Team Members

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.

Get in touch with Tova via e-mail.

Team Members

  • Asiyah Choudry
  • Jen Owens
  • Elizabeth Wong

Business Division

Lisa Chapman, Business Division Manager

Lisa runs the day-to-day operations at SWR. Her business background, combined educational background and being one of the founding individuals when SWR was envisioned, allows our organization to reach its full potential!

Get in touch with Lisa via e-mail

Business Development

TBD, Business Development Manager

The Business Development team works with a team of volunteers to increase our membership and connect 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

  • Ethan Fraser


Kyra Chrisholm, ClimateActionWR Plan Manager

Kyra 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. Kyra is responsible for developing relationships between partners, guiding and executing project planning, and managing external communication.

Get in touch with Kyra via e-mail

Team Members

  • Sydney Sandluck
  • Aleena Delangen
  • Alex Colvin
  • Connor Vago
  • Emily Wettlaufer
  • Maleesha Fernando
  • Nermin Abedin
  • Sabrina March

Communications & Marketing

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.

Get in touch with Liz via e-mail

Team Members

  • Clarissa Charles
  • Claris Lam
  • Erin Norsworthy
  • Eugene Huang
  • Rebecca Co
  • Emily Wettlaufer
  • Suzana Xavier


TBD, DriveZero Program Manager

TBD leads the DriveZero program which aims to increase the adoption of zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) and related infrastructure in the Waterloo Region. 

Events & Microforest

Emma Fox, Community Engagement Manager

Emma leads the planning and execution of events across our programs to educate, support and celebrate our members and the impact of our programs. She also manages our Microforest Program which involves the planting of hundreds of trees a year! As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also the Manager of Culture of Sustainability for the evolv1 building! Emma brings a wealth of experience from her background in the non-profit sector, and she is currently pursuing a Masters of Environment and Business.

Get in touch with Emma via email

Team Members

  • Krista Porter
  • Rasha Abusitta
  • Selina Han
  • Vikranth Chintaparth


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.

Get in touch with Ashton via email

Team Members

  • Julie Vuong
  • Debra Bakowsky

Fund Development

TBD, Fund Development Manager

TBD connects our organization to essential funding programs and helps coordinate our sponsorship program. TBD also oversees funder recognition and requirement fulfillment.

Get in touch with our Fund Development team via e-mail

Team Members

  • Kingson Ahaneku

Impact Network

Autumn Loosemore, Impact Network Program Manager

Autumn 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.  

Get in touch with Autumn via e-mail

Team Members

  • Adeola Akinsola
  • Allison Morgan
  • Alexis Jarman
  • Tasha-Leigh Gauthier
  • Shirley Yang
  • Julia Mcleod

Human Resources

Taginder Clair, Human Resources Manager

Taginder provides Human Resources support and guidance to our team of staff and volunteers. Currently, she is pursuing her Human Resources Professional certification, she brings a passion for team building and organizational excellence to SWR. 

Get in touch with Taginder via e-mail

Team Members

  • Lindsay Williamson
  • Antoinette Halpin


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! 

Get in touch with James via e-mail

Team Members

  • 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.

Get in touch with Michael via e-mail