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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 and is the co-owner of Graphenstone in Canada. 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  has  volunteered  on  the  Finance  Committee  of  ReForest  London  since  2012.  After  graduating  from  Western  University  with  an  Honors  Degree  in  Accounting,  he  worked  four  years  for  MDD  Forensic  Accountants,  a  boutique  forensic  accounting  firm,  earning  his  CPA,  CA  designation  in  2016. 

Since  2017,  Brandon  he  has  worked  in  the  Financial  Crime  and  Forensics  sector  of  Deloitte  LLP.  He  is  currently  completing  his  Certified  Fraud  Examiners  designation,  planning  to  pursue  a  Master  of  Laws  in  2019.  Brandon  spends  his  free  time  volunteering  with  local  youth,  snowboarding,  travelling,  competing  recreationally  in  Olympic  weightlifting,  and  pursuing  further  education. 

 

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 grew up on a farm just south of Parkhill. 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. Over the past 6 years he practiced environmental, energy and commercial law at several firms in London. He now practices law as a solicitor in Strathroy. 

He also volunteers for Community Living London as the logistics co-ordinator on the organizing committee for the annual Night of Heroes Fashion Show. 

 

James Heskin, Director

James Heskin started his career over 15 years ago as an accountant and held a variety of roles including 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, recruitment, other staffing needs and management. As a strategic leader he strives to ensure strong relationships both within his teams as well as with clients and candidates.

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 has been with KPMG Enterprise since February 2018, in a role jointly funded by Ivey Business School, where she was employed for 12 years prior to her current position.  

 

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. She has a passion for cooking, enjoys playing tennis, and loves summer nights. 

 

Aaron Hood, Director

Biography coming soon

 

Dale Jardine, Director

Dale has been a Volunteer Engagement Specialist for 16 years. He is the current President of LAVA (London and area Association for Volunteer Administration) and has been on their board for 15 years. He has taught the online volunteer management course at Fanshawe College for the past six years and is a regional representative for the Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management.  

Dale has had 16 years as a professional coordinator of volunteers with St. Joseph's Health Care. His roles covered three of the St.Joe's sites (Parkwood Hospital, Regional Mental Health Care London (now called Parkwood Institute) and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental health Care in St. Thomas) and supported over 600 volunteers. Additionally he sat on the Board of two registered charities affiliated with St. Joe's: the Parkwood Hospital Auxiliary & Regional Mental Health Care Volunteer Association. 

 

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  is  a  graduate  of  Western  University  with  a  degree  in  Administrative  and  Commercial  Studies.  He  has  since  completed  a  Certificate  in  Communications  from  the  University  of  Guelph  and  a  Masters  of  Arts  in  Integrated  Studies  at  Athabasca  University,  with  a  specialization  in  work,  organizations  and  leadership. 

After  20  years  working  in  communications  for  local  hospitals,  Scott  joined  Western  as  Campus  Communications  Consultant  in  2004.  In  this  role  he  works  with  various  programs  to  assist  with  their  strategic  communications  needs.  Scott  also  teaches  part-time  in  Western’s  Continuing  Studies.  He  is  a  past  president  of  the  London  chapter  of  the  International  Association  of  Business  Communicators. 

Outside  of  the  work  world  Scott  spends  time  playing  old  man  hockey,  practicing  his  bad  golf  game  and  keeping  his  130  year-old  home  standing.

 

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, Treasuruer

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.