|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.