Scott Smith (Chair)
Scott is the President of High Performance Solutions and Consortium. He has over 25 years of experience in Lean thinking, continuous improvement facilitation, leadership development and organizational systems thinking. He currently works with organizations in the manufacturing, service, support and healthcare sectors to build and facilitate Continuous Improvement Consortiums. The Consortiums are the High Performance Manufacturing Consortium (HPM–1993), the Alliance for Enterprise Excellence Consortium (AfEE–2002), the Continuous Improvement Alliance (CIA-2013 years), the Cambridge Capacity Consortium (CCC–2014) and the Waterloo Wellington Impact Consortium (WWIC–2015). Scott holds a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Marion Thomson Howell (Vice Chair)
Marion is an entrepreneur, nationally recognized learning consultant and active community contributor. She began her career as a lecturer in Health Education at the University of Windsor, later moving into the corporate world. Marion is now President of Shaughnessy Howell Inc., an award-winning training organization. Marion has been an active volunteer in the K-W community with the Canadian Cancer Society and school associations and has been a member of the boards of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, St. Jerome’s University and now St. Mary’s General Hospital. She lives in Kitchener with her husband, Gary.
Stan Nahrgang (Treasurer)
Stan is a life-long resident of Waterloo Region and has a long history with St. Mary’s, having been born there. He obtained his CA from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been an employee and partner of Clarke, Starke & Diegel since its inception in 1972. Stan has served on various community boards and foundations including The Centre In The Square, the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation and the Strong Start Charitable Foundation, which he helped found. Stan has been on the St. Mary’s Board since 2013 as a member of the Quality and Audit Committees. Stan is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.
Tom is Chair of the board of St. Mary’s. He has owned and been involved in a number of industries including newspaper publishing and precision manufacturing and is a member of the Golden Triangle Angel Network. Tom has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Tom has served on the boards of the Catholic Family Counselling Centre and Wilfrid Laurier University and currently serves on their Counsel of Advisors. Tom is a member of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club. He served on several committees as a community representative before joining the board in 2007. Tom is married with two sons.
Jenny is a risk management and a process and control advisor. She has directed the corporate audit functions for companies in the manufacturing, technology. financial services and education sectors. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Jenny has served on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Action Centre KW, Crime Stoppers and as a finance committee member of the Grand River Hospital Foundation. Jenny is married with three children.
Janine currently heads up the Digital and Payments team for Manulife Bank. In this role she looks at digital solutions for the entire customer journey and champions new ways of working with an Agile/Lean mindset to deliver enhancements for customers. Janine has a degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and a diploma in Internet and Electronic Commerce from Seneca College. She worked for several years in an administrative role with the Community Care Access Centre with placements at both Grand River and Freeport Hospital. She also volunteers her time as part of the Send ‘em off Smiling Board of Directors. Janine lives in Waterloo with her husband and three children.
Richard is a mentor, coach and consultant to small and medium businesses in the Waterloo Region. As founder of Ayuda and Principal of Management To Go, Richard enjoys helping businesses and their leaders evolve and grow profitably. Richard previously spent over 30 years in Toronto with front-runners in the high-tech industry and has, since returning to the region, been CEO of a rural Internet Services Provider, co-founded the local chapter of ICD (Institute for Corporate Directors), served on the boards of KW Hydro, St. Mary’s and the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club, served as mentor for Innovation Guelph and taught in the business school at Conestoga College
Linda is the retired Director of Education and CEO of the Waterloo Region District School Board. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in addition to teacher, principal and supervisory officer qualifications, and certification in the areas of Violence Threat Risk Assessment and Emotional Intelligence. The recipient of numerous awards in the community, nationally and internationally, Linda currently serves on a number of non-profit boards in Waterloo Region including St. Mary’s General Hospital, THEMUSEUM, Strong Start, K-W Symphony and she is the past-president of the International Women’ Forum, Waterloo Chapter. Linda also contributes as an advisor to the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education at WLU.
Don is an entrepreneur and consultant. He brings 25 years of engineering, supply-chain and construction/project management experience, including both domestic and international projects. His portfolio includes experience with nuclear quality assurance, environment health and safety and regulatory affairs. Don holds a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University’s, Lazaridus School of Business and Economics and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from McMaster University. He joined the Board and the Resource Planning and Utilization Committee in 2013 after serving two years on the Quality Committee. Don lives in Waterloo.
A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA 1990) by training, Keith is a principal with HM Advisors, a professional practice aimed at assisting small growing companies. Keith’s role as a fractional CFO means that these developing companies get access to his broad experience as a CPA. Keith has recently accepted a senior position with a local contracting company. Keith is an instructor for the professional development programs for CPA associations in Ontario and B.C., as well as previously lecturing at Laurier. A resident of the Region since 1990, he’s a member of the Board for Strong Start Charitable Foundation. Previous non-profit board activity includes Chicopee Ski Club; Cambridge Memorial Hospital; Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region and the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation.
Linda is the President of St Mary’s General Hospital Volunteer Association, providing leadership to the associations’ businesses including Tim Horton’s, Madeline’s gift shop, lotteries, ATMs, vending machines and vendor program. A retired Operations and Information Technology Director from Manulife, Linda provided leadership in senior project management, operational excellence and process improvement initiatives and received Manulife Stars of Excellence recognition. In the community, she was Past President at Monica Place for the past six years and remains active with the agency. Linda is a member of the Grand River Hospital Waterloo-Wellington Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council and was the Operations Director at HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre for six years.
Tim is a CPA/CA by background, obtaining his designation with EY in 1997. After over 14 years in global tax and finance industry leadership roles at BlackBerry and Sandvine, Tim returned to EY in 2015 as a Tax Partner and appointed Managing Partner of the Waterloo Region office in July 2019. In addition to his involvement with St. Mary’s General Hospital since 2003, Tim is a board member of Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region, a board member of Capacity Canada and is involved in mentorship roles with the University of Waterloo (UW) School of Accounting and Finance. Tim is married with two sons. He holds a BA, Chartered Accountancy Studies and Masters of Accounting from UW.
Jim is currently the AVP of Innovation at Manulife Canada. He previously held executive operational positions in the healthcare software/IT industry as Vice-President Operations for Agfa-Gevaert and Medicalis, a joint venture with Harvard teaching affiliate Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In addition to serving on the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees and the Mission & Governance committee, Jim has been involved with a variety of not-for-profit and industry association boards as well as the Healthcare IT program advisory committee at Conestoga College. Jim lives in Kitchener and is married with four children.