As Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Communications, Jill Schnarr leads corporate communications, social media, media relations, sponsorships, community investment, social purpose marketing, TELUS Studios, and corporate events at TELUS. She is also the Executive Director of the TELUS Foundation.
With over 25 years of telecommunications industry experience, Jill is a dynamic and engaging leader with a natural ability to build strategy and enable collaboration. She has significantly influenced TELUS’ reputation as a global leader in corporate citizenship, enabling TELUS to be the most trusted telco brand in Canada. She has ensured our social purpose marketing focuses on business benefit, enabling every dollar invested in the community to return over 4 times back to TELUS in business impact and 150% to the community in societal impact.
Jill leads TELUS Days of Giving, facilitating over 30,000 volunteers globally in 2017 alone, and our Team TELUS Cares programs, enabling over $525 million in giving and 8.7 million volunteer hours from TELUS, our employees and retirees since 2000. She has launched major marketing campaigns at TELUS including We Give Where We Live, Go Pink, Rise Above, Share Love, All Connected, and 2017’s TELUS Million Hours Campaign engaging customers and team members in giving 1,000,000 hours of volunteering in support of Canada’s 150th birthday.
Jill was recognized as one of Canada’s Distinctive Women, as one of the Most Influential Women in Vancouver, and as Most Innovative Leader by the Canadian Women in Communications. Under Jill’s leadership, TELUS was acknowledged as the Most Philanthropic Corporation in the World by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Inaugural Corporate Volunteer Award.
Jill earned her Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. She completed her Masters of Business Administration from the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria in 2018, winning the awards for top GPA and best overall MBA thesis project. Jill has also finished several Executive Education programs at INSEAD, Rotman School of Business, University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, and Harvard University.
Jill served as a director on the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation for 7 years, and as a TELUS Vancouver Community Board member for 6 years. She was a Board Director and Chair of the Women’s Leadership Circle on the Vancouver Board of Trade. She served on the fundraising cabinet for BC Women’s Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, and was Co-Chair of Glow, the inaugural BC Women’s Hospital Gala, raising $1.4M, significantly over the $500K target.
Jill is the youngest of eight children, and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband, David, her two teenage sons, Dylan and Andrew, and their four cats.
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