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
 Dan Cremasco,   Chair
 Diane Squires, Chair
 Carly O'Brien, Chair
 Frank Valeriote, Chair, SmithValeriote   Law Firm LLP
 Jaime Power
 Cyndy Moffat Forsyth,   Vice Chair
 Cindy Robinson
 Brad Barbour, The Co-operators
 Jason Evans
 Jason Evans, Treasurer
 Joel Porter
 Sara Detweiler, Baker Tilly GWD
 Peter Kastner
 Michael Gourlay
 Jaime Power, Investors Group
 Rishan   Sathasivam

 Dr. Maneesh Jain
 Sumita Pillay-Dason, Dason Law
 Susan Brown
 Debbie Stanley, Estate Transition   Planners
 Robert Graham
 Alex Di Lello, RLB
 David Durbin, RGMP Phillips Wealth   Management Group

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, Karen Menard (Chair)

Chris Willard, Executive Director

Jessica Barrie, Operations & Community Engagement Manager
Beth Ann Valente, Grants & Financial Administrator (on parental leave until July 2020)
Jan Rodman, Grants & Financial 
Beverley Watters, Volunteer Coordinator
Bill Greenaway, Office Volunteer
Lily Bennett, University of Guelph student 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