Director of Business Development & Marketing, Academie Diplomatic Internationale
A masterful problem solver, Athina embraces innovation and technology, breaking barriers wherever she goes. She applies passion to everything she touches.
Athina began her career in international consulting, where she developed a passion for operations and events. She has since planned and executed international events across the globe, applying creativity, insight and a unique cultural competence to her projects.
A native of Greece, Athina now resides in Paris and leads business development and manages marketing for an international independent policy institute which is dedicated to advancing global affairs and international diplomacy, Academie Diplomatique Internationale (ADI). She has built global partnerships, including that of the G(irls)20. For the past six G(irls)20 Summits, Athina provided her international technical and creative expertise, as an integral part of the Summit team in the cities of Paris, Mexico City, Moscow, Australia, Turkey and China.
Beyond her aptitude for events, Athina is committed to cultivating talent. She finds pleasure not only teaching, but learning from those around her. Her pride and joy to this day, is her team.
Athina is a graduate of the American University in Greece and obtained her Masters from South Bank University in the United Kingdom.
Special Assistant to CEO SOHO China
Secretary SOHO China Scholarships
Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Rogers Communications Inc
Head of Customer (B2B) Marketing, Google Canada
Elana is the Head of Customer (B2B) Marketing for Google Canada, and previously worked in marketing at Apple and Unilever. She’s lived in France, Singapore, San Francisco and New York – where she acquired a love for buttery croissants and a strong passion for tech. Elana is excited about innovation and empowering up and coming leaders to think differently about digital skills and how tech can shape our future for the better. She likes to challenge people to chase big ideas – forget about growing by 10%, let’s think about 10X! She also holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Joanne Fedeyko is the CEO of Connection Silicon Valley, an organization that helps companies collaborate, connect, innovate, and partner with Silicon Valley’s world-renowned technology ecosystem. Our business is centered around bringing better innovation to Canada by helping startups and large corporates leverage the best of innovation from Silicon Valley. Joanne manages theBoardlist in Canada, a global marketplace to get more women on pubic and private boards. She is the Founder of the Canadian Women’s Network, designed to help Canadian female founders and women executives gain access to relevant connections in Silicon Valley and build their global network.
Deputy Chief Innovation Officer at The Future Project
Tanvi is the Founder an internationally recognized organization – Becoming I Foundation – which works towards revolutionising education systems in India to transform marginalised communities from within.
The Indian Ambassador to the first G(irls)20 summit in Toronto, Tanvi is a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award recipient and has also won the Karamveer Puraskar – a National award for Justice and Citizen Action in India. She was awarded the Youth Award for ‘Contribution to Humanitarian Development’ at the United Nations and also served as an International Fellow for the Global Fund for Children in 2011 in Washington DC. That same year she was invited to speak about her work at the UN ECOSOC and at the G(irls)20 summit in Paris. Tanvi was also selected as the youngest panelist to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative alongside heads of state, social and business leaders from across the globe. In the summer of 2015 she was invited to be a part of the UN WOMEN panel at the EU Development Days in Brussels.
Tanvi was awarded the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India in 2013 through which she played the role of a consultant to a Child Rights NGO in Mumbai where she involved herself in the workings of an anti trafficking initiative in high risk communities around the country.
She recently graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and is currently working in New York City on Education Innovation.
Director of Finance, Hershey Canada
Becki is a Finance Vice President for The Hershey Company where she heads up Corporate Financial Planning and Global Supply Chain Finance. In this role, she is responsible for managing the costs of Hershey’s Manufacturing facilities, forecasting the corporation’s earnings and developing her team of financial analysts and managers.
Becki spent most of her 19 year career working for Procter & Gamble, across its portfolio of brands, businesses and geographies. She had the opportunity to live and work for P&G in Canada, various US cities and Geneva, Switzerland. Her financial experience has focused on providing business leadership and insights, which has spanned across areas such as Strategic Planning, Manufacturing and Marketing. More recently, Becki served as the Finance leader for Target’s first international retail expansion into Canada and led the Finance function for Hershey’s Canadian operations.
Passionate about travel, the arts and urban adventure seeking, Becki now lives in Hershey Pennsylvania, USA.
Becki is a graduate of the University of Guelph (B.Sc. Engineering) and the University of Windsor (MBA).
Chair & CEO, The Republic
Beverley Hammond is the Founder and CEO of Strategy and Storytelling agency, Republic. Her expertise as a Brand Strategist is anchored in more than 25 years in marketing, PR and politics.
Before founding her current agency, Beverley spent 12 years as Partner and CEO, then Chair of Veritas Communications where she transformed the agency into one of Canada’s leading marketing communications firms, increasing its operating income by well over 1000% and boasting a roster of clients that included some of Canada’s most loved companies like CBC, Labatt Breweries and McCain’s along with major global brands including Barclay’s, Expedia, Hallmark, HMS Host, Nike, Staples and Subway, and Target.
She has also been the president of Communique PR, and Director of PR at Grey Advertising.
Beverley started her career in politics, first in the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney where she served as an advisor to the Federal Minister of Small Business & Tourism before becoming Sr. Advisor to the Minister of International Trade.
At Queens Park she held the roles of Communications Director, Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance. She is the author of five Ontario Budget Speeches and a provincial Throne Speech.
Politically, she helped manage Voter ID for the leadership campaign of Canada’s only female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable. Kim Campbell. She has served as Director of Communications on a winning Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership campaign and has been campaign manager for four successful election campaigns in the riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka.
She was the first female Chair of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada. In that role she reformed the organization’s governance structure and oversaw the development of its initial five-year Strategic Plan. This past November She received the Harry “Red” Foster Award – the highest award for volunteerism in the Canadian Special Olympics movement.
Beverley is on the Board of Canadians for Clean Prosperity and on the Advsory Board of Muskoka Grown. She has also been a Director on the Board of the LCBO; and a Director of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI). She has served on the Board of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation; and Leadership Sinai at Mount Sinai Hospital where she Chaired the Lunenfeld Research Institute’s “Dinner with Scientists”.
She lives between Muskoka and Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Dr. Gordon Scott.
2015 Ambassador, United Kingdom, G(irls)20 Summit
Helen Jennings is a student of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. As a peer advocate for children’s rights with the Belfast Children’s Law Centre, she represented the young people of Northern Ireland to government decision-makers. This included successfully completing a lobbying campaign to the Department of Education regarding mental health, specifically young people’s access to counselling in schools, and preparing a young people’s report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Within her role of Executive Trustee of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum, she held responsibility for the management of this regional charity, which exists to support the voice and rights of young people. Helen gained a unique exposure to global policy making on behalf of women as the UK and Ireland delegate to the G(irls)20 Summit 2015 in Istanbul.
As the elected Member of UK Youth Parliament for her constituency, Helen delivered a speech at the despatch box of the House of Commons wherein she advocated for the European Convention on Human Rights, against the UK government’s proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act. She is currently studying Law at the University of Cambridge, with the knowledge that law can be a vital medium for provision for the most vulnerable, especially in a post-conflict society.
President and CEO, Edelman Canada
As President and CEO of Edelman Canada, Lisa provides senior counsel to clients and is responsible for Canadian strategy development and execution. She has led the region’s strategic evolution to a best-in-class communications marketing firm – the biggest evolution in the firm’s history. In fact, Edelman Canada was recently awarded a Cannes Lions for its “In the Head of a Hacker” campaign on behalf of HP, which demonstrates the realization of the firm’s communications marketing aspiration.
Lisa’s fresh, collaborative and authentic approach has not only resulted in award-winning programs for clients, but has fostered a Canada-wide culture based on innovation, teamwork and integrity. Edelman Canada has been recognized as one of the Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces in Canada and Best Workplaces for Women for six consecutive years.
Lisa is an Honours graduate of the University of Toronto and has been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada Hall of Fame. She is a member of Edelman’s Global Management Team, and was recently named chair of Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN), championing programs and policies to help Edelman reach its global target of a 50/50 split in male/female leadership by 2020.
Lisa is also Vice Chair of the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) Dean’s Council at Ryerson University, and sits on the Board of Directors for The Harbourfront Centre and Speed Skating Canada. Passionate about supporting future leaders, she is also actively involved with mentorship programs through the Women’s Executive Network, American Marketing Association and Women in Communications and Technology (WCT).
Vice Chair, Global Client Management
Cornelia Kunze has 20 years+ experience in public relations, brand marketing and strategic
communications. She is a veteran of Edelman, spearheading a number of multinational
accounts and highly awarded campaigns. Until 2012, she was the acting CEO of the five
German offices of Edelman and overseeing our business in Poland and Sweden, coordinating
the European consumer marketing business and acting as a Unilever global client relationship
manager. Moving to India mid 2012, she has acted as the Vice Chair Asia Pacific Middle-East
and Africa for two and a half years, overseeing regional practices and in particular the brand
marketing practice, co-creating and rolling out the region`s Living Brand approach and acting
as a senior counsel to a number of regional clients. Her work for multinational companies like
Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Mars, Adidas, Bosch, TÜV
SÜD, Thyssen Krupp and Diageo included corporate and brand positioning, brand planning
processes, global integrated campaign development, B2B and B2C product marketing as well
as reputation management and crisis assignments. She has been working for the consumer
goods industry for more than 20 years, since she started her career at Mars.
Cornelia has a passion for brand building and integrated multi-stakeholder communication
In her current role as Vice Chair, Global Client management, Cornelia oversees a portfolio of
large global accounts, working with account leaders in all regions and driving greater value for
Prior to Edelman, Cornelia worked as the head of corporate communications at Mars Germany
and as a marketing director at KirchGroup, a leading European TV and Film company, where
she helped to launch the first digital TV platform and a number of special interest channels.
Kunze holds a master degree of business administration from the University of Cologne. She
chairs Edelman`s Global Women Executive Network and sits on the boards of OAV (German
Asia Pacific Industry Association), AMREF (Africa’s oldest health NGO) and Germany’s charity
flying hope. She is fluent in German, English and French.
Director, Social Purpose, Aimia
Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs
Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Ms. MacDonald is the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Inc. (Canada) where she leads internal and external communications, provincial and federal advocacy and policy initiatives, and stakeholder relations. A long-standing health policy advocate, Shannon has worked with patients, health charities, research organizations, government agencies and industry to advance patient-centred policy to help Canadians live well. Shannon founded the Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) coalition, co-authored the NHCC’s Framework for a National Brain Strategy (2010) and co-chaired Canada’s first National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (2014), working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada. In her spare time, Shannon volunteers on the Board of Directors for Consumer Health Products Canada, the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre and the University of Alberta Dean’s Advisory Board for the Faculty of Pharmacy. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Shannon lives in Toronto with her husband Breydon, two daughters and a Jack Russell Terrier named ‘Haggis’.
Business Development – Global Sales
Founder, CEO & Creative Director, magalive®
Joe was born a creator. As a kid, he was rarely seen without a pencil and sketch book in hand. He was passionate about art and design and was always creating. After high school Joe was certain he wanted to be a painter so he headed off OCA to continue to learn and perfect his craft. His mind was open to possibility and soon he began exploring the digital world by attending the International Academy of Design for their graphic design and multi-media program.
After schooling Joe had a solid foundation in art theory, had perfected his techniques in traditional art and had become even more excited with his new digital tool box. Joe was ready to take on the world.
Joe began working as a graphic designer and after sometime advanced to senior art director. He spent time working in small agency and design firms as well with larger agencies like Grey Canada, where he learned how to execute creative to proper well thought out strategies that drove business results. He continued to push himself and explore design into areas beyond advertising and marketing like interior and industrial design, as well as photography.
In 2004 Joe embarked on my his endeavour, creating Salt & Pepper Digital Agency where he moved into the role as Chief Creative Officer. Their clients were focused on consumer packaged goods, business services, and within the hospitality industry. Joe enjoyed the entrepreneurial side of having my own agency and using my plethora of past experiences in art and design and creating strategic creative solutions for our clients. He loved hiring “young blood” and being part of their creative process and helping them develop and explore their creativity.
In 2011 Joe came up with a concept based on issues I was finding within the digital world; disconnects with content and the way it was being consumed. The more I explored this, the more I was aware that this is where I wanted to focus my attention. I sold my agency in 2014 and put all my efforts into working and creating magalive®.
magalive® is a web-based platform that integrates the beautiful aesthetics and linear storytelling of a well-designed magazine with the functionality and feel of a mobile app. And because it’s browser based, it still provides all the analytics and functions one would expect from a website, while delivering the immersive experience one demands from an app.
CEO, Australian Women Donors Network
Julie Reilly is the CEO of the Australian Women Donors Network.
She has a diverse background in government, media and the social sector, has project managed international OECD conferences for both State and Federal Governments, produced a weekly television segment celebrating unsung community heroes, and won an Excellence Award for her work with the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity at Swinburne University of Technology.
Julie has also worked in media and music production including as co-producer of the annual Myer Spirit of Christmas CD, which has to date raised $7.5m for charity. She has studied Philanthropy and Social Investment in the Masters Program at Swinburne University of Technology and has recently completed an eight year term as a Director of the Board of the Australian Childhood Foundation.
Julie is proud to have been included in Pro Bono’s list of the Not For Profit sector’s most influential people of 2014 in the inaugural IMPACT 25 and to see Women Donors recognised as a Finalist in the recent HESTA Community Sector – Social Impact Awards. She has recently been appointed to the Perpetual Foundation’s Committee of Management and is a proud and enthusiastic member of the G(irls) 20 Global Advisory.
Julie is also the proud mother of two daughters who she hopes will, in their lifetime, enjoy a world where women are empowered to reach their full potential.
Chief Strategy Officer, Diply GoViral
Kirstine is the Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with over 1 billion monthly views and 34m US unique monthly visitors. Kirstine was until Fall 2016 the VP of Media overseeing Twitter’s North American media partnerships across all verticals, including television, sports, gaming, news and music. Previously, she served as Managing Director for Twitter Canada, leading Canadian operations and advertising business and partnerships. Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the executive vice president of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw the network’s English-language radio, television and digital programming and operations. Earlier, she was senior vice-president of programming for Alliance Atlantis, overseeing HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBC Canada and others.
Kirstine earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Global Leadership in the 21st Century program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Transitional Leadership Young Global Voices at the Oxford Saad Business School and is alumni of the Young Global Leaders, member of WEF. Most recently, Kirstine was named to Macleans most powerful Canadians, two places behind Justin Trudeau, Toronto Life placed her on their most influential Torontonians and was on Canadian Business Magazine’s top 50 business people in 2015. She is also author of the best selling Business book “Our Turn”.
Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Paddy is Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York since 2014. IPU .is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue, working for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.
From 1993-2006, Paddy represented the federal riding of Burlington in the House of Commons. She served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of International Cooperation (2004-6) and Environment (1998-2000). From 2002-03, Paddy chaired the House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs. In addition to her work on committees (Justice, Industry, International Financial Institutions, Environment, Status of Women), Paddy was President of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and a former director of the Canada USA Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group. She chaired the Liberal Women’s Caucus from 1994-96.
Paddy served as Deputy Principal Secretary to the Leader of the Official Opposition (2007-8).
From 2008-2014, Paddy was Vice-President of the Capital Hill Group, providing high level strategic counsel to clients navigating difficult issues at the provincial and municipal levels. Before her election, she worked at Hill & Knowlton, and in the office of the Premier of Ontario.
Paddy has a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Marketing from McGill University and completed the ICD Directors’ Education program at the Rotman School of Business. Paddy is Vice-President of the Canadian Landmine Foundation and a director of the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Foundation. She chaired the 2012-13 Burlington-Hamilton United Way Campaign, and on the board of ROCK: Reach Out Centre for Kids which delivers children’s mental health services in Halton.
Since 1998, Paddy has organized Burlington’s annual International Women’s Day breakfast, bringing women and girls from across the community together.
Co-Founder, Pin & Tucker
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright (LLP)
Ava Yaskiel is a partner in the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright where she practices corporate and securities law in the Toronto office[*]. Ms. Yaskiel’s practice encompasses both domestic and cross-border mandates. Her practice is both transactional and advisory in nature and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, structured transactions, corporate governance, finance and strategic advice for a variety of parties including issuers, investment banks, shareholders and funds.
Commencing February, 2018 Ms. Yaskiel will be taking a leave of absence for two years to join the Canadian Department of Finance as Associate Deputy Minister of Finance.
Ms. Yaskiel has been a key player in growing the Canadian office of Norton Rose Fulbright where she has held a variety of positions including co-managing partner of the Toronto office and member of the Canadian Executive and Management Committees. Ms. Yaskiel has also held a variety of leadership roles within the global firm including Global Head of Corporate, M&A and Securities, member of the Global Executive Committee and Supervisory Board.
Prior to joining Ogilvy Renault LLP (the predecessor to the Canadian office of Norton Rose), Ms. Yaskiel was with the Ontario Securities Commission for a number of years, holding a variety of legal and leadership positions. At the OSC, her primary focus was on mergers and acquisitions, related party transactions and related policy issues.
Ms. Yaskiel has authored numerous securities law related articles and publications and she is a frequent speaker at conferences as well as a regular media commentator on securities related issues. In 2011 she was named one of WXN’s Most Powerful Women in Canada and was honoured with the International Law Office Client Choice Award in recognition of her outstanding client service.
Ms. Yaskiel is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Region) and the Corporate Advisory Committee to the Art Gallery of Ontario. She was also a founding member of the Toronto Jewish Chambers of Commerce.
Ms. Yaskiel has a LL.B from Osgoode Law School and an LL.M from Cambridge University. She also has her ICD.D designation from The Institute of Corporate Directors.
[*] On June 1, 2011 the Canadian law firm Ogilvy Renault LLP joined the Norton Rose Group and changed its name to Norton Rose (OR) LLP.