High-impact talent

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Adam Langton

Copywriter


Adam is a writer and actor in Toronto with an extensive creative background in marketing and video production. Adam loves storytelling in each and every form; he approaches every task as a story, thinking of what would appeal most to an audience and what message that particular story is trying to tell. As such, Adam was immediately drawn to the social impact space for the opportunity to tell the types of stories that need to be heard. When he's not writing copy, Adam can be found writing indie films and appearing in TV and film productions.
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.
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.
Beth Thomson

Director, Client Strategy


As a Client Strategy Director, Beth works closely with her clients, building trusted partnerships and working together to produce smart, insight led work. She counts herself very lucky that she is able to marry her personal passions and values with her day to day work. Beth spent the first 6 years of her career on the media agency side and looks to bring a unique lens to the social impact space here at Public. Beth is originally from the UK and moved to Toronto 2 weeks before the first lockdown (great timing). She is a big foodie, loves both eating out and exploring new restaurants as well as whipping up a meal at home. Family and friends are a big part of her life, she recently became an aunt for the first time and is totally and utterly obsessed with her.
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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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Dominic Smith

Director, Client Strategy


Dominic brings a flair for storytelling to his role as Director, Client Strategy. Throughout his career, he has worked to bring insights and opportunities to light that drive sustainable long-term growth and deliver positive social impact. His approach is to look beyond sectors, focusing on the individual needs and desires of people that ultimately form the trends, behaviours, and systems of the world we live in. When he isn’t working he’s walking, reading, running, writing, or dancing—usually with son, partner, and dog happily in tow. 
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Elizabeth Ellis

Manager, Creative Impact


From a young age, Elizabeth felt drawn to advocacy work. (In fact, at age 12, she wrote a speech for her class on ‘why animals deserve more than zoos’.) With experience in marketing, brand strategy and social content, Elizabeth uses the power of creative storytelling to engage communities. As an active volunteer with the City of Toronto, her focus is on accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Essential parts of her life are: spending time in nature, drawing and yoga.
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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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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.
Hawa Diaw

Project Manager


Hawa is a Project Manager with a background in Corporate and Digital Communication. She has worked in various industries including pharmaceutical, not-for-profit, and Communication agencies. She is passionate about living an ethical and purposeful life to help build a better world for the next generation, and deliver her best work when working with brands committed to contributing to that.
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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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Jon Lane

Creative Director, Head of Art


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

Copywriter


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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Justin Lam

Copywriter


Justin is a copywriter with a background in journalism, creative fiction, and marketing. He has always had a passion for storytelling. He's drawn to the social impact space as a unique opportunity to connect with humanity on the things that matter most. In his previous life, Justin was a musician, stunt performer, and performing poet. When he's not writing copy, Justin can be found in the wilderness or curled up at home with his menagerie of pets.
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.
Kat To

Head of Production


Young activist Kat went to poli-sci & law school only to realize her true calling was documentary and filmmaking. With that discovery, she turned her lifelong love of film into a journey that’s aligned with her values. She now continues to find different voices to tell and produce stories through moving pictures.
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Kate Dier

Manager, Client Strategy


Kate has an innate curiosity about the world and is focused on creating lasting, positive impact. She is passionate about people, has travelled to over 30 countries (and counting), and loves learning about people’s unique experiences and the fundamental similarities between us all. As a Client Strategy Manager at Public, Kate uncovers insights and develops purpose-led strategies to help clients and consumers make their mark on the world.
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 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 a 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.
Laura Vardy

Art Director


Laura grew up in Hamilton and studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College. To date, the most meaningful project of her advertising career was creating work with Cassie and Friends to raise awareness and funding for juvenile diabetes. In her personal life, Laura is passionate about supporting women's reproductive rights. Now living in downtown Toronto, she loves trying new restaurants, crocheting, and binge-watching whatever's new on Netflix.
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Luisa Bojacá

Designer


Luisa is a Visual Designer who finds great joy in creating colourful and vibrant work. After volunteering for different social platforms in Colombia, she understood that she could help make the world a bit better using her craft. When she’s not playing with colour combos or new fonts you’ll probably find her thrifting, reading books or illustrating her favourite quotes.
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Marc Levine

Co-Founder


An explorer and serial entrepreneur, Marc is constantly in search of exciting opportunities, new collaborators, and transformative ideas. Ideas that can have a 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.
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Max Cox

Manager, Resource & Operations


As Public’s Manager of Resource and Operations, Max is a jack of all trades. They have been working in media and operations for the past five years in agencies, non-profits, and experiential marketing. Max grew up in Virginia and currently lives in Toronto with their partner and two cats, Dash and Daphne. Max is a vegan, loves homebrewing kombucha, and is a daily practitioner of yoga. Max centers their life around ethical and sustainable practices and is passionate about women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and animal welfare. Max is also an avid supporter of the arts and lives for the cinema; they try to attend at least one film screening every week.
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Michael Porfirio

Copywriter


The more you learn about something the more interesting it becomes. It’s a simple lesson, but it’s one that helps Michael get the most from life. Fortunately for him, a career in creative advertising comes with endless subjects to explore. As projects come and go, Michael finds himself revisiting the ones that changed the world for the better. Joining the Public team marks a new chapter in his creative journey, where every idea spawns from a passion to make a difference. But when it’s time to focus on himself, Michael returns to curating playlists, tending to houseplants, and hitting the tennis courts with his best friends.
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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Mitchell Sharpe

Art Director


My name's Mitchell, but everyone except my mother calls me "Mitch". I'm an Art Director who's been working in advertising for the last 6 years, both in agency and in-house. I'm a dedicated advocate for anti-racism and deeply devoted to resolving issues in the black community and a strong supporter of treatment and research for Alzheimers and Dementia. I'm also an obsessive Toronto Raptors fan, hip-hop historian, gamer nerd, sneaker collector, and could never live without my overactive kitten Peal.
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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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Rei Laude

Designer


Rei 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.
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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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Rosana Rampersaud

Director, Client Strategy


Rosana is originally from Montréal, though she's called Toronto home for the last 15+ years. A graduate of the Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability program at the University of Toronto, she believes the corporate world needs to take the lead in reforming capitalism and is excited to collaborate with forward-thinking leaders in the development of their social impact platforms. She's also slightly obsessed with learning about human behaviour and how our brain works, along with being a lover of music, summer, beaches, nature and cooking for friends. Her superpower? Knowing that more than one perspective can be true at the same time.
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Sarah Civil

Coordinator, Client Strategy


Her previous experience in commercial post-production paired with her passion for storytelling and desire to live on purpose has led Sarah to Public's Client Strategy team. Between her knack for thrifting and eating a plant-based diet, she is always looking for new ways to be sustainable. And in her free time, you'll find her writing grant applications for the environmental non-profit she volunteers for, taking on a new DIY project, or playing with her rescue pup.
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Tanja Maraj

Coordinator, Client Strategy


Tanja believes in creating impact with ease. With her passion for building a better community, Tanja is committed to using her extensive knowledge and the power of storytelling to amplify brand voices and make visions come to life. She has a huge love for all things food, tea and wellness-related. She is an avid reader and has a passion for learning about the world through documentaries. Fun fact: her favourite thing to do is travel to Trinidad and Tobago to spend time connecting with her extended family and enjoying the Caribbean sun.
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Teju Oladoyin

Manager, Client Strategy


With a background in Communications and Marketing within the nonprofit sector, Teju has a penchant for asking "why?" Having always had an interest in the complexities within the socioeconomic landscape, how they come together to inform the lived experiences of different people, and whose stories are told and why, friends have coined her "the people watcher".  Perhaps this explains her interest in reality television. Teju's ultimate goal in life is to lead with love and help drive positive, purpose-driven change in the world.
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Valerie Aguiar

Director, Client Strategy


Valerie is a strategic marketer who’s spent a decade working across sales, marketing, and social change. She's worked with small social enterprises through Engineers Without Borders Canada and previously spent her time eating chocolate for a living at Nestlé. Valerie believes collective action and compassionate dialogue are integral to rebuilding traditional business models for justice and regeneration. She holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and is a graduate of the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Impact Lab. Her happy place exists at the end of a good home-cooked meal or a meditation.