Powering Purpose-Driven Business
At Benevity, we’re helping the world’s most iconic brands bring their purpose to life.
What We Believe
Purpose (powered by great technology) has the ability to transform the way businesses engage with their employees, customers and communities. It creates deeper connections, unifies company culture across locations and geographies and creates an incredible impact for our world.
Walking the Talk
As one of the first B Corps in Canada, we are committed to hybrid goals of purpose and profit. And we’re extremely proud of the “We Are We” culture we’ve created, where our people solve for our clients, our team and our communities first. Last year, 91% of our people gave their time, money and talent to the causes they care about.
The Way We Work
The future of work means collaborating in new ways. In the spirit of our We Are We philosophy, our people work with the flexibility to do what’s right for themselves, one another and the communities we are a part of. And we’ll keep evolving the way we work to ensure everyone can thrive and participate in Benevity’s culture.
What Sets Our Culture Apart
If we are to truly leave the world better off than we found it, we can’t underestimate the power of the individual. There are 7.9 billion people on the planet, and we have the opportunity to catalyze Goodness in every single one of them. That’s 7.9 billion purpose-driven armies of one unleashing their capacity for good. And that is the most powerful army of all.
Our People Are the Best Thing About Us
We’re lucky. The nature of our business means we attract passionate people who want to make an impact. And the unique passions and purpose they bring to work every day are helping our clients, their people and the nonprofits they support make their own impact. That’s how we create a cultural movement — starting with these incredible people.
Benevity’s Leadership Team
Bryan de Lottinville, Founder and Executive Chairperson
Bryan is a self-described “recovering lawyer” who is constantly dreaming of novel ways to help global enterprises reinvent corporate purpose programs to provide better social and business returns, while simultaneously tackling some of the biggest struggles in the social impact landscape. After 12 years as CEO of Benevity, Bryan transitioned to the Executive Chairperson role in 2021, where he continues to guide the vision of the company.
An internationally recognized thought leader in the space, Bryan is a Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leader, Forbes Business Council contributor and frequent speaker and blogger on corporate purpose.
Bryan believes that the path to sustainable change is through grassroots engagement and cultural evolution, both within companies and broader society. He has cultivated and nourished in Benevity a passionate culture and belief that providing people with more choice and opportunity to “do the right thing” will not only help people be their best selves, but also ignite an inherent desire within today’s socially conscious employees, customers and communities to become an extraordinary force for positive change in our world. We think he’s on to something there!
Kelly Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer
Kelly is our CEO. With over 20 years of experience in growth company finance and operations, Kelly brings a wealth of expertise in strategy and scaling global businesses, including previous C-level roles at Solium Capital (now Shareworks by Morgan Stanley) and SMART Technologies.
Kelly joined Benevity in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s industry-leading risk and compliance, vetting and donation disbursement services. After quickly being promoted to President, she was instrumental in driving Benevity’s business continuity efforts during the global pandemic, ensuring we were able to seamlessly support corporations in activating their global response efforts. Kelly has successfully led multiple rounds of financing, allowing the company to bring more game-changing products and services to more companies across the globe.
A remarkable blend of “been there, done that” experience and visionary leadership, Kelly is passionate about childhood learning and development, serving on the board of the Calgary Science Centre and supporting causes that empower women and children.
Benevity’s social mission, combined with Kelly’s unmatched energy, inspires her to lead the Benevity executive team to continually innovate to bring unrivaled technology and experiences to the corporate purpose space.
André Abreu President, Benevity International
André, President of Benevity International, is a successful social tech entrepreneur with international experience in founding and building corporate social responsibility, human resource and employee engagement software.
As President, André, along with his team, is responsible for the growth and day-to-day operations of Benevity outside of North America.
Prior to joining Benevity, André was the Chief Executive Officer and one of three founders of Alaya, a successful purpose-driven employee engagement SaaS platform based in Europe. Alaya was acquired by Benevity in 2021 to bring an overnight global presence and allow Benevity to enable more companies to access its growing suite of corporate purpose solutions.
André was born and raised in Brazil and graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro with a degree in International Relations. After graduating, he returned to his (half) Swiss roots, moving to Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked in sales and human resources. While working, he saw the opportunity to use technology to engage employees and address social, environmental and well-being challenges, resulting in the founding of Alaya.
André is fan of European football, an avid tri-athlete and together with his wife and family, enjoys travelling the world. As a father of two young children, he is passionate about supporting causes dedicated to childhood learning and education.
Candice Li, Chief Financial Officer
Candice is Benevity’s chief financial guru and played an instrumental role in the recent growth financing for the company. Candice leads the finance and legal functions of the business and oversees the Operations team, who have securely distributed nearly $6 billion in donations to 326,000 causes worldwide. With SOC 1 attestation and GDPR privacy and security measures, Candice’s team delivers unmatched accuracy, scale and efficiency to the corporate giving sector by processing 90% of donations electronically through the Benevity platform (the industry average is 34%).
Before landing at Benevity, Candice had a 14-year career spanning Director, VP and C-suite roles in WestJet’s finance department. Prior to that, she held accounting and audit positions at a semiconductor manufacturer in California and at an international accounting firm.
Candice is both a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.
Born in Hong Kong, Candice grew up in Vancouver, Toronto and England prior to nesting in Calgary. Candice brings to Benevity a passion for causes looking out for the welfare of children. She serves on the Boards of NAV CANADA and Calgary Reads. She admits to being just a (tiny) bit competitive when she plays board games and is a big believer in taking your work seriously, but not yourself. She’s the proud mom of two teenage boys and loves the outdoors. Her favorite place in the world is Banff National Park.
Sona Khosla, Chief Impact Officer
As Chief Impact Office, Sona heads up Benevity Impact Labs, our incubator and resource hub, which brings cutting-edge data, research, insights and best practices to help organizations and individuals maximize their impact and authentically live their purpose.
Since joining Benevity in 2015 as Vice President of Marketing, Sona has helped companies stay at the forefront of emerging trends and identify and adopt groundbreaking strategies to maximize their social and business impact. She is at the helm of Benevity’s top data reports, our premier annual industry conference, Goodness Matters, and client engagements, including the Benevity Leadership Summit, which brings together top executives from iconic brands to ideate on opportunities in the social impact space.
Sona is a futurist and passionate proponent of purpose, culture and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. She is the host of Benevity’s podcast, Speaking of Purpose, and makes guest appearances on radio shows and podcasts discussing topics such as building purpose-driven brands, authentic employee and customer engagement, the shift to virtual volunteering and remote culture, and corporate giving trends. Sona’s views are often cited in CSR, HR, sustainability, marketing and consumer publications.
Contact us to book Sona as a speaker for your corporate or industry event.
Jane Moran, Chief Technology Officer
In the role of CTO, Jane will lead the charge in delivering Benevity’s bold and innovative ESG-tech solutions as more companies around the world recognize the critical importance purpose brings to attracting, retaining and engaging employees and customers. Working with Scott Lee, Benevity’s Chief Product Officer, Jane will help propel Benevity’s growth and enable more companies, from mid-market to enterprise, engage stakeholders in ESG, purpose and social impact initiatives.
Jane completed her Ph.D. in astrophysics with the initial intention of becoming a physics professor. However, her skills in decoding complicated data, along with her ability to lead with empathy and authority, landed her in data science where her work has spanned the full range of understanding customer behavior and applying that understanding to data-driven solutions in targeted marketing and optimized digital experiences.
Prior to joining Benevity, Jane was Senior Vice President, Data and Technology at AIR MILES/Loyalty One where she was responsible for leading a team of technologists who specialized in front-end mobile and web development, back-end systems and platform development, API development, architecture, UX research and design, DevOps, security, production systems, IT support, project management, and data science and analytics.
Janeen Speer, Chief People Officer
As Chief People Officer at Benevity, Janeen champions and exemplifies Benevity’s purpose-driven culture and firmly believes that great technology has the ability to change the world.
Janeen and her team work to fuel our rapidly growing, global employee base with mission-driven talent, ensuring everyone has the leadership and tools they require to thrive.
With more than 20 years of experience, Janeen brings deep expertise in recruitment, leadership development and talent management to her role at Benevity.
No stranger to scale, she supported Shopify in growing from 5,000 to 10,000 employees in a three-year timeframe. Janeen has also held senior leadership roles at WestJet, Lululemon and Starbucks.
Janeen speaks on topics such as the future of work, scaling culture and talent best practices. She serves on the national board of Junior Achievement and is based in Calgary with her husband and two girls. During winter months, Janeen can be found enjoying downhill skiing (and après-skiing!) in Fernie, BC.
Scott Lee, Chief Product Officer
Scott Lee is Chief Product Officer at Benevity, overseeing Benevity’s growing team of product management, UX, design, strategy and research professionals dedicated to evolving the company’s global suite of employee engagement, community investment and customer engagement solutions.
In leading the development of Benevity’s platform and portfolio of products, Scott is responsible for delivering new innovations and product investments that enable businesses to engage an increasing array of stakeholders in their ESG and purpose strategies and initiatives.
Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, Scott brings over 20 years of technology product executive leadership in consumer, SMB and enterprise SaaS software businesses. As former VP Product of Adobe Workfront and product leader for Xbox and Windows, Scott has built categories, won markets and created amazing teams. He meets frequently with Fortune 500 executives, speaks at conferences, and writes about the future of work and the value of work management.
Outside of work, Scott and his wife are the parents of five children, including four college students. He enjoys road trips, college football, road cycling and golf. Scott is passionate about mentoring and is a long-time volunteer in youth and college student programs.
Anusha Srijeyanathan, Executive VP, Client Success
As Executive Vice President, Client Success, Anusha leads our client experiences through our Client Services, Cause Support and Goodness Consulting teams. She loves to help Benevity clients give back and build stronger relationships with their people and communities. Prior to Benevity, Anusha made her mark at Eloqua (and ultimately Oracle Marketing Cloud), where she led numerous teams in helping Fortune 500 companies transform their processes to succeed in the digital economy.
As a lifelong volunteer and strong believer in community service, she is drawn to Benevity’s social mission, strong culture, amazing people and growing client community. Anusha is a long-standing sufferer of wanderlust, having slept under the stars in Rajasthan, hiked Machu Picchu, climbed the Great Wall of China and bonded with penguins in Antarctica. She’s always on the lookout for her next adventure.
Trey Yost, Executive VP, Sales
Trey is Benevity’s Executive Vice-President of Sales.
Throughout his two-decade technology career, Trey has demonstrated that an emphasis on empathy, listening, transparency and continual learning are the steppingstones to success.
As EVP Sales, Trey leads a large and geographically dispersed sales team guided by his passion for team culture and believes that the beating heart of success lies within people – their thinking, ability to collaborate and their passion toward providing high impact solutions.
Trey joined Benevity in 2019 and with his leadership the team has continued expanding the Benevity client community through the addition
of more than 200 new clients in the first two years. Prior to Benevity, Trey spent two decades driving exponential sales growth and innovation within many SaaS and cloud environments including holding senior sales positions at SiteMinder, ACTIVE Network LLC and DealerTrack Technology.
Trey has always been community-minded and for the past eight years has rallied friends, family and colleagues in support of Heroes for Children, a Texas-based nonprofit advocating for and providing financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer.
Trey is a husband, father of two kids and dog dad to a golden doodle. As an avid triathlete he has competed in more than 100 triathlons — including sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman and Ironman distances.