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.

2020 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 (2019-2021)

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
 Executive Committee
 Asset Development Committee
 Professional Advisors
 Jaime Power,   Chair
 Diane Squires, Chair
 Carly O'Brien, Chair
 Frank Valeriote, Chair, SmithValeriote   Law Firm LLP
 Andrew Johnson
 Cyndy Moffat Forsyth,   Vice Chair
 Cindy Robinson
 Brad Barbour, The Co-operators
 Jason Evans
 Mike Gourlay,   Treasurer
 Dorothy Bakker
 David Durbin, RGMP Phillips Wealth   Management Group
 Kevin Denny
 Jason Evans, Secretary
 Maneesh Jain
 Jaime Power, Terra Cotta Wealth   Management
 Rishan   Sathasivam

 Sumita Pillay-Dason, Dason Law
 Susan Brown
 John Shearer, Estate Transition   Planners
 Karyn Sales
 Alex Di Lello, RLB

Grants Committee

Back row left to right: Beth Burrows, Tim Boulton, Karen Menard (Committee Chair), Cyndy Moffat Forsyth (Past Committee Chair) Dana Nuttley, Crista Renner, Sara Sayyed, Dan O'Donnell, Ann Guthrie, Mike Greer
Not shown in photo: Jane Armstrong, Maneesh Jain

New members starting in 2021 include Riley Easterbrook and Hilary Coates

Chris Willard, Executive Director

Jessica Barrie, Operations & Community Engagement Manager
Beth Ann Valente, Financial Administrator

Beverley Watters, Volunteer Coordinator
Bill Greenaway, Office Volunteer

Our Partners

Legal Counsel:
Miller Thomson LLP - Guelph, ON  

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

Portfolio Investment Management:
RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, Clayson Wealth Management - 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