High-impact talent

Adeolu Adeniyi

Project Manager & Producer


Adeolu has always had a passion for addressing societal problems by telling stories about them: social injustice, the climate, and discrimination lead the list. Film and creative content are the main instruments he’s used in his approach to make a difference in the world.

For Ade, its movies inspired by true events over fiction. He also occasionally volunteers his photography skills for charity events, and is a huge fan of soccer… except it’s too late to go professional.

 

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Adrienne Rand

VP Strategy


As a VP of Strategy, Adrienne feels lucky to have made a career out of people “watching”. An anthropologist by training, years ago she became curious about how you could leverage cultural insights to accelerate positive behaviour change. Today she develops strategies based on these insights to benefit both consumers, clients and the issues we work on. A mom of four kids, her greatest societal contribution is doing her part to combat global underpopulation.

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Aswini Sivaraman

Manager, Creative Impact


Aswini is a Manager of Creative Impact at Public, driven by outcomes rather than outputs, and lives a low-waste lifestyle that would make Greta Thunberg proud. She’s fundraised to keep endangered animals off the black market, and campaigned to companies in Singapore and India to curb their usage of palm oil and pesticides. A passionate activist, Aswini’s no stranger to marching the streets in solidarity, but she’s happiest when she’s able to create positive real-world change through her phone, with a dog by her side.

Ben Egnal

Art Director


Ben is an art director with a background in design. He knows it really doesn’t matter how pretty something looks if there’s isn’t a killer idea behind it. He believes we can make our own luck – largely by having an entrepreneurial spirit. Ben co-founded a dog clothing line called ‘Higgins Would Be Proud’. HWBP is proud to donate 10% from each purchase to ElderDog. When he’s not knee deep in ads, you can find him performing standup comedy or playing pickup basketball on the mean streets of Toronto.

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Caleigh Farrell

Sr Director, Client Strategy


As Senior Director of Client Strategy, Caleigh marries strategic prowess with a background in Anthropology. Her innate curiosity and use of the anthropological toolkit results in the consistent delivery of insight-driven strategies that have been helping our clients embed purpose in their business since she joined the company in 2013. As a mum to a toddler, Caleigh is perpetually under-slept / over-caffeinated and looking for ways to live her values through the great parenting adventure. In her limited spare time, she can be found running, thrifting, re-reading Harry Potter, or dreaming up her next tattoo.

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David Oliver

Director, Operations & Resourcing


As Director of Project Operations & Resourcing at Public, David infuses process and purpose into the way the Public teams work smarter, together. David grew up in Montreal but has been living in Toronto for over the past 10 years with his husband and cuddly pooches, Leo & Levi. David recently spent a week volunteering with a small social enterprise supporting a research paper on youth civic engagement in Canada, as well as refining their digital marketing strategy.

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Georgia Cottrelle

Sr Manager, Client Strategy


A dynamic collaborator and communicator, Georgia Cottrelle is a Client Strategy Manager who leads her projects at Public with a passionate commitment to social impact with an approach steeped in research. Georgia is also never far from a well-steeped cup of tea, even when volunteering to bring fun and meaningful experiences to young campers undergoing cancer treatment and Camp Ooch.

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Gina Bucci

Video Producer


Gina has a knack for bold, comedic stories and dramatic characters, working as an independent writer, director, producer and editor before joining Public in 2020. She was a resident in the Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and holds a diploma in Interactive Media Design. Gina has worked on TV shows, features, short films, commercials, lifestyle and news programs.

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Guy Barnett

Chief Creative Officer


Guy has spent the last 20 years finding ways to execute every idea that popped into his head. Sometimes the idea was a big, branding campaign. Sometimes it was a children’s book or a line of furniture. Now he’s devoting his time to making amends for a long and successful career in advertising.

Heejae Choi

Art Director


Heejae believes working on any cause starts with education, and that’s why she can’t stop scrolling through the news, social media, wikipedia and podcasts. As an Art Director at Public, Heejae strives to apply those learnings to her everyday practice to create culture beyond advertising. When she is not art directing, you can either find her digging through google reviews of local restaurants to find hidden gems or typing up her next review on a movie rating app.

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Indra Persad

VP Finance


Merged with her passion for doing good are Indra’s 20+ years as an accounting executive, directing timely financial reports, forecasting, as well as optimizing financial strategies to boost profitability, mitigate risks and enhance business performance. When she’s not perfecting her flow at the yoga studio, Indra’s mantra (at work and at home) is: “How can I make this more productive?” Indra is devoted to volunteering, and helps single mothers and retirees file their taxes; she also makes donations from her professional wardrobe to help women and refugees re-enter the workforce in style.

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Jason Levine

Creative Director


Jason co-leads the creative department at Public, helping the team write and craft advertising campaigns, content and platforms. Jason hails from the advertising world where he’s won awards and led both teams and clients across a variety of categories. A family man, Jason was drawn to the social impact space to apply his creative powers for good. He’s also dedicated to helping others with addiction recovery.

Jess White

Copywriter


Jess is a lifelong art kid who, after a brief stint in animation school, got hit in the head with advertising and woke up a writer. In her time with words she’s worked on campaigns both big and small and believes the best advertising is the kind that doesn’t look like advertising. She splits her reading list between interesting causes and haunted houses, enjoys all kinds of movies from critically acclaimed cinema to critically acclaimed trash and still draws when no one is looking.

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Jon Lane

Creative Director


Jon co-leads the creative department and creates advertising campaigns and content for Public’s growing roster of clients. He’s proud to have worked at several of Canada’s top creative agencies on some of North America’s most iconic brands. Jon is a cycling, vegetarian, solar-roof owning volunteer for the Children’s Aid Society of Canada. He fostered children as young as eight weeks old to eighteen years old over the span of five years.

Joyce Kim

Client Strategy Director


Joyce is a marketer with over a decade of experience developing strategies for organizations on a mission to build a better world — be it through design, affordable loans, or ice cream. Joyce has worked across both the corporate and nonprofit sectors and is a proud alumna of IDEO.org, Kiva.org, and Ben&Jerry’s. Outside of work, Joyce is a believer in slow travel and always chooses tea over coffee.

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Julian Battersby-Morris

Copy writer


Julian Battersby is a Copywriter at Public. The “Why” has always been his favourite of the 5 W’s. So marketing for businesses with a purpose felt like a great fit for this multidisciplinary creative-type. When he’s not busy crafting copy and bashing around big impact ideas for brands and non-profits, Julian is usually writing songs to annoy his neighbours. He strives to minimize his footprint by thrifting, buying only things he really needs and rescuing free stuff from his neighbours’ curbsides to his heart’s content.

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Julie Laude

Designer


Julie Laude brings an athletic approach to her work as a Designer at Public, but takes life at a leisurely pace. Her motto: quality over quantity. Julie’s love of DIY, thrifted, and sustainable fashion is central to her ambitions as a designer, but to date, no sustainable sneaker on the market has yet to shake this sneakerhead’s loyalty to her classic Nikes.

Kaitlin Churchill

Project Manager/Producer


Kaitlin is passionate about storytelling in all forms of media. Driven by curiosity and imagination, she is constantly looking for new ways to bring creative ideas to life. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to create content and manage logistics for a variety of multimedia projects for major brands, including commercials, experiential installations, and a feature length documentary. With a background in film production, design, and visual art, she brings resourcefulness and versatility to her role as a project manager. Her goal is to use her creativity to make a positive impact on the world wherever possible.

Katie Elder

Sr Director, Client Strategy


She’s travelled the world but many times it involved taking a translator and doing ethnographic research in people’s homes in her previous life of CPG brand management. Her equal love of beaches and mountains can be attributed to her West Coast roots.

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Keltie Doolittle

VP Client & Operations


As VP of Client & Operations, Keltie builds trusted relationships with our clients while leading the oversight of Client Strategy and Operations teams. The balance between Keltie’s diverse background and her passion for social issues allows her to seamlessly move across a wide range of clients. Keltie is an innovative and solutions-oriented thinker who loves to troubleshoot both client and team needs. Making small changes at home – using reusable grocery and produce bags, eating a plant-based diet, walking whenever possible – are not only important for her my own impact but essential in demonstrating to her children that there are simple daily actions we can all take.

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Laura Peñalosa

Sr Manager, Business Strategy


As Senior Manager of Business Strategy, Laura is constantly thinking about (and working on) ways to create greater impact in the world and help accelerate the purpose economy. Putting together strategic and creative proposals, developing relationships with incredible companies out in the world and heading up The Lab really gets her excited. From volunteering at orphanages in Colombia, to doing her part in reducing her carbon footprint by thrifting and walking, Laura is a forever-optimist trying to make the world a better place.

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Marc Lavine

Co-Founder


An explorer and serial entrepreneur, Marc is constantly in search of exciting opportunities, new collaborators, and transformative ideas. Ideas that can have real impact and truly do some good. In addition to creating businesses, Marc extended his creative spirit to the non-profit sector with the launch of the Exclamation Foundation to stimulate creativity in theatre with The Grand Prix du Theatre, as well as to support initiatives that respect our planet. Marc is also a graduate of l’Ecole Ritz Escoffier; when not cooking Marc can be found meditating on the sea in his kayak.

Mila Schneider

Coordinator, Client Strategy


Mila is a client strategy coordinator at Public. Having spent a lot of her childhood in South Africa, Mila grew up surrounded by the importance of understanding different cultures. She has always done her best to put others first, whether it’s volunteering in her community, working on pro-bono projects, or fundraising for worthy causes. With a background in advertising, she understands – and is drawn to – storytelling. When she’s not working, you can find Mila outdoors in nature, in the kitchen, listening to music, or playing with her pups.

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Mona Lipson

Director, Client Strategy


Mona Lipson is a Director of Client Strategy, and is focused on helping brands profit with purpose. She is a firm believer that the path to creating global impact lies in merging social purpose with business benefit. Mona started her career in the social impact world by co-founding the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation, and hasn’t looked back, leading clients in the partnerships space ever since. If Mona wasn’t in social impact, she would be working in ice cream. Follow her amateur ice-capades on @missmonamakesicecream.

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Paul Rivait

Director, Creative Impact


Did something major go down on Twitter today? Is anyone actually using Snapchat? And who exactly are Millennials? If it has to do with social media and marketing, Paul’s involved. From channel planning to in-depth analysis, he’s your guy. Paul is passionate about equality and social justice, is an active supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, and is a staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Because even the smallest of causes deserve a champion.

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Phil Haid

Founder & CEO


As Founder & CEO, Phil drives and oversees the growth of the business, ensuring our clients, team and partners profit with purpose. A passionate advocate for businesses to create social and environmental impact that benefits the bottom line, Phil can’t help but get involved in strategies and campaigns that prove our thesis. Phil’s favourite weekend activities include coaching his son’s basketball team, watching the Raptors with his boys and wife, jogging, dinner with friends and as many Netflix movies as possible.

Rachel Klysen

Coordinator, Client Strategy


Rachel likes to take complicated things and make them simple. When she isn’t knee-deep in research, Rachel can be found knee-deep in snow. Time in nature is a must, and for her, best spent when she’s making outdoor adventures accessible for people with unique needs. She also plants trees: 250,000, to be exact. Which, she’d like to point out, will be toilet paper in 80 years.

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Robyn Lobay

Director, Client Strategy


Robyn is a Senior Client Strategy Manager who makes it her job to solve problems creatively, keep projects impactful, strategic, and have fun. In a past life she worked as a sexual assault counsellor, peer educator, and worked in mental health curriculum development. Outside work, this true-crime podcast lover’s flair for justice and investigation doesn’t rest. And she makes her impact felt by rallying for diverse social justice concerns, like women’s and indigenous rights, and volunteers for animal welfare and environmental action.

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Sydney Kirkland

Sr Manager, Client Strategy


Sydney Kirkland is a Client Strategy Manager at Public. All about plant-based living, she loves plants, eats plants, and wears eco-friendly materials made from them when possible. From her foundations in digital and social fundraising campaigns to support refugees in Toronto, Sudan, and Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, Sydney has been building an organization to provide the most disadvantaged children in these communities with scholarships.

Taycia Chaplin

Director, Client Strategy


With her endless curiosity and a knack for solving problems, Taycia was born to be a strategist. After years in the advertising world, she also knows the importance of telling a good story, and is thrilled to use her skills to help purpose-driven brands succeed. When she’s taking a break from tbc , she’s probably out for a run or baking bread while listening to one of the 50+ podcasts she subscribes to.

Zara Hirani

Coordinator, Client Strategy


Having had a multicultural upbringing in Pakistan and Singapore, Zara is driven by purpose and is passionate about bridging the gap between the social and corporate sectors. As part of the Client strategy team, she brings her strategic and creative outlook to tell compelling and evocative stories that create impactful social change. In her spare time, her creativity soars from dancing to drinking steaming hot chai (the one thing she can’t live without) to trekking & teaching at youth development programs.