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University of Waterloo Stratford Campus Advisory Board

We have brought together leaders and thinkers in the field of digital media from all across Canada to form the University of Waterloo Stratford Advisory Board. They represent academia, industry and government and they are ready to lead Canada into the digital media age.

John Baker

John Baker

President, Desire2Learn

John Baker founded the eLearning or Learning Management Systems (LMS) company Desire2Learn in 1999 after identifying his own unfulfilled need for learning online while studying Systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo. 

Gary Bartholomew

Gary Bartholomew

Managing Partner Galt Global Capital

Gary Bartholomew has created over 15 startup companies, involved from concept to public offering or acquisition. He now applies this knowledge to building unique investment products for GALT's global investor base. With an inherent understanding of the culture and DNA of a startup, he has first-hand experience in defining the winning formula for creating a performance driven culture that can be scaled to commercialization profitability.

Doug Beynon

Doug Beynon

Chair, CEO and President, Unisearch Associates

Doug Beynon is Chair, CEO and President of Unisearch Associates Inc, a manufacturer of spectroscopic instruments for environmental monitoring and process control. He has over twenty years of senior management and technology sector experience. Prior to his current position, he was Regional Vice-President at the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and President and Chief Operating Officer at Mindflight Corporation & Mindflight Technology Inc. and Waterloo Engineering Software.

Sonia Carreno

Sonia Carreno

President, IAB Canada

Sonia has been passionate about the Internet and its forward movement in Canada from the start. Bringing over 15 years of experience touching virtually every aspect of digital marketing, she brings a well-rounded perspective to support the best interests of IAB Canada’s tripartite organization and its members.

Alex Chepovetsky

Alex Chepovetsky

President at Havas Worldwide Digital Canada

​With over twenty years of Digital experience, Alex firmly anchors Havas’ digital capability in Canada as a full service Digital Agency with Digital Strategy, User Experience, Creative, Development, Social, Mobile, Integration and Analytics all delivered by an integrated team. Alex is also responsible for strategic partnerships with major technology par

Sylvia Chrominska

Sylvia Chrominska

(Retired) Group Head Global Human Resources, Scotiabank

Sylvia Chrominska has long been a leader in the human resources, communications and corporate social responsibilities areas. Her work in advancing careers of women has earned her many awards.

Antoni Cimolino

Antoni Cimolino

Artistic Director, Stratford Festival

Antoni Cimolino is the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival - a man who is passionate about enriching the lives of others through education and practice of the arts.

Jim de Wilde

Jim de Wilde

Venture Capitalist, Management Educator, Ivey McGill Rotman

Throughout his career as an educator and venture capitalist, Dr. Jim de Wilde has focused on the issues of global competitiveness and the commercialization of knowledge through activities in both the private sector and the public sector. 

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson

CEO, Venture Communications

Arlene Dickinson is a 20-year veteran of Canada's marketing industry, and is chief executive officer (CEO) and sole owner of Venture Communications Ltd.

Ginny Dybenko

Ginny Dybenko

Special Advisor to the Dean

Ginny Dybenko came to the role of Executive Director of the new Centre for Digital Media at the Stratford Campus of the University of Waterloo following five years as the Dean of the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics and over 30 years of corporate experience. 

Vikas Gupta

Vikas Gupta

CEO, Big Blue Bubble

​Vikas is passionate about start-ups, digital media, and loves the creating, building, and strategic growth aspects of interesting companies that are striving to change the world. He has a strong track record with private and public companies.

Craig Haney

Craig Haney

Manager, CT Innovations, Canadian Tire

Craig Haney has the task of bridging technical capabilities with opportunities to inspire retail experiences.

Massimo Iacurti

Massimo Iacurti

Regional Vice President, RBC Royal Bank

In Massimo’s role as Regional Vice President, he oversees 15 branches across the Huron Perth & Oxford Region. He has over 20 years in the Financial Services Industry in a variety of diverse roles across multiple lines of business. Massimo’s leadership capabilities have earned him numerous awards with RBC. 

Rocky Jain

Rocky Jain

Director, RED LAB, Manulife Financial

Rocky Jain creates innovative solutions using mobile technologies that provide people with intuitive, quick, and transparent access to their financial services.

Tracey Jennings

Tracey Jennings

Corporate Tax partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tracey Jennings is Canadian Leader of PwC's Technology, Information, Communications and Entertainment and Media Practice and also the Entertainment & Media (E&M) Sector Leader for Canada.

Carol Leaman

Carol Leaman

CEO, Axonify

Carol brings more than 20 years of leadership and technology executive experience to our board along with Gamification industry insight.

Gordon Lownds

Gordon Lownds

Canadian Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Sleep Country Canada and Listen Up Canada

Gordon Lownds, co-founder of Sleep Country Canada and Listen Up! Canada, is a successful Canadian entrepreneur. 

Martin Lundie

Martin Lundie

Partner, Ernst & Young

Martin Lundie is GTA Market Leader for Knowledge Based Industries, which includes media, entertainment, technology, telecommunications, cleantech and life sciences.

Gary Maavara

Gary Maavara (Emeritus)

Vice President and General Consul, Corus Entertainment

Gary A. Maavara is Vice President and General Counsel for Corus Entertainment Inc., overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs associated with the Company's extensive operations in radio, television, programming, films, books, music, toys and websites.

Mayor Dan Mathieson

Mayor Dan Mathieson

Mayor of the City of Stratford

Dan Mathieson has been the Mayor of Stratford since 2003 and has served on Council since 1995 as a Councilor and Deputy Mayor. 

Don McDougall

Don McDougall

President and CEO, Rambri Management Inc. & eJust Systems

Don is President & CEO of Rambri Management, a real estate development company and eJust Systems, a software firm focused on the justice sector, both located in Stratford, Ontario.

Douglas Peers

Douglas Peers

Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo

Douglas Peers joined the University of Waterloo on 1 July 2011 as Dean of Arts and Professor of History. 

Sam Qorbani

Sam Qorbani

Project Manager, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department

Sam is a digital designer with expertise in augmented reality and 3D animation. His most recent AR project brought dinosaurs to life for children visiting the local museum.He has several years of experience in digital media design and production, design management and 3D technologies.

Alan Quarry

Alan Quarry

Chairman, CEO, Quarry Integrated Communications

Mentor. Entrepreneur. Writer. Enthusiastic Twitterer. 

Paul Salvini

Dr. Paul Salvini

CEO, Accelerator Centre

Dr. Paul Salvini is Chief Executive Officer of the Accelerator Centre, a world-renowned not-for-profit facility dedicated to developing and strengthening technology-based businesses. He also holds appointments as Associate Vice President of Research Commercialization at the University of Waterloo and as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the Graduate School of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

EVP of Global Market Solutions at Christie Digital

​Jennifer is a senior executive with more than ten years of management experience in a complex, global, technology and manufacturing environment.

Alfredo Tan

Alfredo Tan

Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook Inc.

Alfredo Tan leads a team responsible for strategic marketing relationships with agencies and Fortune 500 companies across Canada.

Kevin Tuer

Kevin Tuer

Managing Director, Open Data Institute

Kevin Tuer is Managing Director of the Open Data Institute and Vice-President, Digital Media for Communitech

Chip Vallis

Retired President and CEO, Covington Capital

Chip Vallis has been an active and respected member of the private equity and venture capital investment world, and is now serving as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Stratford Festival.

Kent Wakely

Kent Wakely

Managing Partner, Fruition Interactive

Kent Wakely is managing partner of Fruition Interactive. He has been dedicated to helping businesses get found, get leads, grow sales and find true love since 1993.

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson

President & CEO, Wilkinson Insight Incorporated

Former Ontario Cabinet Minister John Wilkinson was first elected in 2003 as the ​member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Perth- Middlesex.

Gary Wreford

Gary Wreford

(Retired) Vice President - Central Processing Technology, Scotiabank

Since 1990, Gary Wreford has worked in the banking industry in Canada originally with National Trust and subsequently with Scotiabank.