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


Phillip Haid

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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

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Paul Estey

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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

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Jon Toews

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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

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Marc Lavine

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Marc Lavine

Co-Founder

An explorer and inventor at heart, I am constantly in search of exciting opportunities, new conspirators, and transformative ideas. Ideas that can have real impact and truly do some good. On the ocean, in the mountains, or spending time with my family, a good day is a day that I didn't forget to smile 🙂

Close to my heart.

Loyalty. Theatre. Children. Travel.

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Abby Klages

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Abby Klages

Creative Specialist

Previous to PUBLIC I studied at Ryerson University, RED Academy and Humber College. With a background and passion for fine arts, digital marketing, graphic design and advertising, I love that PUBLIC is a place where I can utilize all of my skills and continue to push them.

The simple stuff to know about me: I grew up an hour north of Toronto, listening to the Eagles, playing piano and starting to drink coffee far too young. Today, I live in the west end of Toronto in an old house with my sweet man.

Close to my heart.

Coffee time at 3 in the afternoon.

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Adam Kahan

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Adam Kahan

Senior Advisor

Adam has led nonprofit and for profit organizations in 5 different countries and consulted to both sectors. He has designed strategic plans, marketing, communications and branding campaigns and in his role leading fund raising drives has raised over $3.8 billion. His most recent role was Vice President, Advancement at Ryerson University a position he held for 13 years until his retirement. Here he was responsible for the rebranding of the University and led its fund raising realizing over $300 million. He also focused on driving innovation and entrepreneurship and is a Senior Fellow of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is on the Board of the Canadian Club, Toronto and on the Advisory Board of Flybits a unique, cloud-based experience management software product.

Close to my heart.

Family – especially my 5 grandsons; social justice; sports of all sorts and helping young people develop their skills and realize their dreams.

Give Adam a shout at 416.545.7333

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Adrian Bradbury

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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.).

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Adrienne Rand

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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

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Alex DeMaria

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Alex DeMaria

Creative Lead

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

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Amanda Javier

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Amanda Javier

Operations & Culture Specialist

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

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Ashley Rensler

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Ashley Rensler

Engagement Lead

Spending the vast majority of my professional life working in and around Canadian politics, I've realized that 'everyday is political'; whether it be taking a look at how we shape our cities, the policies and regulations that govern them, or how we advocate for the future we want through the goods we purchase and the services we use.

Before joining our team at PUBLIC, I worked as a Director of Public Affairs helping organizations speak the language of government and get their stories out in the world. Creating change and a grassroots movement or two has always been near and dear to my heart.

My multidisciplinary background in urban planning, government relations and communications has taught me that the magic is where things meet. I am excited to explore big questions with our team at PUBLIC and use our kaleidoscope goggles to help shape and share our clients stories.

Close to my heart.

Sunshine, Storytelling, BIG Adventures, Civic Engagement, Family, and the literary magic of Tom Robbins.

Give Ashley a shout at 647.967.9324

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Caleigh Farrell

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Caleigh Farrell

Director of Strategy

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.

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Chris Lynn

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Chris Lynn

Creative Lead

Chris has spent the last 4 years leading Idea Couture's design team in creating cohesive brand experiences that make an impact and communicate unique brand stories. He's worked with brands and organizations such as: Campbell's, HTC, FedEx, AARP, Tyson Foods, United Way, Novartis, and the Ontario Science Centre. His work focuses on visual identities and environmental design. He has worked for studios/companies such as Bruce Mau Design, Evergreen Brick Works, Apple, Biography Design, and The Community. He graduated from Seneca College with an advanced diploma in Graphic Design and has taken courses at OCAD in the Industrial Design Program. He can often be found walking his Pomeranian or playing soccer throughout the city.

Close to my heart.

Taking things apart, Inclusivity, Silky smooth bass lines, Cheesecake.

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Dan Dunsky

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Dan Dunsky

VP, Strategy & Engagement

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

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David Oliver

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David Oliver

Director, Project Operations & Resourcing

As Director of Project Operations & Resourcing at Public, David infuses process and purpose into the way the PUBLIC teams work smarter, together. Montreal born, and now Toronto-converted, David joins the PUBLIC team from Idea Couture (Cognizant Interactive), a strategic innovation and experience design consultancy, where David managed operations and resourcing across 6 global offices. Prior to that, David spent close to a decade in the media space at Deluxe, overseeing global teams of production, project, and client managers across theatrical film, broadcast television, and online streaming services. David has worked closely with the Netflix Originals team to help them architect processes to support their global launch in over 20 global territories, including full-service localization process optimization, data security, and quality control. 

When he’s not talking process or staffing optimization, you can find David cooking up a storm, gardening, at the gym, running throughout Toronto, or on the couch binge-watching both high and very low quality content.

Close to my heart.

Family. Soft-serve. Eating soft-serve with his family. Puns. Sour beers. Dog-sitting. Fitness (see: soft-serve).

Give David a shout at 647.462.3277

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Indra Persad

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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

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Jason Levine

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Jason Levine

Creative Director

As a Creative Director at PUBLIC, Jason works with the Chief Creative Officer to help lead the creative department and develop advertising campaigns and content for PUBLIC's growing roster of clients.

Before joining PUBLIC, Jason was a multi-disciplinary Group Creative Director at McCann, has won several awards for creative effectiveness, crafted advertising campaigns for RBC, GM, MasterCard, Bayer, LG, Ontario Tourism, Ford and Colgate, and helped Richard Branson et al. launch the Virgin Mobile brand in Canada.

Close to my heart.

My beautiful wife and wonderful boys come first. Followed by all the other good things in life: food, friends, books, film & television, music, art, sports, dogs, cats, oh you got me, all creatures great and small.

Give Jason a shout at 416.726.2955

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Jen Robinson

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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

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Kayla Ross

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Kayla Ross

Strategy 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

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Kelsey Sutcliffe

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Kelsey Sutcliffe

Project Lead

Aotearoa made. Australian grown. Canada based. I am just a wandering project manager who has come to call Toronto home. Having worked on set filming, in broadcast television and digital marketing, I bring a practical, “Jill of all trades” approach to every project.

When not in the office you can find me on an airplane, out and about eating baked goods, hunting down good coffee or frolicking in nature.

Close to my heart.

A strong flat white, the Pacific Ocean, an early morning run and bringing a smile to any situation.

Give Kelsey a shout at 416.578.7623

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Keltie Doolittle

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Keltie Doolittle

Client 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

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Laura Peñalosa

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Laura Peñalosa

Business Development Specialist

I have an undeniable passion for discovering ways in which we can collectively maximize social impact through our daily actions in efforts to generate inspiring opportunities for all. Growing up in Colombia and subsequently living in 5 different continents has allowed me to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity, value of collaboration and environments that foster the rise of ideas outside the box. With my background in psychology and experience leading projects in preventable health, food security, tech literacy, social innovation and poverty reduction, I aim to provide creative perspectives from an alternative lens. As Business Development Specialist, I aspire to collaborate in the discovery of new avenues that can allow us to continue to demonstrate that companies can indeed profit with purpose.

Close to my heart.

Merging opportunity gaps, encouraging myself and others to adopt daily sustainable practices, supporting local food systems and igniting positivity into simple moments.

Give Laura a shout at 437.995.0060

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Megan McClean

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Megan McClean

Strategy Specialist

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.

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Melissa Benjamin

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Melissa Benjamin

Client Director

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

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Nahin Shah

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Nahin Shah

Creative Specialist

I studied Industrial Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and am currently pursuing my masters in Inclusive Design at OCAD University. I love space, plants, adidas, chicken wings, hip hop music, and epic fantasy novels. I was born in Toronto and ran away to the U.S. at 4 years old, yet here I am, 18 years later.

Close to my heart.

Coffee time with Abby at 3 in the afternoon.

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Olga Mugyenyi

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Olga Mugyenyi

Client Director

Olga comes from an entrepreneurial and advertising background. She co-founded the advertising agency TBWA/Kinaya in 2009 and Definition Africa, a printing and apparel company that emphasizes the need for trade, not aid in Kampala in 2010. Her work has been profiled on CNN and BBC.

Olga completed her undergraduate degree majoring in architecture in Toronto, her MBA in London and has lived in 9 cities across 3 continents. She loves to travel and experience different cultures.

Close to my heart.

Entrepreneurship, scalable social innovation, sustainable fashion, travel, family & friends.

Give Olga a shout at 647.551.9173

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Paul Rivait

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Paul Rivait

Engagement Lead

Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Paul. He liked the arts, but he also liked computers – though he was unsure the two would ever mix. One day, someone invented Myspace, and then someone else invented Facebook. And then there was a Twitter, and an Instagram, and a Snapchat! Eventually the entire world was full of fun places to express yourself online, and Paul used those tools to live happily ever after.

Before joining PUBLIC, Paul was helping brands develop their social media strategies and enhance their digital customer experience for years, both client-side and at agency. Previous social media feeds he’s handled include Bank of Montreal, JOHNSON’S, Philips, Moen, WINNERS, Virgin Mobile Canada and more!

Close to my heart.

Instagram. Family. Facebook. Politics. YouTube. LGBTQ+ rights. Twitter. Friends. Snapchat. Theatre. LinkedIn. Music. Tumblr. Wine. Google. Wine. Reddit. Wine.

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Rima Karapetyan

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Rima Karapetyan

Engagement Lead

I have always been passionate about how storytelling can create business-changing content. Beginning my career as a designer, I was quick to find myself procrasti-working on projects that soon led me to believe I was far more passionate about strategy and integrated marketing. Shifting focus to empowering various not for profit organizations and corporate sector through powerful marketing strategies and a web centric approach I found a satisfaction in putting creativity to work to build awareness around some of the world's most pressing issues. It was then that I no longer wanted to choose between doing good and profit, so PUBLIC seemed like the natural next step. So, ten or so years later, here I am - ready to tell your story!

Close to my heart.

My family and friends, animals, pizza and coffee, travel, and good design work!

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Rob Ramsay

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Rob Ramsay

Creative Specialist

I’m constantly in awe of the fact that there’s only 26 letters in the English language and when you arrange them in just the right way they can inspire, motivate and move people. I love the challenge of that puzzle and I’m constantly looking to solve it here at PUBLIC.

Previous to PUBLIC, I was a copywriter at McCann working on a wide range of clients such as MasterCard, GM, Bayer and RBC.

Fun facts: I’m from New Brunswick. My favourite movie is Cool Hand Luke. I was valedictorian of my university. I love jazz and blues music. I’m also an actor. I love vacuuming & if I could have a drink with a historical figure, it would be Nelson Mandela.

Close to my heart.

Travel, my family and a tall, stiff drink.

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Robyn Lobay

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Robyn Lobay

Client Lead

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 647-208-3865

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Tarik El-Khateeb

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Tarik El-Khateeb

Director of Design

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.

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Vivian Gagliano

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Vivian Gagliano

Director of Engagement

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.

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