Terry Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Home Hardware Stores Limited
By Exchange Magazine and the GVCA
Terry Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Home Hardware Stores Limited, has been appointed President and CEO. Davis succeeds retiring President Paul Straus, who will remain a consultant to the company.
“I am honoured by the confidence demonstrated in me by the Board and proud to carry on the leadership of President that was carried by Paul Straus,” said Davis. “Paul was a visionary who helped build over 50 years of Home Hardware’s history, growing the Dealer-owned network from 122 stores when the company was formed in 1964 to nearly 1,100 today.”
 Davis joined Home Hardware more than four decades ago in a junior warehouse position in the Distribution Centre in St. Jacobs. In the interim years, he has held increasingly responsible managerial and executive positions accountable for Dealer Support and Dealer Development, Marketing, Information Technology, Dealer Finance and Legal Services, Administration and Strategic Planning. In 2010 he was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer and became CEO in 2014.


Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region has named Ginny Dybenko as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. Dybenko has contributed significantly to the Region as the Executive Director of the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus, and as the Dean of the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business and Economics. Prior to those positions, for more than 30 years she held numerous senior executive positions in high-tech telecommunications.
Dybenko has been an active volunteer in the community, having served on the Board of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo North Hydro Inc., and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region for the past three years.

Maplesoft, a leading provider of mathematics-based software solutions for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is celebrating 30 years of incorporation. Born out of the University of Waterloo, the company has now grown into an international corporation with staff, customers, academic and technology partners, and resellers around the world.
“This anniversary is a tremendous milestone for Maplesoft as it attests to our ability to grow along with changing market conditions, continually enhance the quality of our offerings and strengthen our partnerships with industry leaders,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft.

Love My Hood, Kitchener’s first neighbourhood strategy, is creating a buzz; not just in the community, but beyond municipal borders. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Association of Marketing Communication Professionals (AMCP) has recognized Love My Hood for excellence in marketing and communications.
In February 2018, the City of Kitchener launched a new website dedicated to Love My Hood – a vision that empowers residents to build great places, connect with people and work together. The new website enables residents to find out what’s happening nearby, access information and share ideas. More than 6,500 residents visited lovemyhood.ca in the past three months, and the website has received over 16,000 unique page views.
In partnership with eSolutions Group, the City of Kitchener, received the 2018 Gold Hermes Creative Award for the new Love My Hood website (lovemyhood.ca).

Capacity Canada’s board of directors has increased its pool of talented social innovators with the addition of renowned legal expert Wayne D. Garnons-Williams. Garnons-Williams is a lawyer, tribal judge and business leader, who also specializes in Aboriginal and environmental issues. He has held various federal executive legal positions throughout his distinguished career, including Register of the Federal Court of Canada and Deputy Head, Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada.
A Plains Cree born on the Moosomin First Nation, Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan, Garnons-Williams was a survivor of the ‘Sixties Scoop’ and has dedicated a large part his professional life to help promote Indigenous business ventures. From 2008 to 2011, he served as President of the National Council for Aboriginal Federal Employees and is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, the Carleton County Law Association and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. He is also the founding president of the International Inter-tribal Trade Organization and past Chair of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Appeal Tribunal.


Jennifer Hutton has been named CEO of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. A release noted, “Ms. Hutton is a creative problem solver and strategic thinker with demonstrated skill as a collaborative leader. An Outreach Manager with WCSWR since 2012, Ms. Hutton brings experience and knowledge of the Violence Against Women sector generally and our agency specifically.”

Business Development Bank of Canada’s Kitchener-Waterloo business centre has celebrated their grand opening and 55th anniversary celebration at their new and innovative Catalyst 137 location. Close to 200 entrepreneurs, stakeholders and government representatives were in attendance at the launch in April of the new office space at 137 Glasgow Street in Kitchener.
BDC Kitchener-Waterloo supports close to 600 local businesses in key industries including manufacturing and technology.

Wilfrid Laurier University has welcomed the announcement by the Ontario government giving final approval and financial support to expand access to post-secondary education in the Town of Milton and surrounding region. The provincial commitment of $90 million will help Laurier establish an innovative academic centre of excellence in Milton. Laurier, in partnership with Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, is eager to bring academic programming to this fast-growing community on the west side of the Greater Toronto Area. Building on its sector-leading expertise in Science, Technology, Mathematics and the Arts, Laurier’s Milton site will introduce complementary Engineering undergraduate programs linking students to highly skilled STEAM opportunities. Laurier plans to enrol its first students in September 2019 in leased space, with a new building projected to open for the 2021-22 academic year, ultimately serving over 2,000 students.

The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame held its Annual Induction Ceremony at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener on Sunday, April. The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals and organizations in recognition of their accomplishments and outstanding contributions to this community.
The 2018 inductees to the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame are: Craig Campbell, Environmental Protection; John “Jack” Mickle Harper, Community Service; Tom Kieswetter, Basketball; Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave, Track and Field; Dave Northey, Cross Country Running; Cindy Overland, Speed Skating.
The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame honours individuals and groups – now numbering more than 500 – for their significant contributions to the community. The Hall of Fame is located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum.
The University of Waterloo has launched the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, bringing together a large group of researchers and businesses to advance technology and prepare Canada for future economic disruption.
Waterloo AI uniquely focuses on end-to-end innovation ranging from foundational to operational AI. Foundational AI advances the field as a whole through research in a number of areas, including statistical learning, deep learning, game theory and data science. Operational AI develops scalable, secure and transparent solutions for a wide range of applications.
Waterloo AI is a joint-venture of the University’s faculties of Engineering and Mathematics and will also include researchers from Arts, Applied Health Sciences, Environment and Science. It led by Fakhri Karray, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Peter van Beek, professor of computer science.


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