Meet the Board

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    Nancy Keizer


    Radisson Kitchener Waterloo, General Manager

    Nancy is the General Manager of the Radisson Hotel Kitchener. Originally from New Brunswick, she began her career in the hotel business in St. Andrews. NB. Nancy has a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) and Hotel Management Diploma. She worked in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland before coming to Ontario in 1999 as General Manager of the Holiday Inn Guelph. She joined the Radisson as General Manager in 2007. Nancy is an active member of the Waterloo Region Hotel Association.

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    David Brenneman

    Vice Chair

    Township of Woolwich, CAO

    David is the CAO for the Township of Woolwich and a graduate of the University of Waterloo. He joined the Township of Woolwich in 2007 – in time to be a founding Board member for Explore Waterloo Region. David is actively involved in the KW Community Foundation.

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    Tim Anderson


    City of Waterloo, CAO

    Tim is the CAO for the City of Waterloo and a graduate of the University of Guelph. Tim joined the City of Waterloo in 1990 and became CAO in 2010 and the Board of Explore Waterloo Region in the same year.

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    Steven Karcher


    Drayton Entertainment, Executive Director

    Steven is the Executive Director of Drayton Entertainment where he has worked since 1999 in a number of capacities from marketing to his current role. He is a graduate of Ryerson University in Journalism.

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    Randall Bird

    Board Member

    Waterloo Central Railway, Interim Executive Director

    Randall is a seasoned executive and business leader with 30+ years experience generating profitable ventures in the manufacturing industry, retail distribution sector, real estate investment and field of technology. His experience in sales, business & product development & marketing are an asset to Explore Waterloo Region.

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    Bob Harris

    Board Member

    Chicopee Tube Park, General Manager

    Bob started his career as a ski patrol and later joined the management team at Glen Eden. He has his diploma in Ski Resort Management from Humber College. Bob served on the Ontario Ski Resorts Association as a board member and Chair. He helped create the Ski Resort Operations program at Georgian College and served as a faculty member. Bob joined Chicopee Tube Park as General Manager in 2007. Bob serves on the RTO4 Board.

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    Bob MacMillan

    Board Member

    Heidelberg Restaurant & Motel, Owner

    Bob and his wife Gayle are the proprietors of the Heidelberg Restaurant, Tavern & Motel in Heidelberg in the heart of Mennonite country. Bob is an avid curler and volunteer for curling events in Waterloo Region and beyond.

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    Sandra McAuley

    Board Member

    Region of Waterloo International Airport, Marketing & Communications Supervisor

    Sandra is the Marketing & Communications Supervisor at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. She began her career in advertising and refined her skills in the private sector before landing at the airport in 2005. Sandra brings 20+ years of communications experience, including development and implementation of advertising, media, marketing and public relations strategies to the Explore Waterloo Region Board.

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    Tricia Lewis

    Board Member

    City of Cambridge, Director of Parks and Recreation City of Cambridge

    Tricia joined the Explore Waterloo Region Board of Directors in July 2017.

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    Rod Regier

    Board Member

    Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Commissioner of Planning, Development and Legislative Services

    Rod joined the Region of Waterloo in 2016 after spending 11 years at the helm of Economic Development for the City of Kitchener. Rod is a University of Waterloo graduate, with a Master of Arts degree in Regional Planning and Resource Development. He's previously held positions with the City of Hamilton and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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    Jenny Shantz

    Board Member

    St. Jacobs Country, Director of Marketing

    Jenny has been involved in St Jacobs’s operations since 1991. She has managed and developed the St. Jacobs Country brand, creating a partner marketing consortium and taking an active role in regional tourism development efforts. She is currently serving on the boards of the Grand Philharmonic Choir and MEDA. Past chair of the Centre for Family Business, Waterloo Region. She is a founding Board member of Explore Waterloo Region.

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    Grant Whittington

    Board Member

    Township of Wilmot, CAO

    Grant has been the CAO for the Township of Wilmot and is a founding Board member of Explore Waterloo Region.

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    Dan Chapman

    Board Member

    City of Kitchener, CAO

    Dan was appointed CAO of the City of Kitchener in September 2017. He joined the city in 2005 as director of financial planning, and was most recently deputy chief administrative officer responsible for finance and corporate services.

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    Peter Baxter

    Board Member

    Wilfrid Laurier University, Director of Athletics and Recreation

    Peter is Wilfrid Laurier’s Director of Athletics and Recreation on both the Waterloo and Brantford Campus. He is currently serving as President of Ontario University Athletics (OUA). During his time as Director, 40 OUA championships and 10 national championships have been won by Golden Hawk teams.

    Peter is a certified "Solution-focused Coach" for clients in Business, Life, and Performance coaching. His coaching consulting company is named "" for business and sport leaders, sport coaches and athletes.