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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.

Itza Acosta, Director

Itza is an environmental steward and eternal optimistic who migrated to Canada in 2008. Her over 15-year experience in B2B and B2C marketing spans multiple industries and geographies, bringing a unique perspective to small and large organizations alike. Her extensive background encompasses strategic planning, market research and analysis, digital and offline marketing and business development, focusing on developing and executing successful strategic marketing initiatives.

Itza currently works at Golder as a Marketing Specialist. She earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Marketing from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia.  

 

Mike Bloxam, Director

Mike Bloxam first volunteered with ReForest London in 2010 planting trees, later joining one of the Million Tree Challenge working groups and then the board. 

He owns and operates of SunTap Technologies, a London-based solar company, which he co-founded in 2009. He got his start in the solar industry through a co-operative program and -- after obtaining a degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo -- worked full time in manufacturing solar hot-water systems before transitioning to installations.

His community volunteerism began with the London Food Bank in 1999 and in 2016 he was hired to co-ordinate the Community Harvest program. Mike also serves as chair of the City of London's Advisory Committee on the Environment, president of London Region branch of Architectural Conservancy Ontario, and secretary of the South Collegiate Alumni Association.

 

John Cabral, Trees Committee Chair

John Cabral has been volunteering with Reforest London since 2015 on the Finance Committee. John was born and raised in London, and attended Western University for his Finance degree. He has worked for local accounting firms NPT LLP Chartered Accountants and BDO Canada LLP for three years, focussing mainly on public and large owner-managed groups, and earned his CPA, CA in 2016. In 2016 John took the plunge into industry with London-based manufacturing company FPH Group, where he is a Plant Controller.

John spends most of his free time travelling, doing photography, and taking his dogs on walks of London’s parks. He is excited to continue strengthening London’s image as the Forest City.

 

Brandon de Vries, Director

Brandon currently works at Deloitte LLP with the Financial Advisory Practice as a Senior Associate, focusing on Financial Crime and Litigation & Dispute Services. Brandon is a registered Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant, as well as being a Certified Fraud Examiner. In addition to having volunteered with ReForest London since 2012, he also sits on the Resource Planning and Audit Committee of St. Joseph's Health Care London.

Brandon joined ReForest London on the Finance and Audit Committee back in 2012 after meeting Dean Sheppard at a leadership event in London. Brandon volunteered with RFL as he wanted the opportunity to utilize the skills he was learning through his university agree, while also working with an organization whose goal was to enhance the Forest City's tree coverage.Brandon, CPA, CA, CFE currently works at Deloitte LLP with the Financial Advisory Practice as a senior Associate,

 

Craig Flinn, Marketing Committee Chair

Craig is a marketing consultant (15 years) and additionally, teaches Marketing, Contemporary Media and Business Leadership at Western Continuing Studies. He holds an MBA in Global Business leadership, a direct marketing certificate from the DMA and a Certified in Management (CIM) designation.

Craig has worked for the London Health Sciences Centre as a fundraiser and volunteered as marketing coordinator at the Dream of a Lifetime Lottery House.

Craig comes to ReForest London with a life-long enthusiasm for protecting the environment, promoting sustainability and working to make the community of London, a better place for all.

 

Paul Hendrikx, Corporate Secretary, Governance Committee Chair 

Paul Hendrikx is currently the Chair of the Governance Committee as well as a Director and the Board Secretary. He grew up on a farm just south of Parkhill, ON. He attended the University of Toronto where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2005, graduating with distinction. He then earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from Western in 2008.

Paul articled in London in 2008-2009 and was called to the Ontario bar in June 2009. He began his career focusing on environmental, energy and commercial law at several firms in London. He now practices law at his own law firm in Parkhill, ON. 

Paul first became interested in ReForest London after hearing about the organization and attending a tree planting event. It was such an enjoyable experience he eventually joined the Governance Committee and then the Board.

 

James Heskin, Director

James Heskin started his career over 15 years ago as an accountant and held a variety of roles including sales and management positions. In 2007 he transitioned to the recruitment profession where he has had tremendous success. 

Through James’s recruitment career he has developed well-rounded experience in business development, account management, consulting, human resources and leadership. As a strategic leader and high performing salesperson, he strives to ensure strong relationships both within his teams as well as with clients.

Having many years of volunteer experience with a variety of organizations, James is eager to leverage his skills with ReForest London.

 

Heather Hitchcock, Director

Heather is an experienced marketing professional focused on entrepreneurship and executive education.  She has a track record of value creation and relationship builds, and is known for her collaborative approach and getting results. Heather currently holds the title of Director, Best Managed Portfolio at Deloitte. Previously, Heather worked for Ivey Business School for 12+ years. 

 

Heather is a born-and-raised-Londoner dedicated to helping her hometown thrive, through her volunteer work and support of city-wide events. Outside of work and volunteering, Heather keeps busy by attending her son’s sporting events, cooking, and playing tennis. 

 

Harry Joosten, Vice Chair, Westminster Ponds Centre Chair

Harry is an independent community service professional with a focus on "governance vitality". He recently retired after a 40 year career at Libro Credit Union, serving as Corporate Secretary and Governance Coach. In 2015, he achieved his ICD.D designation through the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

Harry grew up on farms in southwestern Ontario, completing high school at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute and receiving his BA in Economics from Western University in 1976.

Harry is quite active in the community including service at the Rotary Club of London, the executive of the Southwest Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and as a lay minister of the word at St. George Parish in Byron. He is an avid reader of anything to do with history (past, present and future), science, technology and politics. Outdoors, Harry is happiest when he finds himself on a raft in whitewater or on horseback in the mountains.

 

Scott May, Director

Scott May works at Western University as a Campus Communications Consultant. In this role he works with various programs to assist with their strategic communications needs. Scott also teaches three courses in Western’s Continuing Studies. He has a degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from Western, a Certificate in Communications from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Arts in Integrated Studies at Athabasca University.

His love of trees developed during his formative years while canoeing and camping with Scouts Canada.

 

Doug McIntosh, Board Chair

Doug is an experienced IT Manager with over 31 years at TD Bank. He has led and managed teams of up to 40 seasoned IT professionals in delivering national, multi-million dollar projects and programs. He has in depth experience identifying issues, problems and security gaps and effectively implementing changes to define, deliver and support tactical and strategic solutions.

In preparing for his early retirement and career change to the non-profit sector, Doug earned his Professional Certificate in Not-For-Profit Management through Western’s Continuing Studies. Doug was also selected by the London Community Foundation to participate in their “Engage! London” program, further honing his not-for-profit skills.

Doug continues to merge his extensive corporate experience with his more recently acquired not-for-profit skills. He is a founding Director of the new, not-for-profit Airshow London and continues in this role for his third year. He has also branched out to become involved in the Salvation Army’s Kettle campaign, Heart & Stroke’s Big Bike and, with his wife Cindy, participating in Citibank’s annual Global Community Day which has been partnering with ReForest London for over a decade.

 

Kimberley Milani, Director

Kimberley has spent the last 18 years in managerial and director positions in academic centres and institutes at Western University.  For ten years, she was the Director of The Circle Women’s Centre for Spirituality, Activism & the Earth, a community facing feminist centre at Brescia University College (an affiliate of Western) that operated using a unique and cultivated process of collective leadership. Following one particularly inspiring and ultimately, watershed event focusing on women’s leadership, Kim became a founding member of the Institute for Women in Leadership (IWIL) at Brescia and assumed the Director’s position for seven years.  In 2017, she joined Ivey Business School’s Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, an Institute at the forefront of knowledge creation in the leader character area.

 

Amy Xu, Treasurer

Amy grew up in Shanghai, China and moved to Canada in 2001. Amy earned her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in 2013. Amy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant with over 10 years of experience in public accounting. Amy has been with Deloitte LLP since 2015.  

 

Amy has lived in London, Ontario for 15 years and started as a volunteer with ReForest London in 2007 doing tree plantings. Amy was a bookkeeper (5 years) at ReForest London. Amy also offered her volunteer time as Treasurer of the Chinese Canadian National Council London Chapter. When not working, Amy is busy volunteering in Chinese community, playing GuZheng (Chinese classic music instruments) and doing Chinese Calligraphy.