Vanessa Lester

Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, JLL Canada

Vanessa leads JLL Canada’s marketing and communications team of over 50 experts specializing in property marketing, sales enablement, digital marketing, design and brokerage support.

Vanessa’s team is also responsible for managing national events, sponsorships, brand initiatives and public relations. Vanessa partners with the Global and Americas marketing teams to elevate JLL Canada's brand presence and reputation in the commercial real estate industry.

Bringing over 20 years of marketing and communications experience, Vanessa started her career working at a full-service advertising agency in Toronto  supporting her clients to strategically execute advertising campaigns across Canada. Vanessa then spent 15 years in progressive leadership roles at the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG), leading a team of  diverse marketers to achieve business and revenue goals for the OLG Slots & Casinos brand.

Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brock University, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising Media Sales from Humber College.

In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending weekends at the cottage with her family.  

Committee Involvement:

  • JLL Women in Governance-Partner Lead
  • Charity Committee
  • Canada Diversity & Inclusion Council