Dr. Barry Colbert (Chair)
Director of Cooperators Centre for Business & Sustainability, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Colbert leads Wilfrid Laurier University’s P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability, which serves as a catalyst to bring together faculty researchers, students, and leaders in industry and civil society in order to build capacity for more progressive, socially engaged organizational leadership.
Dr. Colbert is also an Assistant Professor of Policy & Strategic Management in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, where his research is centred on the ways and means by which organizations align a vision for sustainability, corporate and business strategy, and the strategic development of human capital. His writing has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Planning, and the Journal of General Management, along with several recent book chapters, including ‘The Business Case for CSR’ in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Anne Lavender (Secretary)
Executive Director, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation
Hired as the first Executive Director of Leadership Waterloo Region in June 2000, Anne oversaw the establishment of the organization and its flagship program. In March 2002, Leadership Waterloo Region hosted the first national Canadian Community Leadership Conference and welcomed representatives from 18 communities across Canada, working to establish similar programs. In May of 2002 Anne was honoured to be the first Canadian selected to receive a Preceptor Award from the Community Leadership Association – an international umbrella organization with members in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Australia. In July 2017, Anne became the Interim Executive Director at the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation, and accepted the role on a permanent basis in December 2017.
Anne has always been active in her community, and has served on the Boards or Committees of the Volunteer Action Centre; the United Way of K-W & Area; the K-W Zonta Club; the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; the Canadian Community Leadership Network; St. John Ambulance K-W Branch, and the U.S.-based Association of Leadership Programs.
Albert Singh (Treasurer)
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Waterloo North Hydro
Albert Singh Albert Singh is the Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Singh holds an MBA degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He joined the utility in January of 2003 and was previously the Director of Finance for Hydro Vaughan Distribution Inc. for six years. Mr. Singh has over 37 years of experience in the public and private sector, including twelve years with the City of Etobicoke and six years with a subsidiary of Goodyear Canada.
Director, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Sun Life Financial
Working with Sun Life’s International Sustainability Council, she is responsible for identifying, and developing strategies to address, social and environmental risks and opportunities that intersect with the company’s business operations. She is also responsible for the Company’s external sustainability reporting, including to the Carbon Disclosure Project and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Climate Risk Disclosure Survey, as well as advocating with a wide variety of stakeholders regarding the company’s sustainability practices.
Ms Jantzi joined the Company in 1998 and since that time has held a variety of Public and Corporate Affairs positions, leading to her current role. She is based at Sun Life’s Canadian Headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.
Director, Athena Software.net
Diane is a founding partner and director of Athena Software.net, a Waterloo Region tech company providing software solutions and consultation services to a diverse range of organizations in the humans services sector including governments, social and community-based service organizations and mental and behavioural health providers. Athena software empowers organizations through the use of their world class client information/case management system, Penelope. Founded in 2001, Athena has grown to become a global provider of enterprise level software with hundreds of clients around the world.
Diane is holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Science degree from the University of Guelph in Environmental Biology and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Sciences, where she is completing her studies part-time.
Lawyer and Legal Counsel, Shopify
Forced to wrong size: 193×228, natural is 1271×1500! Rory is a lawyer and legal counsel for Canadian public company Shopify. He primarily advises Shopify on commercial contract matters, including agreements with Shopify’s enterprise customers, vendors and partners. Prior to joining Shopify, Rory was an Associate lawyer at the Waterloo Region office of international law firm Gowling WLG, where he advised clients on business and technology law matters and was Co-Chairperson of their Green Committee.
Rory holds a Bachelor of Corporate Law and an LLB from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and practised corporate law in Dublin, Ireland before relocating to Canada. Rory is triple-qualified as a lawyer in the jurisdictions of Ireland, England & Wales, and Ontario.
Dr. Sarah Burch
Canada Research Chair, Sustainability Governance and Innovation
Forced to wrong size: 193×222, natural is 1161×1333! Dr. Sarah Burch holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. She is an expert in transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, innovative strategies for making progress on sustainability, and the unique contributions that small businesses can make to this solving this complex challenge. She leads the international partnership-based research project TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces, and is the Director of the Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab.
Dr. Burch holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford. She is currently a Lead Author of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007). She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars in 2017 and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TM in 2018. Her most recent book is entitled ‘Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice,’ and she has taught the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change, which reached thousands of students in over 130 countries.