Who You’re Hiring

People Who Care About Your Success

You, and the people you are determined to help, are the reason we are so passionate about what we do. You’re dedicated to doing good in the world and we’re dedicated to helping you succeed at it.

Meet the team

Here are just a few of the hardworking and creative people you could soon be working with.

Paula

Attfield President

"It’s my passion to see what’s on the horizon for the non-profit sector, both here in Canada and abroad: namely, the innovative thinking that is at the intersection of brand, marketing and fundraising. That’s what will be key to our clients’ success."
Paula has been a fundraiser for over 20 years. As President, Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST), Paula is responsible for client services as well as the overall operations of the agency. Her passion lies in working directly with the non-profit organizations she is proud to serve. Paula has provided strategic counsel for a number of ST clients including the Canadian Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Amnesty International, among many others. Paula provides strategic insight into multi-channel fundraising and marketing strategies. Paula is, and always will be, results-oriented. After all, at the end of the day, it’s about helping ST clients raise more money to fulfill their missions.

Paula is also a long-time volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter and has chaired the AFP Toronto Congress. She is serving on the Chapter Board of Directors as Vice President Marketing and Communications.

At the national level, Paula served as the founding Secretary and Treasurer of the inaugural AFP Canada Board in 2017 and as Chair-Elect AFP Canada in 2018.

Paula is also passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle, both in mind and body, and loves yoga, spinning and practising mindfulness. She finds healthy living a great way to complement a busy day at the office. When not engaging with our clients, or serving as a volunteer, Paula enjoys spending time with her family, including her two amazing teenagers.

Bryan

Tenenhouse EVP and Chief Creative Officer

"I spent 25 years in the commercial sector working my way up from copywriter to VP, Chief Creative Officer, selling everything from Apple products to Amex Cards, but nothing makes me happier than using what I've learned to help our clients raise more money and build their brand."
Bryan loves dogs. And people. Especially people who love dogs. In the rare moments when he’s not hard at work directing the creative at ST or providing strategic counsel to our clients, Bryan can be found walking his beloved golden retrievers Piper and Bennett (named after Tony Bennett) along the shores of Lake Ontario.

Bryan honed his creative and strategic skills at major Canadian agencies including Wunderman/Y&R, Vickers & Benson, BBDO and Ogilvy before coming to ST. As a respected writer and creative director, he wanted to use his years of experience, strategic acumen, and creative ingenuity to help make the world a better place.

Not one to sit on the sidelines, Bryan has served on the board of directors of the Canadian Marketing Association, was founding chair of the CMA's Direct Marketing Council and founding jurist for the National Advertising Awards. He is a sought-after speaker who has addressed audiences at AFP Congress Toronto, CMA National Conference and many others. His articles have appeared in the Globe & Mail as well as various national advertising and marketing trade publications.

Liz

Attfield Vice-President, Strategic Services

"It’s a privilege to help our clients raise more money for their organizations with the right mix of strategy, data, and creative. It’s an exciting challenge to figure out where the donors are, and then engage them there — giving them the opportunity to respond where they see fit. That’s integrated thinking and it’s how we’re helping our clients win."
Liz Attfield, Vice-President, Strategic Services, is a member of ST’s leadership team and a long-time fundraiser. Liz’s mission is to provide her clients with strategic insight that will engage donors, connect them to the cause, and drive revenue.

Liz has nearly 20 years of fundraising experience in key areas such as strategic planning, database analytics, integrated account management, and mid-level and legacy marketing. Currently, she is helping top North American charity brands raise more money.

Prior to joining ST, Liz spent three years in London, UK, working alongside some of the UK’s top fundraisers. She also brings her clients an international perspective on their fundraising having earned a diploma in direct marketing through one of the UK’s leading organizations, the Institute of Direct Marketing.

Liz has three great loves: family, work, and music. Etched onto the back of her iPhone are the words: Music gives soul to the universe. And Liz feeds her soul every chance she gets—attending concerts (she saw the Tragically Hip twice in two days!) and singing karaoke. Her go-to song, Queen’s “Under Pressure”, is a testament to her resilience and adventurous spirit.

Julie

Gales Vice-President, Operations

“Our people are the most essential element to our success as an agency. They’re savvy fundraisers and marketers who know how to raise more money for our clients and are dedicated to providing outstanding service. In addition to providing thought leadership on several key accounts, I’m passionate about heading ST’s human resources division and helping everyone make a positive contribution to our organization’s culture and growth.”
Julie draws on considerable expertise to develop and guide successful fundraising campaigns that help raise millions of dollars for our clients. As VP, Operations, she also leads ST’s financial management and HR divisions.

Julie’s passion for the not-for-profit sector was sparked in university where she worked on several charitable campaigns and special events. After earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Julie was determined to parlay her fundraising expertise into a full-time career. That decision led her to join ST in 2004. With her intelligence, determination and can-do attitude, Julie quickly moved up the ladder, and today is a key member of ST’s leadership team.

Since becoming a mom, Julie’s traded in hot yoga and meditation for watching Treehouse TV, singing kids’ songs and playing at her neighbourhood park with her two young children.

Kathleen

Grace Director, Digital Strategy

“The embrace of digital marketing by non-profits for fundraising is still evolving. But, no matter their size, charities need to raise awareness of their cause and one of the most cost-effective ways to do that is with digital marketing. ST is committed to sharing our expertise with clients so they thrive in the ever-changing digital environment.”
Kathleen loves to be outside. Whether training for a half-marathon or exploring the city with her husband and their adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Murphy, Kathleen is always up for an adventure. It’s definitely in her nature to try new things – whether that’s joining a soccer league without ever having kicked a soccer ball or deciding to sign up for a triathlon and then being forced to learn to ride a bike.

That stick-to-itiveness carries over into Kathleen’s professional life; she’s led digital campaigns for a wide variety of organizations from conception to execution. With years of experience in corporate, non-profit and agency environments, she’s gained a unique perspective on how clients can leverage both traditional media and digital platforms to reach and engage their donors.

Most recently, Kathleen was Marketing & Communications Manager at CanadaHelps, assisting Canadian charities reach their goals by providing online donation and fundraising tools. Previously, she was a Digital Account & Project Manager with Community Agency in Toronto.

Jennifer

Meriano Director, Brand Strategy

"A brand is a powerful expression of what charities aspire to be on their best day. The mission is important but building a powerful brand is what facilitates the mission and makes it achievable."
Whether sharing the tale of how she learned to eat fire from a New Zealand street performer or watching a documentary about how bubble wrap was invented, Jennifer loves a good story. It’s little wonder then, that a big focus of her role at Stephen Thomas Ltd is helping clients tell their stories.

A strategic, multidisciplinary brand director, Jennifer specializes in working with non-profit marketers who are looking to address brand and integrated marketing challenges within their organizations.

Jennifer joined ST from the commercial marketing side of the business. Most recently she was the Creative Account Director at Toronto-based The Mint Agency, where she helped steer cross-functional teams in the development and execution of a full-spectrum of integrated marketing campaigns covering web, print, direct and social channels. Previously, she held marketing management roles at AOL Media Network and Softchoice Corporation.

Donna

Richardson Director, Fundraising Solutions

"Listening is the secret to our success, really listening to what our clients and potential clients need. They are the ones that make things happen; we’re only there to help them succeed."
Donna is a pioneer. Literally. She makes her own bread and cheese, cans food for the winter and has even raised ducks so she can collect fresh eggs. If not for the lack of central heating and her cherished blow dryer she would love to live off the land.

She is also a pioneer when it comes to fundraising solutions. Having worked directly for non-profit organizations as well as on the agency side, Donna has an in-depth understanding of the motivations that inspire Canadians to volunteer and donate.

Donna began her fundraising career at Stephen Thomas Ltd back in 1990 and spent much of her career here providing strategy and project management for a variety of not-for-profit clients. She went on to work in development roles with several charities including Sinai Health Foundation, Branksome Hall and Variety Village, where she worked for 10 years with committees, boards and staff to grow revenue through major and planned giving and events. She rejoined ST in 2015, where she is now putting her knowledge, expertise and pioneering spirit to work to help our clients achieve ever greater fundraising success.

Scott

Jeffries Director, Media & Data Services

“I’m still a kid at heart and it gives me goosebumps knowing that my work behind a computer – using analytics, media planning, and persistence – is making a positive difference in the world. I help real do-gooders find lasting support by leveraging the right data at the right time. And that’s pretty cool to me.”
Scott joined ST in 2012 after coordinating the list business of a leading Canadian database publisher. Since then, he has acquired and built upon the decades of institutional data know-how at ST. As our resident expert in Canada’s “list trade” marketplace, Scott strategically manages the direct mail brokerage for many of Canada's most prominent non-profit organizations and acts as the hub for ST’s multichannel media planning expertise. He has proactively used data to develop new revenue streams and negotiates hard with fellow agencies, brokerages, and data processing shops to ensure his clients maintain cost-effective and privacy compliant access to their ideal prospective donor audiences.

In his free time, Scott runs a monthly discussion group for science and philosophy enthusiasts. He makes it his mission to donate to or participate in every charity walk that’s brought to his attention. And he’s also a well-balanced geek and athlete; meaning he spends as much time watching superhero movies or playing videogames as he does lifting barbells, riding his bike, or playing soccer.

Scott is a founding member of AFP Toronto’s Speaker Discover Series committee. Over the last six years, he’s helped organize the annual fundraising conference Digital Leap. And he is a regular guest lecturer in the Humber College fundraising program on the topic of direct mail media.

Jennifer

Bely Senior Account Director

“I’ve dedicated my entire career to the not-for-profit sector. It’s incredibly satisfying to go to work every day and be inspired by my clients.”
Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and kids, hiking along nature trails or just playing a game of tag at their local park. She’s also an avid gardener and is always looking to find time to enjoy a good book.

Jen has more than 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit fundraising sector in the U.S. and Canada, leading several national multi-channel fundraising programs.

At Stephen Thomas Ltd, Jen wears two hats. As Account Director, Jen provides strategic planning, budgeting, modeling and analysis to clients including Canadian Cancer Society, Children’s Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. With her other hat on, Jen shares her passion for data, overseeing the ST data analytics department.

Candice

Gregoris Account Director

“The first step to achieving a mutual goal is empathy. You need to truly understand people’s strengths and the obstacles they’re up against before you can build a plan to accomplish a goal. It’s absolutely the best way to map out success.”
Walk into Candice’s office and you’ll spot a small mosaic-tile figurine of a donkey on her desk. Donkeys are Candice’s favourite animal because of their determination and the way they work calmly and quietly behind the scenes. Candice’s drive and focus go back to her childhood. She remembers trying to collect as many coins as she could in her orange UNICEF box at Halloween and eagerly participating in read-a-thons for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Before joining ST in 2009, Candice played a critical role in the advancement and execution of CIBC Wealth Management’s highly successful client e-communication program. She was also the Managing Director of the Toronto International Improv Festival, where she devoted her energy to infrastructure development, administration and volunteer management. At ST, Candice brings solution-based customer service and a great sense of humour to her accounts, including Special Olympics Canada and Susan G. Komen.

In her spare time, Candice loves singing and dancing with her three-year-old niece and exploring Toronto like a tourist. Her other passions include stand-up comedy, watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and NFL football (Go Ravens!).

Maxime

Rivet Account Director

"I feel grateful to be able to leverage my skills to fight diseases, injustice and poverty every day by raising money for great causes. We only have one life to live, so I want to use mine to make as much a difference as I can."
With more than 10 years of agency account management experience, Maxime Rivet (you can call him, Max) brings his results focus, as well as integrated fundraising and marketing best practices to ST’s clients having worked with some of the world’s most well-known organizations in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. Max developed a strong track record of revenue-generating success for his clients by understanding the intricacies of their businesses and developing strategies to suit their specific needs-- as well as their financial objectives.

Prior to Stephen Thomas Ltd, Max worked at one of the largest health communications groups in the world. He has deep experience in the health sector having helped to raise money in the fight against diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, depression, muscular dystrophy and cancer. His expertise includes the discipline of direct response, product launches, awareness campaigns, websites and app development, and educational collateral in both print and digital formats.

Born and raised in Montreal, Max is fully bilingual and has in-depth understanding of the francophone market. He moved to Toronto in 2009 and now has a young family. He plays team sports regularly, especially ball hockey. And even though Max is now a Toronto resident, he will always be a die-hard Habs-fan!

Steve

Thomas Chairman & Executive Creative Director

"When I started the agency in 1980, I couldn’t have imagined what ST has grown into…the breadth of services, the level of expertise and the continued passion of multiple generations of staff, all working to make the world a better place. I’m intensely proud of what we’ve become."
For 25 years Steve has been a volunteer boys’ basketball coach at local high schools. Last year he took his Greenwood Grizzlies to the Finals. It’s a very different world from fundraising and that’s why it’s his perfect hobby.

Often described as the “Guru” of Canadian direct response fundraising, Steve continues to play an active role at ST. He will gladly lend you his accumulated wisdom and experience, and be available to you as necessary, particularly during the initial strategic-planning stages.

A fundraiser for over 40 years, Steve founded Stephen Thomas Associates
(now Stephen Thomas Ltd or ST) in 1980. It was Canada’s first direct response fundraising agency working exclusively in the non-profit sector. His contribution to the sector has been recognized through many awards including Directors’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award (Canadian Direct Marketing Association), Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award (AFP Greater Toronto Chapter) and an award from Amnesty International for 25 years of service.

Neil

Gallaiford CEO

"We believe in using all the techniques of marketing in the service of the missions of our clients. Sometimes change takes courage, but we’ll be there alongside them with all our expertise and passion."
Passionate fundraiser and insightful leader by day; wine connoisseur and foodie by night. That’s Neil in a nutshell.

In addition to his many management duties as ST’s CEO, Neil provides clients with crucial strategic input and helps them develop new product initiatives.

Prior to joining ST in 2006, he had his own database analytics and strategic marketing consultancy which advised a range of national and international clients on how to understand their donor data and develop marketing strategies based on that understanding. Other highlights of Neil’s 30-year marketing career include: national director of donor-based campaigns for the MS Society of Canada; founder of Cornerstone Fundraising Services, the leading fundraising database management and donation-processing firm in Canada; and founding chair of the CMA’s Not-For-Profit Council.

Neil also collects art and is a proud volunteer with the Art Gallery of Ontario. When he travels, he seeks out art galleries, and art gallery cafes, which he says are almost always excellent.