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.
Here are just a few of the hardworking and creative people you could soon be working with.
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.
Tenenhouse EVP and Chief Creative Officer
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.
Attfield Vice-President, Strategic Services
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.
Gales Vice-President, Operations
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.
Grace Director, Digital Strategy
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.
Meriano Director, Brand Strategy
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.
Richardson Director, Fundraising Solutions
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.
Jeffries Director, Media & Data Services
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.
Bely Senior Account Director
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.
Gregoris Account Director
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!).
Rivet Account Director
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!
Thomas Chairman & Executive Creative Director
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.
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.