Lisa KimmelRead More
President and CEO
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, and Strategy Magazine’s 2017 PR Agency of the Year, both demonstrating 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 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. She has also been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada Hall of Fame
Lisa is 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 actively involved with mentorship programs through the Women’s Executive Network, American Marketing Association and Women in Communications and Technology (WCT).
Tristan RoyRead More
Managing Director, Digital and National Specialties, Canada & Latin America
Tristan leads a vertically integrated digital and specialty team of over 160 employees across 11 offices in Canada, Latin and South America. He plays a leading strategic role in driving business strategy for Edelman’s other specialty areas in Paid Media, Research, Measurement & Analytics, Technology, and Strategic Planning. Prior to becoming Managing Director of Edelman Canada’s digital specialty in 2012, he was the Regional Client Relationship Manager for BlackBerry in North America, leading a digital consumer engagement team. Tristan is a recipient of Edelman’s “Michael K. Deaver Award” and a graduate of Edelman’s Leadership Academy. He is an avid traveler and creative at heart who spends his free time photographing, painting and writing on subjects ranging from Hawaii to haute horology.
Andrew SimonRead More
Chief Creative Officer for Canada
With an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Andrew is anything but the typical Chief Creative Officer. He began his career in the US at JWT New York and Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles. In 2001, he moved to Toronto to join DDB, eventually rising to the role of Executive Creative Director. In his nine years at the agency, DDB was named Agency of the Year an unprecedented five times and Canada’s most creative agency six times. Andrew joined Edelman in September 2015 as ECD and was recently promoted to CCO. Acknowledged as an industry leader, Andrew has been featured on CBC’s The National, the Age of Persuasion and Q programs, Global TV’s National News, and has been profiled by both the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star. He sits on the board of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada and has been a featured speaker at numerous Canadian Marketing Association conferences. But for all of Andrew’s accomplishments and accolades, perhaps most impressive of all is his vast collection of colourful shoes.
Scott EvansRead More
General Manager, Edelman Toronto
As General Manager, Scott is responsible for the continued strategic direction, growth and management of Edelman Toronto. With more than 20 years of communications experience in an agency setting, Scott has developed and led communications programs for a variety of clients in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Before becoming GM of Edelman Toronto, Scott led the Health sector for Edelman Canada. In that role, he tripled the agency’s Canadian Health business, driving growth by greatly diversifying the sector’s client base and broadening the scope of work to include Digital Health, Public Affairs, Health Care Professional Communications and Creative. He also played a pivotal role in evolving Edelman Toronto’s transition towards a communications marketing firm, leveraging his natural leadership skills to drive the office’s employee engagement efforts. He’s an avid - though unremarkable - hockey player and three years of international travel equip him with an arsenal of extraordinary stories that he’s always ready to unleash on unsuspecting audiences.
Bridgitte AndersonRead More
General Manager, Edelman Vancouver
Bridgitte is General Manager of Edelman Vancouver, merging media experience, knowledge of crafting compelling narratives and her background as a corporate communications practitioner to provide top-level communication strategies to clients. Before coming to Edelman, Bridgitte was a local and national news anchor, covering international, national and provincial issues, major stock market news and political stories on CTV and BNN. She also served as press secretary to BC Premier Gordon Campbell and was a core member of the Premier’s Strategic Advisory Group, handling numerous issues and crises. In recent years at Edelman, Bridgitte led the Corporate Communications Practice in the Vancouver office and provided counsel to brands such as Vancouver Airport Authority, Pacific Blue Cross, and the Industry Training Authority. Outside of the office, Bridgitte is Vice-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Circle at the Vancouver Board of Trade and volunteers at The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Bridgitte is a running and hiking enthusiast and can often be found on trails chasing after her independently-minded canine, Lola.
John LarsenRead More
General Manager, Edelman Calgary
Executive Vice President, Crisis & Risk
John Larsen is General Manager of the Calgary Office and Executive Vice-President & National Practice Lead (Crisis & Reputation Risk). With more than 25 years of expertise, John has held leadership positions at PR agencies, within government, and in the corporate sector. He was the founder of Corpen Group Inc., Canada’s largest independent critical communications firm. John has managed political campaigns, taught at four Canadian colleges and universities and has also served 31 years as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He holds a master’s in communications, is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command & Staff College, and has completed executive education in leadership at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the International Association of Business Communications (IABC) ‘Master Communicator’ Award – the highest honour in the public relations industry – and in 2014 he was designated as a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). John is an avid diver (warm water preferred) and avid (but slow) expedition cyclist and mountaineer (who avoids looking down).
Eve LaurierRead More
General Manager, Edelman Montréal
Ève currently runs the Edelman Montréal office while strategically servicing key clients from diverse sectors. Prior to founding her own consulting firm in 2013, Ève worked for the accounting & financial consulting firm Richter as Vice President, Strategic Relations. Eve also spent six years working for well-known agencies and organizations, including Publicité Martin, Sprint Communications and Publicis/BCP. With over 15 years of experience, Ève is an award-winning strategic communicator, bringing passion and creativity to her client’s media and branding strategy. She holds an executive MBA degree from McGill University and HEC Montreal and in 2012, was named to Les Affaires’ Créateurs d’avenir – Top 25 de la relève au Québec. Eve is happy to jump on stage at any time to perform her best Bobby McGee impersonation (easily found on the web) and will gladly stop anything she is doing to enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir with a friend.
Darcy WalshRead More
General Manager, Edelman Ottawa
With 15 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, Darcy is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Edelman Canada’s Ottawa office. A 2014 40 Under 40 recipient, Darcy is responsible for building business across all Edelman services and expanding the company’s public affairs offerings nationwide. Before joining Edelman, Darcy was national director of business development for Hill + Knowlton Canada, where he built and led Hill + Knowlton’s procurement practice, counselling Canadian and international companies on initiating and maintaining long-term relationships with government and public-sector organizations. Darcy’s extensive experience on Parliament Hill includes working in the office of the official opposition’s House Leader and serving as Director of Parliamentary Affairs in the office of the Minister of Public Works. He also played a key role in leadership and federal campaigns for former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, including his time as member of the Minister’s Advance Team. After growing up as a competitive skier, Darcy proudly supports the careers of local Olympic skiers in Ottawa. He also serves as the president and chairman of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest which has helped him see his favourite band, the Allman Brothers a whopping 51 times.
Mario CordeiroRead More
Chief Financial Officer, Canada and Latin America
As Chief Financial Officer for the Edelman businesses in both Canada and Latin America, Mario oversees all financial operations for each region, including accounting, budgeting and tax compliance. He is a seasoned financial professional with experience across multiple agency networks and independent organizations, and prior to joining Edelman in 2006, was the Canadian CFO of Euro RSCG – currently known as Havas Worldwide Canada. Moreover, he is responsible for acquisitions across regions, driving identification, deal negotiations, and integration. As a member of the Leadership Team, he also contributes to the overall business strategy for Canada and Latin America. He likes to spend his free time in PEI with family and friends, enjoying the beaches and working on his golf game – which is a full time job.
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