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Helen Friedman

Chair


Helen Friedman is the Chair of the Board of Governors and has served on the Governance Committee since joining the Board in 2006.

In her role as a litigation lawyer and partner in the Waterloo office of Miller Thomson LLP, Helen brings expertise, value and innovation developed through a focused practice in defence of first party insurance claims. Helen was recently named to the 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada for Insurance Law.

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Jim Kearns

Vice Chair


Jim has been a Board Governor since 2008. He is Vice Chair of Governance, and a member of both the Leadership and Planned Gifts and the Finance and Audit Committee.

A retired engineer and lawyer, Jim was a senior executive at Northern Digital Incorporated.

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Diane Wolfenden

Vice Chair and Chair Elect


Diane Wolfenden, Vice Chair and Chair Elect, has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2010. Currently Diane is Interim Chair of the Leadership and Planned Gifts Committee and a member of the Governance Committee.

As an experienced Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, Diane brings a wealth of knowledge to her governance roles. She is a member of the Investment Committee with the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation.

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David Webb

Treasurer


David is the Treasurer of GRHF’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Grand River Hospital Foundation Finance and Audit Committee. He was appointed in 2013.

David was a Senior Tax Partner and Regional Managing Partner for Southwest Ontario with MNP LLP (‘MNP’). He continues to work with MNP as an Associate. David is also a recognized expert in business valuation and forensic accounting. As an active member in his community, David is a past member and chair of the City of Waterloo Audit Committee, and a member of the Professional Advisors Committee for the KW Community Foundation.

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Tracey Bailey

President and CEO of Governance


Tracey Bailey brings more than 30 years of fundraising expertise, communications savvy and non-profit sector leadership to GRHF. Tracey is Secretary of GRHF’s Board of Governors.

Tracey spent 20 years in non-profit management consulting working with more than 50 charities across the country. She started working in health care philanthropy 10 years ago. In her career, Tracey has directed eight capital campaigns with goals ranging from $3M to $500M.

As a volunteer Tracey trains and coaches young professionals and board directors in the non-profit sector and with a number of organizations to alleviate poverty in our community and in our world.

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Linda Barlow

Board Member


Linda Barlow joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and is a member of the Governance Committee. Linda is Vice-President, Human Resources at Flanagan Foodservice, Canada’s largest independent foodservice distributor with six locations across Ontario.

As a Certified Human Resources Leader and accomplished global HR executive, Linda has built many high performing human resources teams while successfully delivering HR programs and services that support ever changing organizational needs.

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Mark Bingeman

Board Member


Mark Bingeman joined the Board of Governors in 2016. After holding a variety of managerial positions with both Marriott and Hyatt Hotel Corporations throughout the United States, Mark returned home in 1994 and joined the family firm, Bingemans Inc. In 2004, Mark assumed the helm of Bingemans Inc. and has continually maintained an active hands-on approach to the business.

Mark has served in other community organizations including: Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club, Member, Young Presidents Organization, Chapter Chair, Canada Regional Council, Member, and the City of Kitchener Economic Development Committee.

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Steve Currie

Board Member


Steve Currie has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2012 and is part of both the Marketing and Communications and Governance Committees. Steve is the VP Strategy of Communitech. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology and marketing.

Steve has held senior marketing and business development roles in multinationals such as Reynolds & Reynolds and Open Text, and start ups and emerging companies such as Miovision, Northern Digital Inc. and Handshake VR. Steve takes an active role in the community and is also a board member of KidsAbility.

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Carolyn Dysart

Board Member


Carolyn Dysart is an active member of the community and joined the Board of Governors in 2010. Today she is Chair of the Annual Giving Committee. For eleven years, she has volunteered for the hospital’s Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.

Carolyn sits on the advisory committee for City of Waterloo Arts and Culture, and is involved with Best Friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Jeff Horst

Board Member


Jeff Horst joined the Board of Governors in 2015. He is Vice Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee and a member of The Grand Experience Committee. He is Co-Founder and Business Development Manager at Echosims Inc., where his team combines strategy management, website development and creative advertising campaigns to deliver marketing value for clients. At Echosims Inc., Jeff works to understand individual business needs and develops realistic, working strategies for sustainable growth.

As an active member of the community, Jeff is involved with many charity events including the Family. Hockey. Food event in support of The Waterloo Region Food Bank, Ignite Charity and Rock the Bear. He also created 29Leaps, using social media to inspire people to put others first.

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Rose Johnson

Board Member


Rose Johnson joined the Board of Governors in 2016 and is a member of the Governance Committee. As a partner based in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo Region office, Rose Johnson assists individuals, business owners and multi-generational families with developing and implementing estate plans.

Rose is active in her community, both personally and professionally. She is a sought-after speaker on estate planning, making regular presentations on the topic to financial institutions, at private client events, and to members of charitable organizations. She is currently devoting her energies to helping women and children as a board member of the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo as well as with GRHF.

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Seth Jutzi

Board Member


Seth Jutzi joined the Board of Governors in 2016. He is a member of both the Governance and Grand Experience Committees. Seth brings a collaborative approach to deconstructing legal and business issues in pursuit of innovative and better business outcomes for his corporate and commercial clients at Sorbara Law.

Seth is pleased to contribute his time, professional expertise, and leadership to charities focused on affordable housing in addition to his new role on the GRHF Board of Governors.

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Malcolm Maxwell

Board Member


Malcolm Maxwell has been president and CEO of Grand River Hospital since May 2007. His career has included CEO roles in hospitals in Nova Scotia and in the health authorities in Alberta and British Columbia. He has also held senior health ministry roles in the Yukon Territory and Nova Scotia.

To read Malcolm’s full biography on the Grand River Hospital website, click here.

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Sara McLennan

Board Member


Sara joined the Board of Governors in 2012 and chairs the Marketing and Communications Committee. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge from the insurance sector as well as dedication, a philanthropic heart, and passion for the community. Sara’s strengths include client engagement initiatives, communications, sales development, marketing, and overall business strategies.

Sara sits on a number of not for profit boards in addition to GRHF’s and is currently serving as Chair of the Haven House campaign for Women’s Crisis Services Waterloo Region.

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Rainer Mueller

Board Member


Rainer Mueller has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2012. He is the Chair of The Grand Ride Committee. A recognized leader, Rainer is a Principal at Mount Seven Group Inc.

He has a track record of shaping and directing organizations by implementing strategic vision that drive companies forward. His field of expertise includes executive level leadership, development strategy, project management, operations’ systems review and site selection.

His expertise is in demand as a mentor and board member for several start-up and scale-up firms advising on growth strategies and corporate development.

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Jennifer Psutka

Board Member


Jennifer Psutka has been a Board Governor since 2013 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Jennifer is a Partner in the Assurance Group at PwC as well as the South Western Ontario Technology Leader. She is also a volunteer board member for local organizations supporting important social services in Waterloo Region.

Jennifer is passionate about working with technology and entertainment companies and is excited to have spent the majority of her professional career serving these businesses at all stages of their life.

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Ingrid Schiller

Board Member


Ingrid Schiller joined the Board of Governors in 2014. Specializing in business development, marketing, events and trade shows, Ingrid is a proud to be part of the Marketing and Communications and Leadership and Planned Gifts Committees.

Ingrid has had a diverse and dynamic career in the roles of marketer, manager, and relationship maker extraordinaire. She is a passionate agent for growth and change, both through her professional roles and volunteer work.

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Mary Ann Wenzler-Wiebe

Board Member


Mary Ann Wenzler-Wiebe joined the Board of Governors in April 2014 and is currently the Chair of The Grand Experience Committee. As Vice President of Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Mary Ann is a detailed oriented manager with a wealth of commercial lending experience and passionate about helping small businesses succeed.

She manages the South Western Ontario district which covers St. Catharines Niagara, Hamilton, Kitchener –Waterloo, Stratford, London & Windsor.  Mary Ann has volunteered her time with a number of organizations in the cities where she has lived, including the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in London and the Hotel Dieu Hospital Foundation in Windsor.

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Don Zehr

Board Member


Don Zehr is Vice Chair of The Grand Ride Committee and a member of the Leadership and Planned Gifts Committee. He joined the Board of Governors in 2013.

Don is CEO of the Zehr Group of Companies, a unique, multifaceted real estate business specializing in development, construction, and property management.

Helen Friedman

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Helen Friedman

Chair


Helen Friedman is the Chair of the Board of Governors and has served on the Governance Committee since joining the Board in 2006.

In her role as a litigation lawyer and partner in the Waterloo office of Miller Thomson LLP, Helen brings expertise, value and innovation developed through a focused practice in defence of first party insurance claims. Helen was recently named to the 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada for Insurance Law.

Jim Kearns

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Jim Kearns

Vice Chair


Jim has been a Board Governor since 2008. He is Vice Chair of Governance, and a member of both the Leadership and Planned Gifts and the Finance and Audit Committee.

A retired engineer and lawyer, Jim was a senior executive at Northern Digital Incorporated.

Diane Wolfenden

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Diane Wolfenden

Vice Chair and Chair Elect


Diane Wolfenden, Vice Chair and Chair Elect, has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2010. Currently Diane is Interim Chair of the Leadership and Planned Gifts Committee and a member of the Governance Committee.

As an experienced Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, Diane brings a wealth of knowledge to her governance roles. She is a member of the Investment Committee with the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation.

David Webb

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David Webb

Treasurer


David is the Treasurer of GRHF’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Grand River Hospital Foundation Finance and Audit Committee. He was appointed in 2013.

David was a Senior Tax Partner and Regional Managing Partner for Southwest Ontario with MNP LLP (‘MNP’). He continues to work with MNP as an Associate. David is also a recognized expert in business valuation and forensic accounting. As an active member in his community, David is a past member and chair of the City of Waterloo Audit Committee, and a member of the Professional Advisors Committee for the KW Community Foundation.

Tracey Bailey

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Tracey Bailey

President and CEO of Governance


Tracey Bailey brings more than 30 years of fundraising expertise, communications savvy and non-profit sector leadership to GRHF. Tracey is Secretary of GRHF’s Board of Governors.

Tracey spent 20 years in non-profit management consulting working with more than 50 charities across the country. She started working in health care philanthropy 10 years ago. In her career, Tracey has directed eight capital campaigns with goals ranging from $3M to $500M.

As a volunteer Tracey trains and coaches young professionals and board directors in the non-profit sector and with a number of organizations to alleviate poverty in our community and in our world.

Linda Barlow

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Linda Barlow

Board Member


Linda Barlow joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and is a member of the Governance Committee. Linda is Vice-President, Human Resources at Flanagan Foodservice, Canada’s largest independent foodservice distributor with six locations across Ontario.

As a Certified Human Resources Leader and accomplished global HR executive, Linda has built many high performing human resources teams while successfully delivering HR programs and services that support ever changing organizational needs.

Mark Bingeman

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Mark Bingeman

Board Member


Mark Bingeman joined the Board of Governors in 2016. After holding a variety of managerial positions with both Marriott and Hyatt Hotel Corporations throughout the United States, Mark returned home in 1994 and joined the family firm, Bingemans Inc. In 2004, Mark assumed the helm of Bingemans Inc. and has continually maintained an active hands-on approach to the business.

Mark has served in other community organizations including: Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club, Member, Young Presidents Organization, Chapter Chair, Canada Regional Council, Member, and the City of Kitchener Economic Development Committee.

Steve Currie

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Steve Currie

Board Member


Steve Currie has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2012 and is part of both the Marketing and Communications and Governance Committees. Steve is the VP Strategy of Communitech. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology and marketing.

Steve has held senior marketing and business development roles in multinationals such as Reynolds & Reynolds and Open Text, and start ups and emerging companies such as Miovision, Northern Digital Inc. and Handshake VR. Steve takes an active role in the community and is also a board member of KidsAbility.

Carolyn Dysart

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Carolyn Dysart

Board Member


Carolyn Dysart is an active member of the community and joined the Board of Governors in 2010. Today she is Chair of the Annual Giving Committee. For eleven years, she has volunteered for the hospital’s Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.

Carolyn sits on the advisory committee for City of Waterloo Arts and Culture, and is involved with Best Friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jeff Horst

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Jeff Horst

Board Member


Jeff Horst joined the Board of Governors in 2015. He is Vice Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee and a member of The Grand Experience Committee. He is Co-Founder and Business Development Manager at Echosims Inc., where his team combines strategy management, website development and creative advertising campaigns to deliver marketing value for clients. At Echosims Inc., Jeff works to understand individual business needs and develops realistic, working strategies for sustainable growth.

As an active member of the community, Jeff is involved with many charity events including the Family. Hockey. Food event in support of The Waterloo Region Food Bank, Ignite Charity and Rock the Bear. He also created 29Leaps, using social media to inspire people to put others first.

Rose Johnson

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Rose Johnson

Board Member


Rose Johnson joined the Board of Governors in 2016 and is a member of the Governance Committee. As a partner based in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo Region office, Rose Johnson assists individuals, business owners and multi-generational families with developing and implementing estate plans.

Rose is active in her community, both personally and professionally. She is a sought-after speaker on estate planning, making regular presentations on the topic to financial institutions, at private client events, and to members of charitable organizations. She is currently devoting her energies to helping women and children as a board member of the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo as well as with GRHF.

Seth Jutzi

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Seth Jutzi

Board Member


Seth Jutzi joined the Board of Governors in 2016. He is a member of both the Governance and Grand Experience Committees. Seth brings a collaborative approach to deconstructing legal and business issues in pursuit of innovative and better business outcomes for his corporate and commercial clients at Sorbara Law.

Seth is pleased to contribute his time, professional expertise, and leadership to charities focused on affordable housing in addition to his new role on the GRHF Board of Governors.

Malcolm Maxwell

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Malcolm Maxwell

Board Member


Malcolm Maxwell has been president and CEO of Grand River Hospital since May 2007. His career has included CEO roles in hospitals in Nova Scotia and in the health authorities in Alberta and British Columbia. He has also held senior health ministry roles in the Yukon Territory and Nova Scotia.

To read Malcolm’s full biography on the Grand River Hospital website, click here.

Sara McLennan

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Sara McLennan

Board Member


Sara joined the Board of Governors in 2012 and chairs the Marketing and Communications Committee. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge from the insurance sector as well as dedication, a philanthropic heart, and passion for the community. Sara’s strengths include client engagement initiatives, communications, sales development, marketing, and overall business strategies.

Sara sits on a number of not for profit boards in addition to GRHF’s and is currently serving as Chair of the Haven House campaign for Women’s Crisis Services Waterloo Region.

Rainer Mueller

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Rainer Mueller

Board Member


Rainer Mueller has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2012. He is the Chair of The Grand Ride Committee. A recognized leader, Rainer is a Principal at Mount Seven Group Inc.

He has a track record of shaping and directing organizations by implementing strategic vision that drive companies forward. His field of expertise includes executive level leadership, development strategy, project management, operations’ systems review and site selection.

His expertise is in demand as a mentor and board member for several start-up and scale-up firms advising on growth strategies and corporate development.

Jennifer Psutka

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Jennifer Psutka

Board Member


Jennifer Psutka has been a Board Governor since 2013 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Jennifer is a Partner in the Assurance Group at PwC as well as the South Western Ontario Technology Leader. She is also a volunteer board member for local organizations supporting important social services in Waterloo Region.

Jennifer is passionate about working with technology and entertainment companies and is excited to have spent the majority of her professional career serving these businesses at all stages of their life.

Ingrid Schiller

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Ingrid Schiller

Board Member


Ingrid Schiller joined the Board of Governors in 2014. Specializing in business development, marketing, events and trade shows, Ingrid is a proud to be part of the Marketing and Communications and Leadership and Planned Gifts Committees.

Ingrid has had a diverse and dynamic career in the roles of marketer, manager, and relationship maker extraordinaire. She is a passionate agent for growth and change, both through her professional roles and volunteer work.

Mary Ann Wenzler-Wiebe

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Mary Ann Wenzler-Wiebe

Board Member


Mary Ann Wenzler-Wiebe joined the Board of Governors in April 2014 and is currently the Chair of The Grand Experience Committee. As Vice President of Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Mary Ann is a detailed oriented manager with a wealth of commercial lending experience and passionate about helping small businesses succeed.

She manages the South Western Ontario district which covers St. Catharines Niagara, Hamilton, Kitchener –Waterloo, Stratford, London & Windsor.  Mary Ann has volunteered her time with a number of organizations in the cities where she has lived, including the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in London and the Hotel Dieu Hospital Foundation in Windsor.

Don Zehr

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Don Zehr

Board Member


Don Zehr is Vice Chair of The Grand Ride Committee and a member of the Leadership and Planned Gifts Committee. He joined the Board of Governors in 2013.

Don is CEO of the Zehr Group of Companies, a unique, multifaceted real estate business specializing in development, construction, and property management.