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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.

Robert Anderson, Director 

Robert Anderson is a lifelong Londoner and a Financial Planner with an academic background in Marketing & Finance. He completed his Canadian Securities Course before starting his financial planning practice with Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life Insurance Company. He is also the Co-Founder and Board President at the London Institute for Public Policy.

Rob enjoys volunteering his time on the board and Marketing Committee of ReForest London, and the Government Affairs Committee at the London Chamber of Commerce. Outside of work and the community, Rob can be found on the golf course or sailing in the summer, skiing or traveling in the winter.

 

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.

 

Katie den Bok, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Katie is a Chartered Professional Accountant who works as a Senior Manager in the Audit practice of KPMG LLP’s London office. Katie has over ten 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 moved to London from BC, where she grew up. Katie also volunteers with the London Health Sciences Foundation, and holds the role of Community Leader Champion in her office, helping to increase engagement and encourage community involvement of those around her. 

 

Vanessa Dolishny, Marketing Committee Chair

Vanessa is the Manager of Communications 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.

 

Sandy Ferguson, Director

Sandy is an energetic compassionate professional who is eager to utilize her years of experience and give back to her community. She is trying out early retirement after 33 years in the credit union system where she was a key strategic leader with many years served at the senior and executive levels. 

Sandy is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of General Studies degree. She is a versatile leader with a strong background in finance, change management, IT, and operations. She is an Executive Lean Leader and is Lean Greenbelt Certified.

Sandy grew up in Windsor Ontario and moved to London two years ago. She currently volunteers as an executive board member/treasurer for the Ontario Credit Union Managers Association. On the fun side, Sandy is a committed half-marathon runner and a yoga enthusiast! She also enjoys reading, golfing, travelling, and theatre. 

 

Craig Flinn, Director

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. 

 

Marcel Humelnicu, Director

Marcel is an auditor and consultant with KPMG London. He serves a variety of clients, including in the not-for-profit sector, private sector, and municipalities. In addition to his role in audit, he occasionally undertakes advisory engagements to assist clients in improving internal processes, controls, and overall organizational efficiency.

Marcel’s volunteering at ReForest London started with attending tree planting and aftercare events. He then took the training to become a Tree Guru. He enjoys planting trees, as well as supervising and teaching newcomers how to best plant trees.

Marcel was born in Romania and his family immigrated to Canada when he was 10. He attended the University of Waterloo where he received a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Master of Accounting. As he joins the board he is within a couple of months of receiving his CPA, CA designation.

 

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, Director

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.

 

Linda Lustins, Board Chair

Linda is a professional group facilitator, working primarily with community groups to guide the development of their strategic plans, build more effective teams and organizational structures, and work productively through difficult conversations. She has a long history of working and volunteering in the community, first in Calgary and now in London.

For eleven years she also held a position in community relations with a national corporate donor, stewarding the selection and maintenance of corporate gifts in various sectors of the community across Canada. It was through that role that she was introduced to ReForest London and, as she worked with staff and volunteers, her confidence in the organization efforts grew. When she left her corporate role she decided to continue her personal support of ReForest London by joining its board of directors.

 

Doug McIntosh, Fundraising Committee Chair

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

Doug recently became the youngest TD bank retiree at the age of 46. After spending 31 years on his professional career, he is now looking to change direction and focus his second career on public service, and recently earned his Professional Certificate in Not-For-Profit Management through Western’s Continuing Studies.

In his spare time, Doug spends many hours throughout the various seasons tending and maintaining a large garden on the half acre property he owns with his wife, Cindy. Doug has also planted trees on four separate occasions for ReForest London, as part of Global Community Action Days. This is how Doug became aware of, and interested in volunteering more directly for ReForest London.

 

Frank Pyka, Vice Chair, Trees Committee Chair

Frank is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 30 years of experience in finance and systems in the private and not-for-profit sectors with a particular focus on Foundations and endowment fund management. He has volunteered in a number of capacities over the years leading to an interest in good governance practices in the not-for-profit sector.

Frank is a life-long resident of the Forest City and can’t believe his good fortune to be part of a team working to make London an even more attractive place to live, work and play.  When not planting trees, Frank can be found entertaining his grandson or trying to maintain his youth on a squash court. 

 

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.

 

Wan-Peng Sun, Director 

Wan-Peng is a Certified Management Account and a Software Development Supervisor at Libro Credit Union. He serves two purposes at the Credit Union, advising the Credit Union on how to align business needs with technology as well as implementing technical solutions that will help grow prosperity in Southwestern Ontario. 

In addition to his commitment at ReForest London, Wan-Peng also serves on the board of YMCA of Western Ontario, a charity that provides opportunities for personal growth in spirit, mind and body for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities. He is currently the chair of its Finance and Audit Committee.

A graduate from University of Western Ontario, Wan-Peng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Computer Science, as well as a Honors Bachelor Degree in Management and Organizational Study, with specialization in Accounting.