Should leaders join a peer environment group?

It’s lonely at the top; that’s one of the oldest truisms about leadership. It’s difficult to speak to anyone honestly. Trust is hard to come by. Even fewer understand a leader’s experiences. To overcome this isolation, many leaders resort to formal or informal peer groups; many wonder what are the benefits of joining one? Peer 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

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 4

Becoming Edelman’s first Toronto general manager Lisa became Edelman Toronto’s general manager in 2009. Previously, the position didn’t exist in her office.  The CEO for Canada oversaw the Toronto office until that time. As the office grew, there was a realization that to continue to grow, it needed someone specifically focused on that branch of Read More