President - John Haddock, BA ‘78
John Haddock (BA ’78, Recreation and Leisure Studies) is currently CEO of the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo. With over 25 years of experience within Canadian Ys, John is known for expanding YMCA delivery systems to positively impact more people’s lives. He has provided local, provincial and national leadership within the YMCA movement. John, who provides leadership to a team of over 600 staff and 900 volunteers, is continually inspired by the positive impact the Y programs and services have on participants and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, youth, adults and families.
John is also an active volunteer with a number of community organizations in the Waterloo Region such as the Immigration Partnership Council, Cambridge and north Dumfries, the Social Planning Council and Waterloo Region’s Active Living Network. Globally, John also provides leadership and support to the YMCA’s movement in Africa. In 2008, John received the Recreation and Leisure Studies Distinguished Alumni Award.
Environment - Diana Vangelist, MA'89
Diana Vangelisti is a Retired Registered Professional Planner with a 30-year career in the field of consulting engineering where her work focused on environmental assessments for infrastructure, sustainable communities and healthy environments. As a Vice President, she was responsible for business development, staffing and, leadership of a regional office located in Waterloo Region. Diana has served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region and as a Grant Review Team member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin region). During this time, Diana also earned a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Conrad Grebel College.
After moving to Wasaga Beach over 7 years ago, Diana continues to be engaged in her community and currently serves as the Past Chair of the Board of the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka and as Past Chair of the Board of the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre. She participated on the steering committee for the Beach Areas 1 and 2 Strategic Plan for the Town of Wasaga Beach. From 2013 to 2016, Diana served as a Program Review External Chair at Fanshawe College which entailed facilitating the legislated review of various programs offered at Fanshawe College campuses, working with faculty and community advisors.
She is currently a Faculty Member for the YMCA/Lakehead Leadership Program Level 3 and co-delivers a course on Governance in the Not-for-Profit Sector with her husband and fellow UW Alumnus, Jim Whaley.
Through these various volunteer opportunities, Diana has also developed an expertise in non-profit governance practices. She believes that volunteers are the foundation of strong communities.
Diana has two degrees from Waterloo, a BES ’84 and Master Degree in ’89, both from the School of Planning, Faculty of Environmental Studies. She served as a Village 2 Don for two years, was involved in the coordination of fund raising activities for Village residents and was a member of the Athena Figure Skating team (in the early years of the Columbia Ice Field building).
At large - Angela Pereira, BSc ‘95
A graduate of the honours Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo, Angela has specialized in clinical assessment and the prescription of therapeutic exercise over the course of her career. Angela is the Founder and President of two companies: First Line Kinesiologists Inc. and First Line Education Inc. With First Line Kinesiologists Inc. Angela leads a team of kinesiologists providing clinical exercise rehabilitation and fitness services in Ontario. First Line Education Inc. is a continuing education company focused on improving the practical skills of health care professionals in the rehabilitation and fitness industries.
In 2010, Angela became a proud member of the University of Waterloo Alumni Council representing Applied Health Sciences. Over the past 10 years, Angela has been consistently acknowledged by the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) as an Educational Influential (EI) in the field of kinesiology.
Angela was a volunteer with the Ontario Kinesiology Association's (OKA) Board of Directors for over 10 years. She was closely involved in the successful effort to regulate the kinesiology profession in 2007. In 2010, Angela accepted the position of Vice President Communications with the Canadian Kinesiology Association (CKA). Also in 2010, Angela was asked to Chair the Program Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Exercise Science and Health Promotion) program at Sheridan College. A regular presenter at colleges and universities in Ontario, Angela speaks on behalf of her companies and the OKA and CKA about the academic and professional sides of kinesiology to faculty, students and parents.
Angela's expertise in kinesiology practice has been featured in the Globe and Mail, and Elle Canada, Best Health, Chatelaine and Zoomer magazines.
At large - Dan Donovan, BASc ‘02 MBET ‘07
Dan has had a progressive career in software development and IT. He began his career with hands-on development positions moving into a sales engineering role, and later running his own start-up. Recently Dan has been building and managing rapidly growing, high-performing technology, software development and delivery teams at exciting businesses and most recently is the Vice-President, Technology & Development at VC-funded tech-startup 360incentives.com. He currently leads the IT team at Porter Airlines as Vice-President, Information Systems & Technology.
Dan holds two degrees from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Engineering, 2002) and a Master in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (2007). Dan also was student-athlete with Warriors Football, playing wide receiver for five years from 1997 - 2001.
Mathematics - Meaghan Kimball, BMath'06
Meaghan Kimball (nee Stoll) graduated from the University Waterloo in 2006 with a Bachelor of Mathematics with a major in statistics and minor in economics. Meaghan's undergraduate experience at UWaterloo was diverse and stimulating. She was a Rene Descartes National Scholarship recipient, Academic All-Canadian as captain of the varsity curling team and international exchange student during her third year studies at Heriot Watt University in Scotland.
Meaghan currently works in foreign currency risk management in the Treasury department of at a large technology company in Silicon Valley. Previously, Meaghan worked in capital markets in Toronto and New York as a financial derivatives specialist. Meaghan also holds a Masters of Science from Stanford University and is a CFA charterholder.
The education and experiences Meaghan received as a student at UWaterloo were highly rewarding and she is excited to give back as a member of the Alumni Council.
Colleges - Adele Newton, BMath ‘78
Adele graduated from the university’s Faculty of Mathematics in 1978. In the years since, she has gained program development and management experience in the university, technology, and the not-for-profit sectors. She has developed and managed a broad range of innovative programs for academic researchers and industry professionals through her work with universities, technology companies, and industry associations. She has also held full-time positions at the University of Waterloo, the University of Toronto, and BlackBerry.
In 1993, Adele founded Newton Associates to provide a comprehensive array of consulting solutions supporting the development and management of public-private partnership initiatives. Her clients have included Side Effects Software, the Institute for Quantum Computing, Art Center College of Design, the Information Technology Association of Canada, and Ryerson University.
Adele is currently based at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, working as Director, North American Advancement for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - Next Einstein Initiative.
The University of Waterloo has played a huge role in Adele’s personal and professional success and she is honoured to be connected and able to give back to the university through her work on the Alumni Council.
Engineering - Brian Cepuran, BASc ‘01
Brian Cepuran is the Vice President, Platforms and Architecture at Desire2learn, and has been integral in the development and evolution of Desire2Learn products and underlying platforms as one of the company’s founding members.
He strives to ensure Desire2Learn is always at the forefront of learning technology, reflecting his own passion for teaching, learning, and innovation.
At large - Garry Innanen, BSc ‘85
Garry has enjoyed 25 years of building Information Management Consulting Businesses, and has funded and operated 6 startups. The latest, Makeplain, is focused on Machine Learning Based Advanced Analytics, providing Business Outcomes as a Service.
He has also returned to his Earth Sciences roots, helping Environmental, Cleantech and Sustainability concerns and sits on the Ontario Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and Spark Angels.
Garry’s passions include protecting and valuing the world’s natural assets.
At large - Ingrid Schiller, BA ‘97
Since graduating from the University of Waterloo, Ingrid has worn many hats during her diverse and dynamic career – marketer, manager, and relationship maker extraordinaire. She is a passionate agent for growth and change, both through her professional roles and volunteer work.
Her specialties include business development, marketing, events / trade shows, team building, silo destruction, social media, digital marketing, travel, photography, cooking, culture and having fun.
Since June 2013, she has been the Faculty of Arts representative on the University of Waterloo Alumni Council whose goal it is to advance the mission of the University and provide direction for many university projects.
At large - Hilary Corneau, BES ‘10
Hilary Corneau is the Project Delivery Analyst in the Project Management Office at Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions. Dealing with the processes and systems for the project management team and helping to bridge the gap between software and project management.
Academically, Hilary holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Environment and Business, 2010) from the University of Waterloo. During her time at Waterloo she was an orientation Leader, local sorority president, active community volunteer, and resident at Renison College. She also holds a Master’s of Science (Sustainability, 2011) from the University of Leeds. She is a LEED GA and is Quality Management Systems & Management Systems Auditing certified.
An active volunteer, she was the peer-elected co-chair of the Emerging Green Builders Committee of the Canada Green Building Council GTA Chapter. The team strives to promote the green building industry to students and young professionals. She continues to volunteer with the BC Chapter of the CaGBC. She is also involved with various fundraising endeavours as a runner.
Science - Vikas Gupta, BSc ‘91
Vikas Gupta is a charismatic leader who defines himself as a seasoned executive with an entrepreneurial DNA. He has an insatiable passion for emerging growth tech companies and lives by the philosophy that the right corporate culture combined with innovative strategy can ignite exponentialism.
Vikas was formerly the of CEO of Big Blue Bubble and established the company as the largest independent mobile gaming company in Canada, ranking among the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the nation.
Prior to Big Blue Bubble, Vikas was the CEO of TransGaming, a publicly listed multi-national global leader in the cross platform deployment of video games and the delivery of video games to Smart TV. TransGaming’s technology division was acquired by NVIDIA, representing their foray into Canada.
Vikas enjoys venturing beyond his own industry and is an advisor, mentor, investor, board member to many organizations, from innovative start-ups to not-for-profit organizations, such as Interactive Ontario, Prince’s Charities Canada Patrons Council, MaRS, University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, and serves as an advisor on the Ontario Premier’s digital media roundtable and is on the digital media advisory board for the Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism & Sport. Vikas is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and is on the YPO Toronto Chapter board.
Vikas is a proud alumnus of the University of Waterloo and was the recipient of the University of Waterloo Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. He can be found @vikaskgupta or LinkedIn: vikasgupta2010
Colleges - Sean Murphy, BASc ‘93
Sean Patrick Murphy, CPA, CMA, FCMC, PMP is a Partner, Consulting and Technology Solution at MNP. Formerly, he was the founder, Managing Principal and CEO of A Hundred Answers Inc., an advisory, digital and technology solutions and services consultancy.
He is an accomplished business solutions project manager and business transformation architect with 20+ years of management consulting experience. Sean has an extensive background in project management, digital transformation, information management and business and IT strategy for public and private sector clients.
Sean graduated from the Faculty of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. He then completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa in 1995. During his time at Waterloo, Sean was also a resident at St. Paul’s College.
Arts - Michael Robson, BA'13
Michael graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2013 with a BA in Speech Communication, and also played four years of Varsity Football. After graduating, he returned home to Toronto and started his career in the mortgage industry shortly thereafter. He is now working for a mortgage investment company as a Quality Assurance Risk Analyst.
With a passion for education, Michael continues to take post-secondary courses, and has successfully completed professional exams including the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) and the required exam to earn his designation as an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP).
In his efforts to give back to the community, Michael volunteers as a mentor, tutor, and as a non-profit board member for Ajax Touch Football League and African Canadian Community Services.
As a proud alumnus, Michael has started a scholarship award at the University of Waterloo, called the Collective Movement Award. Michael’s main interests are walking, investing, yoga, football, learning, and connecting with diverse communities.