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Toby Heaps
Publisher, Editor-in-Chief

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.” He sits on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Advisory Board and the University of Toronto’s Environment and Finance Committee. He also is a director at Ashoka Canada. 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 Vasil
Managing Editor

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.  When she’s not running Corporate Knights magazine or researching her next feature, the ex-Montrealer can be found debating how to save the world and riding her cruiser bike around east end Toronto.

Rick Spence
Senior Editor

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 Robinson
Associate Editor

Alex Robinson is a journalist with almost a decade of experience working in newsrooms all over North America, covering everything from murders to mergers. 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’s currently based in Ottawa, where he lives with his wife and two cats.

Jack Dylan
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.

Lesley Fraser
Copy Editor

​​Lesley has been the Corporate Knights copyeditor 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.

 


Corporate Knights Inc.

 

Michelynn Laflèche
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.

Dwayne Zaba
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 Sharma
Business Development

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 Saint 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

 

Ralph Torrie
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.

Aleena Naseem
Senior Research Analyst

Aleena is currently working as a Senior Researcher with Corporate Knights and has a background in accounting and finance, and a passion for development. Having worked across multiple markets, including Asia, Europe, Middle East, and now North America, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainability. In her (lack of) spare time, she loves reading, cycling, painting, knitting/crocheting, sewing, concurrently trying to keep her art supplies (safely away) from her five-year-old.

Matthew Malinksy
Research Analyst

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.

Gabriel Faucher
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.

 


Contributing editors:

Jeremy Runnalls, Melissa Shin, Rachel Pulfer

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