Board of Directors
Heather Galt is currently the Vice President, Talent Initiatives and an Executive in Residence at Communitech. Heather has an extensive marketing background including product and service go-to-market, B2B marketing, channel marketing, customer insights, internationalization, branding, social media, PR and more. She has worked in tech for over 25 years, in companies of all sizes from start-up to large enterprise. Heather also has a strong background in privacy.
Prior to Communitech, Heather was Vice President of Marketing at Kik Interactive, where she built the marketing, customer support, customer analytics, recruiting and privacy functions of the company as it grew from 4M users to over 250M users.
Heather spent 11 years at BlackBerry in various marketing and channel-facing roles, including 5 years of working with RIM’s global carrier partners in over 100 countries. Heather started her career in start-ups, working in marketing and product management for two small companies that scaled rapidly.
Heather is also a part-time lecturer in marketing for Wilfrid Laurier University’s MBA program and is an active volunteer in the community. She has her MBA in Marketing and Strategy from York University, and her CIPP/C from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Christine Tolton is the Chief Idea Officer with Red Cat Marketing Inc., a boutique marketing agency she founded in 2005. The agency creates business, communication and marketing solutions designed to achieve objectives and move the business forward. They offer a unique approach to strategic marketing that is rooted in a thorough and deep understanding of the market, the target audience and both internal and external influences.
Christine is a past Executive Member of the CMA’s CRM Council and has also served as a judge of the CMA Awards for several years. As a proud 2013 Leadership Waterloo Region graduate, she has applied the knowledge and learning gained as an active volunteer with several organizations including Mom2Mom Africa, Junior Achievement, WOW International and several other social profit companies, as well as a Board Member with the United Way of Kitchener Waterloo and Area.
David is the co-founder and CEO of Media Sonar Technologies Inc since 2013. It is a location-based social media monitoring platform purpose built for law enforcement and public safety. He is has been active in the technology entrepreneurial space in Kitchener-Waterloo for many years acting as an Entrepreneur in Residence with Communitech and the Accelerator Centre, in additional to being an active angel investor in early stage companies. David is also a partner in the local Walper Hotel redevelopment. Prior to this he was the CEO of Navtech, Inc. in Waterloo for 9 years.
David has served on a number of Corporate and not-for-profit Boards including Chair of THEMUSEUM, The Centre in the Square, Navtech Inc, and Communitech.
David received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Jane has more than 40 years of tax experience serving clients in Canada and in the Caribbean. As a former tax partner with one of the Big 4 firms and a Tax Director in the Caribbean, Jane brings a wealth of both domestic and international experience to her clients. Jane is also a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada (2014) and a Fellow of the Society of Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Canada (2009). Besides tax, Jane’s background in Canada includes a former role as a Director of Finance for a large regional hospital and advising many owner-managed businesses. Jane has published many tax and workers’ compensation articles over the years and has co-edited both Carswell’s GST Guide for Business and the Ontario Workplace Insurance, Claims Management and Return to Work publications. She is also known for her many speaking and training sessions on the HST when it was first introduced in Ontario including co-presenting with the former Ontario Minister of Finance. Jane has successfully managed tax appeals up to the Tax Court level as well as effectively managed tax audits and avoided many proposed assessments for her clients. Jane has a history of community involvement including Women’s Crisis Services, former treasurer of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, former treasurer of the International Women’s Forum (Waterloo Chapter), former chair of the Waterloo Region Catholic Community Foundation, and numerous other board roles in the non-profit sector. In 2012 Jane was recognized by her firm for her community work and was awarded the National Community Leader award for the Eastern Canada Region. While Jane loves her classic rock’n’roll music, she grew up in a home where her mother taught classical piano and organ and helped her gain an appreciation of the arts.
Robyn is currently the Corporate Counsel at Vidyard, a tech company located in Kitchener. After completing a joint law degree / MPA at Queen’s University in 2015, she worked at two national firms in Toronto and Waterloo in the corporate transactional and competition law practice groups. She has regularly advised clients in the areas of corporate governance, privacy law, corporate restructuring, M&A and regulatory compliance.
Having grown up in Calgary, Robyn is an avid skier and volunteers with the Track 3 disabled skiing club at Chicopee. A former cellist, Robyn has completed the Royal Conservatory exams and continues to foster an appreciation for live music of all kinds.
Dylan was born and raised in a rural community outside of Kitchener. He continues to have a strong connection to the community through his family and participation in local events.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management, followed by a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo, Dylan was admitted to the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. As a CPA, CA, Dylan is currently a Manager in the assurance service line at Ernst & Young. He has over 5 years’ experience primarily serving private and public clients in the technology industry.
In his spare time, Dylan enjoys spending time on his family farm, cycling and attending music events. He is a strong advocate for ‘giving back’ to the community and is actively involved in many aspects of the Kitchener-Waterloo region.
Robert E. (Bob) Crow is a public policy and technology industry leader, currently serving as an advisor to tech companies and active community volunteer. Bob’s career includes service in the private, NGO, and university sectors as an executive, consultant, and educator. He is a recognized strategist and builder of organizational capacity in settings where technology and public policy intersect.
Bob retired in 2018 from the University of Waterloo where he served as Managing Director at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Interim Vice President for University Relations. Previously, he held executive positions at Research In Motion Limited, the Information Technology Association of Canada and Ryerson University.
Linda is the retired Director of Education and CEO of the Waterloo Region District School Board. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in addition to teacher, principal and supervisory officer qualifications, and certification in the areas of Violence Threat Risk Assessment and Social-Emotional and Team Intelligence. The recipient of numerous awards in the community, nationally and internationally, Linda currently serves on a number of non-profit boards in Waterloo Region including St. Mary’s General Hospital, THEMUSEUM, Strong Start, the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Regimental Council and Regimental Trust, and she is the past-president of the International Women’s Forum, Waterloo Chapter were she currently sits as an executive member. Additionally, Linda serves as a public appointee on the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Council reporting directly to the Minister of Education. She also contributes as an advisor to the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Linda is a resident of Cambridge and has long been a supporter of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
Joseph, is the Founding CEO of TribeHR, and the Vice President of HCM Products at NetSuite and holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. A successful repeat-entrepreneur in the Waterloo Region, with over 15 years leading software technology organizations in Canada, he is a recognized leader in the community.
Joseph’s extensive experience in enterprise and cloud software includes leading the digital engagement program of the G20 Global Sustainability Panel and leading a Digital Media and IT Organization through the design, planning and implementation of the $69-Million CIGI Campus in Waterloo. For his successes with Lewis Media and CIGI, Joseph was honoured with the CIBC Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005 and was recognized as one of Waterloo Region’s Top 40 under 40 in 2011.
Joseph currently sits on the board of directors of Communitech, and has previously sat on the board of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Barnraisers Council, and as chair of Lewis Media.
Patrick is a lawyer with Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, practicing exclusively in business law. Patrick’s practice includes assisting a wide range of Canadian and international clients with commercial and residential real estate transaction, commercial and residential leasing, secured lending, and other corporate law needs including mergers and acquisitions, the creation of joint ventures, partnerships, and corporations.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Patrick obtained a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MA from Royal Halloway and Bedford New College at the University of London in the UK, and JD in Law from the University of Windsor. Patrick has been a lifelong fan and supporter of live music, theater, new and emerging authors, and the arts generally, and this has included volunteering and board membership on cultural and community service organisations.
Amy Kavanagh is an experienced Information Technology professional and leader with over 20 years of focus on IT services for the financial industry. She is currently an Assistant Vice President of Technology at Manulife, supporting Canadians in achieving their dreams and aspirations. She is highly experienced in strategic planning, team building, financial and general management, vendor partnerships and IT service management. Amy is passionate about technology as an enabler, IT as a profession and delivering great operational results through high performing and highly engaged teams. She has an Advanced Executive Certificate in General Management from the Queen’s School of Business.
Amy and her family have lived in the region for more than 15 years and her community service is motivated by a desire to give back and to support Kitchener-Waterloo as a world-class place to live and work. Amy spends as much time as possible in the great outdoors and is a believer in music as a force for bringing people together.
Laura Mae Lindo
Dr. Laura Mae Lindo is the Director of Diversity and Equity at Wilfrid Laurier University where she uses her expertise in anti-oppressive community service, critical pedagogy and education more broadly to encourage long-term commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.
Her research interests include exploring humour as pedagogy and, more specifically, calling on humour in educational environments in and outside of traditional classrooms to initiate critical interrogations of controversial issues and hegemonic discourses. Within her work in the Diversity and Equity Office, she continues to engage in research, teaching and curriculum development while providing wrap-around support to faculty, staff and students navigating social justice and equity issues.
Kristina is an entrepreneur and executive recruiter. She is the founder of Artemis Canada, a boutique recruitment firm that connects tech companies with leaders and innovators.
She has spent more than 20 years as a partner to a variety of technology companies, helping them attract rare talent and build strong leadership teams.
Originally from Northern Ontario, Kristina has an MBA from Laurentian University and lives with her family in Waterloo.
John Motz was born in Toronto in 1960. His parents moved to Kitchener while he was still an infant, and he has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo ever since. John attended Saint Jerome’s High School in Kitchener, then went to the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences. He worked at the family business, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, during weekends and summers while attending high school and university. After graduating from university, John worked at the Cambridge Times newspaper in Cambridge, first as a reporter and photographer, then as news editor. When the Motz family sold its share of the Record in 1989, John returned to his studies at the University of Waterloo, achieving Master of Science and PhD degrees in Earth Sciences. He then worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. After John and his business partners sold a precision-manufacturing firm they owned in Guelph, John decided to pursue interests in volunteering and travel.
John grew up in a musical household where classical music was frequently in the air. He took clarinet lessons while in elementary school and played in a youth orchestra. His love of wind instruments lead him, as an adult, to study oboe with James Mason and bassoon with Cedric Coleman. John has also received voice training.
John volunteers at the University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum and the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum. His hobbies include watch and clock repair, camera collecting, photography and dabbling in a variety of wind instruments, from the harmonica to the didgeridoo.
John and his wife Heather travel extensively and consider New Zealand their favourite place in the world, outside of Canada. They have four adult children who are pursuing successful careers across Canada.
Adele Newton has developed and managed a broad range of innovative programs and strategic international partnerships in the university, technology and not-for-profit sectors. She has over twenty-five years of experience in working and communicating with cross-cultural sensitivity in North America, Africa, Europe and China.
Adele has held full time positions at Alias Research, the University of Waterloo, the University of Toronto, BlackBerry and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. She founded Newton Associates in 1993 and her clients have included Side Effects Software, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the University of Waterloo, Art Center College of Design, the Information Technology Association of Canada and Ryerson University.
Adele is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.
Rick is currently a financial consultant providing his expertise and counsel to professional athletes, entertainers, high net worth business owners and their families. He offers tailored, cross-border financial solutions incorporating will and estate planning and multi-jurisdictional wealth management strategies. Previously, Rick enjoyed an accomplished career with RBC providing financial services and counsel to high net worth clients, including several years advising high net worth families in Europe. Rick enjoys skiing, golf and travel. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has the PFP designation.