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.

Operational Areas

Support Areas

RCI Support Services
RCI Events
RCI Business Development
Policy Engagement
ClimateActionWR
TravelWise
Finance
Human Resources
Marketing
Public Relations
Web & IT
Strategy & Governance

 


Regional Carbon Initiative Support Services:


Matthew Day, 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 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

 


RCI Events:

Lisa Chapman, RCI Events & Operations ManagerLisaChapman
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.

Team Members:

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

 


Business Development

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.

Team Members

Mike Hager RCI Business Development Coordinator
Cole McLay Business Development Coordinator

 


ClimateActionWR

Sarah Brown, ClimateActionWR Project ManagerSarahBrown

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.

Team Members:

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

 


Policy Engagement:

Sean Campbell, Policy Engagement ManagerSeanCampbell

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.

Team Members:

Victoria Alleyne Policy Engagement Coordinator
Amanda Bichel Policy Research Analyst

TravelWise:

Mat Thijssen, TravelWise CoordinatorMatThijssen

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.


Finance:

Rebecca Vollmer, Finance ManagerRebeccaVollmer

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.

Team Members:

Katherine Albrecht Financial Operations Lead
Andreina Calderon Finance Coordinator

 


Human Resources:

Sarah Edmonds, HR ManagerSarahEdmonds
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.

Team Members:

Mat Thijssen HR Generalist
Alison Forler Recruitment Coordinator
Crystal Lammens Recruitment Outreach Coordinator
Erin Klassen Team Relations Specialist
Hugo Agunmadu Orientation Coordinator

 


Marketing:

Nina Blagojevic, Marketing ManagerNina-Edited
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.

Team Members:

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
Cailin Munroe Photographer

 


Public Relations:

Jenn Carreiro, PR ManagerJenn Carreiro
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.

Team Members:

Michelle Sullivan Media Relations Lead
Kelly McMath PR Generalist
Gabriella Santos PR Generalist

 


Web & IT:

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.

Team Members:

Mathew Thijssen Interim Web Manager
James Carmichael Website Coordinator
John Rockefeller Web Developer
Graham Dunn IT Ninja

 


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

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