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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.

Mike Bloxam, Corporate Secretary, Trees Committee Chair

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.

 

Brandon de Vries, Treasurer, Finance & Audit Committee Chair

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,

 

Paul Hendrikx, Board Chair, Governance Committee Chair 

Paul Hendrikx is currently Board Chair and Governance Committee Chair. 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, Marketing & Outreach Committee Co-Chair

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. 

 

Heather Jack, Director

Heather works at BDO Canada LLP as a Senior Accountant with the Assurance & Accounting department, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Heather has been volunteering with ReForest London since July 2019 on the Finance Committee.

Heather was born in Blenheim, Ontario and moved to London after university. She attended Wilfrid Laurier University where she earned her Honours Bachelor Administration degree, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Heather has a passion for protecting the environment and promoting sustainability. This volunteer role has allowed for an alignment of these passions with her audit and accounting skills. Heather intends to use her many years of volunteer experience with various organizations to assist with reforesting the Forest City.

 

Scott May, Marketing & Outreach Committee Co-Chair

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, Past 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, Westminster Ponds Centre Committee Chair

Kimberley is an accomplished leadership professional and has occupied managerial and director positions in academic centres and institutes across Western University. For ten years, she was the Director of The Circle Women’s Centre, a community facing eco/feminist centre at Brescia University College (an affiliate of Western, and Canada’s only women’s university). She was also a founding member of the Institute for Women in Leadership (IWIL) at Brescia and was its Director for seven years. In 2017, Kimberley joined Ivey Business School’s Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, an Institute at the forefront of knowledge creation in the leader character area. She co-founded Ivey’s Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program (LAMP) in 2019.

Over the past 20 years, Kimberley had volunteered for numerous organizations focused on women’s issues, the environment and social justice. Born and raised in London, she is committed to using her passion for trees help enhance the urban canopy of “the Forest City” through her participation on the board and as the chair of its Westminster Ponds Centre committee. When not working or volunteering, Kimberley is kept delightfully busy by her young daughter, Evangeline.