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.
|RCI Support Services
RCI Business Development
Web & IT
Strategy & Governance
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.
|Anam Rahman||RCI Support Services Coordinator|
|Julie Vuong||RCI Support|
|Connor Brennan||RCI Framework Researcher|
|Tasha-Leigh Gauthier||Carbon Accounting Tool Coordinator|
|Jen Owens||RCI Researcher|
|Nicholas Cloet||Living Documents Coordinator|
|Patricia Huynh||Living Documents Coordinator|
|Tara Wilkie||Member Experience Coordinator|
|Tyler Plante||Member Support Coordinator|
|Ana Gonzalez Guerrero||Member Support Coordinator|
|Laura Rourke||Member Support Coordinator|
|Carrah Johnston||Member Support Coordinator|
|Tanya Chisholm||Member Support Coordinator|
|Reuben DeBoer||Member Support Coordinator|
|Darren Kropf||Member Support Coordinator|
Lisa Chapman, RCI Events & Operations Manager
Lisa coordinates Sustainable Waterloo Region’s event season and manages a variety of internal operations. In planning Technical Workshops, Educational Forums, Peer-2-Peer sessions and community partner events, 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.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Lisa.
|Megan Backos||RCI Events Coordinator|
|Elizabeth Wong||RCI Events Marketing Coordinator|
|Paul Botros||RCI Events Video Specialist|
|Manpreet Dhaliwal||RCI Events Generalist|
|Julie Raineault||RCI Events Sponsorship Coordinator|
|Steve Yessie||RCI Events Content Coordinator|
The Business Development team works to increase our RCI Membership base with organizations who are dedicated to making measurable and verifiable emissions reductions.
Email: Click here to get in touch with our Business Development team.
|Mike Hager||RCI Business Development Coordinator|
|Cole McLay||Business Development Coordinator|
Sarah Brown, ClimateActionWR Project Manager
Sarah 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. Sarah brings experience in energy policy and climate change planning research. She holds a BES in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo, as well as a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Sarah.
|Elizabeth Weber||ClimateActionWR Coordinator|
|Melissa Gerrard||Community Engagement Coordinator|
|Brianna Aspinall||Community Engagement Coordinator|
|Amber Turvey||Community Engagement Coordinator|
|Brittany Friesman||Web & Social Media Coordinator|
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.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Sean.
|Victoria Alleyne||Policy Engagement Coordinator|
|Amanda Bichel||Policy Research Analyst|
Mat Thijssen, TravelWise Coordinator
Mat provides support services to the Region of Waterloo’s TravelWise program, which is aimed at reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles on regional roads. TravelWise partners with local organizations to provide ride-matching for carpoolers, discounted transit passes, emergency ride home services, and employer reporting. Mat works closely with regional staff on event planning, employer outreach, and marketing. 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.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Mat.
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.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Rebecca.
|Katherine Albrecht||Financial Operations Lead|
|Andreina Calderon||Finance Coordinator|
Sarah Edmonds, HR Manager
Sarah manages and provides strategic guidance to our HR Team, which coordinates recruitment, recognition, retention, and engagement for both SWR volunteers and staff. Sarah is a Human Resources Professional that has over 5 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources. She holds her CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Sarah has served on the Grand Valley Chapter HRPA Board of Directors and is involved in other organizing committees for the Grand Valley Chapter HRPA.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Sarah.
|Mat Thijssen||HR Generalist|
|Alison Forler||Recruitment Coordinator|
|Crystal Lammens||Recruitment Outreach Coordinator|
|Erin Klassen||Team Relations Specialist|
|Hugo Agunmadu||Orientation Coordinator|
Nina Blagojevic, Marketing Manager
Nina manages Sustainable Waterloo Region’s marketing team. She leads the creation and execution of the marketing strategy, encompassing developing the organization’s brand and leading communication efforts around SWR and its programs. Nina has been with Sustainable Waterloo Region since January 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Nina.
|Holly Hendershot||Lead Communications Specialist|
|Deb Bald||Senior Communications Specialist|
|Michelle Maw||Communications Specialist|
|Brittany Da Silva||Communications Specialist|
|Kayla Snyder||Proposal Writer|
|Chris Steingart||Lead Graphic Designer|
|Maryam Kafi||Graphic Designer|
|Christine Bui||Graphic Designer|
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.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Jenn.
|Michelle Sullivan||Media Relations Lead|
|Kelly McMath||PR Generalist|
|Gabriella Santos||PR Generalist|
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.
Email: Click here to get in touch with our web team.
|Mathew Thijssen||Interim Web Manager|
|James Carmichael||Website Coordinator|
|John Rockefeller||Web Developer|
|Graham Dunn||IT Ninja|
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.
Email: Click here to get in touch with Tova.
|Greg Boyd||Project Analyst, Sustainability Incubator|
|Marty Finestone||Legal Advisor|
|Allan Taylor||Strategic Planning Lead|
|Seychelle Krygsman||Program Development Generalist|
|Prianka Siva||Administrative Coordinator|
|Puninda Thind||Sustainability CoLab Project Coordinator|