A veteran of both communications and politics, Beverley Hammond leads a dynamic team of multi-disciplinary specialists who develop breakthrough communications campaigns and give a voice to some of the country’s best known brands and organizations.
Since Beverley joined Veritas in 2001 as President of the Business Communications division and then President of the agency in 2002, she has grown and transformed it into a leading Public Relations and Public Affairs agency with offices in both Toronto and New York.
In 2005, Beverley launched a social media division – one of the first in the country – which has evolved into an integrated Influencer Marketing practice under the brand, commotion. In 2007, Veritas merged with Integrated Healthcare Communications to add Health Education and a design studio to the corporation. Today Veritas provides services to global consumer brands and Fortune 500 national organizations in three areas: Corporate and Public Affairs; Influencer Marketing – Social & Digital Media; and Health Education.
Before joining the Veritas team, Beverley was President of think.ink Communiqué PR and Director of Public Relations at Grey Canada, part of the Grey Worldwide Group of companies. In addition to Beverley’s valuable agency experience, she brings to the table more than a decade of experience as a political communications advisor. She has been senior advisor to the federal Minister of Small Business, Tourism and International Trade, as well as Legislative Assistant, Press Secretary and Communications Director to Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, and Executive Assistant to the Government House Leader. To her extensive portfolio, she includes the writing of the 2002 Ontario Throne Speech and five Ontario Budget speeches.
Beverley’s passion for shaping lives is apparent in her role as Chairman of the National Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada. She demonstrates her commitment to research and innovation on the Board of Leadership Sinai at Mount Sinai Hospital, and as a director of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation. She continues to encourage and empower women through her work on Women In Leadership (WIL) and the Belinda Stronach Foundation’s Committee for the Advancement of Girls & Women. Beverley is also a member of the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms (CCPRF). She has held numerous other directorships including having been the youngest Director of the Board of the LCBO.
Beverley is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.