Our team is a passionate mix of volunteers, interns, and staff with a huge range of expertise. We are incredibly grateful to have such an enthusiastic and talented group working towards our collective mission. We are a staff team of about ten, and our full team includes up to eighty volunteers every year.
Strategy & Governance
Tova Davidson, Executive Director
In her role as Executive Director, Tova Davidson helps develop strategic direction for SWR, manages the team, and builds key relationships throughout Waterloo region.
She brings her experience in public relations and communications to creatively approach sustainability opportunities. Paired with her business background as the former Vice President of The Letter M Marketing, she is primed to collaborate with top organizations in Waterloo Region to drive change locally and provincially. Having been selected by The Guelph Mercury for Top 40 Under 40, and the recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, Tova has demonstrated leadership in the community, and continues to lead by example while inspiring others to do the same.
- Marty Finestone
- Sheldon Pereira
- Farzana Rahman
- Caitlin Scott
- Andrea Marriaga
Lisa Chapman, Business Division Manager
Lisa oversees our organization’s internal operations. She is responsible for working with our Events, Finance, Fund Development, Human Resources and IT teams to ensure consistency in day to day operations.
- Saliha Haider
- Cattaliya Murray
Elizabeth Wong, Business Development Manager
Elizabeth works with a team of volunteers to increase our membership with organizations who are dedicated to taking measurable and verifiable sustainability action.
- Carina Biacchi
- Nicholas Darmanie
- Mariah Smith
Arcy Canumay, ChargeWR Manager
Arcy’s passion is in sustainable and active transportation solutions. He is responsible for promoting sustainable transportation solutions in Waterloo Region and working with the community to plan events that will excite people to try different modes of transportation.
Katarina Milicic, ClimateActionWR Plan Manager
Katarina 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.
- Rachel Everett
- Megan Gereghty
- Juan Sotés
The communications team leads the creation and execution of the marketing strategy for SWR, and is responsible for managing the PR strategy. This team collaborates with other functional areas in the organization with added support in media relations and community relations.
- Tamara Blagojevic
- Valerie Chong
- Sarah Fries
- Fani Hsieh
- Natalie Jensen
- Elli Levene
- Lachlan Mason
- Kelly McMath
- Raheleh Mohammadi
- John Rockefeller
- Marianne Windrow
Allan Taylor, Program Development Manager
Over the past few years, Allan was involved in the visioning and conceptual design of evolv1 – Canada’s first commercially viable and replicable net-positive energy building, currently under development by the Cora Group.
His focus now is on evolvGREEN – a collaboration between Sustainable Waterloo Region, the Accelerator Centre, the City of Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University that provides a space to bring together entrepreneurs, industry leaders, academia and corporate partners to build a community of people that are passionate about the environment, the clean economy and the well-being of themselves and those around them.
- Christine Jewell
- Andreas Mertes
- Jen van Overbeeke
- Armen Poladian
Patrick Kelly, Finance Manager
Patrick provides leadership and oversight of the annual budget and financial reporting for Sustainable Waterloo Region. Responsibilities include monthly/quarterly reporting on fiscal performance, budget preparation and presentation for board approval, and preparation of the annual financial report for board members and external stakeholders.
- Manpreet Dhaliwal
- Julie Vuong
Kara Klassen, Fund Development Manager
Kara supports and assists SWR’s teams and programs to leverage funding and partnerships with organizations within and outside Waterloo Region that wish to grow their portfolios and invest in SWR’s sustainability mission. She has over seven years’ experience in business development and program implementation and is passionate about making positive sustainable environmental changes both personally, regionally and globally.
- Eunize Lao
- Cindy Luu
Yvonne Stoll, Human Resource Manager
Yvonne provides general Human Resources support and guidance to our team of staff and volunteers. She has recently received her CHRP designation and brings a passion for team building and organizational excellence to SWR. Over her career, Yvonne has developed exceptional process, implementation and management best practices in a variety of fields including advanced manufacturing and tech.
Regional Sustainability Initiative
Matthew Day, RCI Program Manager
Matthew is the program manager of the Regional Sustainability Initiative where he guides members through four sustainability milestones. Drawing on his 10 years of corporate sustainability experience, he develops resources and incentives to help define their vision, measure the results, and reach their sustainability potential.
- Nicholas Cloet
- Anna Fluder
- Tasha-Leigh Gauthier
- Patricia Huynh
- Jen Owens
- Jenna Paton
- Tarana Persaud
- Andrea Quinn
- Samantha Tavenor
Katie Wall, TravelWise Manager
Katie works closely with TravelWise members to make sustainable transportation options more accessible to employees. Her expertise in program and project management, paired with her passion for sustainability result in outstanding service and support for this program’s members. Katie has completed a Masters of Environment and Sustainability and has worked with both not for profit and public-sector agencies to create and implement sustainability action plans.
- Arcy Canumay
- Basak Topcu
|Paul brings expertise in all things IT to the SWR team. Providing support for both hardware and software solutions, Paul ensures that the team is able to support our community and network using the best possible resources. Paul has a passion for community and the environment and, it seems, can make all IT problem go away.
Paul Sobering, IT Manager