The R3 is a dynamic group of young professionals dedicated to volunteering their time, talents, and energy. As a group of motivated, community-minded, and philanthropic young professionals, the R3 members help raise Rethink’s visibility as well as identify and connect resources to the organization. They are passionate leaders, supporting young people dealing with breast cancer.
Adrienne Love is a corporate lawyer at Torys LLP with a practice focusing on transactional work related to commercial banking and debt financing. Adrienne regularly represents both lenders and borrowers in complex domestic, cross-border and international transactions. She also has considerable insolvency and restructuring experience and practices in both English and French. Before joining Torys, Adrienne practiced as a corporate lawyer in the Toronto and Montreal offices of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.
Adrienne has a young daughter and in her spare time enjoys playing tennis, doing yoga, running, travelling with her husband and having the occasional glass of wine with her girlfriends.
Ainslie is a lawyer and patent agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP. She works with inventors, primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields, to help them protect their intellectual property. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ainslie completed her PhD in Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. Ainslie became aware of Rethink Breast Cancer when she was looking for support following her own breast cancer diagnosis in early 2015.
Ainslie recently completed treatment, and spends her spare time trying to keep up with her very active 2 year old son.
AJ is an experienced and energetic corporate communications professional who helps clients find the right strategy, narrative and message – then use the right engagement channel to create excitement. AJ has helped lead communications for hmv Canada, handled Olympic media relations for the City of Vancouver, and supported clients that include MGM Resorts International, Allstate, PepsiCo, The Canadian American Business Council, the GE Foundation, GE Healthcare & Life Sciences, Novartis, and Shire Pharmaceuticals.
AJ has a BA Honors in Philosophy from Queen’s University, a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Sports PR and began his career managing PR and publicity for CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo.
He is active in the Toronto community having served as a Director for the Canadian Public Relations Society and regularly supports events and activities at The Stop Community Food Centre.
Originally from Toronto, Christine now resides in Vancouver where she can take full advantage of her love of the outdoors with her 3 year old son and golden retriever.
Diagnosed with breast cancer during her pregnancy in 2012, Christine was first introduced to Rethink through their Live Laugh Learn series. Since then she has been an instrumental part of the Vancouver Rethink community, providing peer support and advocating for young women with breast cancer.
Christine has been in the financial industry for over 15 years and currently works at Sun Life Financial. When she’s not working she can be found running trails or playing at the beach with her two favourite boys.
Dory has over 5 years experience in the event planning field, bringing forward innovative ideas and industry knowledge to every project she takes on. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and innovative approach make any event she plans a great and seamless experience for everyone involved. Dory was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2016 and she comes to the R3 just as she begins treatment, so stay tuned to hear more about her story via the Rethink Blog. Her passions include cooking, traveling, and finding the best deals around, which fits perfectly with her day-to-day role as an event planner!
Emma joined Black Creek Investment Management in 2014 as Associate Director, Client Relations. She attended Bishop’s University to study accounting but discovered a passion for finance and economics, graduating with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in both disciplines. Prior to joining Black Creek, Emma worked at RBC Philips, Hager & North Investment Counsel as a Project Manager where she focused on building the technology, training, marketing and roll out of many projects, including the Tax Free Savings Account. She then moved to RBC Global Asset Management where she managed National Accounts, servicing mutual fund dealers, insurance companies, and other asset managers. Emma is known for an energetic work ethic and a relentless commitment to providing exceptional client service. Emma became a CFA charterholder in 2013.
Emma is an Creative and Art Director at John St. Advertising in Toronto. With a passion for research, design and writing she has created conceptual campaigns and visuals for over 20 Canadian brands in the last 5 years. Emma’s work ranges from the traditional ad space, to experiential, stunts, digital, social and full 360 campaigns that encompass all of these pieces. She is passionate about big ideas, new technology, social causes and finding a way to merge all of these areas into memorable creative work that connects with people.
As a management consultant, Fotini helps people get what they want. Business executives partner with her to achieve their business goals, increase profitability and create a competitive advantage. Fotini empowers executives through her expertise in negotiation, communication and persuasion. She is also a professor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business. Fotini created a successful negotiation advisory practice for a global firm before branching off on her own. Over the last 6 years she has helped clients all over the globe, from a number of industries, focus their energy on moving their commercial objectives forward. She thrives on guiding clients through high-stakes scenarios. Passionate about helping people develop the confidence to take on their challenges, Fotini has a particular interest in empowering women and disadvantaged groups. As a result, she also spends time public speaking on negotiation, communication, and conflict management, and offering her experience to meaningful non-profit initiatives.
Jen Schenkel is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and designer based in Toronto, ON. She is currently the graphic designer at Shaftesbury, an innovative production company for TV/film, and has a client roster including Revlon, NXNE, and Pluck Tea Inc. Since graduating from OCAD in 2014, Jen has been set on staying true to her self and creating nothing but the best work with her clients. In early 2017, Jen was featured on Girlboss, an online platform for young female entrepreneurs, where her ever-growing project titled Consume This (encouraging women, and men, to think critically about the information they are consuming) took the spotlight. Jen has also had work published in various publications including The Kit, FASHION Magazine, Strategy, The Toronto Star and AUX Magazine.
Jordan is the EVP of Canada for Studio 71 LP, a subsidiary of German media group ProSiebenSat.1. He founded the Canadian operation (formally known as Collective Digital Studio Canada), responsible for scaling S71’s network in Canada, building strategic partnerships and local alliances. The team has forged new partnerships with content creators, launched new verticals and brokered groundbreaking deals with tier one brands.
Prior to Studio 71, Bortolotti served as Director of Digital Solutions at Blue Ant Media. He helped build the company’s award-winning custom content division and led the Digital Solutions team. During this time, he was best known for monetizing Blue Ant’s newly acquired MCN, Omnia Media. He also oversaw major partnerships with agency partners and their clients like Canon, Samsung, Anheuser-Busch, YUM Brands and TD Bank on YouTube. Before that, he helped grow the ANDPOP network that operates the popular Canadian destinations ANDPOP and Chart Attack.
Laura is currently the Account Director at BT/A Advertising for the American Express Centurion and Platinum card portfolios. In this role she works closely with luxury brands to offer the premium cardmember base a wealth of opportunities including dining, sports, retail, music and art related events. Prior to this Laura shaped, planned and executed marketing initiatives for a handful of Canada’s leading publications including FLARE, Today’s Parent and Glow magazine at Rogers Publishing. During her time here she fostered brand partnerships and carried out large-scale events with companies such as Joe Fresh and H&M. She enjoys travelling with friends, sourcing great restaurants in each city she visits and drinking the best white wine she can find.
Laura is a senior copywriter, conceptual thinker, and wild idea generator at Bensimon Byrne advertising agency in Toronto. She’s a creative strategist (it’s a thing) on lifestyle brands for the agency’s public relations shop, Narrative PR, where she works as a branding/design consultant alongside super-cool-art-director-partner Meredith Klapowich heading up creative thinking and business development for their lifestyle portfolio (their latest project: @eatflock) as well as providing creative direction on the agency brand, experiential activations, press and event materials, general event execution and design, and social media. Oh, and she dabbles in influencer relations, too.
Lauren is the founder and editor of lifestyle website This Renegade Love, an online hub that encourages readers to celebrate life, inspire others and give back to the community. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Lauren kicked off her career working in the editorial department at Style at Home magazine before moving on to travel PR. In 2014, she relocated to the UK where she worked as the Global PR + Partnerships Manager for youth travel brand Contiki, getting the opportunity to travel around the world. In 2015, Lauren left the 9-to-5 lifestyle, moved back to Toronto and launched This Renegade Love as a platform to tell the stories of ordinary people who have built extraordinary lives for themselves and inspire readers to do the same.
Michalina is currently a Director of Program Management at RBC. Throughout her 15 year career, she has led many strategic initiatives and implemented complex programs while providing dynamic leadership to diverse teams. Prior to her current role, Michalina held various positions including a Sponsorship Marketing Manager role at RBC and a Management Consultant role at IBM. She has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is driven, self-motivated, passionate and always focused on building strong professional and personal relationships. Michalina spends her spare time volunteering, hiking, playing volleyball, attending concerts and festivals, diving and enjoying time with her family and friends. She’s a sucker for her 9 year old German Sheppard rescue dog and can often be found wandering around her neighborhood of West Queen West, exploring with him alongside. Michalina’s bucket list includes visiting over 45 different countries and one day having a small farm with a few rescue animals.
After a decade working in the arts and culture sector in Winnipeg, Natasha relocated to Toronto to complete her Masters in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. Having worked with a number of public and private art institutions in Winnipeg and Toronto, Natasha has been dedicated to event development, curatorial practice, and engagement strategy. Natasha’s interest and experience in the arts provided an opportunity to work at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Plug In ICA.
Natasha’s recent pursuits focus on marketing and brand management. She is currently working with the Food Loves Tech Expo in NYC, managing attendant relationships and visitor experience. Natasha is dedicated to, and passionate about, connecting new audiences to communities, both in the public and not for profit sector. When she is not strategizing ways of creating engaging experiences and events to connect audiences, she can be found racing sailboats on Lake Ontario or running along its shoreline.
Silvana has been involved with Rethink since 2008. Shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer, her doctor suggested she try Support Saturdays, which she and her young family both found to be helpful. Rethink was such a refreshing alternative to all the ‘older’ cancer resources that she decided to volunteer for Rethink. She has volunteered her time with Peer Support, advocating at Queen’s Park, giving speeches at fundraising events, and now by serving on the R3 Board. In her professional life, Silvana is a development manager, where she spends her time on managing projects, herding cats, and speaking at Toastmasters. When not at work, Silvana can be found practicing Kung Fu, cycling with her family, enjoying punk rock shows, and goofing off with her daughter.
Tasha works as a Director, People Services for Long View Systems, where she’s been helping their over 1000 employees since 2002.
She spends much of her free time advocating for young breast cancer patients through her volunteer work for Rethink Breast Cancer. Tasha also sits on a Brain Tumour Advisory Council with a goal of helping guide programs and services for patients & caregivers facing a terminal brain cancer diagnosis across Canada.
In November 2012, Tasha was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 and in January of 2011, she was named by the Calgary Herald as one of their 20 people to watch out for. She is also featured in the Canadian Screen Award-winning documentary “About Her”, as one of nine young women sharing their unique cancer journey.
When she’s not busy working or bringing cancer to its knees, Tasha is a mom to her son Talyn, who if you were to ask her, is the real reason she does all she does.
Veronica Watson MacDonell
Veronica is a Brand Strategist at Twitter where she partners with top global and Canadian brands to help them utilize the platform best through creative strategy. In her time at Twitter, she has launched campaigns with Unilever, Air Canada, Government of Canada, TD Bank and Sport Chek. With a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and a Bachelor of Business Management from Dalhousie University, as well as a Certificate in Public Relations from Ryerson University, Veronica has helped to build brand and creative strategy in the professional sport and not for profit sectors. Outside of the office, Veronica is passionate about health and fitness and you can often find her taking in a spin class in Toronto or hanging out with her dog, a dachshund named Frank.