Team Members

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.

Get in touch with Tova via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Arcy Canumay
  • Marty Finestone
  • Andrea Marriaga
  • Sheldon Pereira
  • Farzana Rahman
  • Caitlin Scott

Business Division

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.

Get in touch with Lisa via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Saliha Haider
  • Jessica Klaric
  • Tarana Persaud
  • Paul Sobering

Business Development

Liz Wong

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.

Get in touch with our Business Development team via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Carina Biacchi
  • Nicholas Darmanie
  • Mariah Smith


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.

Get in touch with Kate via e-mail.

Team Members

  • 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.

Team Members

  • Sena Ame
  • Valerie Chong
  • Sarah Fries
  • Fani Hsieh
  • Natalie Jensen
  • Lachlan Mason
  • Kelly McMath
  • Olivia Paxton-Beesley
  • Elmira Persaud
  • John Rockefeller
  • Silvia Yaguchi
  • Marianne Windrow


Tanya Markvart

Tanya Markvart, Program Division Manager and Manager, Culture of Sustainability

Tanya Markvart brings her passion for strategic sustainability planning, regenerative neighbourhoods, and organizational change management to SWR in her roles as Program Division Manager and Manager of Culture of Sustainability. She has a PhD in Planning focusing on cultural change towards sustainability, 5+ years of consulting experience in the field of sustainability assessment, and project management experience as the former Director of Research & Programs for the University of Waterloo CHEC Initiative research centre.

Get in touch with Tanya via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Christine Jewell
  • Marina Nadj
  • 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.

Get in touch with Patrick via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Manpreet Dhaliwal
  • Julie Vuong

Fund Development


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.

Get in touch with Kara via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Cindy Luu

Human Resources

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.

Get in touch with Yvonne via e-mail.

Regional Sustainability Initiative

Matthew Day, Regionsl Sustainability Initiative 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.

Get in touch with Matthew via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Nicholas Cloet
  • Anna Fluder
  • Tasha-Leigh Gauthier
  • Patricia Huynh
  • Jen Owens
  • Jenna Paton
  • Andrea Quinn
  • Samantha Tavenor


Katie Wall

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.

Get in touch with Katie via email.

Team Members

  • Miranda Bird
  • Basak Topcu