If you are a property owner or business owner in UpTown Waterloo and are interested in joining any of our committees or our Board of Directors, please contact the BIA office; 519 885-1921 or email@example.com.
We encourage our membership to become active participants in the UpTown Waterloo BIA and have a say in how we maintain, develop and promote UpTown Waterloo as a safe, healthy and prosperous place to live, work and play.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is a local board of the Municipality for all purposes. The Board consists of up to 15 members (no less than eight) nominated by the general membership and appointed by Council, of whom, two may be members of Council. The remaining members consist of businesses, property owners, and/or persons voted in by rate-paying members, elected every four years in conjunction with Municipal elections. The Board represents the BIA membership and advocates on their behalf. The BIA holds an Annual General Meeting, at which point annual budgets are approved by the membership and other items of interest are presented. For more information about the terms of the Board of Directors, read the BIA By-Law.
A new Board of Directors was elected in 2018, and will take effect after being voted in by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in March, 2019. This appointment coincides with each Municipal election and UpTown Waterloo BIA Board members serve the same length of term (four years). As a BIA Board member you are requested to attend the position monthly meetings (exceptions are July, August and December), participate on one of the BIA’s committees and possess a keen interest in the evolution of UpTown Waterloo. For more information about BIA Board responsibilities, please see the Board Roles & Responsibilities for Board Prospects document.
2014-2018 Board of Directors
Tavis-Roland Development, Chair
Jeff is the owner, manager, designer and developer of many uptown Waterloo properties and has lived and worked uptown since 1992. He runs various development companies from his office opposite the public square and has been the Chair of the UpTown Waterloo BIA for 17 years.
Region of Waterloo
Catherine recently began working for the Region of Waterloo as Supervisor of Administration & Communication in the Transportation & Environmental Services Division. Prior to this, Catherine had a 32-year career with BMO Financial Group, where she served in a variety of roles including Sales Management, Customer Service, Branch Management and Lending Specialist.
Kirk has been with the Charcoal Group for 11 years and has been operating Beertown in Uptown since its inception (Nov 2012). Kirk attended Wilfrid Laurier and now lives in the University Downs area with his wife and two children. As an avid cyclist, Kirk commutes to work enjoying the new network of pathways that gets him to and from the Uptown area.
Tracy Van Kalsbeek
UpTown Waterloo BIA Executive Director (Non-voting)
Tracy joined the BIA as Executive Director in April 2018, after three years as Executive Director of the Stratford-Perth Community Foundation. She also previously worked in Marketing & Communications for Manulife and the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation. Tracy is also an avid volunteer within the community, performing roles such as Board member at Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort, Chair – Leadership & Nominations Committee at the YWCA, Royal Highland Fusiliers Council member, Advisory Committee – Oktoberfest, UpTown Vision Committee and Grant Committee for KWCF, among many others.
Fox Financial Planning, Co-Vice Chair
Nancy Fox is an experienced and well-established Senior Financial Consultant in Kitchener-Waterloo. As a Certified Financial Planner, she has been helping individuals with their financial planning for over 20 years. Nancy is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, a Registered Retirement Consultant and a Certified Executor Advisor.
Oldfield, Greaves, D'Agostino & Scriven
Lawrence is a Partner with the law firm Oldfield Greaves D’Agostino & Scriven in UpTown Waterloo, which is located in a lovely white clad, green trimmed building known as the historic Erb-Kumpf house which was built in 1812. Lawrence practices primarily in the area of Family Law but the firm is able to provide a full range of legal services.
Rami is the owner of Patent Social, which opened earlier this year at the corner of Erb and Regina in UpTown Waterloo. He formerly owned Waterloo’s first LGBTQ-friendly night club, The Order. Rami is the Chair of the UpTown Vision committee.
City of Waterloo (Non-voting)
Josh Bean is the Festival and Events Specialist with the City of Waterloo coordinating all of the events and programs in Waterloo Public Square as well as supporting various festivals and events throughout Waterloo. Previous to working at the City Josh ran a charitable arts organization in Brantford Ontario, was the business manager for an independent indigenous newspaper on Six Nations, and ran a successful all ages music venue. In his spare time Josh is a woodworker, beekeeper and maker.
Chameleon Business Centres, Co-Vice Chair
Paul Leveck is a multifaceted entrepreneur with almost 20 years of experience in the real estate development industry. Paul is the Founder & CEO of Urban Legend Developments, a real estate development company with projects in Kitchener and Waterloo, and is also co-owner of Chameleon Business Centres in UpTown Waterloo.
Alnoor Keshvani is a retail connoisseur, who owns loop clothing on King Street in UpTown Waterloo, established in 2004. Al ensures loop remains at the forefront of the streetwear fashion industry by providing customers with friendly “down to earth” service and of course, exclusivity on many fronts.
Sun Life Financial
Darlene has worked almost her entire career for Sun Life Financial and is a seasoned HR professional. She was raised in Waterloo and enjoys working in this beautiful city and has been involved in many of the UpTown Waterloo events over the years. Darlene has been on the BIA Board since 2015.
Durrell Communications, UpTown Waterloo Ward Councillor
Beginning as an award-winning journalist, Melissa reported the news from Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Sudbury, and Kitchener-Waterloo for nearly two decades before founding her own startup. Fueled by great ideas, she has grown Durrell Communications to one of the top communication firms in the region.
Primus Property Development
Kathy King has more than 25 years’ experience in retail and property management and represents the businesses of The Shops at Waterloo Town Square. Kathy has a degree in Human Resources. She has served on the BIA’s Board of Directors for seven years.
Ryan Good owns Cabri Management, which manages places such as Chainsaw and Scoop du Jour in UpTown Waterloo.