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.
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.
Steven Woods, Chief Technology Officer
Steven is a passionate technologist who leads Benevity’s team of more than 200 development, analytics and enterprise platform professionals.
With a deep interest in innovation and machine learning, Steven has 20+ years of executive experience that include 14 years as cofounder and CTO at Eloqua, a pioneering platform that created a new category of marketing automation software, and six years as cofounder and CTO at Nudge.ai, an autonomous deal intelligence layer for CRM.
As author of the book “Digital Body Language,” Steven brings an understanding and deciphering of online user intention that helps advance Benevity’s suite of solutions, ultimately enabling companies and their people to do more good.
Steven joined forces with Benevity to quite literally put his passion, skills and experience to good use serving humanity. He is based in Toronto with his wife and two daughters, and his favorite sci-fi novel is “Ready Player One.”
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 Data Officer
As Chief Data Officer at Benevity, Jane leads a growing team responsible for bringing next-level data intelligence to our platform and clients at scale. With a sharp focus on bolstering ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) reporting, Jane’s work enables companies of all sizes to clearly see where they are in their impact journey, optimize performance and grow engagement with employees and customers.
Jane has extensive executive experience in data analytics, AI and machine learning, cloud infrastructure migration and marketing automation and digital personalization at scale. Prior to joining Benevity, she was Senior Vice President of Data & Technology at AIR MILES (Loyalty One).
She also served as Senior Vice President of Behavioral Data and Analytics at Ipsos, where she led global market research and consulting for companies including Google, Microsoft, Disney, ABC, Yahoo and the NFL.
Recently named one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Technology by Analytics Insight Magazine, Jane has spoken at conferences including Elevate Tech, AI & Big Data and Adobe Summit and guest lectures at Wharton College.
Jane is a big supporter of the arts, enjoying theater, live music and video games. She is also a fervent reader and maintains that the best science is physics, because it helps us understand the very nature of reality.
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
Though he may not have known it at the time, a culmination of life experiences serendipitously led Trey down a path toward Benevity. Long before becoming enamored with our purpose-driven Goodness platform (and the people who power it!), Trey rallied coworkers in support for Heroes for Children, a cause near and dear to his heart — and only dreamt of technology that could have amplified his impact.
Speaking of tech, Trey brings two decades of experience in driving exponential sales growth and innovation within many SaaS and cloud environments. In managing our large, geographically dispersed sales team, Trey leads with empathy — he asks questions, listens with the intent to understand and always considers the best interests of our people, the company and the world at large. Trey lives in Dallas, has competed in more than 100 triathlons — including sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman and Ironman distances — and has a golden doodle named Barley.