Our rare Leadership

Board of Directors

Joy Roberts, Ph.D., Chair of the Board; Board Chair, Musagetes Foundation; Founder and Director, Eramosa Institute Keith Ainsworth, Electrical Engineer; retired CEO, COM DEV International 
Gerald Achtymichuk
, Family Physician
Peter Krause, President, Krause Corporate Solutions
Brian McGee, Chartered Accountant; Partner, Zeifman & Company LLP
Angela Tsementzis, Architect; B.E.S. B.Arch, OAA, LEED AP

International Ambassadors

David Agro, Architect; conservationist                                                                                                                          Ljubodrag Andric, Photographer; latest work Visible Cities
Michael Barnstijn, retired Partner, RIM; Philanthropist; Musagetes Foundation
David Buckland, Founder, Cape Farewell capefarewell.com; Director of Art from a Changing Arctic
Ed Burtynsky, OC; Photographer; Subject of award-winning documentary, Manufactured Landscapes
Geneviève Caron, Award-winning Photographer
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Environmental Activist; Speaker; Television host; Author
Ron Dembo, Founder, Zerofootprint www.zerofootprint.net
Louise MacCallum, retired Software Engineer; Philanthropist; Musagetes Foundation
R. Murray Schafer, Composer; Educator; Environmentalist
Sheila O’Donovan, Founder, Lisaard House
Jane Urquhart, OC; Author
Frances Westley, Chair of Social Innovation Generation                                                                                                     Morden Yolles, Multi-award-winning Structural Engineer; Restaurateur; Photographer

Waterfall Cabinet

Keith Ainsworth, Electrical Engineer; retired CEO, COM DEV International Mr. Keith Ainsworth is an electrical engineer, retired from the role of President and CEO of Com Dev International in 2002 after being with the company for 27 years. He also served as Chair of the Board at Com Dev until 2009. Based in Cambridge, Ontario, Com Dev is a world leader in the design and manufacture of microwave equipment and specialized electronics for the international satellite industry. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Latitude Partners, a Toronto based investment fund. Among other community commitments, Keith has served as Vice-Chair of the Board at Conestoga College, as well as on the Boards for Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region, THE MUSEUM and the Board of The Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Association.

Greg Buzbuzian, Owner, Knar Jewellery Greg Buzbuzian is cofounder of Knar Jewellery with his brother Jeff. Founded in 1978 in Guelph, Ontario, Knar began as a tiny 200 square foot jewellery shop and in 1985 opened a second location in downtown Kitchener/Waterloo. In 2004 the Guelph location was completely renovated to become over 4000 square feet, encompassing the full 3 stories of its landmark Tudor designed heritage building. In Summer 2005, they opened another location in Oakville, and more recently in Yorkville, in the heart of Toronto. Over the last 30 years Greg, together with his three children and his brother, Jeff and their dynamic team have created stores of innovative style, showcasing premier fine jewellery and timepieces. Greg is actively involved with the Armenian community in Guelph, as well as being keenly involved in the life of downtown Guelph and is a frequent sponsor of cultural events.

Bruce Gordon, Chairman, Manulife Canada; Sr. Exec. V,P., General Manager, retired Bruce Gordon made the Region his home 17 years ago and has been active in the life of the community ever since. He is Chairman, Manulife Assurance Canada and Manulife Bank of Canada and is retired from Manulife Financial Corporation where he held the position of Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Canada, following 18 years in various senior positions. In addition to leading rare’s Waterfall Campaign, the final project in A Natural Investment, which has raised over $20 million, he is chair of the Board of Centre in the Square, Chairman of the Barnraisers Council and a member of the Board of the C.D. Howe Institute to name only a few of his many roles. His past roles include board member of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and chair of their Leadership Committee, as well as member of the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors, Executive Committee, Finance and Investment Committee and Audit Committee. Among his industry associations, Bruce was a board member of LIMRA International and a member of various Committees for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. He is a graduate of Carleton University and a Chartered Accountant. His interest in conservation took root many years ago as he observed nature and changes in the environment around his family property on Lake Couchiching. 

Leslie Pearson, Community Volunteer, Oakville

Joy Roberts, Ph.D., Chair of the Board; Board Chair, Musagetes Foundation; Founder and Director, Eramosa Institute Joy Roberts is a retired consultant in the areas of management, negotiations and business planning, communications and fundraising strategy. Her previous employment includes 15 years in public relations, alumni affairs and fundraising for the University of Waterloo, where she established the first alumni affairs office and was eventually responsible for the management of the University’s $87 million campaign. After selling a small technology company that she founded with a partner in the mid-1990s, she spent over a decade running her consulting business. Joy is a Director of the Eramosa Institute, and Chair of the board of the Musagetes Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Rhetoric.

Community Cabinet

Sheila Ainsworth, Chair, Lisaard House Sheila Ainsworth is Chair of the Board of Directors at Lisaard/Innisfree Houses in Cambridge and Kitchener, Ontario, Sheila graduated as a Registered Nurse and Certified Midwife in London, England. After immigrating to Canada, Sheila obtained a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. She worked as an Educational Assistant in Special Education for ten years until she retired. She is a tireless community volunteer, recognized by numerous organizations for her many contributions. In 2012 she was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. To name just a couple of her previous awards, in 2007 Conestoga College honoured both Keith and Sheila at their Annual Golf Classic; in 2011 Sheila was awarded the prestigious “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA to recognize women who, through their own initiative, ability and effort, have made an exemplary achievement in their fields; women who are outstanding role models because of their goals and the way they have achieved these goals.

John K. Bell, FCPA, FCA; Chairman, The Onbelay Group John K. Bell is CEO of Onbelay Investment Corporation, a private equity company. He serves on the board of Strongco Corporation, Canopy Growth Corporation and Delmar
Pharmaceuticals, all TSE listed Companies, as well as the Royal Canadian Mint where he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee. John’s current community involvement includes “Entrepreneur in Residence” at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and Presidents Advisory Council at Wilfred Laurier University. He is past Chair of Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Waterloo Regional Police Commission, past Chairman of Canada’s Technology Triangle (CTT) Accelerator Network, and past Co -Chair, Region of Waterloo Prosperity Council. John is also a past Board member with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Western Ontario (Ivey) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Mr. Bell is an experienced entrepreneur and business person. He is the founder of Shred-Tech (mobile document shredders) a company he grew and sold in 1996 following which he acquired Polymer Technologies Inc. which he successfully grew and sold in 1996

Rob Connell, Partner, KPMG Robert Connell is a Partner in the Tax Incentives Practice at KPMG Canada‘s Waterloo office and has been with KPMG in progressively senior roles since 2005. Specializing in SR&ED, his focus is on high-value activities such as project scoping, project positioning, and reviewing technical and costing submissions and he is an expert at defending both KPMG’s SR&ED submissions as well as those prepared by 3rd parties. Rob is heavily involved in training new staff, business development, and ensuring that his team is fully utilized without being overburdened. Rob has been a Sessional Lecturer with McMaster University teaching a combined graduate/4th year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering course on Finite Element Analysis, as well as a Facilitator at the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth at University of British Columbia, where he ran multi-day workshops for groups of 6-12 graduate students, teaching presentation skills. Rob is passionate about education, the environment, health and science and technology, and has been a guest speaker at rare’s Discussions on the Deck on behalf of sponsor, KPMG.

John English, CM; FRSC; Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College/Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto John English has had a multi-faceted career that includes activities as an award-winning author, educator, and politician. He was a Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario from 1971 and is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus. In the course of his academic career has been Director of the Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism, 1988-1993, Director of International Studies, University of Waterloo, 1988-1991, Chair of the History Department, University of Waterloo, 1989-1991, and was seconded from the university to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) where he was the founding Executive Director. Currently he is General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography at the University of Toronto, where he is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. John is the official biographer of former Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson and, at the request of the Trudeau family, he wrote the biography of Pierre Trudeau. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a lifetime member of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

Valerie Hall, President, Stonefields Management Inc. Valerie Hall is President, Stonefields Management Inc. Trained as a teacher, Valerie has, for the past 25 years, put her expertise to work for not-for-profit organizations across Waterloo Region. Her fundraising and community relations skills have earned her the “Fundraiser of the Year” award from the Waterloo Wellington Fundraising Executives. She holds an Honours BA in Political Science and History from York University. She is currently President of the Eramosa Institute.

Adrian Hammoud, Owner, Salon Butterfly Ahmad (Adrian) Hammoud is owner of Salon Butterfly in downtown Guelph, and an expert stylist. He loves to travel, whether on his motorcycle for long haul trips to the East coast and elsewhere or to other countries for vacation and to visit family. He is also an avid photographer. He is a supporter of a number of community organizations, including Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis and the Guelph Lecture – On Being Canadian. He has one son and one daughter, both pursuing post-secondary education.

Peter Hatch, composer, music curator and teacher Peter Hatch is a composer, music curator and teacher. He has composed works in a large number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustics and installations. His works are performed and broadcast internationally and has been featured at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days, the Darmstadt Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, Montreal’s Espaces Improbable, the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Vancouver Early Music Festival, by organizations such as Aventa, Soundstreams, Arraymusic, the Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton,
Windsor, Victoria and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies and by members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Hatch’s music been recorded on numerous compact discs under the CBC Musica Viva, CMC Centrediscs, Conaccord, CBC and Artifact labels. Peter has also collaborated with director David McMurray Smith, architect Dereck Revington and choreographers David Earle and Bill James. Peter’s street opera (with writer John Sobol) ‘Myaudia: Return of the Pied People’ premiered in the summer of 2010 in both Stratford, Ontario and the old port of Montreal. The writings of Gertrude Stein have played an important role in his compositions and this influence has resulted in such compositions ranging from the full evening instrumental theatre piece ‘Mounting Picasso’ to his very short opera ‘Asks Alice’. As well as his compositional work, Peter has been very active as the artistic director of new music ensembles and festivals. He founded NUMUS Concerts in 1985, and the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in 1998, two organizations that have continued to thrive years after their beginnings. Peter was Composer-in-Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 1999-2003 and Arts and Culture Consultant with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics from 2011 to 2013. Peter is a Professor at the Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was University Research Professor for the 2006-07 academic year.

Jackie Hatherly-Martin, FCPA FCA, SHAD Canada Jackie Hatherly-Martin is actively involved in the community and has chaired a number of fundraising events for rare since 2006. In 2018 Jackie was awarded a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, recognizing her outstanding contribution to the community and her profession. Jackie is currently the volunteer Chair of the Cambridge Chaplin YMCA Board of Directors.  Previously, she was the volunteer Director of Finance at Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice for 17 years as well as serving on its Board as Vice-Chair.  Jackie is now the full-time Director of Finance at SHAD Canada after spending 20 years developing a professional practice providing fractional CFO and financial expertise to charity organizations and growing businesses. In 2016, Jackie was nominated for the Keith Taylor Memorial Award, Woman of Distinction and Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her community support.

Thiam Lim, former rare Board Member

Keith Martin, CPA CA, HM Advisors Keith Martin is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the DeGroote School of Business (MBA – 1988) and University of Toronto (B Sc in Biology and Environmental Studies). Keith spent 10 years with KPMG and Deloitte, primarily focusing on assisting businesses during periods of change. Following that, Keith spent 12 years as CFO/COO for a privately held contracting company where he was instrumental in developing new business processes and nurturing a management team as the company trebled its sales. In 2011 Keith joined H•M Advisors. His practice focus and professional obsession is enhancing business systems so that owners and managers can make better decisions. Keith is a popular seminar leader for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and British Columbia, and previously lectured at Laurier’s School of Business & Economics. Keith is currently a Director and Treasurer for Strong Start, a children’s literacy program founded in Kitchener Waterloo. Keith was previously a Director for organizations including Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation.

Hulene Montgomery, retired; Consultant to philanthropic and community organisations; Community volunteer Hulene Montgomery has held senior leadership positions in the voluntary, government and university sectors working at the grass roots, national and international levels. Her areas of work and passion include community and international development, peace and social justice and philanthropy. Before retiring she served as the Executive Director for the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, the Kitchener Waterloo YWCA, and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (Anglican Church of Canada). Internationally Hulene and her husband worked as Country Directors for Mennonite Central Committee in West Africa and previously served with CUSO in Botswana. As the Refugee Liaison Officer, Hulene played an active role in mobilizing community support for the resettlement of South East Asian refugees in Waterloo Region. Hulene is a volunteer with CUSO, Wilfrid Laurier University, Omas Siskona and a tutoring program in Merida, Mexico. She has served as Director on many boards including The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Douglas McMullen, FCPA, FCA; retired, Sr. V.P. CIBC Douglas McMullen is a retired business executive. Most recently he was Senior Vice President at the CIBC, Toronto, and Chief Financial Officer of its CIBC Development Corporation unit, involved in commercial real estate development and management, and distressed loan portfolio purchase and workout. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ontario. He has a B.A. (Economics) from the University of Waterloo. Currently, Doug is an investor and partner in several land development and home building ventures. He has been an active volunteer for several organizations, including the University of Waterloo, where he served on the Board of Governors and the National Alumni Council. He is currently a founder and Director for the Eramosa Institute and is a founder and member of the finance committee for the Musagetes Foundation.

David Mitten, retired; Executive Director, Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada David Mitten, a graduate of the University of Guelph and the University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business, is Executive Director at SAWDAC, the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada. SAWDAC provides certification for a wide variety of renovators as well as for installers of siding, windows or premium roofing. They educate the consumer on what criteria to look for when hiring a contractor, and educate contractors on the demanding procedures and high standards they must follow in order to earn and retain their nationally recognized SAWDAC certification. David is also a sales representative for Polar Industries, serving the insulation industry. David is an active community volunteer. He lives in Puslinch and is a driving force behind the restoration of Puslinch Lake.

Dean Peroff, LLP, Partner, Peroff Professional Group

Simon Poladian, Owner, Eagle Towing Equipment Simon Poladian is owner, Eagle Towing and Equipment in Cambridge, Ontario. He is active in the Armenian Community and an enthusiastic fundraiser and golf tournament organizer for a variety of community causes.

Paul Ross, Partner, KPMG

Irene Schmidt-Adeney, Writer, Ayr News Irene Schmidt-Adeney is Writer at Ayr News Printers and Publishers, the weekly paper her family has owned for more than 100 years. After a successful career in Toronto working for an international financial printer, in 2011 she returned to the Ayr News to work in the family business. She is an active member of the Ayr-Paris Band, North Dumfries Historical Preservation Society, North Dumfries Community Club, Brant Women Inspiring Women W.I., and the Paris Legion.

Hugh Thompson, President, Cambridge Towel; CEO, Thompson Centre for Art and Design Hugh Thompson is owner of Thompson Centre for Art and Design, and is also an adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo. Hugh is a member of The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, and The Royal Dublin Society, Dublin Ireland. He is an accomplished artist, exhibiting at The Oriel gallery, Dublin Ireland and The Libby Gallery, Toronto. Hugh also exhibits recent works once a year at a local venue, and is an avid supporter of Arts and Culture in the region.

Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)

Chris Dalton, Avocational Archaeologist, Licensed by the Province of Ontario
Jorge L. Hurtado-Gonzales                                                                                                                                                John MacDonald, Archaeologist
Stephen Murphy, Professor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo
Mark Pomeroy, Fisheries Biologist, Stantec Consulting Ltd.                                                                                          Don Russell, Qalipu Mi’kmaq/Acadian French Artist                                                                                                          Bill Wilson, retired Teacher; Naturalist; Bird Monitoring Coordinator, rare Charitable Research Reserve
Brett Woodman, Terrestrial and Wetland Biologist, Natural Resource Solutions Inc.
Tony Zammit, Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecologist, Grand River Conservation Authority

Education Advisory Committee (EDAC)

Jason Bracey, Teacher, Department Head of Geography, Southwood Secondary School
Colinda Clyne, Curriculum Leader for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, Upper Grand District School Board
Louise Dawe, retired Teacher; Community volunteer
Christopher Giesler, Teacher, Southwood Secondary School                                                                                              Dan Schneider, Outdoor Educator and Naturalist, GRCA, retired

Archaeology Committee

Chris Dalton (see previous)
John MacDonald (see previous)

Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

Stephen Murphy (see previous)
Rick Haldenby, Professor, Architecture, University of Waterloo
David Lieberman, Associate Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
John Straube, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

raresites Land Securement Team

Graham Buck, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Vince Deschamps, Midwestern Ontario Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada                                            Paul General, Six Nations Lands & Resources
Chris Gosselin, Region of Waterloo                                                                                                                                Kate Hagerman,  Manager of Environmental Planning and Sustainability, Region of Waterloo                                          Peter Krause, rare Board of Directors 
Dr. Greg C. Michalenko, Grand River Environmental Network
Dave Montgomery, Premier Environmental Services Inc.
Krista Long, Ontario Farmland Trust
John Prescott, Nature Guelph                                                                                                                                              Josh Shea, Waterloo Stewardship Council
Dr. Stephanie Sobek-Swant, rare Charitable Research Reserve
Roger Suffling, Waterloo Region Nature
Dr. Tom Woodcock, rare Charitable Research Reserve
Tony Zammit, Grand River Conservation Authority

Volunteer and Consulting Advisors

John Baljkas, Graphic design consultant, MFA, RGD Affiliate Member, Professor, Conestoga College
Ken Dance, President, Dance Environmental Inc.
Valerie Hall (see previous)
Joy Roberts (see previous)

Eastern Comma Committee

Shawn Van Sluys, Executive Director, Musagetes
Karen Houle, Poet & philosopher, University of Guelph
Smaro Kamboureli, Avie Bennet Chair in Canadian Literature, University of Toronto


Paul Koch, Marketing & Management Consultant; Civic entrepreneur, Ottawa
Doug Larson, Professor Emeritus, College of Biological Sciences University of Guelph
Colleen Mercer Clarke, Coastal Ecologist, Landscape Architect, University of Waterloo 

Alan Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo

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