Biography

 
 
 
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Principal: sarah temple

With 30 years of PR and marketing communications experience, Sarah has worked with North American and global organizations tackling public health, corporate responsibility and reputational challenges. She brings a cross-sector, multi-discipline perspective shaped by time spent in and around agencies, nonprofits, companies and universities.

Sarah specializes in strategy development, campaign creation and resource mobilization. A believer in the transformative power of partnerships to drive change, she’s counseled federal government, nonprofit and corporate clients on partnership strategy with a focus on mission alignment, shared ownership and measurable results.

She started her career in Vancouver PR agencies and then moved to Washington D.C. where she was a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide for more than a decade. After two years in Seattle as Vice-President, External Relations for a global health innovation nonprofit, she returned to Vancouver as Simon Fraser University’s first Executive Director of Communications & Marketing.

While working in the U.S., her Ogilvy team earned acclaim for several public health and social marketing programs, in particular The Heart Truth® which introduced the Red Dress as an iconic women’s health symbol and contributed to greater awareness, behavior change and lower death rates. In 2011, The Heart Truth® was named one of the top 10 campaigns of the decade by The Holmes Report — and in 2018 designated by PR Week as a top campaign of the past 20 years.

Sarah’s personal and team accomplishments have earned Silver Anvil, Gold Sabre, PRSA and IABC industry awards, as well as citations from Woman’s Day and the Financial Post of Canada. She’s co-author of a special issue of Social Marketing Quarterly, several textbook chapters and articles on social marketing and partnership strategy and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication.

Now principal of her own firm, she works with clients seeking to create positive social change and is an EMBA candidate in a program focused on Indigenous Business and Leadership.

Contact: sarah@templegroupstrategy.com


Forget about creating a brand for yourself. Instead focus on being a good person, doing good work, and showing up on time. The brand will follow.
— David Ogilvy