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 - Ian MacNaughton, MA ‘71
Ian MacNaughton, Chair of MHBC, has practiced planning and resource management since 1968, and founded MHBC in 1973. MHBC, specializing in land use planning and landscape architecture, has five offices in Kitchener, Toronto, Barrie, London and Kingston. Ian has a Masters of Arts, Regional Planning and Resource Development (1971), University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelors of Arts, Urban and Regional Planning (1968), University of Waterloo. He is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Planner.
Ian was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 1998 and recently (2007) received the University of Waterloo's 50th Anniversary Alumni Award. He was "Planner in Residence" at the University of Waterloo School of Planing in 2010.
He has served as a member of the Provincial Smart Growth Central Ontario Strategy Sub-Panel, an alternate on the Greenbelt Task Force, and currently sits on the Province of Ontario Advisory Group on Energy and Economic Development.
He also serves as Chair of Canada's Technology Triangle (CTT), sits on the Board of The Grand River Conservation Foundation, is Past Chair of Governance for Homewood Health Centre, and is a member of Pragma Council, University of Waterloo.
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).
Mathematics - David Schuetz, BMath ‘86
David graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1986 with a Bachelor of Mathematics, having completed a major in actuarial science and a minor in economics. He is currently a principal and senior consulting actuary with Mercer, a global leader in HR and related financial advice, products, and services. He provides strategic consulting and advice to a number of multinational clients on the cost and effectiveness of their pension and benefit programs. Prior to returning to Toronto in 2012, he was in Mercer's International Consulting Group in London, UK.
Prior to joining Mercer, he was a co-founder and partner of Cypress Knowledge, a management consulting and advisory firm in Menlo Park, California.
When asked what motivated him to reconnect with UWaterloo David said, "There are many great and exciting new things going on at UW and I want to stay plugged in and connected to those changes and to help facilitate them wherever I can."
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.