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board of directors

Karen Wilkinson

Board Chair, United Way Waterloo Region Communities
President, Karen Wilkinson Professional Corporation

Karen Wilkinson 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 the Chair of United Way Waterloo Region Communities 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. Karen completed the Institute of Corporate Directors designation in 2018.

Jason Daly

VP Product, Digital & Strategy, Manulife

Kelly Dick

President, Waterloo Region Labour Council

NEENA GUPTA

Partner, Gowling WLG

BRYAN LARKIN

Chief of Police, Waterloo Regional Police Service

Katherine Metcalfe

Legal Counsel, Shopify

DONALD PADDOCK

Finance Director, DuPont Canada

KEN SEILING

(Retired) Regional Chair

HEIDI SEVCIK

(Retired) President & CEO, Gore Mutual Insurance Company

Alexandrea Sheehan

Manager, Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP

Lara Swift

Founder & CEO, Swift Labs

Volunteers

Campaign Cabinet

REBECCA TASCONA​

Campaign Cabinet Chair, United Way Waterloo Region Communities
REGIONAL PRESIDENT, BMO PRIVATE WEALTH, SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO

Rebecca joined BMO Financial Group in 2005 and has held a variety of progressive roles in the Office of Strategic Management, Personal & Small Business Credit Cards, BMO Insurance COO and Chief Operating Officer of BMO Wealth Management. She has a Hons. Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from Queen’s University. Rebecca lives with her family in Waterloo.​

Shawky J.G. Fahel

President, J.G. Group

David Farhood

Manager, Cash Management, TD Commercial Banking

CHRIS HEWITT

Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial

BOB KALBFLEISCH

President, R.S. (Bob) Kalbfleisch Consulting Services Inc.

DEREK KIDNIE

Vice-President Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.

MATT KROPF

District Lead, TD Canada Trust

Dea Nair

Student, University of Waterloo

Tony La Mantia

President and CEO, Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation

Tommy Odetunde

Student, Wilfrid Laurier University

CARON PROSSER

Director of Proposals, Marketing & Communications, Sun Life

RADHIKA VAIDYANATHAN

Partner, Gowling WLG

RITA WESTBROOK

(Retired) Waterloo Regional Police Service

Sandi Young

VP Human Resources, Clarion Medical Technologies

Employees

Staff Team

JOAN FISK​

Chief Executive Officer, United Way Waterloo Region Communities

Since joining the organization in 2017, Joan steered the integration of United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area and United Way Cambridge & North Dumfries. Under Joan’s leadership, United Way Waterloo Region Communities has continued to be the second largest funding organization outside of government while also shifting the focus of its mission to driving community change and collaboration.

Senior Leadership
Eleanor Draper Photo

ELEANOR DRAPER

Director, Finance

SHARLENE ERASMUS

Executive Assistant to the CEO

HILARY MCCANN

Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

Amanda Melnick

Senior Director, Community Impact

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