Our team is a passionate mix of staff, interns, and volunteers with a huge range of expertise. We have grown a lot over the last few years, and are incredibly grateful to have such an enthusiastic and talented group working towards our collective mission.
Matthew works closely with members of the Regional Carbon Initiative to take inventory of their GHG emissions, troubleshoot operational challenges to measuring GHG emissions, and provide training for our Carbon Accounting Tool. His extensive contributions to GHG-related issues, such as how- to and best practice documents, reports, and technical policies are integral to Sustainable Waterloo Region’s operations and helping members reach their carbon reduction goals. Matthew attended the University of Toronto where he received his M.A. in Geography.
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Reuben DeBoer…. RCI Coordinator
Anna Fluder…. RCI Framework Researcher
Tasha-Leigh Gauthier…. Carbon Accounting Tool Coordinator
Jen Owens….RCI Researcher
Nicholas Cloet…. Living Documents Coordinator
Patricia Huynh…. Living Documents Coordinator
Anam Rahman…. RCI Leaderboard Coordinator
Tara Wilkie…. Member Experience Coordinator
Laura Rourke…. Member Support Coordinator
Tanya Chisholm…. Member Support Coordinator
Darren Kropf…. Member Support Coordinator
Lisa Chapman, Events & Operations Manager
Lisa works with a team of volunteers to coordinate Sustainable Waterloo Region’s event season and manages a variety of internal operations. In planning, Lisa draws on her experiences as a certified teacher to assess and meet the emission reduction learning needs of individuals within the Waterloo Region business community. Lisa completed her BMath at the University of Waterloo, and both her BBA and BEd at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Taginder Clair…. Events Coordinator
Manpreet Dhaliwal…. Events Logistics Coordinator
Alvin Fan…. Events Marketing Coordinator
Megan Backos…. Peer Learning Session Coordinator
Tarana Persaud…. Events Research Coordinator
Steve Yessie…. Events Content Coordinator
Business Development Manager
Elizabeth works with a team of volunteers along with the Executive Director and focus on the business development of Sustainable Waterloo Region. The Business Development team works to increase our membership with organizations who are dedicated to taking measurable and verifiable sustainability action. Elizabeth went to the University of Waterloo where she completed her Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Resources Studies and Geography Environmental Management.
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Taginder Clair… Business Development Coordinator
Mike Hager…. Business Development Coordinator
Prianka Siva…. Business Development Generalist
Taginder Clair…. Business Development Generalist
Kassandra Wallace…. Business Development Generalist
Mariah Smith…. Business Development Generalist
Elizabeth Hilgers, ClimateActionWR Plan Manager
Elizabeth facilitates the ClimateActionWR partnership between Sustainable Waterloo Region, REEP Green Solutions and the Region of Waterloo, along with area municipalities, local energy utilities and the community at large. She is responsible for developing relationships among partners, guiding and executing project planning, and managing external communication. Elizabeth has a background in Geography and Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo, and recently completed her Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University.
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Sean Campbell, Policy Engagement Manager
Sean oversees Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Policy Engagement initiatives, which aim to collaboratively improve the operating environment of organizations within Waterloo Region through the advancement of research-supported public policy.
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Mat Thijssen, TravelWise Manager
Mat manages the TravelWise program, a commuting network for employers in Waterloo Region run collaboratively by SWR and the Region of Waterloo. He helps member organizations work through milestones to develop commuting action plans and reduce the number of employees driving alone to work. He has a background in Business, International Studies, and Canadian History from the University of Waterloo, and focused his graduate research on global environmental governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
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Seychelle Krygsman, TravelWise Promotions Coordinator
Seychelle helps improve engagement and promote the TravelWise program among member companies and within the community. Seychelle graduated from the Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo, and loves traveling to different parts of the world to experience different cultures and transportation networks.
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Allan Taylor, Program Development Manager
Allan manages the research and development of potential new programs that SWR can be involved in or support. Over the past year, he planned and facilitated internal and external stakeholder engagement and helped to shape the overall structure and content of SWR’s Strategic Plan. In this role he is responsible for engaging the SWR team and community, focusing on fostering collaborations that ensure new programs help organizations realize both environmental and economic benefits. Allan has a background Recreation and Business – Tourism and Park Management – and has a Master’s in Environmental Studies focused on community sustainability from the University of Waterloo.
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Karina Vigil…. EV Social Media Lead
Eli Tremblay…. EV Living Documents Coordinator
Arcy Canumay…. EV Network Development Coordinator
Claudia Vodola…. EV Social Media Coordinator
Antonio Albornoz….CSE Research Lead
Jeremy Krygsman…. CSE Planning Specialist
Stephen Deneault… CSE Collaborative Hub Lead
Negar Nikaeein…. CSE Research Generalist
Rebecca Vollmer, Finance Manager
Rebecca manages the financial processes of Sustainable Waterloo Region. She works closely with all functional areas to provide financial support and coordinates with the team to provide appropriate statements of financial position and as well as the annual budget. Rebecca is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration program from Wilfrid Laurier University and is working towards her Chartered Accounting designation.
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Naudia Banton, HR Manager
Naudia manages and provides strategic guidance to our HR Team, which coordinates recruitment, recognition, retention, and engagement for both SWR volunteers and staff.
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Lori Gallaugher, Marketing Manager
Lori leads the creation and execution of the marketing strategy for SWR and its programs. This encompasses the management of the organization’s brands and leading communication efforts with the volunteer and internal team. Lori has been engaged in the global solar PV industry since 2005, and the Ontario electricity industry since 2007 in various marketing, business development and leadership roles. Lori holds an Executive MBA from Queen’s School of Business, a Co-operative Management Certificate from the Schulich School of Business, a Business Administration Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Chemical Technologist Diploma from Seneca College.
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Jenn Carreiro, PR Manager
Jenn leads our Public Relations Team, the primary liaison between the community, the media and Sustainable Waterloo Region. Jenn manages the execution of the annual public relations strategy, encompassing media relations, social media, speaking engagements and award submissions. Jenn joined the organization in November, 2009 and recently earned her B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University, double majoring in Communications Studies and Global Studies.
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The Web team oversees the implementation and maintenance of all web content and IT services. They assist in the maintenance of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s public website, the Regional Carbon Initiative Members’ portal, as well as our staff portal.
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Tova Davidson, Executive Director
Tova Davidson is the Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo Region. She helps develop strategic direction for SWR, manages the team, and builds key relationships throughout Waterloo Region.
Tova is a graduate of the University of Guelph where she completed a Master of Arts in Philosophy. Throughout her career, Tova has worked in communications, public relations, marketing and leadership roles. Before joining Sustainable Waterloo Region, Tova was the Vice President of The Letter M Marketing, where she provided strategic planning, business consulting, project management and leadership to the business as well as her clients. Tova has been selected by The Guelph Mercury as one the 40 Under 40, and was the recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence.
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Leandra Mariani…. Executive Assistant
Marty Finestone…. Legal Advisor
Lily Lanczi…. Fundraising Coordinator