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
Tova leads our organization under the Board of Directors, by developing our strategic direction, supporting team members and is responsible for building key relationships throughout Waterloo region. She brings her experience in public relations and communications to creatively approach sustainability opportunities. Paired with her business background 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 leads by example while inspiring others to do the same.Get in touch with Tova via e-mail.
- Lauren Peng
Lisa Chapman, Business Division Manager
Lisa is currently on Maternity Leave until January 2021.
Human Resources & Operations
Yvonne Stoll, Human Resources Manager and Interim Operations Manager
Yvonne provides general Human Resources support and guidance to our team of staff and volunteers. As a CHRP professional, she brings her passion for team building and organizational excellence to us. Over her career, Yvonne has developed exceptional process, implementation and management best practices in a variety of fields including advanced manufacturing and technology.
Aisling Dennett, Programs Division Manager
Aisling oversees SWR’s programs which include; the Regional Sustainability Initiative, TravelWise, ClimateActionWR, and ChargeWR program teams. She also functions as the Manager of Culture of Sustainability for the evolv1 building.
- Julia McLeod
Elizabeth Wong, Business Development Manager
Elizabeth works with a team of volunteers to increase our membership and connect with organizations who are dedicated to taking measurable and verifiable sustainability action.
- Jody Fennell
- Flavia Fontana Giusti
- Mats van Kleef
Tanner Currie, ChargeWR Program Manager
Tanner is an enthusiastic EV owner with a lifelong passion for the environment and sustainability. He comes to us with a solid background rooted in tech, focused on software development and manufacturing with an arsenal of business skills, including sales, marketing, finance, and organizational dynamics.
Maintaining alignment with the rapidly changing and disruptive environment of electric vehicles at this pivotal time in history, and ensuring that Sustainable Waterloo Region remains an active participant in this exciting transformation is a vital focus of the program.
- Savonnaé Street
Sue Arndt, ClimateActionWR Plan Manager
Sue 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.
- Samantha Tremmel
- Megan Gereghty
- Andreas Mertes
- Amanda Smith
Liz Dirksen, Communications Manager
Liz leads the volunteer communications team to guide the creation and execution of our marketing and communications strategy. Her role combines both her experience with communications and her passion for sustainability and she is pivotal in our mission to engage the community and raise our profile in Waterloo region.
- Sarah Fries
- Kelly McMath
- Sebastien Modal
- Jen Owens
- Olivia Paxton-Beesley
- Elmira Persaud
- Alana Rigby
- Sefora Catana
- Clarissa Charles
Katie Hill, Events Coordinator
Katie leads the planning and execution of events across our programs to educate, support and celebrate our members and the impact of the programs. Katie brings a wealth of experience from her background in the not for profit sector. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Sustainable Local Food.
Ashton Romany, Finance Manager
Ashton provides oversight and guidance for our annual budget and supports all of our financial reporting. This includes reporting on fiscal performance, budget preparation and presentation for board approval, and preparation of the annual financial report for board members and external stakeholders.
- Hannah Dubber
- Julie Vuong
Matthew Lucid Fund Development Manager
Matthew connects our organization to invaluable funding programs and helps coordinate our sponsorship program. He also oversees funder recognition and requirement fulfillment.
- Sonja Teichert
James Crowther, IT Manager
James is responsible for installing and maintaining our computer systems and related software. He provides team support and keeps us connected.
- Laura Qualey
Michael Black, Website Manager
Michael oversees the functionality of our website and MemberLink platform. He evaluates and manages website performance, facilitates hosting and server management, and develops, maintains and updates website content.
Regional Sustainability Initiative
Danielle Avila, Regional Sustainability Initiative Program Manager
Danielle works closely with members in our flagship program to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets in the areas of greenhouse gas emission reductions, waste diversion and water consumption reductions.
- Andreas Mertes
- Manpreet Dhaliwal
- Tasha-Leigh Gauthier
- Nicholas Cloet
- Patricia Huynh
- Megan McKay
- Anna Fluder
- Laura Jonson
- Jen Owens
In response to the health and financial impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Region of Waterloo has temporarily reduced staff support from Sustainable Waterloo Region for the TravelWise program. It is anticipated that this temporary measure will be in effect for 3 months (June 1st – September 1st, 2020).
Please send all inquiries to the TravelWise general inbox (TravelWise@RegionofWaterloo.ca) and Region staff will follow up with you.
Katie Wall, TravelWise Manager
Katie is currently on Maternity Leave until January 2021.
Miranda Burton, TravelWise Manager (Interim)
Miranda works closely with TravelWise members to make sustainable transportation options more accessible to employees. Her expertise in climate change mitigation paired with her passion for sustainable commuting result in outstanding service and support for this program’s members.
- Natalie Wennyk
- Arcy Canumay