Anthony Wilson-Smith

Anthony Wilson-Smith is Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs at Manulife Financial. His responsibilities include management of communications at the corporate level as well as media relations, corporate branding, international and executive communications. He is also responsible for Manulife's corporate donations and philanthropic activities.

Immediately prior to joining Manulife, he spent five years at Canada Post Corporation, where he served as Special Adviser to the President and CEO, and Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communications. He was the senior executive responsible for overseeing the launch and building of the corporation's commitment to its Cause of Choice, Mental Health.

Before that, he spent more than 20 years in journalism as a reporter, columnist and editor, first with the Montreal Gazette, and then with Maclean's Magazine, where he was Editor of the Magazine from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure, Anthony served as the magazine's first-ever Moscow Bureau Chief, covering the late days of the former Soviet Union, reported from more than 35 countries and was director of online media. An award-winning journalist, he co-authored a best-selling book on Canadian politics, and has appeared as an analyst on international media outlets ranging from CBC, CTV, Global TV and Radio-Canada to ABC-TV in the United States, BBC and ITN in the UK, and Moskovski Novosti in Russia. He is a frequent speaker at universities and public forums on traditional media and the evolution of social media.

Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and also studied Russian at the Russian School at Norwich College in Northfield, Vermont.