Head of External Relations, Canada McKinsey & Company

Alley Adams is a seasoned corporate communications professional and Senior Manager of Communications, Brand and Reputation at McCarthy Tétrault. She is responsible for all external communications and media relations strategy and execution across the Firm, including crisis management, award recognition and executive communications.  

Before assuming her current position, Alley managed communications and digital strategy of Canada’s largest independent wealth management firm, Canaccord Genuity. In her role, she led the launch of an industry-first program that enabled financial advisors to connect with clients on social media ensuring full compliance with capital markets regulatory bodies.  

Adams has also held positions at the Toronto Stock Exchange, assisting financial service and technology companies with their investor relations programs and started her career at Smithcom, working with industry-leading companies on corporate affairs and crisis communications.  

A passionate advocate for type-one diabetes, kidney disease and organ donation, Alley dedicates much of her personal time to the University Health Network, Canada’s largest research hospital, which comprises Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute for Education at UHN, the Multi-Care Kidney Clinic at Toronto General Hospital and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  

“The hospital has given me the greatest gift of all, a second chance at life. By joining UIC, I hope to accelerate the mission of UHN, ensuring greater innovations, research, funding and ultimately, more lives saved.”

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