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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.
VP Product, Digital & Strategy, Manulife
President, Waterloo Region Labour Council
Partner, Gowling WLG
Chief of Police, Waterloo Regional Police Service
Legal Counsel, Shopify
Finance Director, DuPont Canada
(Retired) Regional Chair
(Retired) President & CEO, Gore Mutual Insurance Company
Manager, Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP
Founder & CEO, Swift Labs
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
Manager, Cash Management, TD Commercial Banking
Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial
President, R.S. (Bob) Kalbfleisch Consulting Services Inc.
Vice-President Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
District Lead, TD Canada Trust
Student, University of Waterloo
Tony La Mantia
President and CEO, Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
Student, Wilfrid Laurier University
Director of Proposals, Marketing & Communications, Sun Life
Partner, Gowling WLG
(Retired) Waterloo Regional Police Service
VP Human Resources, Clarion Medical Technologies
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.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Senior Director, Community Impact
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