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Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

Sevaun Palvetzian

Sevaun Palvetzian

Sevaun Palvetzian
Executive Advisor, ESG and Corporate Responsibility

Sevaun is a seasoned executive and formidable communicator with a track-record of building relationships across a diverse set of players to achieve results.

A proven strategist and values-driven leader, Sevaun has built and led high performing teams as an executive in each of the public, private and NGO/charitable sectors. As Chief Communications Officer for one of Canada’s leading companies, Sevaun led communications and ESG/corporate responsibility across Rogers’ multiple platforms including wireless, cable, business services, TV, radio and sports.

Before joining Rogers, Sevaun was CEO of CivicAction, a leading not-for-profit that boosts civic engagement and builds better cities by unlocking the collective bench strength of all people and sectors. During a decade of senior executive leadership within the Ontario Government she launched a strategy to attract future generations of leaders which included the award-winning Learn and Work Program for at-risk youth and led the team responsible for the new Trillium Park at Ontario Place.

Recognized as one of Canada’s most influential voices on civic engagement, urban issues and corporate responsibility, she is frequently called upon by the media for commentary and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN.

An active member of the community, Sevaun has served in an advisory capacity to the Mayor of Toronto and former Premier of Ontario; and as a director on several boards including Waterfront Toronto, NEXT Canada, NPower Canada and the Ivey Business School Leadership Council.

Sevaun holds an M.A in history from the University of Western Ontario and has completed executive programs at the Ivey Business School and Harvard School of Business.