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


Partner, Gowling WLG

Katherine Metcalfe

Legal Counsel, Shopify


Finance Director, DuPont Canada

Jeff Pelich

President, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (Waterloo Region)


(Retired) Regional Chair


(Retired) President & CEO, Gore Mutual Insurance Company

Alexandrea Sheehan

Specialist, Accounting (Canada), Intersect Power

Lara Swift

Senior Director, Partnerships and Technology, Blackline Safety

Rebecca Tascona

Head, B2C Platforms Strategy & Operations North American Personal, Business Banking & Wealth, BMO Financial Group

Kim Welch

(Retired) Director Resource Management, PwC Canada


Campaign Cabinet

Sandi Young

Campaign Cabinet Chair, United Way Waterloo Region Communities
VP Human Resources, Clarion Medical Technologies

Shawky J.G. Fahel

President, J.G. Group

David Farhood

Manager, Cash Management, TD Commercial Banking


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


Director and Assistant Market Leader, BMO Private Wealth

Rob Connell

Partner, KPMG

Tony La Mantia

President and CEO, Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation

Derek Kidnie

Vice President Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Jennette Van Der Laan

Branch Manager, RBC

Jon Shilling

Branch Manager, Scotiabank

Laura Galbraith

Director of Community Impact, Vidyard

Alikhan Popat

Founder/President & Head Coach, Football for the World Foundation

Yogesh Shah

Deputy City Manager, City of Cambridge

Chris Hewitt

Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life

Kim Bellisimo

Commissioner, Human Resources and Citizen Service, Region of Waterloo


Staff Team


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


Executive Assistant to the CEO

Dave Wilson

Senior Director, Philanthropy

Amanda Melnick

Senior Director, Impact and Stewardship

Eleanor Draper Photo


Director, Finance

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