Mark Childs, Corporate Brand Officer, Samsung Canada

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Beth Wilson, Toronto Managing Partner and Canadian Managing Partner, Community Leadership, KPMG

beth_wilson_cropped_300pxBeth Wilson is the Toronto Managing Partner and Canadian Managing Partner, Community Leadership at KPMG. She oversees 2,500 employees at a leading professional services firm, and has transformed business culture with her drive and commitment to making a difference in our communities.

At KPMG, community leadership is about channeling KPMG people’s collective experience, skills and energy to drive positive social change and enable our communities to thrive.

Under Beth’s leadership, KPMG has entered into corporate partnerships with Free The Children and The Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network, and sponsors The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s Women for Women’s luncheon. Beth also spearheaded KPMG’s Vital Impact, a case competition for community leadership in partnership with Toronto Foundation, which leverages employees’ skills to address social issues in the GTA.

Beth is five-time rider of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and is an honourary vice-chair of the Ontario ride for the past two years. This year, she and her husband are riding all four rides across Canada, rounding out KPMG’s national achievement since 2010 of fielding over 1,100 riders and fundraising $3.8 million, and counting.

Beth was named one of the Top 25 Canadian Woman of Influence and has twice been named one of the Top 100 most Powerful Women in Canada. She has been conferred with the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in corporate leadership, and received the Margot Franssen Leadership Award by MicroSkills in 2013. Beth is a Director and past-Chair of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Director, Trinity College School, and Trustee for the Ontario Science Centre. She was previously the vice-chair of the board of the National Ballet of Canada, a member of the GTA United Way Campaign Cabinet and co-chair of the Women Gaining Ground initiative. In addition she chairs the Education and Qualifications Committee of the CICA and is an active Young Presidents Organization (YPO) member.

Beth’s leadership-by-example is inspiring KPMG people to realize their full potential in the workplace while making a sustainable impact in their communities.

Diane Laberge, Marketing Manager, Skin Care Group, Unilever Canada

Diane Laberge_300pxDiane Laberge is a seasoned marketer and brand builder with over a decade of experience focusing on foods and personal care consumer packaged goods products. During her tenure at Unilever, Diane has had the pleasure of developing and leading the Dove Masterbrand team including the Dove Self-Esteem Project. She has also managed prominent brands such as Dove Men + Care, Vaseline, St. Ives, Simple and more.

Alongside her team, her work with Unilever has been recognized for its excellence, both in Canada and globally by industry peers alike. Accolades include two Grand Prix awards at the Cannes Advertising Awards and ‘Brand of the Decade’ for Dove by Strategy Magazine.

A leader in her field, Diane understands the importance of addressing the challenges facing traditional marketing and business practices. Most importantly, Diane believes that the power of brands can be extended to positively impact the lives of people everywhere- especially with her work with the various initiatives and charities Dove supports to foster positive self-esteem in girls and women.

Diane believes in developing talent through mentorship and cultivating exceptional standards for herself and her teams. She offers personal guidance with the goal of spurring widespread change for career growth across Unilever.

Diane is the proud mother of twin two-year old girls and lives with her husband and black lab in Toronto. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University.

Corey Evans, Manager, Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing, WestJet

Corey_Evans_WestJet_cropped_300pxAs Manager, Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing Corey Evans oversees WestJet’s national Sponsorships, Community Investment and Experiential Marketing initiatives. Corey is responsible for growing key partnerships, including the Toronto Blue Jays, Calgary Stampede, Cares For Kids, charitable partners and numerous giving programs.  Starting in 2014 Corey’s role expanded to include the development of WestJet’s Experiential Marketing program, which launched the organization’s acclaimed WestJet Christmas Miracle videos.

Prior to joining WestJet in 2005, Corey was the Coordinator of Special Events at Canada Olympic Park and worked on 25 World Cup competitions, hundreds of community events and the Season 5 finale of the Amazing Race

David Hessekiel, Founder and President, Cause Marketing Forum

david_korea_circleCause Marketing Forum President David Hessekiel came to the field of “doing well by doing good” after years of volunteering for good causes and a career in journalism, publishing and consumer marketing.

In the months after 9/11, he identified a growing business need: a clearinghouse where corporations and nonprofits would find the building blocks of cause marketing success. That “Eureka!” moment led him to found the Cause Marketing Forum, the world’s leading resource on building mutually-beneficial business/nonprofit alliances.

Since 2002, CMF’s events, online offerings and membership program have helped thousands of executives gain the practical knowledge they need to succeed, make valuable connections, and honor outstanding accomplishments in this expanding field.

Each spring the CMF conference attracts hundreds of nonprofit and business executives from across the country and around the world to learn, network, and recognize the previous year’s best work at the Cause Marketing Halo Awards. Newcomers and veterans alike give the conference rave reviews.

His single-minded concentration on cause marketing has quickly made David one of the field’s leading authorities, frequently quoted in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, PROMO, Advertising Age, License! and PRWeek. A popular speaker, David has addressed nonprofit and business groups in the US and abroad.

The recipient of a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, David’s background in journalism, magazine management, consumer marketing and the world equipped him to launch CMF. He lives in Rye, New York with his wife Andrea and their two daughters.