Our People

The Guelph Community Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide leadership in promoting community philanthropy and to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Guelph and the surrounding area. Building community is our business.

Board of Directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors includes many community leaders who share your interests in supporting the charitable needs of our community and they effectively direct the activities of The Foundation.

Back row left to right: Chris Willard, Jay Elinesky, Mike Gourlay, Ash Kapur, Trish Stevenson, Gary Christie, Chris Davison and Dr. Maneesh Jain
Front row left to right: Julia Toth, Susan Brown, Cyndy Moffatt Forsyth, Carly O'Brien
Not shown in photo: Diane Squires, Karen Menard, Joel Porter, Rishan Sathasivam, Jason Evans

Current Board Chair: Chris Davison

Past GCF Chairs:
  • Ken Hammill, Founding Chair (1999-2005)
  • Dan Cremasco (2006-2007)
  • Pauline Curtis (2008-2009)
  • Hugh Guthrie (2009-2010)
  • Jay Elinesky (2010-2013)
  • Susan Brown (2013- 2015)
  • Dominique O'Rourke (2015 - 2017)      
Committees that support the Board of Directors:

 Investment & Finance
 Executive Committee
 Asset Development Committee
 Professional Advisors
 Dan Cremasco, Chair
 Chris Davison, Chair
 Chris Davison, Chair
 Frank Valeriote, Chair, SmithValeriote   Law Firm LLP
 Jaime Power
 Diane Squires
 Karen Menard
 Brad Barbour, The Co-operators
 Jason Evans
 Jason Evans
 Jay Elinesky
 Niheer Ravaliya, Scotia Bank
 Peter Kastner
 Jason Evans
 Jaime Power, Investors Group
 Rishan Sathasivam

 Dr. Maneesh Jain
 Chad Marsland, RBC Dominion Securities
 Ash Kapur
 Joel Porter
 Debbie Stanley, Estate Transition   Planners
 Susan Brown
 Robert Graham, Miller Thomson LLP
 Alex Di Lello, RLB

Grants Committee

Back row left to right: Sara Sayyed, Ann Guthrie, Beth Burrows, Jay Elinesky, Mike Greer, Dana Nuttley, Julia Toth, Cyndy Moffatt Forsyth, 
Not shown in photo: Tim Boulton, Barb McKay, Trish Stevenson, Jane Armstrong, Dominque O'Rourke

Chris Willard, Executive Director

Jessica Barrie, Operations & Community Engagement Manager
Beth Ann Valente, Grants & Financial Administrator
Beverley Watters, Volunteer Coordinator

Our Partners

Legal Counsel:
Miller Thomson LLP - Guelph, ON  

Accountants & Auditors
Weiler & Company - Guelph, ON
RLB LLP - Guelph, ON

Investment Management:
Richardson GMP - Guelph, ON
RBC Dominion Securities - Guelph, ON


Susan Brown, Past Chair
"We would like to thank all our donors, of every capacity, for it is your generosity that is helping to build a more vital and caring community."

Susan Brown, Past Chair, Guelph Community Foundation