The Intouch Editorial Board operates exclusively for the advancement of the Ivey Business School and its alumni magazine, Intouch, by fostering mutual communication and support between the School and its alumni body and by providing valuable feedback to improve the alumni experience through the publication. It has an advisory capacity for the editorial staff in the Ivey Alumni Relations department.
With more than 15 years of experience in education leadership, Jenni Denniston brings a wealth of experience, insights and energy to the Alumni Relations portfolio. A proud HBA alumna, she works closely with the Ivey Alumni Network Board of Directors, the Intouch Editorial Board, and the Advancement team to deliver a world-class alumni program. With more than 40 per cent alumni engagement year over year, the strength and depth of the Alumni Network is clearly unique to Ivey and is considered by many to be a differentiator in the market.
Peter Furnish is the Vice-President of Marketing at Starbucks Canada and has over 20 years of Marketing and Communications experiences. He previously served as Vice-President of Marketing at Cineplex Inc, one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies. Prior to that he held progressively senior roles on category leading brands HBO, Virgin Mobile, Budweiser (Labatt Breweries), and the Walt Disney Company. Peter currently serves on the board of the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) and is also a member of the Board of Governors at Royal St. George’s College in Toronto.
Catalina Lopez is passionate about growing businesses, building brands, and helping people achieve their potential. With over 10 years of experience across consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, and technology, Catalina has learned that what gets her out of bed in the morning is bringing people together to solve problems. Catalina currently leads growth marketing at FreshBooks, a Canadian tech company focused on helping owners run their small businesses.
Having accumulated years of experience in the Fin-tech and Ad-tech space, Vaishnavi is curious, and innovative in her approach. Currently the Product Manager for Top Hat’s education platform helping accelerate it’s hyper-growth in the global market, Vaishnavi completed her business undergrad in India where she grew up, and joined Google right after, dabbling in Google Wallet and digital Advertising over the next several years. The Ivey MBA experience further expanded her business acumen as she worked with Canada’s giants like Bell, Kijiji, and The Weather Network, ensuring their products and go-to-market strategies are built with the audience in mind.
Vaishnavi is a member of the Editorial Board for the Ivey’s alumni magazine and in her spare time, can be found reading, playing word-games, travelling and listening to funky tunes.
With over 25 years of marketing experience on both the client and agency sides of the business, Jeff has a solid understanding of what it takes to be successful in marketing to women. His stints at Pepsi, Gillette, Dannon and Sprint Canada helped to hone his marketing and business skills, while working with clients including Kraft, KitchenAid, Unilever and the Dairy Farmers of Canada ensures that the agency develops and executes brand-building programs that resonate with women.
In addition to running Harbinger, Jeff is also an active Board Member for the Toronto Santa Claus Parade and a member of the Editorial Board for the Ivey’s alumni magazine. In his spare time, Jeff can often be seen on the tennis court with his family.