Mr. Farouk Ahamed
President, ADF Invescap Inc.
LGIC Appointment ∙ 2nd Term, Apr 11/09 ‐ Apr 10/12
Farouk provides transactional advisory services to growth oriented companies on mergers, acquisitions,
divestitures, financings, recapitalizations and strategy and shareholder value improvement. Farouk is a
retired partner of Ernst & Young LLP with over 30 years of financial and transaction advisory experience.
He graduated from Laurier (Hons. BBA 1980) and obtained his CA designation in 1983. In 1994 Farouk
completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern
University and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in 1998. Farouk’s other com-
munity service involvements have included serving on the boards of the Freeport Hospital, the Social
Planning Council of K-W, the Waterloo-Wellington CA Association and His Highness Aga Khan Council
and Economic Planning Board, Ontario.
Mr. Mike Alkier
Executive Chairman, Ideaca
LGIC Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jan 10/08 ‐ Jan 09/11
Mike Alkier is a successful business entrepreneur who currently is Executive Chairman and co-founder
of Ideaca, a software services firm . After graduating from WLU in 1990 with an Honours BBA degree,
Mike was hired as one of the first SAP employees, in North America. After performing a number of jobs
at SAP Germany and Canada, Mike left to start OmniLogic. By 1999, OmniLogic was the largest SAP
partner in Canada, with over 500 employees. Mike was also one of the founding partners of Optimum
Software Solutions, now IDS Canada. OmniLogic was sold to Price Waterhouse in the late 1990s. Mike
was a member of the Price Waterhouse Canada Leadership team, as well as their Global SAP
Leadership team . Mike was also co-founder and sits on the Board of Directors of Maplecore
(MapleMusic). In addition, he is a successful part owner of four car dealerships in the KW area
(Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Nissan and Mitsubishi). Mike lives in Toronto with his wife and 3 children.
Mr. Peter Ansley
President, Canadian Tire Associate Store
CAL Appointment ∙ 1st Term, June 17/10 ‐ Annual Mtg 2013
Peter Ansley graduated from WLU, with a BA in Economics. He was with Ford of Canada from 1966 to 1975, in
the management of HR, and as a Director in public affairs and government affairs. Currently he is a Canadian
Tire Associate Dealer; his Sarnia store is the second largest in Canada. Since 1991, Peter has served as Presi-
dent and Chairman of Signature Properties International. He is on the board of DevCom, is Chairman and CEO of Datin Inc.,
Peter Charles Ansley Holdings Ltd. and PCA Holdings Ltd. He is a past member of the London Health Sciences Centre Foun-
dation Board, Canadian Tire Dealer Associate Board, Board of Sheridan College, Oakville, and the Canadian Funds and
Councils of Canada Board. He is married to Cheri, a volunteer member of the Athletics Annual Outstanding Women of Laurier
event. His daughter is an attorney in Phoenix, Arizona and his son is a student at Laurier.
Mr. Saad Aslam
Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Arts
Elected by the Undergraduate Students∙ 1st Term, Feb 5/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Saad is currently a fourth year student at Laurier working towards obtaining a combined Bachelor
of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology. He has served as Chair of the Wilfrid Laurier
Students’ Union and a Student Senator, and is currently WLUSU Vice-President: University Affairs.
In his time at Laurier, Saad has served a number of different volunteer roles through the WLUSU
and the University which have greatly contributed to his understanding of the Laurier student
Dr. Max Blouw
President and Vice‐Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University
President and Vice‐Chancellor ∙ 1st Term, Sep 1/07 ‐ Jun 30/12
Dr. Max Blouw joined Wilfrid Laurier University as president and vice-chancellor on Sept. 1, 2007 after a
distinguished career at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and many years of teaching at
St. Francis Xavier University. Born in Holland, Dr. Blouw moved to Canada as a child in 1957. He holds
bachelor's and master's of science degrees in zoology from the University of Manitoba (1972 and 1977
respectively) and a PhD in biology from the University of New Brunswick (1982). Dr. Blouw and his wife
Lynn have two sons, Peter and Carl. Prior to joining Laurier, Dr. Blouw was a key figure at the University of
Northern British Columbia, where he developed significant university initiatives. He arrived at UNBC in 1995 as a professor of
biology, and two years later joined the university's administration as the associate vice-president and dean of graduate stud-
ies. In 2000, he was named vice-president of research. Beginning his career as a biologist in the Department of Fisheries
and Oceans in Winnipeg, Dr. Blouw went on to teach biology at St. Francis Xavier University and zoology at the University of
British Columbia before joining UNBC. His research interests include evolutionary ecology and genetics, fish-forestry interac-
tions and ecological genetics. Dr. Blouw is well-known on the national scene, and enriches his academic career through vol-
unteer roles that link universities and government with the private sector. His long-standing involvement with the Natural Sci-
ences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) included acting as an executive council member and as chair of its pres-
tigious award selection committees and committee on grants and scholarships. He currently is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Dr. Blouw received the 2005 Science and Tech-
nology Champion Award from the BC Innovation Council in recognition of his leadership.
Mr. Gary Bott
Carpenter, Physical Plant, Wilfrid Laurier University
Elected by Staff ∙ 2nd Term, June 17/10 ‐ Annual Mtg 2013
In 1990, Gary received his Certificate of Qualification as a licensed carpenter, which consisted of four
years of apprenticeship hours and three terms at Conestoga College. From 1987 until 1992 he worked at
Frey brothers construction which is where he completed his apprenticeship hours. In 1993 he was hired
as a full time carpenter at Wilfrid Laurier University. Gary has sat on the CUPE Executive, Negotiating
Committee, Health & Safety, Employee Assistance Program and the Employment Equity Committee. For
the last 15 years Gary has volunteered a few weeks each year to construction projects in third world
countries. Gary resides in Waterloo with his wife Karen and their two children.
Mr. Dean Braund
CEO, Ardency Corporation
LGIC Appointment ∙ 1st Term, June 19/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2012
Dean N. Braund is the CEO of Williams Coffee Pub Inc., a franchise-based, fast casual restaurant con-
cept. Since acquiring majority ownership in January 2006, Dean is focused on leading the team to sig-
nificant growth in this market. Dean holds over 20 years of experience in the service sector, founding
Ardency Corporation, a Brantford-based entrepreneurial company with a diverse portfolio including sub-
sidiary companies within the food service business, hospitality business and technology field. Ardency
Corporation employs more than 600 employees and allows Dean to be very involved in all aspects of the
business at both the local level and national levels. Dean has won various awards for his endeavours,
including Canadian Franchisee of the Year and Brant County Entrepreneur of the Year. Much time and
financial support is given to community involvement as well – President of the Board Directors for Brant
United Way, Big Brothers/Sisters; Friends of the Firefighters; Red Cross; CNIB; Adoption Foundation to
name a few. Dean spends his after hours with his wife Patsy and their two children Evan and Alanah.
Dr. Cal Bricker
Vice‐President, Public Affairs, Waste Management of Canada
LGIC Appointment ∙ 2nd Term, Apr 11/09 ‐ Apr 10/12
Cal earned both his BA (1983) and MA (1984) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1994
Cal completed the Executive Development Program from the Kellogg School of Management at
Northwestern University. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 2003.
Cal is currently the Vice-President, Public Affairs at Waste Management of Canada and serves as an
External Associate on the York University Centre for International and Security Studies. His other
community involvements include Director on the Canada Institute Advisory Committee for Woodrow
Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC, Anaphylaxis Canada in Toronto and the Canadian Journalism
Foundation in Toronto as well as Vice Chair on the Municipal Affairs Committee, Toronto Board of Trade.
Mr. Matthew Certosimo
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Community at Large Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Matthew L.O. Certosimo is a partner and Toronto Regional Practice Group Leader of the Labour and Em-
ployment Group at the national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Matt was called to the Ontario Bar
in 1995. Matt is co-author of Just Cause: The Law of Summary Dismissal in Canada (Canada Law Book).
He is an adjunct professor (Employment Law) at Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, Editor-in-Chief
of Executive Employment, a quarterly journal published by Federated Press, and author of Ontario Employ-
ment and Labour Law & Commentary, 2006 and 2007/2008 and Federal Employment and Labour Law &
Commentary, 2007 and 2008 (both LexisNexis). He is a member of the Justices of the Peace Appointments
Advisory Committee, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario).
Matt is married to Dawn Bennett, and they have twin 12-year-old daughters. Matt is a Laurier alumnus
(Hons. BA, 1988) and has a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University, in Halifax (1993).
Ms. Mary D’Alton
Managing Director, Waterloo Inn and Conference Centre
Community at Large Appointment ∙ 3rd Term, June 19/09 ‐ Ann Mtg 2012
Mary earned her BA from the University of Toronto. She was appointed by an order in council to the board
of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. She is a long serving board member of the
Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce, the Hospitality Industry Training Organization of Ontario (Smart
Serve), Foundation Board of the YMCA and the Waterloo Economic Development Committee. Mary
recently received the Melvin Jones Fellow from the International Lions Foundation. Mary is also a member
of several professional organizations such as Meeting Planners International, The International Hotel and
Restaurant Association and the Ontario Hotel and Restaurant Association. Mary was the recipient of the 2008 WLU Honorary
Alumna Award, this award recognizes friends of Laurier whose contributions enhance the institution and its surrounding com-
munities. She is also chairman of the board of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (and acting CEO) and
has been appointed to the board of Holdco which is the holding company for North Waterloo Hydro.
Ms. Claire Duboc
LGIC Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jan 10/08 ‐ Jan 09/11
Claire received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Laurier in 1984 and subsequently joined
Procter & Gamble. Claire has held senior positions with Catalina Marketing and The Loyalty Group
(“Air Miles”), both successful entrepreneurial business start-ups in the Canadian market. In 1997, she
received a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of
Western Ontario. Claire joined the Sick Kids Foundation Board in 2004 after being involved with the
hospital on a volunteer basis since 1998. Her other volunteer affiliations have included Operation
Herbie, Pathways Canada, Canadian Paraplegic Association and Special Olympics Canada. Claire
and her husband Sam have four children.
Mr. Frank Erschen
President and CEO, Frank Erschen Inc
Alumni Association Appointment ∙ 2nd Term, Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
After earning his BBA from Laurier, Frank experienced fifteen years at IBM Canada including assign-
ments in the U.S. and ten years as an information technology executive at Bank of Montreal (BMO).
Following his retirement from BMO in 2006, and his certification as a corporate director (ICD.D) in 2007,
Frank now leverages his corporate experience in the start-up and not-for-profit communities. In 2007/08,
he served in interim CIO & CEO roles at public sector start-up Ontario Education Collaborative Market-
place where he provided hands-on leadership during OECM’s funding and early-stage challenges.
Frank manages a robust portfolio of early-stage and not-for-profit interests comprising more than a dozen investor and/or
advisor and/or board roles in Ontario and BC. He is a member of the Golden Triangle Angelnet in the Kitchener-Waterloo/
Guelph/Cambridge area, President and Chair of The Canadian Hemochromatosis Society (Richmond, BC) and an advisor
to The Roberta Bondar Foundation (Toronto). In addition to his Laurier education, Frank has completed a program with the
Institute of Corporate Directors at Rotman (University of Toronto), a corporate program jointly held by Kellogg
(Northwestern) and Ivey (University of Western Ontario), and a program with the National Association of Corporate Directors
in the U.S. Frank provides consulting services through Frank Erschen, Inc.
Ms. Joan Fisk
President, Joan Fisk Designs
Community‐at‐Large Appointment ∙ 3rd Term, June 19/09 ‐ Ann Mtg 2012
Joan earned her BA in Applied Home Economics with a Clothing major in 1975 from the Faculty of Family
and Consumers Studies at the University of Guelph. Former President, CEO and head designer of Tiger
Brand Knitting Company Limited, Joan transformed her family’s 123 year old business from a textile
manufacturer into a refashioned brand name based retail apparel business. Joan serves as a member of
the Dean’s Advisory Council in SBE and is a previous recipient of the Laurier Outstanding Business
Leader Award. In addition to her role as President, Joan Fisk Designs, Joan is a member of the Board of
Directors at Gore Mutual Insurance Company and a Director of Canada’s Technology Triangle (CTT).
Joan and her husband Bryan have two daughters. Joan was named Laurier Honorary Alumna of the Year in 2009, in rec-
ognition of her contributions to enhance the institution and its surrounding communities.
Councillor, Jean Haalboom
Regional Councillor, Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Regional Municipality of Waterloo Appointment · 2nd Term 11 Dec/09 - Nov 30/10
Jean was first elected to Kitchener City Council in 1997. As the Doon Pioneer Ward Councillor, Jean
served on the Public Works & Transportation Committee, Finance & Administration Committee, Planning &
Economic Development Committee, Community Services Committee, Heritage Kitchener (Chair), Environ-
ment Committee (Vice-Chair), Property Standards Committee, Grand River Conservation Authority, the
Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors, Homer Watson House Board of Directors, Doon Commu-
nity Awareness Council, the Regional Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (Chair) and the Public Art
Committee. Jean was first elected to Regional Council representing Kitchener in November 2000 and was re-elected in No-
vember 2003 and 2006. As a Regional Councillor, Jean serves on, Administration & Finance Committee, Jack Young Civic
Award Committee, Planning & Works Committee, the Grand River Conservation Authority, Heritage Planning Advisory Com-
mittee, Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors and Waterloo Regional History Museum Steering Committee. Jean is
married to Richard Haalboom and they are the parents of Erijka and Ariana. Jean was a Special Education Consultant and
Language Teacher for 36 years. Jean has been awarded the Volunteer Service Award from the Ministry of Citizenship & Cul-
ture and the Award of Merit from the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation.
Her Worship Brenda Halloran
Mayor, City of Waterloo
City of Waterloo Appointment ∙ 2nd Term, 17 Jan/08 ‐ 30 Nov/10
Since moving to Waterloo in 1964, Mayor Brenda Halloran has continually worked to better her community.
After earning her diploma at Conestoga College, she began her career as a Registered Nurse. Leading up to
her Mayoral campaign, she spent 16 years with the Canada Revenue Agency and graduated from Waterloo’s
Conrad Grebel College in conflict resolution. In December 2006, she became Mayor of the City of Waterloo.
As Mayor of Waterloo, she also represents the City on the Boards of Directors for Waterloo North Hydro,
Grand River Hospital, Wilfrid Laurier University and UW. She was the recipient of the Wilfrid Laurier Univer-
sity Woman of Resistance Award, was co-valedictorian of her Leadership Waterloo Region Class, and received the CCRA
Award of Excellence. She has also been nominated for the KW Oktoberfest Women of the Year Award in the Community
Service category. Some of the Mayor’s most recent accomplishments include being named Chair of the Intelligent Community
Association. She received an Honorary Professorship from the Yunnan University in Kunming China and in spring 2010 she
was featured in Powerful Woman Magazine. Brenda Halloran lives in Waterloo with her husband, Fred, and her daughter, Liz.
Ms. Sheila Hamilton
Managing Principal, The Osborne Group
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Board Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Sheila earned her B.Math. from the University of Waterloo. Her corporate experience includes positions with
Campbell Soup, Bristol Myers, Mattel and Spin Master in various roles in both Operations and Marketing. In
addition to managing the Ontario practice of The Osborne Group, she works with a variety of organizations
in both business and not-for-profit environments, helping them to improve operational efficiency and effec-
tiveness. She is past Chair of the Board of Governors of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and currently serves
as the Vice President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Sheila and her husband Ross live in
Toronto and have two adult children.
Mayor Mike Hancock
Mayor, City of Brantford
Community‐at‐Large Appointment ∙ 2nd Term, Jun 19/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2012
Born and educated in Toronto, Mayor Hancock studied at York University, and holds a certificate in Credit
and Financial Analysis from Dun & Bradstreet. Mike began his career at Dun & Bradstreet from 1964 to 1971
as an award winning Business Analyst, Ontario Service Manager and the London Branch Sales Manager.
Mike was also a senior executive with Human Resources Development Canada from 1971 to 1998. He be-
came a member of City Council in 1988. He was elected Alderman/Councillor in 1988 and re-elected four
times until being elected Mayor in 2003. Since this time Mike has been a member of almost every committee
of Council. Mike and his wife Mary Catherine have two children and have four grandchildren.
Ms. Beverly Harris
Barrister and Solicitor
Community‐at‐Large Appointment ∙ 2nd Term, Jun 22/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Beverly earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo prior to obtaining a Bachelor of Laws
from the University of Ottawa. Subsequently she was called to the Ontario Bar in 1984. From 1982 to 1990,
she practiced law at Cassels, Brock in Toronto, where she specialized in administrative law. In April 2008 she
completed a ten year term as Chair of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board and the Ontario Hepati-
tis C Review Committee. She is past president of Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services, a not-for-profit
social service agency, and a past member of the board of the Kitchener YWCA. Beverly is married to Laurier alumnus Tim
Seegmiller and they have three teenaged children.
Mr. Thomas Hueglin
Professor, Department of Political Science
Elected by Senate ∙ 1st Term Sept 15/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Thomas was born in Germany, and earned his PhD in 1977 in Switzerland. He has been teaching at Laurier
for over 24 years, and was named Laurier’s University Research Professor for 2009-2010. He is one of the
world’s top scholars on Johannes Althusius, a 16th/17th century philosopher who was concerned with alterna-
tive models of governance. Thomas is also a well-published scholar in the field of federalism, and has pub-
lished a number of books on the subject.
Dr. Javaid Iqbal
Graduate Student, School of Business & Economics
Elected by the Graduate Students∙ 17‐Jun/10 ‐ Annual Mtg 2012
Dr Iqbal has PhD in Biological Sciences from University of Leeds UK. He worked with University of
Guelph for the last 8 years and he is MBA candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr Iqbal believes re-
search projects should be run as entrepreneurial business. To achieve this goal he envisioned the Re-
search Lab Mangers' Boot Camp and worked hard to make this a successful program to provide vital re-
search and lab management training to graduate students, staff and faculty members. Dr Iqbal is known
for his team building, collaboration and program development skills. At UoG he served on Social, Website and staff-
development committees and developed new programs and research labs. Dr Iqbal's dedication and contributions at UoG
earned him "Innovative Leadership Recognition Award 2009". He also won Staff Development Award and OCE Talent Opportu-
nity Award. At WLU he is on the Sustainable Campuses Committee and also runs knowledge mobilisation workshops.
Mr. Tim Martin
Senior Director, Treasury, Research in Motion Limited
Alumni Association Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Tim Martin is Director, Treasury at Research In Motion, where he oversees the company’s global treasury
operations, including banking, credit facilities, cash management, investments, foreign exchange trading
and share repurchase programs. Prior to joining RIM in 2000, Tim held various finance positions at Scotia-
bank, Manulife Financial and Lutheran Life (now FaithLife Financial). Tim holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier
University and a BA from University of Waterloo, as well as Certified General Accountant (CGA) and Char-
tered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations. After completing his MBA in 1992, Tim served as an executive
member of the WLU MBA Alumni Association. As President of the MBA Alumni Association, Tim spear-
headed integration of this group with the Laurier Alumni Association. Tim continued his involvement with WLU as a member of
the Laurier Alumni Association Board, including terms as Chair of the Homecoming Committee and Treasurer, until 2002. Tim
also served on the selection committee for the Dean of the School of Business and Economics in 1996.
Mr. Jamie Martin
Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
LGIC Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jun 19/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2012
Jamie earned his BA from the University of Western Ontario in 1971 and his LLB from the University of
Windsor in 1974. He was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 1976. He has been an Associate
and Partner at Clement, Eastman, Dreger, Martin & Meunier, a Partner at Sims Clement Eastman and is
currently a Partner at Miller Thomson LLP. Jamie is very active in the community and has served as Di-
rector and Chair of Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Centre for Family Business, Regional Addiction Coun-
selling, Canada’s Technology Triangle and numerous other organizations in the Waterloo Region. He is currently Co-Chair of
the Prosperity Council of Waterloo Region Task Force in Creative Enterprise and has been a member of the Prosperity Council
since 2004. Jamie and his wife Renée reside in Waterloo and have 2 children, 2 step-children and 3 grandchildren.
Professor John McCutcheon
Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business & Economics
UFC Elected Faculty ∙ 2nd Term, Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
John earned his MBA in 1974 from Washington State and his FCMA in 2003. He has been a member of the
Accounting area at Laurier since 1980. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in financial
reporting and accounting theory and has filled various administrative roles including Area Coordinator, Asso-
ciate MBA Director, President of the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association and Associate Dean of
Business. John’s areas of research are sociology of accounting and history of management education. He
has published articles related to accounting education, professions and organizational impacts upon indi-
viduals and has also written a number of cases. John is the Secretary Treasurer of the Alliance Hockey Ontario and a member
of the Finance Committee in the Ontario Hockey Federation.
Mr. John Ormston
Partner, Ormston List Frawley LLP
Community At Large Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
John earned his BBA in 1989 from Wilfrid Laurier University, his LLB from the University of Western Ontario,
and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995. John is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ad-
vocates’ Society. John and his wife Samantha Cohen have two children.
Dr. David Pfrimmer
Principal‐Dean, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Board Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jun 19/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2012
David Pfrimmer is the Principal-Dean and Professor of Christian Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on the
campus of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to his appointment at Principal-Dean, David
served for twenty years as the Director of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy, an office that was established
in 1982 to engage the church in public witness on important social questions such as human rights, corporate social responsi-
bility, international trade and development, social policy, welfare reform, aboriginal rights and economic and social justice. He
has served on the Executive of the Canadian Council of Churches, as Chairperson for the Council’s Commission for Justice
and Peace, the Board of Kairos and co-chair of the Kairos Social Development Committee, as a member of the Ontario Multi-
faith Council on Religious and Spiritual Care (Chaplaincy) and its research committee, was a president of the Ontario Social
Development Council and was a founding member and for twenty years chaired the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coali-
tion (ISARC). In 1995 he was a member of the non-governmental organization’s delegation to the United Nation’s World Sum-
mit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark. David holds an undergraduate degree in economics, a Master of Divinity
from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in systematic theology and a Master of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in social
ethics focusing on an ethical assessment of economic policies to address world hunger and development. He has a Doctor of
Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary focusing on the changing public witness of the church and church-state
relations in light of the impact of economic globalization. David was ordained in 1978 and has served parishes in Kingston and
New Hamburg Ontario. He has taught Christian ethics both in the seminary and in the department of religion and culture. He
has written numerous articles and editorials and regularly is invited as a speaker to church and community groups. He has
represented the church on numerous delegations and observer missions to the United Nations, El Salvador, Mexico, Guate-
mala, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Israel and Palestine.
Mr. John A Pollock
Chairman, President and CEO, Blairtech Investments Ltd.
Ex‐Officio, Chancellor ∙ 1st Term March 31/08 ‐ March 30 2012
John earned his BA.Sc from the University of Toronto and later an MBA from Harvard. John also has Honorary
Doctor of Laws Degrees from both Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo. John was recently Chairman,
President and CEO of Electrohome Limited located in Kitchener. Directorship roles have included Electrohome
Ltd, Canadian General-Tower Limited in Cambridge and S.C. Johnson and Son Limited in Brantford and a
number of other current and past involvements. John has a long list of community service that currently includes Trustee, Art
Gallery of Ontario; Member, XPO Forum Group; Board Member, Cambridge Memorial Hospital; Board Member, Grand Valley
Conservation Foundation; Board Member, Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region. His past involvements have included par-
ticipation with the Young Presidents Organization, The Trillium Foundation, Junior Achievement of Canada, Board of Gover-
nors at St. John’s Kilmarnock School in Elora, ThyssennKrupp Budd Canada Inc, Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro, Immersion
Studios, K-W Art Gallery, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, University of Waterloo Foundation, University of Waterloo Board of
Governors and The Freeport Hospital Board of Governors. John and his wife Joyce have one son and three daughters.
Dr. Chatura Ranaweera
Associate Professor & Marketing Area Coordinator, School of Business & Economics
Elected by Senate ∙ 1st Term Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Dr. Ranaweera is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business. He holds a
PhD from Cambridge University, England, a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) from George Wash-
ington University, USA, and a BSc from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. Previously, he was a Research Associate in Busi-
ness Performance at Cambridge University and a Lecturer in Construction Engineering and Management at the Moratuwa Univer-
sity. Dr. Ranaweera is also a Senior Research Consultant for Comscore Networks Inc., a Honomichl global top 25 marketing re-
search firm whose clients include Google, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Viacom, Verizon, and AT&T, among others. Previously, he has
also consulted for British Telecom in the area of modelling customer behaviour, and worked on Accenture's project on developing a
catalogue of Best Practice Business Performance Measures. As a lead consultant to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Dr.
Ranaweera also worked in the Garment manufacturing sector in designing export development plans, and in the glass and concrete
products sectors in the formation of international joint ventures. He has also worked as a consultant to a number of international
organisations including the World Bank and the Japan Bank for International Co-operation. Prior to commencing his PhD at Cam-
bridge, he also managed an Engineering consulting firm in the construction sector. His research has appeared in Marketing Theory,
the International Journal of Service Industry Management, the International Journal of Operations and Production Management,
Managing Service Quality and the Journal of Targeting Measurement and Analysis for Marketing. He has won numerous research
awards including the Best Doctoral Student Paper Award at the European Operations Management Association Annual Conference
2001; Highly Commended Paper Award at the AMA SERVSIG Bi-Annual Conference 2003; and the Literati Club Outstanding Paper
of the Year Award, 2004. He has also published an award winning Case on Slimfast, the weight management product from Unile-
ver. Dr. Ranaweera was also a Fulbright Scholar and a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar.
Mr. Terry Reidel
Retired President & COO, Kuntz Electroplating Inc.
Community At Large Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Jun 19/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2012
Mr. Reidel is a retired executive. He spent over 35 years in the professional services industry with Ernst & Young,
the last 5 as the Managing Partner for Waterloo Region. He then spent 7 years as President of a family-owned
auto parts business which employed 600 people. He sits on the Board of Linamar Corp, Economical Insurance,
COMDEV International, Wilfrid Laurier University and some private company boards. Mr. Reidel has been involved
in many community, charitable and non-profit activities. Presently he is the Executive Director of the Cowan Foundation and is on
the board of the Grand River Conservation Foundation. He was the K-W Citizen of the Year in 2004.
Mr. Barry Ries
Editorial/Communications Officer, Office of Research
Elected by Staff ∙ 2nd Term Jun 20/08 ‐ Annual Mtg 2011
Barry earned a BA (Political Science) in 1979 from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Journalism
in 1985 from Carleton University and a MA (History) in 2005 from Laurier. While attending Laurier for
his undergraduate degree Barry was editor of the student publication, The Cord. Barry worked as a
reporter for The Record for 14 years, covering many areas, including post secondary education. Barry
joined Laurier’s Public Affairs office in 1997 and became Editorial/Communications Officer in the Office
of Research Services in 2008. He often talks about writing a book on Lake Huron.
Mr. Omer Shah
Undergraduate Student, Economics and Philosophy
Elected by the Undergraduate Students ∙ 1st Term, 17‐June/10‐Annual Mtg 2012
Omer is a fourth year student studying economics and philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University. He
currently works for the Students Union as a student manager at Wilf’s restaurant and Turret nightclub.
He hopes to meet a lot of interesting people whilst sitting on the board and hopefully contribute
something positive to the student body. When not managing a nightclub and restaurant Omer
performs stage magic at various events and festivals under the stage name The Paradox.
Mr. Steve Wilkie
Alumni Association Appointment ∙ ∙ 1st Term 17‐Jun/10 –Annual Mtg 2013
Steve has been actively involved with the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association since he graduated
from Laurier with a BBA in 1982, serving as president and past president for many years. He was involved
in the first capital campaign to raise $6.8M build the John Aird building, and brings to the Board many
years of experience over 3 administrations of Laurier's growth.
Steve has worked in sales throughout most of his career, last working as a general manager with Robin-
son Paperboard Packaging, in Mississauga, Ontario. He has also worked as a part-time professor at
Conestoga College teaching Leadership development, and strategic planning. Steve holds a BBA in Mar-
keting and an MBA in Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Mr. Berry Vrbanovic
Councillor, City of Kitchener
City of Kitchener Appointment ∙ 1st Term, Dec 1/08 ‐ Nov 30/11
Berry Vrbanovic graduated from Laurier with his BA in Political Science in 1988 and his Diploma in
Business Administration in 1989. Councillor Vrbanovic serves on Kitchener City Council as the Council-
lor for Chicopee-Grand River ward, a position he has held since first being elected in 1994. At the city,
Councillor Vrbanovic serves as Chair of the Finance & Corporate Services Committee, and also on the
Environmental and Safe & Healthy Community Advisory Committees. As Vice-Chair of the city’s Envi-
ronmental Committee, he has been a strong advocate for local sustainability initiatives such as the Lo-
cal Environmental Action Fund, the Pedestrian Charter, and the Citizen’s Report on Air Quality. Nation-
ally, Councillor Vrbanovic presently serves as the 2nd Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, where he has served on the board since 2000. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Police Sec-
tor Council. In his previous role as FCM’s Chair of the Standing Committee on International Relations, Councillor Vrbanovic
oversaw FCM’s International development work in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. In the
fall of 2005, Councillor Vrbanovic became Chair of FCM's Tsunami Advisory Committee and has worked in the region several
times since then as part of the capacity building work being done by Canada's cities and communities in both Sri Lanka and
Indonesia. Councillor Vrbanovic also represents Canada on the World Council and Executive Bureau of United Cities and Lo-
cal Governments (UCLG), the international body of local governments, and has also done work with the National Democratic
Institute from Washington along with local government leaders from the U.A.E, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries. Lo-
cally, Councillor Vrbanovic is currently or has been on the board of many community organizations including Centre in the
Square, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, St. Mary's Hospital, the KW Oktoberfest Advisory Council and the
Queen Helena Canadian-Croatian Cultural & Charitable Society.
Dr. Eileen Wood
Professor, Department of Psychology
UFC Elected Faculty ∙ 1st Term, June 19/09 ‐ Annual Mtg 2012
Dr. Wood earned her doctorate in Instructional Psychology at Simon Fraser University and her Master’s in
Developmental Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Her primary area of research examines how
information is acquired, retained and subsequently retrieved in learning and memory contexts. She also ex-
amines the impact of new technologies for both learning and social development. Secondary research inter-
ests examine gender role development, healthy sexuality development, dating and social relationships. Dr.
Wood has published over 60 research papers, several book chapters and 10 books. Dr. Wood is committed to developing and
promoting teaching excellence and ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. Dr. Wood was named
University Research Professor for the 2008-09 year. Dr. Wood also was the recipient of the 2010 Award for Teaching
Excellence for full-time faculty.
Dr. Eugene Zima
Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Computer Science
Elected by Senate ∙ 1st Term, Jun 19/09 ‐ Ann Mtg 2012
Dr. Zima hold a MS and Ph.D in Computer Sciences from Lomonosov Moscow University. He has also
served as Assistant Professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Eugene has also been a researcher
at the Computer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Currently he is an Associate Professor in
WLU’s Physics and Computer Science department in the Faculty of Science and was previously an Associ-
ate Professor at the University of Waterloo in the School of Computer Science. Dr. Zima’s research interests
include computer algebra; symbolic-numeric algorithms; program optimization; parallel computing; combina-
torial and algorithmic summation.