Our People

The Guelph Community Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide leadership in promoting community philanthropy and to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Guelph and the surrounding area. Building community is our business.


board of directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors includes many community leaders who share your interests in supporting the charitable needs of our community and they effectively direct the activities of The Foundation.


Executive Director Chris Willard with Board Chair Dominique O'Rourke


Back row left to right: Jay Elinesky, Jason Evans, Mike Gourlay, Gary Christie, Ash Kapur, Ken Hammill, Diane Squires
Front row left to right: Joel Porter, Chris Davison, Dominique O'Rourke, Julia Toth, Susan Brown, Cyndy Moffatt Forsyth, Chris Willard

Current Board Chair:  Dominique O'Rourke
Past GCF Chairs:
  • Ken Hammill, Founding Chair (1999-2005)
  • Dan Cremasco (2006-2007)
  • Pauline Curtis (2008-2009)
  • Hugh Guthrie (2009-2010)
  • Jay Elinesky (2010-2013)
  • Susan Brown (2013- 2015)


committees that support the board of directors
 Investment & Finance
Committee
 Executive Committee
 Grants Committee
 Professional Advisors
 Dan Cremasco, Chair
 Dominique O'Rourke, Chair
 Cyndy Moffat Forsyth,
 Chair
 Frank Valeriote, Chair
Jaimie Power
 Susan Brown
 Susan Brown, Past Chair
 Jane Armstrong
 Brad Barbour
 Jay Elinesky
 Jason Evans
 Tim Boulton
 Niheer Ravaliya
 Jason Evans
 Chris Davison
 Gary Christie
 Jaimie Power
 Peter Kastner

 Julia Toth
 Chad Marsland
 
Asset Development
Committee
 Ann Guthrie
 
 
 Chris Davison, Chair
 Moragh Lippert
 
 
 Susan Brown
 Pat McCraw
 
 
 Jay Elinesky
 Jason Evans
 Gary Christie
 
 

staff
 

   

(from left):
Chris Willard, Executive Director

Lianne Carter Ladner, Marketing & Communications Manager
Ishita Ghose, Community Grants & Financial Administrator
Beverley Watters, Volunteer Coordinator


our partners

Legal Counsel:
Miller Thomson LLP - Guelph, ON  

Accountants & Auditors
:
Weiler & Company - Guelph, ON
RLB LLP - Guelph, ON

Investment Management:
Richardson GMP - Guelph, ON
BMO Nesbitt Burns - Guelph, ON


 
 

"W
e hope you find this website helpful, informative and inspiring. Be sure to visit us often to learn more about community granting, giving opportunities, and the good work undertaken by our local charitable sector which benefits us all. As always, thank you for making it possible to make a difference in our community."

Dominique O'Rourke, Board Chair, Guelph Community Foundation.
Susan Brown, Past Chair
"We would like to thank all our donors, of every capacity, for it is your generosity that is helping to build a more vital and caring community."

Susan Brown, Past Chair, Guelph Community Foundation