Relations and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Algonquin College.

Stéphane Glorieux

Keurig Canada Inc., and Canada Dry Mott’s Inc
President
Website: Keurig Canada Inc

Bio

Stéphane Glorieux is the President of Keurig Canada Inc. and Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., now doing business as Keurig Dr Pepper Canada. He joined Keurig Canada in 2012 as Vice-President, Operations, before being appointed President in May 2014. Previously, he held various leadership roles at Kraft Food France and Kraft Canada.

A graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal where he received his Mechanical Engineering degree, Stéphane also holds an MBA from McGill University.

As head of Keurig Dr Pepper’s Canadian business unit, Stephane leads a team of seven executives working in Finance, Supply chain and operations, Commercial Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Communications and sustainability, and Human resources.

Just like the organization he leads, Stéphane is very engaged in his local community, both from business and personal standpoints. Passionate about people, his management style fosters development within a culture that embraces change and engagement. Strategic thinking, pragmatic decision-making, and organizational planning are important assets he enjoys sharing to help solidify the vision of the organizations in which he personally invests himself.

Brittany Hill

Accelerist
CEO and Founder
Website: Accelerist

Bio

Brittany Hill is the CEO and Founder of Accelerist, the partnership intelligence SaaS platform where some of the industry’s most prolific brands and nonprofits prospect, value, access and measure their events and partnerships with each other.  As a passionate data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to support B-corporations and Fortune 1000 companies as well as enterprise and federated nonprofits in their pursuit of sustainable events and partnerships.  In her role, Brittany spearheads social impact product development and leads a talented team who has supported 100s of customers in effectuating social change.

Brittany holds over 15 years of experience in the entertainment, nonprofit and agency sectors, with a consistent specialization and commitment to purpose-driven work.  Throughout her career, Mrs. Hill’s portfolio of work ranges from building multi-channel partnerships and award-winning campaigns between blue-chip nonprofits and companies, to helping entertainers and celebrities find their social purpose, and producing social activism events.

Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, and MSN.com. She is a seasoned and sought-after speaker on the topics of data-driven cause partnerships, social impact measurement, industry trends, sponsorship valuation and cause partnership sales, with previous engagements at BBCON, Sustainable Brands, SXSW, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Engage for Good

Jean-Luc Lavergne

Lavergne
Founder

Bio

Jean Luc Lavergne began his career in the plastics industry in 1982 as a sales representative for a plastic resins distributor in Montreal, Quebec where he expanded his knowledge and inaugurated into the world of recycling.

He founded Lavergne in 1986, manufacturing recycled plastics compounds from post-consumer & post-industrial plastic wastes steams.

In 1996, he was the first one to obtain a non-objective FDA status in North America where the end products used in contact with food. A first in the recycling community.

In 1998 he added a new division that utilized a unique technology that transformed recycled material into a highly sophisticated recycled engineering compounds. All the while, recruiting experienced team members with skill sets in fields of chemistry, technology equipment, production output, quality systems, that enable the company to offer the industry with high-quality products in a competitive market.

More investment started in the summer of 2018 to increase capacity, adding latest separation technology and more automation, keeping up with the demand, assuring fantastic service and never jeopardizing their clientele competitive edge within their respective industries.

Jean Luc Lavergne says, “I wake up every morning to make plastic circular.” 

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