Our Team

Our team is a passionate mix of volunteers, interns, and staff 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
Events & Human Resources
Fund Development
Program Development
Public Relations
Regional Sustainability Initiative
Research and Innovation
Strategy & Governance
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



Danielle Laperriere, ClimateActionWR Plan Manager

Danielle 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.

Email: Click here to get in touch with Danielle.

Team Members:

Binesh Lodhi…ClimateActionWR Committee Coordinator
Dan Shaver…. ClimateActionWR Partner Support Coordinator
Nila Maran…ClimateActionWR Online Content Coordinator
Elizabeth Hilgers… ClimateActionWR Plan Manager (on leave)


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:

Luke Stein… Marketing Coordinator
Manpreet Dhaliwal…. Events Coordinator
Selma  Fernandez Mac Gregor…. Program Coordinator
Steve Yessie…. Events Content Coordinator
Tarana Persaud…. Events Research Coordinator

Karen Rittinger…Team Relations Coordinator
Samantha Clement…. Team Social Coordinator
Yvonne Stoll…. HR Specialist




John Paul Nyereka, Finance Manager

Team Members:

Julie Vuong…. Finance Coordinator
Manpreet Dhaliwal…Invoice and Billing Clerk
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



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:

Arun Raj… Graphic Designer
Chris Steingart…. Graphic Designer
Christine Bui…. Graphic Designer
Lyubava Fartushenko…. Lead Graphic Designer
Maryam Kafi…. Graphic DesignerArun Raj… Graphic Designer
Dave Klassen… Photographer


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
Selma  Fernandez Mac Gregor…. 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


Regional Sustainability 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
Andrew Adams…RCI Business Case Developer
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

Innovation Research:

Sheldon Pereira, Innovation Research  Manager

Team Members:

Caitlin Scott…. Innovation Research Analyst


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

Leandra Mariani…. Executive Assistant
Marty Finestone…. Legal Advisor



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
Basak Topcu… TravelWise Data Analyst
Mat Thijssen…TravelWise Research Coordinator
Therese Tisseverasinghe…. TravelWise Marketing Specialist
Taginder Clair….Research and Development Coordinator


Web & IT:

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

Team Members:

Christine Robson… Web Developer
Paul Sobering…. IT Support Specialist