May 2017

Keeping Good Company: The Future of Corporate Philanthropy

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street West, Toronto

Our region is home to corporate citizens who are breaking new ground in Canada — leading innovation across all sectors of our economy. But today’s corporate leaders are about much more than advancing bottom lines. They’re also the engine that drives community building and social change that benefits the entire GTA.

Join Daniele Zanotti, the CEO of United Way Toronto & York Region for an engaging panel discussion on philanthropy, social responsibility, and workplaces that are leading the way in building a stronger community for us all.

- Interested in sponsoring this event? Email lapointe@economicclub.ca for available opportunities -

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- For information about accessibility, please email lapointe@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to lapointe@economicclub.ca by Friday, May 12, 2017

Christine Lonsdale

Toronto Litigation Group, McCarthy Tétrault

Christine Lonsdale

Christine Lonsdale is a partner in our Toronto Litigation Group in Toronto. Ms. Lonsdale is an experienced commercial litigator who also acts in defamation, privacy, professional negligence and discipline. Ms. Lonsdale has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada in major cases in both Ontario and British Columbia.

James Temple

Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, PwC Canada

James Temple

As PwC Canada's Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, James oversees a team that designs and implements social and environmental strategies that are scalable and aligned with PwC’s Purpose and strategic business priorities, helping to activate employee engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and differentiate PwC’s brand in the marketplace.

His portfolio oversight includes leadership of the PwC Young People Project – the firm’s commitment to addressing the issue of Youth Unemployment in Canada by harnessing its time, talent and treasure to help to prepare 10,000 young people for the future of work by 2020.

A committed volunteer, James currently sits on the not-for-profit committee of CPA Canada's Risk Oversight and Governance Board and has provided his expertise on fundraising committees for organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Gardiner Museum and the Homes First Foundation. Combined, he has helped to raise over $1M for important social causes in the community over the past five years.

Kevin Patterson

Senior Executive Vice-President, Technology and Operations

Kevin Patterson

Kevin heads up Technology and Operations, the group that manages the systems and operations that keeps our bank running and helps our business partners deliver an excellent client experience. He has been with CIBC his entire career, starting in a branch in 1984. Kevin is also co-chair of our bank’s United Way campaign.

Paul Joliat

Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Global Marketing
Sun Life Financial

Paul Joliat

Paul joined Sun Life Financial in 2010 as Director, Sponsorship & Marketing. In 2014, Paul was appointed to his current position as Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships. He has 20 years of sponsorship marketing experience and worked in the agency world developing sponsorship, activation and community relations strategies and programs for well-known Canadian companies and numerous arts & entertainment, sports and not-for-profit organizations. Paul holds an honors degree from the University of Guelph (Psychology major, Music minor) and an MBA from the University of Alberta.

During his tenure at Sun Life, Paul has had significant achievements leading our national sponsorship and philanthropy strategies and has enhanced Sun Life’s reputation and profile across the country. Here are a few highlights: Paul led the development of our signature Team Up Against Diabetes strategy, and as part of its activation introduced inventive new tactics such as physical and online diabetes screening clinics at Sun Life sponsored events, leveraged key sports properties such as the Canadian Football League (CFL) and Maple Leafs Sport and Entertainment (MLSE) as platforms to communicate Sun Life’s diabetes giving priority , and launched a diabetes prevention pilot program with our Group Benefits team.

On the arts front, Paul has significantly increased awareness of Sun Life’s award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible™ program. He was instrumental in Sun Life’s support of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, part of a larger corporate vision to support music schools, and the creation of the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library program which provides Canadians with the opportunity to borrow an instrument from their local library. Paul has also helped increase our profile in Waterloo – home of Sun Life’s Canadian headquarters – through initatives such as the Sun Life Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival and Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival.

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