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Board of Directors Biographies
ReForest London's Board of Directors is a hard-working group of volunteers committed to the goals of ReForest London and its long-term viability in the community.
Katie den Bok, Director
Katie is a Chartered Accountant who works as a Senior Manager in the Audit practice of KPMG LLP’s London office. Katie has over eight years of public auditing, accounting and reporting experience and has been involved with the audit of not-for-profit and public sector organizations, and a number of local private company clients. Katie also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Katie and her husband recently moved to London from BC, where she grew up. Katie also volunteers with the London Health Sciences Foundation, and holds the role of Sustainability Champion in her office, helping to increase engagement and encourage community involvement of those around her.
Vanessa is the Manager of Communications and Donor Relations at London Community Foundation. Especially enthusiastic about communications in the non-profit sector, Vanessa loves creating communication strategies that have a positive impact on the community.
Vanessa holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology, a Master’s degree in Sociology, and a Post Degree Diploma in Public Relations from Western University. Working at the Foundation has proven to be the perfect fit for her combining her passion for social change and flair for communications.
Vanessa moved to London from her hometown, Oshawa to attend Western University in 2005. After falling in love with the forest city, she hasn’t looked back. She believes trees are one of the many things that make this city so special. Trees have the ability to bring people together from all walks of life; they truly have the ability to catalyze community.
Janet Frood, Director
Janet is the founder and CEO of Horizon Leadership Institute based in London, Ontario.She is an accomplished change leader, a successful entrepreneur, and an internationally recognized executive, leadership and team coach.
With a degree in social behaviour and international coaching credentials, Janet is uniquely qualified to help individuals, teams, and organizations confront the status quo, find the opportunity that lives within change, and grow confidence and trust in each other and themselves. Prior to launching this business, Janet worked for 20 years in senior fund development positions in hospitals and universities and operated a consulting practice for non profit organizations.
Steve Hemphill, Vice-Chair
Steve Hemphill is a veteran of the Canadian full-service brokerage industry having entered the field in 1977 upon his graduation from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. He has extensive retail management experience at both the branch and the executive office levels at ScotiaMcLeod, a major Canadian investment firm. Steve also spent six years as co-founder of a consulting and coaching practice that focused on highly successful Canadian retail advisors and their teams.
Steve has recently relocated to his home town of London where he manages the ScotiaMcLeod branch office there. His passions are distance running, music and basketball.
Arthur Lierman, Director
Art Lierman is a landscape architect and principal of the firm Arthur Lierman Landscape Architecture in London. Possessing a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography from Western University and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, Art has been practising landscape design throughout southwestern Ontario for over 15 years. He has also taught part-time at Fanshawe College in the Landscape Design Progamme.
As an avid Londoner with a keen interest in urban design issues, Art has been involved with several local public space projects including neighbourhood urban realm enhancements, park improvements, street tree planting strategies, and pedestrian and bicycle connection initiatives. He participated in both a volunteer and a consultant capacity with the London Downtown Business Association in revitalization efforts of the city’s core. His passion for ballpark architecture lead him to become a member of Friends of Labatt Park and a volunteer in the development of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys and his current role as a member of its site committee. Art and his wife, Nicole St. John, live in the Riverforks neighbourhood where they enjoy urban living and building community spirit and pride.
Peter Markvoort, Director
Peter holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and in 2010 completed his Masters of Public Administration from Western University’s School of Graduate Studies. He has spent over 5 years working in various positions in the public and private sector. Most notably he worked at the Lawrence National Centre for Policy & Management, advising government on the commercialization of green energy innovation.
Peter is an active leader in the London community. He currently sits as a Vice-President of the Board for Cystic Fibrosis Canada (London Chapter), is the Past-President of the Young Professionals Group, and a founding Board member of the Ronald McDonald House’s Red Shoe Society. Passionate about the London community, Peter is a Director on the Board for ReForest London, and sits on a plethora of committees with local organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters and The Grand Theatre.
Peter is a lifelong Londoner. He lives, works, and plays in downtown London.
John Nolan, Director
John Nolan has a Bachelor of Commerce at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. After spending some time abroad, he returned to his home city of London where he has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 8 years. He continues to take courses at Western -- he recently completed the Graduate Diploma in Ethics, and is currently working towards the Project Management Professional Certification. He and his wife Karen, a teacher, are passionate about volunteering and John has done committee work with organizations such as the Big Brothers / Big Sisters of London and the United Way of London and Middlesex.
Mitchell Schurmans, Chair
As Vice President for Oak Trust Company, Mitch is one of the original founders. With an entire working career spent in the financial industry Mitch has undertaken many different roles and responsibilities. At Oak Trust, Mitch draws on these many years of experience in these different roles to meet the many unique needs of his clients assisting them with their wealth accumulation, preservation and transitioning strategies.
Mitch graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1980 with a B.A. and B.Ed. He has completed his Canadian Securities Course through the Canadian Securities Institute and acquired his certificate of Financial Counseling through the Institute of Canadian Bankers. As a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners he maintains his Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner status.
Mitch has volunteered for many charitable organizations serving as Chapter Secretary for the Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation, Southwestern Ontario Chapter. He has also served as a member of the Audit Committee for the London Community Foundation and as an original Ambassador in their Engage London program. Now with ReForest London, Mitch sits as a board director.
Mitch has lived in London most of his life with his wife Karn and three children.
Veronica Stoiber, Director
Veronica Stoiber currently holds the position of Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship at Western University. Prior to that, she spent over seven years at United Way London & Middlesex as Associate
Director, Major Gifts, where she has also served as Associate Director of Individual Giving and Manager, Special Events.
In addition to United Way, her work experience includes multiple international outreach roles with the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; Teaching Spanish at the University of Regensburg, Germany and even a year as a Fellowship Ambassador with Walt Disney World in Orlando. Veronica has a BA in Mass Communications from the Universidad de la Americas and a diploma in International Competence from the University of Regensburg in Germany.
Linda Visser, Secretary
Linda Visser is a lawyer at Siskinds LLP. Her practice area is focused on class actions, including price-fixing conspiracy class actions and product liability. Linda practiced in Toronto for two years at a large national firm before returning to London. Linda obtained her LL.B in 2005 from the University of Western Ontario where she graduated with distinction. She completed one semester at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Prior to attending law school, Linda obtained her Honours Business Administration (H.B.A.), with a Minor in Psychology, from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she graduated with honours. Linda is a former director of the London International Children's Festival. Linda is an avid runner and enjoys traveling.