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.


2020-2021 Board of Directors:
 
Our volunteer Board of Directors includes many community leaders who share your interests in supporting the charitable needs of our community. 

Current Board Chair: Diane Squires (2019-2021)
Vice Chair: Cyndy Moffat Forsyth
Treasurer: Mike Gourlay
Secretary: Jason Evans
Board Members: Diane Squires, Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Mike Gourlay, Jason Evans, Dorothy Bakker, Dr. Maneesh Jain, Karen Menard, Carly O'Brien, Cindy Robinson, Karyn Sales, and Andrew Johnson

We are currently recruiting for new Board Members starting in 2021, click here for more infromation and to apply.

Staff:
 
Chris Willard, Executive Director

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

Beverley Watters, Volunteer Coordinator
Bill Greenaway, Office Volunteer

Committees that support the Board of Directors:

 Investment & Finance
Committee
 Marketing and Communications Committee
 Asset Development Committee
 Professional Advisors
 Jaime Power,   Chair
 Carly O'Brien, Chair
 Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Chair
 Frank Valeriote, Chair,  SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP
 Andrew Johnson
 Jennifer Antolin
 Dorothy Bakker
 Brad Barbour, The Co-operators
 Jason Evans
 Trevor Westerhoff
 Andrew Johnson
 David Durbin, RGMP Phillips Wealth   Management Group
 Kevin Denny
 Cherie Bauman
 
 Jaime Power, Terra Cotta Wealth   Management
 Rishan   Sathasivam
 Harwinder Singh Sidhu
 
 Sumita Pillay-Dason, Dason Law
 Susan Brown
 Sandy Halloran 
 
 John Shearer, Estate Transition   Planners
 Karyn Sales
 
 
 Alex Di Lello, RLB
 Robert Graham
 
 
 
 
   
 

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, Cindy Robinson and Hilary Coates
 
Our Partners:

Legal Counsel:
Miller Thomson LLP - Guelph, ON  

Auditors
:
RLB LLP - Guelph, ON

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

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)


 
 


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