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Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region is grateful for the support and involvement of our 87 Partners. They are entrepreneurs, business professionals, educators, investors, and community members who believe that, together, they can help strengthen our community.

Get to know some of our Partners through these profiles:


Howard Armitage

Howard is the Founding Director of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, the Gordon H. Cowperthwaite Professor of Accounting and former Special Advisor to the President – Entrepreneurship at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Read More »

Jane Arnold

Jane’s love of politics led her to political staff positions at the Senate of Canada as well as Queen's Park in addition to organizing and working on various election and leadership campaigns in Ontario and New Brunswick. Later, Jane joined a private government relations firm in Toronto providing strategic advice to her clients on federal and provincial legislative issues. Read More »

Jen Arseneault

Jen has over nine years of experience in engagement-focused roles, capturing sustainable support for organizations. Read More »

Julie Barker-Merz

Julie is the Senior Vice-President, South Western Ontario Division for Bank of Montreal where she leads a team of retail and business banking professionals across 11 markets and 150 branches, from Owen Sound to Niagara Falls. Read More »

Alex Brown

Alex is a retired insurance executive with extensive community building expertise and nonprofit board experience. Read More »

Ryan Burgio

Ryan is a Managing Partner at Stryve Digital Marketing. Stryve has handled digital and social media marketing executions for large enterprise clients such as Intel and Xerox and clients in Waterloo Region such as Miovision. Read More »

Dave Caputo

Dave is the Co-Founder, President and CEO at Sandvine. Dave is responsible for leading an enthusiastic team of professionals who are committed to protecting and improving the quality of experience on the Internet. Read More »

Lina Caputo

Lina is an educator with a background in Languages and a Specialist Qualification in working with children with special needs. Read More »

Dan Collens

Dan is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong Waterloo resident. Most recently he was Co-Founder and CTO of BigRoad, where he led product and engineering. Prior to co-founding BigRoad, Dan was Co-Founder of OurGroceries, a leading maker of mobile shopping apps. Read More »

Sourov De

Sourov is a Managing Partner at Stryve Digital Marketing. Stryve has handled digital and social media marketing executions for large enterprise clients such as Intel and Xerox and clients in Waterloo Region such as Miovision. Read More »

Tania Del Matto

Tania Del Matto is an experienced sustainability professional, having worked with a variety of private sector industries, public sector institutions, non-profits and social-purpose businesses. Read More »

Ginny Dybenko

Ginny Dybenko has recently retired from the role of the Founding Executive Director of the University of Waterloo’s new Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business that is a unique integrator and academic institute devoted to collaboration between digital media, international commerce and culture. Read More »

Tracy Elop

Tracy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is the Chief Executive Officer of Carizon Family and Community Services. Carizon is a not for profit organization whose mission is to improve the future of individuals and families through supportive, therapeutic and preventative programs. Read More »

The Elops

Beyond the great impact that Tracy and Kevin make as partners with SVP, they give back through their professional careers. Tracy recently left her role as COO with KidsAbility to become the CEO of Carizon, while Kevin provides finance mentoring to startup companies at the Accelerator Centre. Read More »

Marissa Fread

Marissa is the Director of Digital Customer Experience at Sun Life Financial, looking after the design and experience on the public sites and setting processes and standards for the organization's UX practice. Read More »

Francine Gall

Francine is the Chief Operating Officer at Acapulco Pools and responsible for the day to day operations at the Project Support Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. Read More »

Bruce Gordon

Who said, "You can never have too many hugs or belly laughs"? If you don't know, then you haven't had the pleasure of meeting SVP Waterloo Region partner Bruce Gordon. Bruce began his career as a Chartered Accountant after graduating from Carlton University with an Honors Economics degree. Over time his passion for volunteerism and giving back caused him to "leave the numbers behind and work with people." Read More »

Mark Guibert

Mark Guibert is a former Senior Vice President at Research In Motion Limited (“RIM”). Mark joined RIM in 1997 and oversaw corporate marketing and brand management for 12 years. Read More »

Ryan Hickey

Originally from Halifax, Ryan has been a proud member of the Waterloo high-tech community since 1999 when he joined a company named Research In Motion (BlackBerry). After an incredible 15 year career at BlackBerry, Ryan co-founded a telecommunications company, named eleven-x, which he continues to build into a global technology leader. Read More »

Suzanne Hyatt

An experienced Human Resources Executive, Suzanne draws on 20 years’ experience helping organizations develop leading talent management practices to manage the human capital challenges that fast growth organizations often face. Read More »

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson is a co-founder of SVP Waterloo Region. Tim is the Senior Advisor, Capital Solutions at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in Toronto. Previously, Tim was Vice President, University Relations at the University of Waterloo, with responsibility for the offices of communications and public affairs, government relations, and community relations & events. Read More »

Jaime Jacomen

Jaime is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team and the General Manager of Early Years and Family Supports with the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo. Read More »

Jay Judkowitz

Jay Judkowitz is a software product leader with long tenures at VMware and Google Cloud.  He is originally from the US and moved to Kitchener in 2017. Read More »

Bryce Kraeker

Bryce Kraeker is a partner in Gowlings' Waterloo Region office. He is head of the business law department and a member of both the Corporate Finance and M&A Practice Group, and the Private Equity and Venture Capital National Practice Group. Read More »

Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald is a Public Health Administrator who focuses on improving communities by looking at social and environmental factors that influence health. Read More »

Ian McLean

Ian is the President/CEO of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chair of McLean and Associates, a privately held consulting firm focusing on International Trade development and strategic advice for senior executives in the public, private, and charitable sectors. Read More »

Jordan Moat

Originally from Hamilton, Jordan was drawn to Waterloo Region in 2013. Jordan has been involved in the Credit Union movement for the past eighteen years’ including 10 years in various management roles applying his business and marketing education as well as his PFP designation. He is currently the Regional Manager for Libro Credit Union in Waterloo Region. Read More »

Jacqui Murphy

Jacqui Murphy is a co-founder of Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region and Vice President of Marketing at Auvik Networks Inc. Read More »

Mate Prgin

Mate is a serial entrepreneur, and currently CEO/Founder of Enzuzo, a data privacy tech company. Read More »

Cameron Redmond

Cameron Redmond has over 14 years of experience in the Electronic Product Development and Electronic Design Services industry, specializing in rapid prototype product development programs. Cameron has built customer, vendor, and rep relationships across Canada and the U.S. Read More »

Glenn Smith

Glenn Smith is the Managing Partner at bdsmith partners. He draws on 25+ years of experience in executive business and corporate development roles with University of Waterloo spin-off companies and Canadian Innovation Hubs. Read More »

Tim Sothern

Tim has over 25 years of public accounting experience in Waterloo Region and is a member of the BDO Not-for-Profit Industry team. Read More »

Dave and Brenda Walden

The Waldens are actively involved in their community and support numerous community organizations and charities, including Conestoga College’s Roofing Institute. Dave is also the Chair of the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation. Read More »

Breana and Jake Walker

Jake is now a Project Specialist Engineer at Toyota Motors Manufacturing in Cambridge. As a Professional Fundraiser, Breana spends her days engaging alumni and friends in support of the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo, as well as in a volunteer capacity with Canada’s National Ballet School and as Chair of the Bereaved Families of Ontario, Mid-Western Region. Read More »

We are tremendously grateful to our Partners, who gift their money, time, and talent to charities in our community.

Mary Anderson

Alex and Trish Brown

Ryan Burgio

Lynn Cameron

Dave Caputo

Lina Caputo

Dan Collens and Joanne McKinley

Dave Cornies and Shannon McTaggart

Sourov De

Tania Del Matto and Jeff Nesbitt

Janna Dilts

Melissa Durrell

Ginny Dybenko and Charlie Shaw

Mark Eamer and Nicole Weber

Kevin and Tracy Elop

Madeline Flaxey

Nancy and Bill Fox

Marissa Fread

Bruce Gordon

Rose Greensides

Mark Guibert and Jen Guibert

Andrea Harding

Angie Haves

Ryan Hickey

Barbara Hill and Dave Rutherford

Daniel Hussey

Suzanne Hyatt

Tim Jackson and Jane Arnold

Jaime Jacomen

Jennifer King

Bryce and Kelly Kraeker

Allyson and Dave Kroetsch

Karen and Dave Maidment

Richard Manning and Holly Manning

Katie McDonald

Ian McLean and Duncan McLean

Don McMurtry

Marc and Lori Morin

Jacqui Murphy

Kelly and Mike Peasgood

David and Joan Petras

Ingrid Pregel

Cameron Redmond

Glenn Smith

Tim and Teresa Sothern

Jeffrey and Jean Stacey

Amanda and Matt Stevens

Stephen Swatridge

Brenda and Dave Walden

Taylor Walker

David and Elly Yach