Sevaun Palvetzian

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Sevaun Palvetzian


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Sevaun Palvetzian is a widely respected Canadian leader who has built and led high-performing teams in each of the public, corporate and NGO/charitable sectors. As a strategist and values-driven executive, she finds creative solutions to challenges while operating in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. 

Palvetzian is the President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, the leading humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children around the world survive, thrive and reach their full potential. Before her appointment she was an executive advisor to leading companies in Canada and the U.S. on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and its related impact on organizational strategy. 

Palvetzian served on the executive team of Rogers, a leading Canadian technology and media company. As Chief Communications Officer, she led communications, ESG and corporate responsibility across the company’s multiple business lines including wireless, cable, business services, TV, radio and sports.  

Before joining Rogers, Palvetzian was CEO of CivicAction, a prominent Canadian not-for-profit that boosts civic engagement and addresses critical urban issues by unlocking the collective impact of all people and sectors. Additionally, she held a series of leadership roles over the course of a decade with the Ontario Government including launching a strategy to attract future generations of leaders which included the award-winning Learn and Work Program to re-engage youth from priority communities. 

An active member of the community, Palvetzian has served as an advisory member to several orders of government and as a director on boards including Waterfront Toronto, NEXT Canada, NPower Canada and the Ivey Business School Leadership Council.  

Palvetzian holds an M.A in history from Western University and has completed executive programs at the Ivey School of Business and Harvard School of Business. 

Updated July 2023.