PEO Member Inducted Into Meetings + Incentive Travel Hall of Fame

TORONTO – May 30, 2014 – Congratulations to PEO Member and President of Freeman Audio Visual Canada Division, Johanne Bélanger, who will be inducted into Meetings + Incentive Travel’s (M+IT) 2014 Hall of Fame in the Industry Builder category. Launched six years ago, M+IT’s Hall of Fame program recognizes and celebrates individuals who have distinguished Read More

Knowledge Accelerator: Lisa Kimmel, General Manager, Edelman, world’s largest PR firm

Forging new innovation in a creative workplace Lisa Kimmel, PEO member, chosen for her own track record of success and innovation, is the latest PEO member to be featured in the Knowledge Accelerator.  Her own story is remarkable: How do you take a communications agency that’s already known for its creativity – and make it Read More

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 1

Early years: An entrepreneur’s daughter with high ambitions Lisa Kimmel grew up in Ottawa in an entrepreneurial family. Her dad, Arnold Kimmel, right out of school, opened his first convenience store the year Lisa was born, and today employs more than 300 people with a strong presence in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. “My father Read More

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 2

Entering agency life Lisa started out initially at a small Canadian Ad agency called Griffin Bacal Volny, which was subsequently acquired by DDB. She reflects it was an excellent training ground. There was the VP of PR and Lisa, as an entry-level PR person, she was exposed to advertising and other critical elements of the Read More

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 3

Discovering Edelman The particular person who interviewed Lisa at the other firm came over to lead, and essentially rebuild, Edelman’s consumer practice. Interestingly, Edelman was consumer PR’s pioneer and originator but that wasn’t the case in Canada at that time. He asked her to help build a consumer practice, appealing to her entrepreneurial spirit – Read More