The SWR team includes a mix of staff, volunteers, and interns, with a wide range of experience and expertise. We are incredibly grateful to have such an enthusiastic, passionate and talented group working toward our collective mission. We have around 10 permanent staff members who are helped by up to 80 volunteers from the community each year.
Strategy & Governance
Tova Davidson, Executive Director
Tova leads our organization under the Board of Directors, and is responsible for developing our strategic direction, supporting team members, and 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, Tova is uniquely qualified to collaborate with organizations in Waterloo Region to help drive change locally and provincially. A former recipient of the City of Guelph Mayor’s Award of Excellence and member of the Guelph Mercury’s Top 40 Under 40, Tova always leads by example while inspiring others to do the same.
- Asiyah Choudry
- Jacob Miller
- Lauren Peng
Lisa Chapman, Business Division Manager
Lisa runs the day-to-day operations at SWR, and has been thrilled to be a part of the team since 2018. Her business background, combined with her training in volunteer management and education, allow our organization to reach its full potential!
Aisling Dennett, Programs Division Manager
Aisling oversees SWR’s programs, including the Impact Network, TravelWise, ClimateActionWR, and ChargeWR program teams. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also 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.
- Juli-Ann Perkins
- Sarah Aterman
Samantha Tremmel, ClimateActionWR Plan Manager
Samantha facilitates the ClimateActionWR partnership between SWR, Reep Green Solutions, and the Region of Waterloo, along with area municipalities, local energy utilities, and the community at large. Samantha is responsible for developing relationships between partners, guiding and executing project planning, and managing external communication.
- Amanda Smith
- Andreas Mertes
- Mara Mackay
- Megan Gereghty
- Sandra Biskupovic
Liz Dirksen, Communications Manager
Liz leads the volunteer communications team and guides 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.
- Alana Rigby
- Clarissa Charles
- Elmira Persaud
- Jen Owens
- Jenna Eaton
- Olivia Paxton-Beesley
- Sarah Fries
- Sefora Catana
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 our programs. Katie brings a wealth of experience from her background in the nonprofit sector, and 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 essential funding programs and helps coordinate our sponsorship program. He also oversees funder recognition and requirement fulfillment.
- Sonja Teichert
- Lana Dadson, Sponsorship Coordinator
Yvonne Stoll, Human Resources Manager
Yvonne provides Human Resources support and guidance to our team of staff and volunteers. As a Certified Human Resources Professional, she brings a passion for team building and organizational excellence to SWR. During her career, Yvonne has developed exceptional process, implementation, and management best practices in a variety of fields, including advanced manufacturing and technology.
- Taginder Clair
- Payton Rubie
James Crowther, IT Manager
James is responsible for installing and maintaining our computer systems and related software. He provides team support and always keeps us connected!
- Laura Qualey
Michael Black, Website Manager
Michael oversees our website and MemberLink platform. In this role, he evaluates and manages website performance, facilitates hosting and server management, and develops, maintains, and updates website content.
Rebecca Garlick, Impact Network Program Manager
Rebecca works closely with the members of our flagship program to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets in the areas of greenhouse gas emission reductions, waste diversion and water consumption reductions.
- Rachel Stevens
- Tasha-Leigh Gauthier
- Nouran Nour
- Shirley Yang
- Jen Owens
Arcy Canumay, TravelWise Manager
- Allan Taylor
- Arcy Canumay
- Natalie Wennyk