John Coyne VP, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel Unilever Canada Inc.

John-Coyne_circleSince 1992, John has been actively involved in the evolution of Unilever Canada through his leadership and participation in a wide range of transactions and reorganizations. Today, John provides leadership across the business, working with professionals and multi-disciplinary teams in law, corporate and government relations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and safety. He is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors as well as the Canadian Leadership Team, and is also chair of the company’s Pension Committee.

John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, designed to help Unilever deliver its objective of growing the business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive contribution to society. John is Chair of the Boards of Stewardship Ontario and of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is co-chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. In 2012 John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders.

John also works closely with industry groups and other organizations. He is Chair of the board of Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and is a director and past Chair of Advertising Standards Canada.

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