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.


2019 Board of Directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors includes many community leaders who share your interests in supporting the charitable needs of our community. 


Back row left to right: Joel Porter, Mike Gourlay, Jason Evans, Julia Toth, Rishan Sathasivam, Chris Willard
Front row left to right: Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Karen Menard, Trish Stevenson, Diane Squires, Carly O'Brien (Not shown in photo: Dr. Maneesh Jain)

Current Board Chair: Diane Squires

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)       
  • Chris Davison (2017-2019)
Committees that support the Board of Directors:

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

 Dr. Maneesh Jain
 Chad Marsland, RBC Dominion Securities
 Susan Brown
 
 
 Debbie Stanley, Estate Transition   Planners
 
 
 
 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

Staff
 
Chris Willard, Executive Director

Jessica Barrie, Operations & Community Engagement Manager
Beth Ann Valente, Grants & Financial Administrator (on maternity leave)
Jan Rodman, Grants & Financial 
Administrator (June 2019 - July 2020)
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