Dr. Barry Colbert (Chair)

Director of Cooperators Centre for Business & Sustainability, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Colbert leads Wilfrid Laurier University’s P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability, which serves as a catalyst to bring together faculty researchers, students, and leaders in industry and civil society in order to build capacity for more progressive, socially engaged organizational leadership.

Dr. Colbert is also an Assistant Professor of Policy & Strategic Management in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, where his research is centred on the ways and means by which organizations align a vision for sustainability, corporate and business strategy, and the strategic development of human capital. His writing has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Planning, and the Journal of General Management, along with several recent book chapters, including ‘The Business Case for CSR’ in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility.

 


 

Michael Letourneau (Secretary)

Lawyer at Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP

Michael is a lawyer at Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP, the largest law firm headquartered in Waterloo Region. His practice includes advising municipalities, public institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and their respective stakeholders on a wide range of issues. He works with his firm’s environmental law practice to advise public and private sector bodies on a variety of environmental matters, and he advises on complex real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financings.

Michael holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, a B.Sc. (Hons., 1st class) from Brock University and an M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University, where he also spent four years pursuing a Ph.D. While there, he was one of the founders, first chairperson, and later executive director, of the Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University, a registered not-for-profit corporation representing the interests of its over 4,000 graduate students. He is a member of the Research Ethics Board of Wilfrid Laurier University, and volunteers his time to Magna Carta Canada, which organized the 2015 Canadian exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of that historic document, as well as to the Governance Committee of Supportive Housing of Waterloo Region.

 


 

Albert Singh (Treasurer)

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Waterloo North Hydro

Albert Singh is the Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Singh holds an MBA degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He joined the utility in January of 2003 and was previously the Director of Finance for Hydro Vaughan Distribution Inc. for six years. Mr. Singh has over 37 years of experience in the public and private sector, including twelve years with the City of Etobicoke and six years with a subsidiary of Goodyear Canada.

 


 

Kevin Fergin

Vice President, Community Development, Stantec

Working out of Stantec’s Waterloo, Ontario office, Kevin is the Regional Business Leader of the Community Development group in eastern Canada for over 250 staff.Kevin’s experience spans 20 years and includes design and project management of civil engineering projects including storm drainage, sanitary, and water systems analysis and design, roadway engineering, subdivision and site services design, and construction and public liaison.
Recently, Kevin provided engineering design consulting on the cleanup and sustainable improvements to Victoria Park Lake, the Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health facility expansion, and most recently, the long awaited expansion of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Currently, Kevin is working to expand the embracement of Low Impact Development (LID) practices across Ontario to create sustainable and resilient communities.
Along with his wife and 3 children, Kevin is active in the community and abroad, volunteering his time as a board member of the Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region Foundation, and most recently the President of the Waterloo Region Home Builders Association. This and other non-profit organizations help him support and give back to his home community.

 


 

Susan Jantzi

Director, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Sun Life Financial

Working with Sun Life’s International Sustainability Council, she is responsible for identifying, and developing strategies to address, social and environmental risks and opportunities that intersect with the company’s business operations. She is also responsible for the Company’s external sustainability reporting, including to the Carbon Disclosure Project and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Climate Risk Disclosure Survey, as well as advocating with a wide variety of stakeholders regarding the company’s sustainability practices.
Ms Jantzi joined the Company in 1998 and since that time has held a variety of Public and Corporate Affairs positions, leading to her current role. She is based at Sun Life’s Canadian Headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.

 


 

Anne Lavender

Executive Director, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation

Hired as the first Executive Director of Leadership Waterloo Region in June 2000, Anne oversaw the establishment of the organization and its flagship program.  In March 2002, Leadership Waterloo Region hosted the first national Canadian Community Leadership Conference and welcomed representatives from 18 communities across Canada, working to establish similar programs. In May of 2002 Anne was honoured to be the first Canadian selected to receive a Preceptor Award from the Community Leadership Association – an international umbrella organization with members in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Australia. In July 2017, Anne became the Interim Executive Director at the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation, and accepted the role on a permanent basis in December 2017.
Anne has always been active in her community, and has served on the Boards or Committees of the Volunteer Action Centre; the United Way of K-W & Area;  the K-W Zonta Club;  the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation;  the Canadian Community Leadership Network;  St. John Ambulance K-W Branch, and the U.S.-based Association of Leadership Programs.

 


 

Ian Rowlands

Associate Vice-President, International, and Professor, Faculty of Environment, at the University of Waterloo >

Ian Rowlands is Associate Vice-President, International at the University of Waterloo. In this role, he heads Waterloo International (the university-level academic support unit) and leads cross-campus efforts to advance the university’s internationalization strategic priorities. Ian is also a Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at University of Waterloo. His research interests and graduate student supervisory activities focus upon sustainable energy policy, with a particular interest in the ‘smart grid’ at various scales: from the household (e.g., consumer behaviours and interactions with technologies) to the province (e.g., policies to encourage sustainable energy) to the international (e.g., Canada-US relations on the issue).
Ian received a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and a PhD in International Relations from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science). Before joining the University of Waterloo in 1998, he held positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the United Nations Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment. Ian’s work during the past decade has led to collaborations with many community, governmental and private sector partners, including REEP Green Solutions, the Ontario Power Authority, Natural Resources Canada, the International Energy Agency, Energent Incorporated and TerraChoice.

 

Glenn Scheels

Principal Planner of GSP group

Glenn is one of the founders of GSP Group and has over 30 years of planning and design experience in Ontario. After a Ryerson degree and some Toronto work experience, he has spent most of his professional career in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region.
Glenn has undertaken a wide range of planning and urban design projects across southern Ontario for the development/building industry, governments and non-profit organizations. His passion is redevelopment and design-based projects, working with GSP Group designers to create great neighbourhoods, public spaces, infill development and streetscapes. Glenn has worked with community groups and stakeholders, presented to committees and councils, and provided expert testimony to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Glenn has served on many community and professional committees and is currently on the Auditorium Neighbourhood Association board and the Waterloo Region Public Art Advisory Committee. When not in the office, he likes to head to the west coast (Ontario’s west coast, that is) to enjoy its cycling and sunsets.

 


 

Diane Stanley-Horn

Director, Athena Software.net

Diane is a founding partner and director of Athena Software.net, a Waterloo Region tech company providing software solutions and consultation services to a diverse range of organizations in the humans services sector including governments, social and community-based service organizations and mental and behavioural health providers. Athena software empowers organizations through the use of their world class client information/case management system, Penelope. Founded in 2001, Athena has grown to become a global provider of enterprise level software with hundreds of clients around the world.
Diane is holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Science degree from the University of Guelph in Environmental Biology and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Sciences, where she is completing her studies part-time.