Vanessa Lester

Senior Director, Marketing, JLL Canada

Vanessa leads JLL’s marketing and communications efforts across Canada. She is responsible for brand and reputation management, enhancing marketing output and value and supporting all business lines to achieve growth goals.

Vanessa oversees the national marketing team and acts as an advisor to over 40 regional marketing operations employees across the country.

Bringing over 20 years of marketing and communications experience, Vanessa started her career working at a full-service advertising agency in Toronto as a media buyer and planner supporting her clients to strategically execute advertising campaigns across Canada. From there, she worked at a national conference development company where she honed her CRM marketing, segmentation and targeting skills. 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 goals for the 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, skiing and spending time with her husband and two daughters.