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.
Mark Mollison is the President of Conestoga Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd. located in Cambridge, Ontario, serving all of Southwestern Ontario. He acquired the company in early 2010 and has since grown Conestoga Roofing from 27 employees to 80 employees, tripling sales and extending service areas throughout Ontario. Prior to acquiring Conestoga Roofing Mark worked for Aecon Industrial, Cambridge as a Project Coordinator/Manager at various construction sites in Ontario as well as overseas in Prague, Czech Republic. After nearly four years Mark then worked for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Cambridge traveling to the USA and many countries in Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan) as a Purchasing Specialist. At both Aecon and Toyota he gained large corporate expertise in construction and manufacturing, and of continuous improvement through small calculated steps aimed at achieve large goals.
Mark has been a resident of Kitchener-Waterloo since being born at Grand River Hospital. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering with a management sciences option. He is currently a Licenced Professional Engineer of Ontario.
Mark and his wife Thanh-Thanh Tieu are also the proud and loving parents of their two boys, Nathaniel Edward Mollison (2011) and Andrew Alexander Mollison (2013).
Mark has always worked to give back to the community. Even with a demanding course load as an engineering student, Mark was an active participant on the engineering council as the treasurer for three years. He enjoyed being a part of the student community and always wanted the best for engineering at the U of W. Since acquiring Conestoga Roofing Mark has been able to set aside more time to becoming involved with and give back to the community. With a history of enjoying classical music throughout his life, Mark wanted to dive head first into working with the KWS. Initially joining as a corporate member, and a Conductor’s Circle supporter he also joined the KWS development committee. Mark is very excited to have the opportunity to join the KWS Board and to contribute to the bright future of the KWS.
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.
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.
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.
Holly Manning is a Waterloo native who attended her first KW symphony at the age of 9, and has been an ardent fan ever since.
After completing her education at Trent University, she ran a small business in Ottawa for several years. She returned to the region in 1996 to raise a family and become involved in her community.
She is a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, with a strong commitment to social services and the arts. Holly also chairs the Parent’s Council for Waterloo Collegiate Institute, and sits on the boards of Kitchener-Waterloo Bilingual School, and Carizon Family and Community Services.
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.
Lois has over 25 years of financial leadership experience and joined InvestorCOM in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Previously she held the role of CFO of blueRover Inc., a technology company focused on commercial internet-of-things applications and prior to that she was CFO of Communitech Corporation, an industry-led innovation center that supports, fosters and enables technology companies in the Region of Waterloo. Her career also includes 15 years in senior financial roles in food manufacturing, having served as Chief Financial Officer of Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods Inc. and also Vice-President Finance at Dare Foods, a multi-plant privately-held company that manufactured and distributed its products across North America and internationally. Lois obtained her Chartered Accountant designation at KPMG and she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she earned the Alumni Gold Medal. In 2018, Lois received her FCPA, CPA designation. This designation is granted to those members whose achievements in their careers, the community, or in the profession have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession. She sits on the Board of Directors and has been Treasurer for the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Shad International, and International Women’s Forum (Kitchener Chapter).
Angela is the Manager, Special Projects at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she leads the creative development, planning and execution of unique outreach vehicles and strategic initiatives, including the QUANTUM: The Exhibition.
Before joining IQC, Angela worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario as the Manager of Marketing for Exhibitions, though much of her experience in arts management and marketing was
shaped by multiple roles over ten years at THEMUSEUM where she worked her through the organization to Senior Director of Marketing and Internal Operations.
Angela’s community work has included serving on the Board of Directors for the Grand River Film Festival, the Ontario Museums Association’s Emerging Museum Professionals Advisory Committee and managing fundraisers for the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a Master of Business Administration, both from Wilfrid Laurier University.
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.
Christine Walker is a development professional who has held positions responsible for team development, operations management, strategic direction and execution of fundraising activities. She graduated from the University of Toronto and University of Windsor and has 20 years experience in the charitable sector including five years at Children’s Health Foundation supporting Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre where she was a senior leader directly responsible for philanthropy development programs as well as foundation strategic planning, volunteer development, grant planning and administration. In addition she has led teams responsible for revenue streams at Western University and United Way of London & Middlesex and previously managed donations and external relations programs at RBC Royal Bank. Christine lives in London with her family and is committed to supporting the arts, children and families.
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.
Karen Wilkinson, FCPA, FCA is President of Karen Wilkinson Professional Corporation. She was previously a Tax Partner with Deloitte LLP. Karen’s practice is focused on assisting private companies and their owners in maximizing wealth and transitioning the business to the next generation. Karen participated with the University of Waterloo Centre for Tax Education and Research in completing the study “Are Canadian Family Businesses an Endangered Species?”. Karen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Accounting degree. Karen has been very involved in the community over the years currently serving as a member of the Board of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Association and the Treasurer at Orchestras Canada. Prior community involvement has included the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo, United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Association and the University of Waterloo Planned Giving Advisory Committee.
Hajra Wilson was born in South Africa and has been in Canada since 1975 becoming a Citizen in 1986. Her career was mostly in Medical Imaging, working in Libya, England, Switzerland and Canada.
Now retired and living in Cambridge, she has an extensive volunteer resume in the arts working diligently in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. As well, she has International Recognition for her work with Rotary International for her intense involvement with Polio Plus. In that regard, she has been leading volunteers to delivering Polio vaccine in Africa, India and Pakistan. Her work in the local Rotary District has raised the profile of Rotary’s Polio Eradication throughout.
Community Volunteer positions held:
Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation at Provincial level
Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, President of the Volunteer and member of the Board
YWCA board member.
Task force member for Women’s Health at Waterloo Regional Health Unit
Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Board Member
Coda, ( Lutherwood ) board member
Grand Philharmonic Choir, Board Member
Waterloo University fundraising campaign team for Dana Porter Library
Board Member and Special Events Volunteer Chair, Cambridge Art Gallery, now known as Idea Exchange.
Member of Public Art Advisory Committee, Waterloo Regional Government.
Cambridge Arts and Culture Committee, served as chair, City of Cambridge.
Business Advisory Committee, Centre in the Square
Present Volunteer positions:
Member of Cambridge North Rotary Club
Chair, Arts Connect Cambridge, City of Cambridge
Member of the special events Committee, Idea Exchange Art and Design
Ontario Association of Art Gallery, Volunteer Award 2012
International Service Award for Polio- Free World, Rotary International 2014