2016 RBC Innovators’ Ball Co-Chairs


Sam Sebastian is the Managing Director of Google Canada. Sam moved to Canada after eight years in Google’s Chicago office, where he was the Director of Local and Government Markets. Sam joined Google from Classified Ventures, LLC, an online joint venture of major U.S. newspaper companies, where he was the General Manager at and SVP, Sales & Marketing at HomeGain. Today, Sam serves on the Boards of the Business Marketing Association, the American Business Media Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sam earned a BA in Accounting from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Kathy Sebastian currently stays at home raising two children, ages 13 and 11, volunteering at the kid's school and other organizations in the Oakville community. Prior to raising the kids, Kathy was a retail buyer at the Limited (in Columbus, Ohio) and Spiegel (in Chicago, IL) and later a kindergarten teacher north of Chicago. Kathy also joined Sam volunteering and working very closely with the Make a Wish Foundation of Illinois during their time in the States.



Brett Marchand is the President & CEO of Cossette and Vision 7 International. He has distinguished himself in the Canadian marketing and advertising community as a champion of great advertising and an ardent believer in the power of creative communications to build business. He was closely involved in breakthrough business-building marketing campaigns as a client and ad agency executive.

While at Cossette, Brett has led the Toronto agency back to international acclaim with several Lions at the prestigious Cannes Advertising Festival and domestic awards shows such as the Marketing Awards. Cossette Toronto has been successful in attracting many new clients under his leadership, including Best Buy Canada (Future Shop), Cadbury, Grey Power (Insurance), Habitat for Humanity, Procter & Gamble, Research in Motion (Blackberry), Sage Software (Simply Accounting) and Sony PlayStation to name a few.

2016 RBC Innovators’ Ball Committee

Denise Bombier

Director, Brand & Customer Experience Marketing, TELUS

Jacquelina Calisto

Vice President, Commercialization and Digital Delivery, RBC

Joseph Canavan

Principal, Canavan Capital

Brian Chu

Partner, Bogart Robertson & Chu; Chair Science Centre Board of Trustees

Susan Doniz

Corporate Director, Executive Advisor; Science Centre Board Trustee

Mark Feider

Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Operations, Avison Young Commercial Real Estate

Michael Serbinis

Founder & CEO, LEAGUE; Science Centre Board Trustee

John Stackhouse

Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, RBC

Chris Tambakis

CEO, North America, Adgar Investments & Development; Event Co-Chair 2013, 2016

Dan Wilson

Partner, KPMG LLP