Ambassadors are passionate supporters from the community who are empowered to share information about Sustainable Waterloo in their business and social networks.  Ambassadors assist us in connecting with the community, building relationships and helping explore opportunities to connect with and support Sustainable Waterloo Region, including membership, volunteerism, employment, event attendance, sponsorship and networking.

Become an Ambassador

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please contact the Business Development Manager for more information.

Pat Carr

pat blackandwhitePat is a Sustainable Waterloo Region Volunteer alumnus, and is proud to be a part of the Ambassador group.  He has lived in Waterloo Region for over 9 years, and is pleased to call it home.

Pat is a sales representative with EPS | AB Energy Canada, a cogeneration/CHP systems supplier.  He promotes the benefits of energy efficiency, and distributed generation, and their merits to the Ontario grid and energy consumer.  Pat is passionate for the energy sector, and targets opportunities in both the renewable energy (biogas) and load displacement, high efficiency areas.  Pat is also a board member with Solar City Co-operative.

Catharine Gerhard

CG head shotCatharine joined Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc in 2006 in the role of investment attraction for the Waterloo Region. Catharine’s professional background includes experience in the areas of financing, strategic growth management, and competitive intelligence for Niagara-Enterprise Agency, economic development research for the City of St. Catharines, and border customs/immigration for the Canada Revenue Agency.

Catharine is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Waterloo program. Her past community involvement included the Brock University Board of Trustees, Brock University Alumni Board of Directors, St. Catharines Jaycees and Junior Achievement.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Brock University and is a member of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and the Economic Developers Association of Canada.

Fred Lehmann

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A communications specialist, Fred has lived and worked in Waterloo Region for more than 25 years. His resume includes experience as a broadcast journalist, a public relations coordinator, a director of marketing, brand manager and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, Fred has developed an extensive list of relationships with influential individuals in the political, business and non-profit communities.

His resume includes experience as a broadcast journalist, a public relations coordinator, a director of marketing, brand manager and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, Fred has developed an extensive list of relationships with influential individuals in the political, business and non-profit communities.

Recently, Fred and a colleague launched an electrical-based start-up business. Marketing initiatives included education and awareness of electrical safety issues, electrical conservation and the advantages of alternative energy. His connections in the industry led him to Sustainable Waterloo Region and its efforts to promote and encourage a reduction in individual, corporate and community carbon footprints.

“Energy sustainability makes a lot of sense”, says Fred. “The enjoyment for me is the look on people’s faces when they realize how little changes can often make a big difference.”

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Pete has been a proud resident of the Waterloo Region and veteran of the IT Industry since 2000. A career of 14 years starting in the world of Refurbishing Technology and evolving into lead roles providing Asset Disposition solutions for major national firms such as TD Bank, Bell, and Spectra Energy.

Pete has recently launched Tech Wreckers Inc. an IT Asset Disposition & Recycling firm servicing the Waterloo Region and surrounding area focusing on Reusing Technology and providing the best environmental solution for end-of-life technology. With this newfound passion for sustainability, he is very excited to be part of the SWR Team and see what awareness he can bring to the organization from a different perspective and experience.

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Jeff Quint is the Manager of Conservation and Corporate Communications for Waterloo North Hydro Inc., where he leads Waterloo North Hydro’s portfolio of energy conservation programs.  Delivering over $1 million in incentives to local businesses, these programs have saved enough electricity to power 5,156 homes for one year. Experienced in business and engineering, Jeff’s skills include strategic planning, budgeting, business development, quality control, project planning, marketing, communications, and human resources.

Prior to entering the utility and energy services world, Jeff worked in the North American automotive industry where he focused on the quality and performance of electrical automotive systems.

Jeff has a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Western Ontario.  In addition, Jeff is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMV).  He believes that environmental responsibility means having a comprehensive vision for the future that incorporates business goals with sustainable objectives.

Laura Rourke

Laura has spent her career supporting Manufacturers in Ontario. As an Environmental Engineer, she has helped these companies achieve their sustainability goals while building the business case for environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.

To satisfy her passion for greening the community she lives in, Laura has been volunteering with Sustainable Waterloo Region since 2012. She is also a member of the City of Cambridge Environmental Advisory Committee and Cambridge City Green a resident based volunteer group that organizes spring litter clean-up, tree planting and educational events in the City.

Laura has her own environmental, health and safety consulting business and acts as support for members of the not-for-profit, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium.

Carol Stewart

Carol has split her marketing career between academic not-for-profit based entities and the high tech industry in Waterloo Region. The Research + Technology  Park at the University of Waterloo provides the opportunity to bridge both these diverse environments to create a community of innovation and collaboration for industry and academic research to live, grow and prosper in Waterloo Region.

In addition to managing all elements that relate to the park, Carol is dedicated to giving back to her industry and community by participating on many committees and boards: President, Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Canada, Economic Development Committee member  & Ambassador for Canada’s Technology Triangle (CTT), Ernest C Manning Awards Committee for Waterloo Wellington, Marketing Committee Chair for three local Children & Women’s Charities, Committee Council Member WWLHIN, and member of the UW Athletics Adhoc Committee.