Leadership Mentor, Diversity Champion, Award-Winning Journalist, International Speaker
The Mortgage Awards of Excellence judging panel features individuals with renowned business expertise and entrepreneurial spirit who will provide valuable insight and unbiased assessment of the MAE finalists.
Eleanor Beaton is a women’s leadership mentor and founder of Fierce Feminine Leadership, an organization that helps ambitious women develop the confidence, presence, political savvy and influence they need to smash the glass ceiling and take their seats at the tables where the big deals and big decisions are made. Eleanor is also an award-winning journalist and host of the Fierce Feminine Leadership podcast. She has served as Chair of the Visiting Women’s Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management. She currently sits on the boards of Innovacorp and Invest Nova Scotia.
Eleanor Beaton was the winner of the 2018 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award: Business of Diversity Champion of the Year. In 2017, she won the prestigious Profiles in Diversity “Women Worth Watching” Award for her work promoting diversity and inclusion. She was also named Canada’s Leadership Coach of the Year by the 2017 Corporate Excellence Awards.
An international keynote speaker, Eleanor has presented at conferences whose rosters include such notables as former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and 23andMe Inc. co-founder Anne Wojcicki.
Personal Finance Educator, Financial Literacy and Consumer Advocate, Author
Kelley Keehn is a personal finance educator, media personality, speaker and best-selling, award-winning author of 9 books. She’s on a mission to “Make Canadians Feel Good About Money”. Her last two books, Protecting You and Your Money; A Guide to Avoiding Identity Theft and Fraud and A Canadians Guide to Money-Smart Living were published by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Kelley served on the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy, serves on the board of Money Mentors, has been appointed to the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s Consumer Protection Advisory Committee and, is the Consumer Advocate for the Financial Planning Standards Council.
Marketing and Branding Expert, Award-Winning Advertising Creative Director, Author
Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, Ron has always blurred the lines between art and commerce. He has been an award-winning advertising Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo and many others.
He is Founder and CEO of Church+State, a Toronto-based marketing agency, Editor in Chief of The Business Casual, and Publisher of This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling, award-winning satirical book from the creators of CBC Radio’s hit show, This Is That.
He has written for a number of Television shows. Penned a children’s book. Wrote, produced and performed the hit play, The Canadian Baby Bonus. And was Executive Producer & Host of the award-winning comedy show Monkey Toast.
In demand as a speaker on disruption, innovation, creativity and content marketing, Ron speaks to leading organizations all over the world about “Think. Do. Say.”, his own take on modern business.
Ron’s own book, Everyone’s An Artist – Or At Least They Should Be (Co-written by Scott Kavanagh and Christopher Novais), was published by HarperCollins in 2016.