Nick Bilodeau,Head of Insurance (Canada) at Amex
About Nick Bilodeau
Nick Bilodeau is a financial services senior executive and recognized industry influencer with over 20 years of leadership, product development and marketing experience.
In his current role as Head of Insurance at American Express in Canada, Nick is responsible for managing all aspects of the market’s insurance business. His previous work has involved heading departments and projects for leading organizations such as Fidelity, ING, Northbridge and Canada Life. Nick holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University) and a BA in Commerce and Information System from Western University. He has also completed an executive program in Competitive Marketing Strategy at Wharton.
Sheila Murray, Associate Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications, LoyaltyOne
About Sheila Murray
As an award-winning leader with diverse experience and proven business results, Sheila Murray is a passionate advocate for the power of strategically-driven storytelling inspired by rich consumer insight. This thinking comes from over two decades in the Retail and CPG sectors where she developed expertise in strategic brand-building and stewardship, product innovation, and multi-media marketing.
Sheila currently holds the position of Associate Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at LoyaltyOne – which includes in its portfolio of businesses, Canada’s acclaimed coalition loyalty program, AIR MILES. Sheila is an avid runner and kayaker, Mother of three crazy and insanely hilarious children and (daypart dependant) a fierce lover of coffee and Pinot Grigio.
Olga Romero-Marshall, Director of Marketing Communications, Direct Marketing at Bell Mobility
About Olga Romero-Marshall
Olga Romero-Marshall is the Director of Marketing Communications, Direct Marketing for Bell Mobility. With a focus on data driven relevancy, targetting and measurement, she balances the business objectives with customer insights to develop effective direct marketing communications that drive measurable results. She combines her traditional direct marketing targetting strategy with emarketing tactics, digital, social and mobile to build integrated communication plans based on performance.
Prior to joining Bell, she was Director of Brand & Marketing Communications, for all integrated communication mediums at Direct Energy, where she led the efforts to grow sales with response based marketing in addition to launching a new brand platform. Over her career, she has held senior posts with a number of leading advertising and direct marketing agencies, working with major brands such as Nissan, Petro-Points, American Express and Rogers. Spanning both the consumer and business segments, her work has covered acquisition, loyalty, retention and life cycle management. Olga holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, where she was elected to the The Dean’s Honor List for Scholastic excellence.
Lisa LaVecchia, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation
About Lisa LaVecchia
Lisa LaVecchia is the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC). Since joining OTMPC in May 2013, Lisa has been instrumental in marketing Ontario as a preferred global destination domestically and internationally. Lisa’s efforts demonstrate her passion for making Ontario stand out in a global competitive tourism market. She has initiated fresh ideas and marketing activities that position Ontario as a vibrant four-season destination with dynamic experiences for all types of travellers. This year, Lisa and the OTMPC team launched a new brand campaign called “Where am I?”
Under Lisa’s marketing leadership and direction, OTMPC also launched the Pan AM games advertising campaign “Epic is ON”.
Prior to OTMPC, Lisa was Senior Director, Marketing Strategy and Advertising for Indigo Books and Music, where she led the development of mass marketing plans and implemented cross-channel integrated marketing to build Indigo’s position as a leading retail destination. She was also Director of Advertising and New Media for the Ontario government working on a variety of health, post-secondary and tourism files. Earlier career highlights include as a Senior Account Director in Toronto with JWT, Sales Development Manager with PEOPLE Magazine in New York and Account Supervisor with Ogilvy and Mather in New York.
Rick Jones, Vice President of Sales, Lowe-Martin Group
About Rick Jones
With over 35 years in Marketing and Manufacturing, Rick has brought extra ordinary results to many campaigns over the years for Shell, Honda, Chrysler and Canada Post. Rick is a past President of DMAT and has served in many capacities with in industry driven associations such as CMA, NAMMU, AARM and CAMP. Rick loves to take on project that others won’t touch….”the messier the better.” An active volunteer from Firefighter to Baseball Coach, giving back to his community is a priority.
Vanda Provato, Vice President of Marketing & Category, Second Cup Ltd.
About Vanda Provato
As Vice President, Marketing & Category for Second Cup Ltd. and a member of the organization’s Leadership Team since 2014, Vanda is spearheading the company’s brand transformation and is responsible for marketing as well as product innovation and management. Prior to Second Cup Vanda was the Vice President, Marketing at Indigo Books and AOL Canada Inc. where she led the development and implementation of integrated marketing programs.
She spent the first half of her career in communications where she held several senior management positions at multi-national advertising agencies including Palmer Jarvis DDB, Bensimon Byrne DMB&B, and Bates Canada where she managed leading consumer brands both in Canada and the US for clients including Procter & Gamble, Campbell Soup Company, Parmalat and Purolator Courier.
Vanda received a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University, holds a creative advertising diploma from Centennial College and an advertising agency practitioners program diploma from the ICA.
Lawrence Hamilton, Director of Marketing, Hyundai Canada
About Lawrence Hamilton
Currently Marketing Director for Hyundai Canada, Lawrence started his career, pre-internet, working in Financial Services in London.
Automotive quickly beckoned with a product and advertising role helping to establish the fledgling Korean car brand, Daewoo, in the UK. A move to Germany followed with both sales and product marketing roles for Mazda Europe. Returning to the UK, he held marketing communications responsibility, and then area management, with Mitsubishi before joining Kia in the UK to run the marketing team. During that nine years, Kia grew from being a minnow to a top-ten retail sales player on the back of an experimental approach to digital marketing that had to navigate and encompass the rise of Google, social media and smart ‘phones – and all the ensuing chaos that resulted. Further international experience followed with an interesting two years in Saudi Arabia helping the Toyota brand defend its 40% market share.
Switching from hot to cold, Lawrence is now helping Hyundai and its dealers in Canada to position the brand as a leader in customer experience through digital initiatives.
Dr. Hugh Munro, MBA Director, School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University
About Dr. Hugh Munro
Milkha Singh, Managing Director - Digital, Accenture
About Milkha Singh