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About Us

Leadership Waterloo Region is a social-profit organization founded with the vision of fostering and developing new leadership for generations to come.


Leadership Waterloo Region works to build vibrant, resilient, and inclusive communities by encouraging, empowering, and equipping current and future leaders to unleash positive change in their communities.

How do we do this? We develop stronger leaders by connecting them with important community initiatives and a network of other leaders.  We deliver educational leadership experiences to a diverse range of individuals in the community by providing them with the opportunity to acquire and practice leadership skills. This work is done collaboratively with diverse and inclusive organizations in Waterloo Region through the delivery of carefully tailored programs such as our Community Leadership Development Program, Non-Profit Leadership Series, Visionary Speaker Series, and our newly launched Fresh Innovators Waterloo Region conference.

In short, Leadership Waterloo Region builds a continuum of leaders committed to Waterloo Region’s excellence through community understanding, relationship building, collaborative leadership, and community readiness.

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Leaders Wanted.

Interested in joining our Core Program Class of 2024?

Our Board

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From L-R Top Row:

Jackie Lauer (Vice-Chair), Executive Coach & Workplace Culture Expert

Tony Denison, Chair (Class of 2001)

Anna Aceto-Guerin, Director of People & Culture - DriverCheck Inc.

Brent Mayled (Class of 2011)


From L-R Bottom Row:

David Beaudoin, Treasurer, Director - PwC

Ayo Owodunni, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion · Black Professionals In Tech Network Inc.

Jason Boutcher, Inspector - Waterloo Regional Police Service

Diane Wiles, CEO, LWR (Class of 2002)

Our Team

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From left to right:
Diane Wiles, CEO (Class of 2002)

Bethan Llewellyn, Director, Marketing & Operations

Kirsten Wright, Social Innovation Coach

Norma Pivotto, Bookkeeper

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