Meet the people who are transforming how brands succeed with purpose.


Phillip Haid

Close

Phillip Haid

Chief Executive Officer + Co-Founder

Born and raised in the icy tundra of Winnipeg, left in my mid-twenties to travel the world, get a Masters in International Relations, and work in Parliament, a think tank, a youth research firm, and social marketing agency, before starting my own company. Love my family (my kids make me smile everyday), cottage vacations, hiking the Himalayas, U2, politics and the Raptors.

Close to my heart.

Social innovation, creative disruption, Food Allergy Canada, and civic/voter engagement.

Give Phillip a shout at 416.898.1700

Close

Paul Estey

Close

Paul Estey

Chief Innovation Officer + Co-Founder

If life is the journey, not the destination, there's no doubt this is the best leg yet. Math geek. Sports nut. Foodie. Closet artsy. Husband. Proud father. And now at Public, on the cusp of something great. Good can be better. Good for you. Good for business. Good for everyone. So when are we having lunch together?

Close to my heart.

Education. Social enterprise. Crowd moments. Disruptive models.

Give Paul a shout at 416.473.7743

Close

Jon Toews

Close

Jon Toews

Chief Creative Officer

As Chief Creative Officer, Jon champions the creative process and output at PUBLIC. In addition to managing the team, he is actively involved in business development and the growth of the company.

Prior to joining PUBLIC, Jon was the SVP Executive Creative Director & General Manager at Critical Mass Toronto, leading a multi-disciplinary office of 120 people and working on global clients, Citi, Infiniti, and Nissan. He also led and directed the team to a Cannes Lion in Design for The Massey Lectures digital archive.

Previously, Jon was the Managing & Creative Director at Mighty, a subsidiary of Bensimon Byrne, where he helped create a prolific, content-rich, and creative technology focused culture working on Scotiabank, Hyundai, Trillium Gift of Life, Microsoft, and Wind Mobile.

Jon has a fine arts and graphic design background. He is also a writer, musician, and technologist.

Close to my heart.

What do I hold dear? Well, family of course. Great friends and good times. And Bartok, my horse. But also the sky and the sea and the lands. And music that pours from my throat and my hands. Then sweet artful words and resonant tones. Our skin and our hearts and our heads and our bonesl

Give Jon a shout at 416.880.2248

Close

Adrian Bradbury

Close

Adrian Bradbury

Executive Director | Football for Good

I escaped Oshawa for the nation's capital for school, hoops and general high-jinx. I then ventured off to Japan and all over Southeast Asia for a couple years, before spending the past decade playing the role of (or masquerading as) a fundraiser, human rights advocate, social media experimenter, writer and journalist. In those roles, I’ve been lucky enough to sit court side at MSG, share the podium at the UN, play footy in the fields of northern Uganda and be the proud co-founder of Athletes for Africa and GuluWalk. And, we’re just getting started.

Close to my heart.

Kim and my boys, Isaac & Owen. Northern Uganda. Grassroots advocacy. BIXI. My underachieving teams (Blackburn Rovers, Toronto FC, etc.).

Give Adrian a shout at

Close

Adrienne Rand

Close

Adrienne Rand

Director of Strategy

Born and raised in LA, I studied at U.C. Berkeley and the Universitá di Padova (Italy) before getting a Masters in anthropology from U.C. Santa Barbara. After that I made my way to Toronto 6 years ago for the weather. For the past 6 years I’ve worked in the cause space, with a special interest in the relationship between cause and human behavior (which, unfortunately, is all too often left out of the cause equation).

Close to my heart.

Education, arts education, sustainable food, slow food, and childhood nutrition.

Give Adrienne a shout at 416.705.5305

Close

Alex DeMaria

Close

Alex DeMaria

Copywriter

I’m a copywriter by trade and that means I’m in the business of words. I say them, think them, write them, and sometimes I even make them up. I’ve written ads, articles, blogs, essays, letters, resumes, speeches, love notes and one day I’ll write a book. But without people to read them, say them and give meaning to them, all those words are useless.

Public is my new challenge. It’s a new adventure, a new experience and a new audience to read the words I write.

Close to my heart.

Good food, good friends and good wine. But not always in that particular order.

Give Alex a shout at 647.680.4648

Close

Amanda Javier

Close

Amanda Javier

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

After studying nutrition and sustainable agriculture in college, I aspired to have a career rooted in creating more good in the world. I spent a few years in post-secondary administration followed by a 2 year stint in real estate, before finding my place at Public Inc. I’m proud to now be part of a collective of individuals that believes in creating the greater good and making every day a reason to celebrate. When I’m not in the office, you can find me exploring in the forest, gardening on my balcony or watching horror movies.

Close to my heart.

Road Trips, The Ocean, Ferris Wheels, Animal Advocacy, Sustainable Food.

Give Amanda a shout at 416.508.9367

Close

Amy Flores

Close

Amy Flores

Art Director

It is such a privilege to have been and continually be around people that are adventurous travellers, are hungry for new experiences, are brave enough to have lived in a foreign place… and the list goes on. I look up to my team at Public because their passion has lead them to live creative lives – from the things they do, to the way they think, and how they envision a world beyond their imagination. Even though I lack the experience of travel, I crave adventure and fresh creative ideas, just like the rest. I absorb their experiences with perched ears and wide eyes. My friends and the people I work with ignite inspiration in what I create. For now, I’ll live vicariously through their adventurous stories, until it is time for me to go on mine.

Close to my heart.

Skyscrapers. The desire to travel. Motorcycles. A wide range of music genres. Animals of all kinds. Family. Friends. Pizza. Lots of Pizza. And drinking coffee with him.

Give Amy a shout at 416.575.4057

Close

Caleigh Farrell

Close

Caleigh Farrell

Strategist

Torontonian, born and raised (though never adjusted to the cold). Before joining the PUBLIC team in 2013, I received my Masters in Anthropology from Western University. Getting me out the door each morning: a strong belief in the power of the collective consumer voice and the fact that people have traditionally underestimated how big of a force it really is.

Close to my heart.

My hubby, stepson, and pups Fish & Bird.

Give Caleigh a shout at 416.464.3629

Close

Dan Dunsky

Close

Dan Dunsky

VP, Client & Business Strategy

Dan leads Public's efforts to define our clients’ strategic needs and align our work to answer them. In that capacity, he brings deep skill honed over more than two decades of executive experience and asking the critical questions needed to define, set, and execute strategy. Prior to joining Public, he founded Dunsky Insight, a consultancy, and, before that, created and was Executive Producer of “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”, Canada’s premier platform of long-form analysis and insight journalism.

As an analyst, Dan is heard on NewsTalk 1010, has appeared on CNN and CTV, and has written for numerous Canadian and American publications. He speaks regularly on the promise and peril of change in the era of digital disruption.

Close to my heart.

My dog, history, big-picture thinking, writing, the visual arts, my family, solving problems, reading, skiing, and the Montreal Canadiens (not necessarily in that order).

Give Dan a shout at 416.434.0721

Close

Greg Ostler

Close

Greg Ostler

Senior Art Director

I’m a curious, collaborative, creative problem solving, visual craftsman that’s passionate about good design and doing great work. Born in Toronto but raised in Ottawa. I eventually returned to study design at George Brown College and since then have worked through out the city with some super talented amazing people. I’m also an artist, traveller, cook, minimalist, snorkeler, pisces, urban farmer and music junkie.

Close to my heart.

Family, friends, breakfast burritos, travelling, adidas jackets, chess, raptors, tennis, 90’s hip hop and good IPA’s.

Give Greg a shout at

Close

Indra Persad

Close

Indra Persad

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance at PUBLIC, my passion for doing good merges with 15 plus years as a seasoned accounting executive directing timely financial reports, forecasting, optimizing financial strategies to boost profitability, mitigating risks and enhancing business performance. Education trail: Economics and Finance - University of West Indies - Trinidad & Tobago, Accounting and Financial Management - Centennial College, Business Administration/Certified Management Accountant Program - University of Toronto. I'm passionate about setting/achieving goals, always asking, “Am I doing the most productive thing?" at any given moment in time. When I am not chasing my goals you can find me at a Yoga studio, working out or reading Deepak Chopra books.

Close to my heart.

My family – they are the best thing of my everyday!

Give Indra a shout at 647.282.0436

Close

Jasmine Moore

Close

Jasmine Moore

Account Manager

As an Account Manager, I play a role in the development and maintenance of processes and procedures to keep the team on track while also digging into campaigns. This involves using a mix of critical and creative thinking to get the job done.

Prior to joining PUBLIC, I graduated university with a degree in Communications and jumped into the telecommunications world working across varying marketing positions within the B2B sector. In my spare time I enjoy a good sci-fi book, true crime podcasts and spending time on the lake.

Close to my heart.

Coffee, my friends, dogs, good food, experiencing people's worlds & having an opportunity to make an impact with the causes I care about.

Give Jasmine a shout at 437.999.8583

Close

Jen Robinson

Close

Jen Robinson

Client Director

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, I made my way south to Toronto. After 2 children and 10 years of working in marketing and communications with North America’s fortune 500s like GE, Phillips and NASA, my heart led me to change gears and work with Canada’s start-ups in tech and social innovation. Through lots of happy coincidences I found my dream job here at PUBLIC. I love the work that we do, the people I work with and the creative process to get there. After work, I’m a mother of two and married to the love of my life. When I’m not with them I’m volunteering with my children’s school, my local ratepayer association, or my favourite charities: Girls E-Mentorship and Greenest City.

Close to my heart.

Family, friends, community, mentorship, travel, urban gardening and pollinator protection.

Give Jen a shout at 416.709.4678

Close

Kayla Ross

Close

Kayla Ross

Account Lead

With a passion to use my brain powers for purposeful and impactful work, I've excitedly landed at PUBLIC and currently work across a broad range of clients, issues, and causes. Living, studying, and working away from home for five years (Montreal, Madrid, Nairobi, Copenhagen...) has brought me back to Toronto, to excitedly work with the inspiring PUBLIC team. After completing a double major in Honours Business Administration and Psychology, as well as working in non-profit social consulting abroad, I’m enjoying discovering a “new” Toronto with a fresh perspective. I'm passionate about using business as a force to generate large-scale social impact, and feeling good about the work we're putting out into the world.

Close to my heart.

My family and friends who are like family. Experiencing how different people live around the world. Really good citrusy coffee. Social change.

Give Kayla a shout at 416.305.4244

Close

Keltie Doolittle

Close

Keltie Doolittle

Account Director

I am incredibly passionate about the work I do, about the people I work with and for pushing the boundaries of what is expected. I have spent the last 10 years in marketing and communications including roles in custom publishing, fundraising and advertising. I love when there is true collaboration between all team members. I love when we uncover a truth. I love seeing the work come to life. I love the thrill of what we do. I also love good coffee and sleepy Saturday mornings.

Close to my heart.

Travel, dinner parties, good great wine, interior design, all animals, yoga, France, Italy and Australia, swimming in the ocean, sunshine and of course my son Parker and my better half Ridley.

Give Keltie a shout at 647.296.2966

Close

Megan McClean

Close

Megan McClean

Research Coordinator

Every moment is an opportunity to make the world a bit brighter, or at least put a smile on someone's face. I live my life with this intention, along with that to feed myself nutritious grub, listen to tunes that make my soul sing and to consume responsibly. Since moving from a small British town to this big beautiful country, I've acquired a journalism degree from Carleton University, created a blog that I run with my best friend and pursued a number of other creative hankerings. I feel blessed to be surrounded by the enthusiastic and experienced team at Public and am excited to bring my own ideas to help create positive change in the world!

Close to my heart.

Equality. Compassion. Self expression. Flowers. Sweet treats. Beer. An appreciation of the environment and all the creatures we share it with.

Give Megan a shout at 647.834.7746

Close

Melissa Benjamin

Close

Melissa Benjamin

Account Lead

As an Account Lead at Public, Melissa is committed to helping clients embed purpose into their brand at its core.

A project transformation specialist, Melissa is passionate about what is possible at the intersection of innovation, social change, and corporate engagement. Before coming to PUBLIC, Melissa worked as a Program Manager at Purpose in NYC. At Purpose, Melissa worked on the Refugees Welcome Initiative, and managed strategy and operations for Purpose's largest incubation, the Climate Lab.

When she's not in the office, Melissa can most often be found in the wilderness, trying to master the art of making a fire even when the wood is wet.

Close to my heart.

Creating equal opportunity for all. Living sustainably. Loving wholeheartedly.

Give Melissa a shout at 647.568.2677

Close

Olga Bratsun

Close

Olga Bratsun

Business Development Manager

Originally from Russia, my Master’s studies brought me to Kingston, ON, then to Vienna, Austria, and now Toronto! My “A-ha” moment happened during the first months of my International Business program when I realized that there must be more to business than solely profit. After doing projects for corporations, social enterprises and non-profits, and writing my thesis on social startups, I have landed at Public. I am more than happy to be here and excited about the work we can do together to improve the world around us.

Close to my heart.

Family and friends. Travelling and cultures. Education. Yoga. Nature. Music – I love Muse!

Give Olga a shout at 416.858.5938

Close

Rob Paron

Close

Rob Paron

Senior Art Director

I have a passion for design and doing great work. I’m a team player with a keen eye for detail who strives to produce high quality creative that gets results and delivers on a client’s needs. I love what I do with both professionalism and passion and I’m always looking for my next creative challenge.

Close to my heart.

My kids and their success in life. My family. Health and happiness. Sports.

Give Rob a shout at 416.912.2794

Close

Robyn Lobay

Close

Robyn Lobay

Account Manager

Fresh off the prairies with a more than diverse background in psychology, art history, health promotion, communications and wandering the world, I have now found myself at Public Inc. A place where my creative and analytical skills are used to tackle important social issues and help advance worthwhile causes that serve to better our community.

Close to my heart.

Travelling. Nature. Documentaries. Photography. Humour. Equality. Education. Mental health advocacy. All animals all the time. List making.

Give Robyn a shout at

Close

Steve Steck

Close

Steve Steck

VP, Strategy

I really want to know what makes you tick. Call it an insatiable curiosity or an itch that can’t be scratched. I can’t help myself. In fact, my quest to understand why people do what they do has led me to a variety of social experiments over the last twenty years. As a bartender, I learned the importance of listening. As a ghostwriter, I learned the importance of empathy. As a university lecturer, I learned the art of persuasive argument. And as a creative strategist for some of Canada’s largest brands and ad agencies, I learned the art of patience. Of course, it wasn’t until I became a husband and father of four boys that I learned how to navigate chaos without any sleep in the tank, arguably the best trick of all. Finally, as a Director of Strategy at Public, I am in the perfect place to meld my curious nature and all the skills I’ve picked up along the way so as to ensure that everyone profits in the name of good. My family is proud of me and I love what I do. Doesn’t get much cooler than that.

Close to my heart.

My lungs, my bronchi and my thoracic diaphragm.

Give Steve a shout at 416.565.1430

Close

Sydney Cowie

Close

Sydney Cowie

Community Manager

Connect to your intentions, show compassion for others, and work together to build stronger communities. I try to live by these words – whether it’s through sharing my love for art, yoga, dance, dogs, family & friends, re-fueling with delicious healthy food, or bringing profit + purpose together at PUBLIC.

After completing my degree in Media, Information & Technoculture at Western University, I’ve worked in the world of social media as a brand manager and as an influencer. Joining the PUBLIC team has been both refreshing and rewarding to be able to bring my social media knowledge to life on meaningful projects.

Close to my heart.

A good hot yoga class, adorable animals, outdoor adventures, and creating art.

Give Sydney a shout at 416.801.9901

Close

Tarik El-Khateeb

Close

Tarik El-Khateeb

Art Director

Multicultural and multidisciplinary designer and illustrator obsessed with typography and a perfectly brewed cup of tea. My life-long passion for visual storytelling and world building has taken me down various creative paths from branding to animation and, most recently, game design. I'm very fortunate to have showcased my work in Canada, the UK, Japan, Turkey and the Middle East.

Close to my heart.

My family, niece & nephews. Tea. Lego. Tea. Bees & Honey. Tea.

Give Tarik a shout at

Close

Vivian Gagliano

Close

Vivian Gagliano

Director, Digital Strategy & Analytics

My fascination with technology, sustainability, and social change developed at an early age from the time I built my first kinetic energy powered film canister car and butterfly terrarium for a series of science projects. Since then, my career has taken me across a broad range of industries and environments. From creating Afghanistan’s first post-Taliban kite festival and leading the United Nations’ media implementation efforts for the first Afghanistan Parliamentary elections to architecting real-time social media analytic dashboards and reporting frameworks for Fortune 500 enterprise clients, I’ve felt fortunate in life’s uncanny way of feeding my ever persistent curiosities. Today, while I’m no longer building rubber-band powered vehicles or green habitats for six-legged friends, I’ve redirected my passion to building platforms and systems of a more virtual variety, through my work as a digital marketing strategist. When I’m not planning social impact programs and aligning KPIs with my team and clients, I can be found nurturing my passion for cooking, old-world crafts, travel, and rough-housing with my baby.

Close to my heart.

Technology. Food. Art. Travel. Green spaces… and blue ones too. Making things. My sweet men – big and little.

Give Vivian a shout at

Close

Twitter
Latest News
Certified B Corporation