Our Team

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.

Business Development
ClimateActionWR
Events & Human Resources
Finance
Fund Development
Marketing
Regional Carbon Initiative
Policy Engagement
Program Development
Public Relations
Strategy & Governance
TravelWise
Web & IT


 

Business Development

Elizabeth Wong, Business Development ManagerLiz Wong
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.

Email: Click here to get in touch with our Business Development team.

Team Members

Alicia Gall…. Business Development Generalist
Cheryl de la Cruz…. Business Development Generalist
Courtney Butler…. Business Development Generalist
Mariah Smith…. Business Development Generalist


 

ClimateActionWR

Elizabeth Hilgers, ClimateActionWR Plan ManagerLiz Hilgers

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.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Elizabeth.

Team Members:

David Alton….ClimateActionWR Community Relations Lead
Dan Shaver…. ClimateActionWR Partner Support Coordinator


 

Events & HR:

Lisa Chapman, Events & Operations ManagerLisaChapman
Lisa works with a team of volunteers to coordinate Sustainable Waterloo Region’s event season and manages a variety of internal SWR operations. Lisa completed her BMath at the University of Waterloo, and both her BBA and BEd at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Lisa.

Team Members:

Alvin Fan…. Events Marketing Coordinator
Kayla Henry…. Evening of Recognition Coordinator
Manpreet Dhaliwal…. Events Logistics Coordinator
Mariah Smith…Program Coordinator
Steve Yessie…. Events Content Coordinator
Tarana Persaud…. Events Research Coordinator
Kayla Henry….Events Coordinator

 

Samantha Clement…. Team Social Coordinator
Yvonne Stoll…. HR Specialist

Marilee Pugsley…. Salesforce Specialist


 

Finance:

John Paul Nyereka, Finance Manager

Team Members:

Andreina Calderon…. Finance Coordinator
Julie Vuong…. Finance Coordinator
Rebecca Vollmer…. Finance Advisor


 

Fund Development Team:

Danielle Avila, Organizational Support ManagerDanielle Avila

Email: Click here to get in touch with Danielle.

Team Members:

Cindy Luu…. Business Development Specialist
Eunize Lao…. Business Development Specialist


 

Marketing:

Lori Gallaugher, Marketing ManagerLori Gallaugher

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.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Lori.

Team Members:

Brent Wettlaufer…. Photographer
Chris Steingart…. Graphic Designer
Christine Bui…. Graphic Designer
Gladys Abboud…. Graphic Designer
Lyubava Fartushenko…. Lead Graphic Designer
Maryam Kafi…. Graphic Designer


 

Regional Carbon Initiative:

Matthew Day, RCI Program ManagerMatthewDay

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.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Matthew.

Team Members:

Anam Rahman…. RCI Leaderboard Coordinator
Andrea Quinn…. Member Support Coordinator
Anna Fluder…. RCI Framework Researcher
Jen Owens…. RCI Researcher
Nicholas Cloet…. Living Documents Coordinator
Patricia Huynh…. Living Documents Coordinator
Samantha Tavenor…. RCI Member Engagement Coordinator
Tarana Persaud…. Regional Sustainability Initiative Marketing Specialist
Tasha-Leigh Gauthier…. Carbon Accounting Tool Coordinator


Policy Engagement:

Sheldon Pereira, Policy Manager

Team Members:

Amanda Bichel…. Policy Research Analyst
Caitlin Scott…. Policy Analyst


 

Program Development:

Allan Taylor, Program Development ManagerAllan Taylor
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.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Allan.

Electric Vehicle Team Members:

Arcy Canumay…. EV Network Development Lead
Karina Vigil…. EV Social Media Lead
Samiya Hirji… EV Network Development Coordinator

CSE Team Members:

Andreas Mertes…. CSE Research Coordinator
Antonio Albornoz…. CSE Research Lead
Christine Jewell…. CSE Collaborative Hub Lead
Janet Kimantas…. CSE Behaviour Research Coordinator
Jen van Overbeeke…. Program Development Coordinator
Mariah Smith…. Program Coordinator


 

Public Relations:

Lexi Halley, PR Manager

Lexi is responsible for creating and managing a PR strategy for Sustainable Waterloo Region, and provides PR support for other functional areas in the organization. The PR team works together to execute the strategic plan with added support in media relations and community relations. Lexi is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Public Relations program at Conestoga College, where she is scheduled to graduate in 2016.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Lexi.

Team Members:

Alexandra Wong…. Community Relations Coordinator
Cindy Aponte…. Media Relations Coordinator
Kelly McMath…. PR Generalist
Valerie Chong…. Social Media Coordinator


 

Strategy & Governance:

Tova Davidson, Executive DirectorTovaDavidson

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.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Tova.

Additional Support

Janette Kingsbury…Board of Directors Liaison
Jenn Carreiro…Project Specialist
Leandra Mariani…. Executive Assistant
Marty Finestone…. Legal Advisor
Victoria Alleyne…Project Specialist


 

TravelWise:

Katie Wall, TravelWise ManagerSeychelle

Katie works closely with TravelWise members to make sustainable transportation options more accessible to employees.  She draws on her previous experience as a Project Manager for Sustainable Kingston, and her knowledge of transportation demand management, to reduce single-occupancy-vehicles on the road.  Katie completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph, and her Master of Environment and Sustainability at The University of Western Ontario.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Katie.

Team Members:

Arcy Canumay…. TravelWise Promotions Coordinator
Clayton Coppaway…TravelWise Data Analyst
Colleen Cooper…School Travel Planning Coordinator
Mat Thijssen…TravelWise Research Coordinator
Michelle Hoover…. School Travel Planning Support Specialist
Therese Tisseverasinghe…. TravelWise Marketing Specialist
Taginder Clair….Research and Development Coordinator


 

Web & IT:

SeychelleMatt Quinn, Web Manager

Matt oversees the implementation and maintenance of all web content and IT services, assisting in the maintenance of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s public website, the Regional Carbon Initiative Members’ portal, as well as our staff portal.

Email: Click here to get in touch with our web team.

Team Members:

Matthew Brodrecht…. Web Developer
Paul Sobering…. IT Support Specialist