Publisher/CEO/Editor-in-Chief: Toby Heaps
Managing Editor: Adria Vasil
Senior Editor: Rick Spence
Associate Editor: Alex Robinson
Copy Editor: Lesley Fraser
Art Director: Jack Dylan
Web Editor: Dayna Boyer
Contributing Editors: Melissa Shin, Rachel Pulfer
Chief Sustainability Officer: Dwayne Zaba
Senior Advisor to the CEO: Michelynn Laflèche
Director of Operations: Chris St. Prince
Communications Manager: Emma Gammans
Business Development: Sanket Sharma
Director of Research: Ralph Torrie
Research Manager: Matthew Malinsky
Director of Corporate Rankings: Michael Yow
Research Analysts: Ricardo Calderon, Nadia Morson, Chloe Sainsbury
Lead Data Engineer: Gabriel Faucher
Research Interns: Althea Reyes, Sanna Uppal
Toby is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Corporate Knights. He spearheaded the first global ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations in 2005, and in 2007 coined the term “clean capitalism.” Toby has been published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail, and is a regular guest speaker on CBC. In 1998, he played centrefield for the Yugoslav National Baseball Team.
Adria is one of Canada's leading environmental journalists, with two decades of experience in sustainability reporting and a trio of bestselling "Ecoholic" books on green living. Having worked as a researcher tracking corporate supply chains in the non-profit world before becoming a journalist, Adria has a nose for investigating corporate sustainability practices. The longtime environmental columnist is a straight-shooting advocate for sustainability and has been a regular commentator on CBC television and radio and other national media outlets. As a lecturer at Ryerson University's School of Journalism, she taught third and fourth-year journalism students the finer points of critical and opinion writing.
Rick is a business journalist, editor, public speaker and entrepreneur. The the former editor and publisher of PROFIT, The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs, Rick has also edited the University of Toronto Magazine as well as Director, the journal of the Institute of Corporate Directors. For 15 years, he wrote a weekly column on entrepreneurship and innovation for the National Post and Postmedia newspapers across Canada – reaching almost one million people per week. Rick is the author of Secret of Success from Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies (published by Wiley), the first Canadian book on scaling a business.
Alex is a journalist with experience covering everything from murders to mergers in newsrooms all over North America. Before he joined Corporate Knights, he was the editor of Modern Farmer, an American publication for people who want to know more about where their food comes from. He is currently based in Ottawa, where he lives with his wife, daughter and two cats.
Designer, Senior art director
Jack has been the designer and senior art director for Corporate Knights since fall 2011. He is also a freelance illustrator, creating editorial illustrations, posters, graphics, and comics. A recent review of his work stated that: “In much of his recent work, a minimalist and often restricted approach to form and color is wonderfully complimented by the addition of fine details and contrasting accents, while in many of his other pieces, a more playful tone is achieved through elaborate, dense line-work and subtle abstraction." Past clients have included the CBC, Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, McGill University, New York Press, Toronto Life, Volkswagen (Via Palmhaves) and The Walrus.
Dayna is a trained journalist with a web-editing career spanning 15 years. She has been the web editor for Chatelaine magazine, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and George Brown College. Dayna is currently the co-founder of Fluency Digital Agency, one of Canada’s top women-led digital marketing agencies. But a piece of her heart will always belong to the circular economy as the former Executive Director of The Kitchen Library.
Lesley has been the Corporate Knights copy editor and proofreader since spring 2019 and is the managing editor of The Philanthropist Journal. Other clients include HarperCollins Canada, Travelier magazine, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Whitman Emorson design studio. She previously worked at Pink Triangle Press, copyediting the Xtra magazines and website, and NOW magazine. Before stumbling into her editing career, she had a long stint in hospitality and wine sales and is a certified sommelier. She and her partner and their two cats divide their time between Toronto and Point Edward, in southwestern Ontario.
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Senior Advisor to the CEO
Michelynn has worked on ESG issues for most of her career, with a strong focus on social equity and good governance. She led The Runnymede Trust, a UK-based think-tank on equality and anti-racism until 2009, when she returned to Canada. Prior to joining Corporate Knights in 2020, she was VP, Strategy, Research and Policy at United Way Greater Toronto where she led some of United Way’s most impactful social policy research on precarious work and income inequality. She brings a wealth of knowledge and networks related to strategy, social policy research, and operations, and substantive expertise on social equity and governance. Michelynn supports development of partnerships and strategic initiatives at Corporate Knights and provides advice on strategy and operations.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Dwayne has an exceptional ability to help people and organizations realize their potential. He has extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing, contract negotiations, brand building and senior management. An entrepreneur at heart, he has worked in money market/foreign exchange trading with Credit Suisse, built and managed sales teams with Maclean Hunter Publishing and Rogers Communications, and built a successful real estate business from the ground up. Dwayne is excited to join in the quest with the Corporate Knights team to help lead the transition to sustainable capitalism. By providing investors with the transparency to determine which countries and companies are sustainable, they will choose to invest responsibly and realize a better return on their investments.
Sanket is the Business Development coordinator at Corporate Knights. His work has appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, This magazine, Outpost magazine and he was a fact-checker at The Walrus. Before he worked in publishing, Sanket worked in business development for a start-up and in various financial institutions. He has a Bachelor's degree in Management (B.M.S) from the University of Mumbai and is a graduate of Centennial College's Book, Magazine and Electronic Publishing program.
Chris St. Prince
Director of Operations
Chris is a writer by trade and environmentalist by creed, with more than ten years of experience in management, communications and branding in various spaces. He has volunteered extensively in environmental and animal advocacy and keeps a close eye on market trends that draw consumers towards planet-friendly choices. He has a BA in Fine Arts from York University and is pursuing postgraduate work in fiction writing. Chris is a yogi and proud dog Dad.
Corporate Knights Research
Director of Research
Ralph has been working on sustainability issues since the late 1970's when he had a leadership role in Canada's first long range study of the potential for conservation and renewable energy. Years later he produced a low carbon scenario analysis for Canada, possibly the first such study in the world. He is the inventor of strategic planning software for local government climate mitigation that was widely deployed throughout the world. In addition to his consulting practice, he served as assistant coordinator of the Energy Research Group of the United Nations University and the International Development Research Centre, Vice President of ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), Managing Director of Navigant ((NYSE:NCI), and Managing Director of the Trottier Energy Futures Project. He is widely published in both peer reviewed and popular literature. Ralph lives in Cobourg, Ontario with his partner, has two grandsons, and gardens.
Graduating in 2015 from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management, Economics and Finance, Matthew went on to work in the field for 4 years. His passion for sustainability and environmental issues led him to enrol in Ryerson University's Master of Environmental Applied Science & Management program in 2019. Over the last 2 years, Matthew has split his time between developing his thesis analyzing 20 of the world's largest eco-funds on the environmental performance of their holdings, and academic research projects, with a primary focus on ESG ratings and rankings. Having successfully defended his thesis in May 2021, he has joined Corporate Knights, bringing his knowledge on sustainable investing and ESG.
Lead Data Scientist/Data Engineer
Gabriel is a data scientist, developer and writer. He has previously worked for the University of Toronto, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and IBM. Originally from Boston, he now lives in Toronto and holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.