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Board of Directors

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Board Member Profiles

Jane Black

Jane recently retired from her position as Regional Vice President of the Royal Bank of Canada - Greater Waterloo. She is President of the Board for Nutrition for Learning and volunteers her time to several other charities in Waterloo Region. Her more than 40 years of experience in banking will provide expertise in business and risk management, business development and leadership.

Charles Cipolla

Charles is the former President of Rockwell Automation where he worked for 33 years. He is a member of the Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro Board and currently chairs the Boards of the Gore Mutual Insurance Company, Gore Mutual Insurance Foundation and the Electrical Safety Authority. Charles is a Chartered Professional Accountant and brings extensive experience in business management.

Robert Crow

Robert is the Executive in Residence at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. He was the Vice President for Industry, Government and University Relations at Blackberry for 10 years and holds graduate degrees in regional planning and economics. He has served on the Boards of Communitech, the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Shad Valley International and more.

Chris Donnelly

Chris provides legal support to Manulife Financial's worldwide operations and helps to coordinate responses to a wide variety of regulatory and policy developments in Canada, the US and Asia. He is actively involved in numerous Canadian and international trade and business associations, particularly in the financial services sector. Chris has also worked for the Government of Canada in the areas of intellectual property, trade and competition policy.

Arnold Drung

Arnold has been with Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd. since 2002 both as the General Manager and more recently, the President. He has also held positions at J.M. Schneider Inc., McNeil Consumer Products and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods. Arnold has extensive Board experience and currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Meat Council.

Barbara Fennessy

Barbara has led the development and oversight of Conestoga College's Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Smart Manufacturing, and she is responsible for the Applied Research Office. Previously, she served as Manager of the Niagara Trade Centre, Senior Economic Development Officer for the Niagara Economic Development Corporation and Senior Research Associate for the Conference Board of Canada. Barbara brings a wealth of experience serving on various Boards including the Waterloo Economic Development Committee, the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo Accelerator Centre.

Murray Gamble

Murray is the President of the C3 Group, an engineering, construction and applied technology organization based in Waterloo Region. He is a Professional Engineer and member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the Faculty of Engineering and the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo. Murray also serves on the Board of the Golden Triangle Angel Investor Network and the Boards of several arts and culture organizations including THEMUSEUM, the Centre in the Square and the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.

Martha George

Martha is President of the Grand Valley Construction Association and participates in construction industry consultation at both the provincial and national levels. She has also played an important role in promoting excellence in industry, working closely with Conestoga College to develop award winning education and technology programs for skilled trades, and pioneering mentoring programs for both women and young leaders to help them succeed in industry and transition into leadership and ownership.

Mike Kirkup

Mike is the Director of Velocity, the University of Waterloo's startup incubator. He spent 10 years at Blackberry in various roles, most recently as the Senior Director of Global Developer Relations where he built a global-focused team. He is passionate about building companies in Waterloo Region and has travelled extensively gaining knowledge and collecting best practices to accomplish this goal.

Carol Leaman

Carol is the President and CEO of Axonify, a company dedicated to changing the way companies think about and deliver corporate learning. She is a Chartered Accountant and serial tech entrepreneur, with 20 years of experience building start-ups into multi-million dollar companies. Carol serves on the Advisory Board for University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.

Greg McCauley

Greg is a Chartered Accountant and has practiced in public accounting for over 30 years, serving a variety of entrepreneurial businesses in the technology and advanced manufacturing sectors. He is currently the Office Managing Partner of the Waterloo Region office of Ernst and Young. Greg also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. and has volunteered on committees with a number of community organizations including United Way, K-W Community Foundation and the local Universities.

Jeff MacIntyre

Jeff runs three small businesses in the Region.  He brings perspective and expertise in sales and management from many sectors, including retail, manufacturing, technology and the development community.  Jeff mentors many people and assists a number of community organizations including the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Conestoga College, the Creative Enterprise Initiative and the Grand River Hospital Foundation.

Gerry Remers

Gerry is the President and COO of Christie Digital Systems Canada and has served in leadership roles for more than 20 years. He was Chair of the Waterloo Region Economic Development Strategy Advisory Committee and has taken an active role in the economic development of Waterloo Region for many years. He brings extensive Board, Advisory Board and Leadership Council experience having served in these capacities for the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada's Technology Triangle Inc., Communitech, Perimeter Institute, Shad Valley, and more.