John D. Coyne

John D. Coyne is Vice President, Legal & External Affairs for Unilever Canada and a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors, the Canadian Leadership Team and 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, Unilever’s strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc., Chair of the Board of Stewardship Ontario 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. John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders and in 2015, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.

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

Jamie Golombek

Jamie Golombek is Managing Director, Tax & Estate Planning with CIBC in Toronto. As a member of the CIBC Wealth Strategies Group, Jamie works closely with advisors from across CIBC to support their high net worth clients and deliver integrated financial planning and strong advisory solutions. He joined the firm in 2008 after 12 years with a global investment company, where he was involved in both internal and external consulting on all areas of taxation and estate planning.

Jamie is quoted frequently in the national media as an expert on taxation, writes a weekly column called “Tax Expert” in the National Post, has appeared as a guest on BNN, CTV News, and The National and has been a regular personal finance guest on The Marilyn Denis Show.

Jamie has also worked for Deloitte’s as a tax specialist in the Toronto office, where he specialized in both personal and corporate tax planning. He received his B.Com. from McGill University, earned his CPA designation in Ontario and qualified as a U.S. CPA in Illinois. He has also obtained his Certified Financial Planning (CFP) and Chartered Life Underwriting (CLU) designations.

Jamie is a recipient of CPA Ontario’s Award of Distinction, which honours those CPAs who have made an early impact, bringing distinction to themselves and to their profession through leadership and achievement in their professional, community and/or personal lives.

Jamie is a past chair of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s Tax Working Group as well as a member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Estate Planning Council of Toronto, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

In his spare time, Jamie teaches an MBA course in Personal Finance at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Aaron Zifkin

Aaron Zifkin is the Regional Director of Americas Operations at Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.

In his current role as Regional Director of Americas Operations at Airbnb, Aaron is responsible for overseeing business operations, including community growth, customer outreach, sales and marketing, in addition to being tasked with growing both inbound and outbound travel in North and South America. Aaron ensures that hosts and travelers understand the benefits Airbnb provides to cities, and works with cities to demonstrate how Airbnb helps cities grow economically, socially and environmentally. Aaron joined Airbnb in 2014 as the organization’s first Canadian employee, to spearhead the company’s growth in Canada, originally serving as the Country Manager. Under Aaron’s leadership, Canada became a leading growth market for Airbnb.

Amanda D’Ortenzio

Amanda D’Ortenzio is a Brand Manager at Unilever Canada where she manages the Seventh Generation business. Amanda completed both her Honors Bachelor of Science degree and MBA in Strategic Marketing at McMaster University where she was also the captain of the Varsity basketball team. She began her career in Medical Device marketing before switching gears and moving into the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. Amanda has been a part of Unilever Canada for the past five years in a range of Marketing roles working on brands such as Dove, Degree and Vaseline. She has demonstrated success in growing brands, developing consumer-driven communication strategies and creating integrated marketing campaigns.

Brittany Hill

Brittany is Co-Founder/Chief Innovation Officer of Catalist. As a data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to connect companies and causes to do more good in the world. Brittany Hill leads the product and business development efforts at Catalist. As a nonprofit entrepreneur, Brittany is behind some of the industry’s newest products and tools that help nonprofits elevate their mission.

Brittany’s extensive background in the nonprofit and agency sectors supports her vision for nonprofit innovations. Mrs. Hill has built multi-channel partnerships and award-winning campaigns with some of the most notable blue-chip nonprofit organizations (American Heart Association, UNICEF, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Make-A-Wish International) and corporate brands (Pepsico, General Mills, Hasbro, Best Buy).

Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been seen in Huffington Post, TIME, MSN.com, among others. She is a seasoned speaker on the topics of data-driven cause alliances, industry trends, people analytics and cause partnership sales, with previous engagements at SXSW, Cause Marketing Forum, and Momentum.

As a data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to connect companies and causes to do more good in the world. Brittany Hill leads the product and business development efforts at Catalist. As a nonprofit entrepreneur, Brittany is behind some of the industry’s newest products and tools that help nonprofits elevate their mission.

Brittany’s extensive background in the nonprofit and agency sectors supports her vision for nonprofit innovations. Mrs. Hill has built multi-channel partnerships and award-winning campaigns with some of the most notable blue-chip nonprofit organizations (American Heart Association, UNICEF, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Make-A-Wish International) and corporate brands (Pepsico, General Mills, Hasbro, Best Buy).

Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been seen in Huffington Post, TIME, MSN.com, among others. She is a seasoned speaker on the topics of data-driven cause alliances, industry trends, people analytics and cause partnership sales, with previous engagements at SXSW, Cause Marketing Forum, and Momentum.

Mark Hierlihy

Mark Hierlihy found his calling in causes and philanthropy over 20 years ago at a new hospital foundation in PEI. He has always been passionate about helping others and says his personal mission is “to be a constant positive influence on everyone I meet.”

Mark is the inaugural President & CEO of Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations, a collaboration of the 13 children’s hospitals in Canada – incorporating the mission of Children’s Miracle Network and expanding the impact of fundraising campaigns for children’s health in Canada. Throughout his career he has driven change and integration in Hospitals, national health, sports, the arts, mental health and other causes. He was Founder of causemark  and author of the causemark blog.  Mark has held several leadership positions throughout his career, including Interim CEO & Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario where he led a major restructure in in the Ontario Division and played a role in the Society’s merger with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation where he had previously been Senior Director, then Vice-President, National Development. Previously served as Director, National Gifts for Special Olympics Canada Foundation, Senior Director, Development at the National Arts Centre, and the first ever Managing Director of Prince County Hospital Foundation in Summerside, PEI.
Mark has also served in various senior volunteer roles at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and co-founded AFP D3: Debate. Debunk. Delight, a forum for charity executives from across Canada.  He is a frequent speaker at corporate and charity conferences. Mark will share insights he has developed from his deep expertise in developing transformational corporate and cause partnerships from mor than two decades of practice.

Nefertiti Saleh

Nefertiti is responsible for implementing WaterAid Canada’s corporate engagement strategy and overseeing all corporate partner relations. With over twelve years in the field of international development, she has played a key role in advancing the mission of multiple international development organizations to eradicating poverty through equitable and sustainable development via public private partnerships. Nefertiti held numerous positions within Canada’s top volunteer cooperation agencies and focused on cultivating corporate partnerships for the advancement of shared value and development projects, while also assessing the role corporate employees play in merging those cross sectoral relationships.

Before embarking on a career in international development, Nefertiti was an international volunteer in Tanzania and has lived and worked abroad in Africa and Asia. She is a graduate from Bishop’s University and has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Raffaela Caruso

Raffaela Caruso, Co-Founder of Aveda Canada

When our family founded Collega International, the Canadian Distributor for Aveda in 1994, it was the values in Aveda’s corporate Mission Statement, which resonated with us as much as the incredible holistic pure product line. It begins, “At Aveda, we care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society.” As former CFO and COO of Aveda Canada- Collega International, I realized that building corporate culture aligned itself perfectly with productivity and profitability.

Each year particularly during Earth Month, we mobilize our corporate offices, Aveda Schools, Retail Experience Centre’s, and our network of 500 dedicated Aveda Canadian Salons and Spas along with all their guests, to engage in our annual campaign. The results are achieved primarily with a Canada- wide Walk of 6 km as well as many other creative initiatives.

Although retired from official Aveda Canada duties, I continue to be on the Advisory Boards of both Aveda and Water Aid Canada as well as our major Fundraising Campaign.

Our 11-year partnership continues to thrive and produce amazing financial results!

Erin Barton

Erin has been working with WE for more than seventeen years. She helped establish the ME to WE overseas volunteer program, and has led volunteer trips in eight countries. She is a seasoned trip facilitator and development professional who, prior to taking over full time as Haiti Country Director, had served as Director of Development and Regional Operations. Erin now serves a dual function and splits her time between Haiti and Canada, serving as WE’s Chief Development Officer, Partnerships based in Toronto, and Haiti Country Director in Hinche.

Elliott Penner

Elliott has spent his entire career in the consumer goods industry holding senior positions in sales, marketing and executive management.

As President of The French’s Food Company, Elliott has responsibility for French’s Global Food Business. Under his stewardship, French’s has seen an unparalleled level of growth, innovation and success. Fortune Magazine named French’s as one of its global top 10 brands in 2007. In 2010, Frank’s RedHot become the #1 hot sauce in North America. In 2016, the launch of French’s Ketchup with Canadian grown tomatoes became the #3 top trending news story in Canada.

In 2015, Elliott led a strategic review of the business. This saw the creation of the French’s Promise. The Promise is a commitment to using only the finest and healthful ingredients, grown locally when possible. Since then, French’s has reformulated over 85% of the portfolio to represent clean ingredients. The Promise is also a commitment to the communities we work and live in. A cornerstone of the strategy is to deliver positive change in our community, support local family businesses and work to end hunger through our support of food banks and the one bottle = one meal campaign. French’s, with Food Banks Canada, will provide over 20 million meals in Canada alone.

French’s work with local tomato farmers in Ontario lead to new manufacturing partnerships with local Canadian family businesses. French’s Canada success has helped fund support for Fort McMurray families, provided multiple University scholarships for farm families and helped fund countless numbers of local food banks.

A Canadian, Elliott resides with his wife, Karen, and sons, Brayden and Reagan, in New Jersey.