The Policy Advisory Committee provides guidance on Sustainable Waterloo Region’s policy engagement efforts. You can view our Policy Engagement page for more information. The Committee’s members include:

Dr. Barry Colbert

Director, P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Colbert leads Wilfrid Laurier University’s P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability, which serves as a catalyst to bring together faculty researchers, students, and leaders in industry and civil society in order to build capacity for more progressive, socially engaged organizational leadership.

Dr. Colbert is also an Assistant Professor of Policy & Strategic Management in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, where his research is centred on the ways and means by which organizations align a vision for sustainability, corporate and business strategy, and the strategic development of human capital. His writing has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Planning, and the Journal of General Management, along with several recent book chapters, including ‘The Business Case for CSR’ in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Mike Farwell

Anchor, Sportsnet 590 The FanMike Farwell

Born and raised in Waterloo Region, Mike has been following his dream of “being on the radio” for almost 20 years. After graduating from the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College, Mike accepted his first full-time broadcasting job in British Columbia. From there, it was off to Thunder Bay and Toronto before returning “home” to Kitchener where he spent more than ten years as a broadcast journalist with a number of radio and TV stations. Today, Mike is the morning sports anchor at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto but he maintains his home in Kitchener, where he is also a member of the Kitchener Rangers broadcast team.

Mike is passionate about working in the community and sits on the Board of Directors for the Kitchener Public Library, the Literacy Group of Waterloo Region, and is a member of the Public Relations Committee for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Mike’s commitment to charitable organizations is highlighted by his annual fundraising campaigns on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

 Antoni Paleshi

Senior Analyst, Building Energy Performance, MMM Group

Elizabeth Pringle

Associate Partner, SR&ED and Business Tax IncentivesElizabeth Pringle

Elizabeth Pringle leads Ernst & Young’s SR&ED and Business Tax Incentives Practice for South western Ontario out of EY’s Kitchener office.  Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Master of Science degree – both from the University of Guelph.  She spent many years as a research scientist in both the private and public sectors and now works with companies in a wide range of industries including automotive OEM’s, automotive parts suppliers, construction companies, environmental engineering firms and pharmaceutical manufacturers in Ontario helping them  to identify and support Scientific Research and Experimental Development claims and obtain other business incentives.  She has an extensive background with the Canadian Tax Authority with regard to the SR&ED Program having worked for the Canada Revenue Agency for 8 years before joining Ernst & Young in 2004.

Lisa J. Scott

Energy & Sustainability Consultant, BMO Financial GroupLisa Scott

Lisa has worked within the environmental field with a focus on sustainability, climate change and air quality issues for over 10 years. She has substantial knowledge of GHG emission inventory quantification methodology, national and international GHG protocols, and she possesses unparalleled knowledge of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program and ICLEI reporting protocols.

As a former ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability PCP Project Coordinator, she has worked with numerous levels of government on climate change projects, ranging from GHG inventory development, to sustainability plan development and implementation. Ms. Scott has worked on numerous GHG inventory projects for municipalities and corporations across Canada and the United States. She has also been involved with the Region of Waterloo community GHG analysis and the City of Cambridge corporate GHG inventory and action plan development.

Jan Varner

CEO of United Way for Kitchener-Waterloo and Area

Jan Varner is currently the CEO of United Way for Kitchener-Waterloo and area. Prior to this role, Jan was at Wilfrid Laurier University for ten years. She was the Director of the Laurier Institute, Laurier’s Executive and Management Development Centre, as well as a faculty member for the School of Business and Economics. She joined the faculty after serving 15 years in the private and public sector. Jan graduated from WLU in 1980 with her BBA and her MBA in 1994. She is currently a PhD candidate at University of Toronto.

Jan and her husband of 28 years, Dave, own and operate Innersee Initiatives Inc.,an experiential training and development business that includes a low ropes, team building challenge course. Jan’s dedication to continuous learning and giving back is evidenced by the fact that she has her Canadian Training and Development Professional designation, and is currently on the board for The Centre for Rural Leadership. She was also the first Canadian nominated as chair for CMED, an international management and executive development association.