Charles Best

Charles Best leads, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization twelve years ago out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was named by Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” the first time a charity has received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”

Lynne Hudson

Lynne Hudson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research in Canada. She assumed leadership of the organization, which next year celebrates its 30th birthday, in September, 2015.

Lynne has many years of Corporate and Not For Profit leadership experience, both domestically and internationally.   Lynne served with the executive management team at Plan International Canada for eight years, and held the title of Executive Vice President for six years. In this role, Lynne and her team were responsible for institutional fundraising and donor management as well as program implementation in over twenty-five countries. She was responsible for fundraising and delivery of total donor contract commitments in excess of $400 million.   She has also worked with Ernst & Young in their Financial Management Group and with Nortel Networks, in a variety of roles in Toronto and Miami.

Lynne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Miami.

Paul Estey

As Chief Innovation Officer, Paul plays a central role in the development of campaign concepts and initiatives for clients and leads the incubation of Public’s internally developed projects. Paul is also actively involved in growing Public’s network of clients, investors, ambassadors, and creative and strategic partners.

Paul is the former Vice President, Strategy of Artez Interactive, a global leader in online fundraising solutions. During his time at Artez, Paul was principally responsible for the organization’s international expansion to the United Kingdom and Australia, developed strategic partnerships in the United States, was instrumental in repositioning the company and more than doubling revenues, and invested significant time with Artez’ largest clients to refine, and often reinvent their fundraising strategies.

Prior to Artez, Paul was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Group where he helped Fortune 500 companies and their public sector equivalents analyze and develop their business and growth strategies.
A Mathematics graduate from the University of Waterloo, in his spare time Paul enjoys reading, travel, sports, and is actively involved in a variety of volunteer and fundraising activities.

Peter Heimler

Peter Heimler MA, MPA, is an Associate Partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice. Peter has over 20 years of strategic and risk management advisory experience with both private and public sector organizations. He has also worked extensively with a host of not-for-profit organizations including children’s aid societies and child treatment centres. Peter’s experience includes: enterprise-risk management, strategic planning, information technology risk management including business continuity planning, IT governance and strategic planning, alternative dispute resolution, infrastructure risk management, service delivery improvement, extensive experience leading large evaluation projects and value-for-money audits, and demonstrated ability to work closely with organizations in all facets of strategic planning and corporate governance. He has led major risk management initiatives with complex organizations in both the public and private sectors including universities, health care providers, social service agencies, local government, power and utilities, telecom, pension plans, warranty corporations, workers’ compensation boards and crown corporations. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. He is currently undertaking graduate studies in strategic decision making and risk analysis at Stanford University. His research on risk management and information technology has been published by Princeton University, the Fraser Institute and the Conference Board of Canada. Through KPMG, he has been a strong supporter, active participant and chair of the Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management which is an annual conference held by the Conference Board of Canada. He completed his tenure as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committee on Risk Management which drafted a new risk management standard for Canada – CSA Q31000. Peter is a former board member of the Halton Children’s Aid Society. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, Canada’s largest fund raising event for cancer research organized by the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Esther Rhee

Autism Speaks, alongside Autism Speaks Canada, is the world’s leading advocacy and research organization committed to funding scientific research, increasing services, collaborating with others to impact change and enhancing ASD awareness. In her role as National Program Director with Autism Speaks Canada, Esther sits on the global science team which has supported over $200 million towards autism research internationally. Esther oversees the Family Services program in Canada, which focuses on increasing resources for families. Through the Family Services Community Grants program, over $3.5 million has been distributed across Canada to increase support services for families. Additionally, Esther collaborates on provincial and national advisory committees and alliances. Esther’s work in the ASD community has focused on building community capacity, collaboration, program development and navigation support strategies. Esther has also worked as a Clinical Therapist focusing on child and adult mental health and received her Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Michael Norton

Michael I. Norton is a Professor of Business Administration in the Marketing Unit at the Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining HBS, Professor Norton was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

He is the co-author – with Elizabeth Dunn – of the new book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending (Simon & Schuster).

His work has been published in a number of leading academic journals, including Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Consumer Research, and has been covered in media outlets such as the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS, Fox, and MSNBC, and written op-eds for the New York Times, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times.

His research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue, in 2007 (Ambiguity Promotes Liking) and 2009 (The Counterfeit Self). His “The IKEA Effect: When Labor Leads to Love” was featured in Harvard Business Review’s Breakthrough Ideas for 2009. In 2010, he won the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology; in 2011, he won the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology; in 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World.”

At HBS, he teaches the first-year MBA course, FIELD, and heads the Strategic Marketing Management executive program.

Jessica Avery

Jessica Avery is an experienced research consultant with 14+ 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 been a key advisor to many multinational companies as they work through the product development/launch process and develop new brand strategies, resulting in increased sales and stronger brand equities in market.  She also brings years of experience in Shopper Insights and Pricing research.  Jessica holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Germanic Studies from Indiana University.

Phillip Haid

As Co-Founder and CEO, Phillip plays a major role in building Public’s profile and network across North America. In addition to managing the operations and growth of the company, he is actively involved in business development, and thoroughly enjoys “getting his hands dirty” developing campaigns and initiatives for several of PUBLIC’s key clients.

Prior to creating Public, Phillip spent seven years as Vice President & Managing Director of Manifest Communications, Canada’s leading social issue advertising agency. His role involved running the company’s operations and acting as a strategy lead on cause and corporate citizenship strategies and advertising campaigns.

Before Manifest, Phillip led the public sector practice at D-Code, a youth research and marketing firm; was a Project Manager at the Institute of Governance (a think tank based in Ottawa); and a Project Officer at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. Phillip serves as Chair of the Board of Anaphylaxis Canada and has a Masters in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

Bruce Dewar

As president and CEO of LIFT Philanthropy Partners, Bruce plays a lead role in positioning venture philanthropy as an effective way to improve the impact and effectiveness of social purpose organizations in Canada. Bruce leads the organization in delivering its highly engaged, specialized approach that includes hands-on management support from the LIFT team, business expertise from its national network of pro bono partners, and strategic funding. Using this approach, LIFT builds the capacity, sustainability and impact of non-profits and social enterprises and other organizations working to remove barriers to health, education, skills development and employment for vulnerable and at-risk Canadians.

Before launching LIFT, Bruce was CEO of 2010 Legacies Now, the non-profit organization responsible for establishing social legacies around the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Prior to working in the social sector, Bruce was president of a consulting firm where he worked with international companies and public agencies to develop and implement strategic growth plans. Bruce has a master of science in management of technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has presented at conferences and post-secondary institutions worldwide on international business, entrepreneurship, cultural tourism, and social development.

Maureen Carlson

With two decades of corporate CSR, nonprofit executive management and agency leadership experience, Maureen is a veteran in the nonprofit corporate alliance space.

Maureen has created best practices in identifying, securing and maximizing corporate alliance partnerships that have ignited more than $50 million in incremental fundraising and billions of branding impressions for her nonprofit clients. Her experience working on some of the most prolific and innovative cause/corporate partnerships in the marketplace gives her invaluable experiences into the nuances of propelling corporate alliance success. Her work has helped shape successful cause/corporate alliance programs for organizations like the American Heart Association, Make-A-Wish, LIVESTRONG, Staples, Kellogg’s and McDonald’s.

Maureen is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of corporate alliances, peer-to-peer strategies, successful selling and more. Her work has been seen in Forbes, The NonProfit Times and Huffington Post and in the recently-released book, Nonprofit Selling 101.