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Our Team

Staff

Shane Malcolm

Executive Director

Shane Malcolm came to Canada to as an international student from Jamaica in 2009 to take the Culinary Management (Co-op) Program at Niagara College. In 2011, he graduated with honours and began pursuing his BA in Hospitality Operations Management, which he completed with honours in 2014. As a Niagara resident, Shane is very passionate about making Niagara a stronger community and that has led to his activism in local transportation and youth engagement. Shane became a member of the GNCC NextNiagara Council in 2016 and is currently serving as Chair.

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Board of Directors

Peter Dief, President

Senior Finance and Data Analytics Consultant
Niagara Health System

Peter is a Certified Professional Accountant; He pursued and obtained his CPA, CMA in 2010 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business with his Honours in Business Administration. As a Senior Finance and Decision Support Consultant for Niagara Health, Peter has over 10 years of experience in finance, accounting, data analytics, project management and project implementation. He advises and provides intelligent solutions to senior administration and clinical leadership by utilizing a genuine and methodical approach rooted in evidence-based analytics and best practices. Residing in Pelham, with his wife and three young sons, Peter is passionate about healthcare, education and the development of emerging leaders in Niagara.

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Nada El-Roz, Vice President

Branch Manager
RBC Royal Bank

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James Papple, Secretary

Manager, EAP
York University

A St. Catharines native, James Papple received his undergraduate and Masters degrees at Brock University and holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from Niagara College. James is committed to supporting local non-profit organizations and mentoring future leaders in Niagara.

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Ruth Gatzke, Treasurer

Regional Vice President, Wealth Services
WM Gateway Inc.

I grew up in Niagara on a small fruit farm. Like many young people at that time, left the area for the big city to pursue an education and work opportunities. After getting married to another small town soul, we decided to raise our family back in Niagara.  We now live on a 15-acre organic farm that my husband runs. We have a 40 member CSA, attend two farmers markets and work with a few local restaurants. We also partner with Pelham Cares through our corporate donorship program. I spent most of my career at CIBC, the last 15 years in leadership roles. I decided to explore credit unions as their values and commitment to local community aligns with mine. During the last 8 years, I enjoyed working with two regional credit unions leading their investment and wealth departments. I recently accepted a role with WM Gateway Inc. as their Regional Vice President, Wealth Services. Here I am working with a number of small to mid-sized credit unions in Ontario. I support their growth and help them enhance their member experience. I joined Leadership Niagara in 2017.

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Lesley Calvin, Program Advisory Committee Chair

Life, Leadership & Organizational Culture Coach, Facilitator & Consultant
Lesley Calvin Coaching, Facilitating & Speaking

Lesley Calvin is a Leadership Development Consultant, Coach and Trainer, and is highly revered as an Emotional Intelligence Specialist with a warm, dynamic, and impactful approach to her coaching, facilitation and speaking engagements. As a former Higher Education Administrator and Leader of People and Departments, Lesley has dedicated almost two decades in her passion-driven career, to the personal, professional and leadership development of individuals and organizations, with the mission of furthering Positive Forward Motion in the FAST Lane© of your life, leadership and workplace in order to fuel productivity, positivity, increase engagement and drive results. Lesley is known for building high-performance individuals, teams and cultures.

 

Working with individuals and organizations looking to increase their positive leadership capacity is her niche. Building emotionally-intelligent high performing skilled professionals, leaders, and positive organizations is her mission. Fostering awareness of self and others, optimizing individual and collective Emotional Intelligence, and increasing adaptability and tolerance in times of change, and stress is her deliverable.

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David Veres


David spent over 23 years as an educator and administrator at Niagara College. Prior to retirement he was the Associate Vice-President of Academic and Learner Services at the college and was engaged in numerous college and community initiatives. Most recently he has joined The Centre for Leading and Living, where he provides consulting services associated with leadership development, strategic planning, policy analysis, quality assurance and curriculum development. He also teaches at Niagara University in their PhD Leadership and Policy program, and supports Master’s Thesis students at Royal Roads University. David holds a PhD in Leadership & Policy, MA in Leadership, BA (hons) in Geography, and a Diploma in Recreation Leadership. He is actively involved in a number of community boards and committees including; 2021 Canada Games, QUEST Community Health Centre, YMCA of Niagara, and the Welland Development Commission. He lives with his wife Louise in Fonthill, and enjoys hiking, baseball, and bridge. He joined the Leadership Niagara board in January of 2018, and is looking forward to supporting the development of community leaders in Niagara.

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Kevin Jong

Director of Resource Development
United Way Niagara

An alumnus of the Class of 2016, Kevin was born and raised in St. Catharines. After completing an undergraduate degree in Business at Brock University, Kevin began his career in fundraising and non-profit management with United Way in 2013. In his current position of Director of Resource Development, Kevin leads an annual $5 million fundraising campaign that supports over 100 social service programs through various agencies in Niagara. Kevin is a proud uncle and enjoys spending time with his family and working on home improvement projects.

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Jeff McGuffin

Commercial Analyst
Meridian Credit Union

Jeff is a Commercial Analyst for Meridian Credit Union who works to help provide our Commercial Members with the financing required to help them grow their businesses, and as a result of this, our community. Jeff holds an Honours degree in History and Human Geography from the Brock University.  Residing in the Niagara region since 2002 Jeff has enjoyed making Niagara his home. He and his wife enjoy hiking the Bruce Trail and cycling around Niagara-on-the-Lake to enjoy all that the area has to offer.

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Caroline Smith

Experienced Risk Manager
Brock University

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Michael Bronzi

Community Manager
Royal Bank of Canada

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Michelle Grocholsky

Founder
Empowered EDI

Michelle Grocholsky is the founder and owner of Empowered, a boutique consulting firm on a mission to make equity, inclusion, and diversity (EDI) an ingrained part of how organizations and their people operate. 

Empowered was born out of Michelle Grocholsky’s 15+ years of experience designing and leading global EDI strategies across industries including Financial Services, High Tech, Land, Property and Construction. She draws extensively on her graduate training in Organizational Psychology and experience as an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach to address both the systems and mindsets crucial to meaningful progress.

Michelle lives in Welland where she is kept busy chasing around a toddler, baby, husband, and dog.

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Program Advisory Committee

Brenda Allan

Senior Occupational Therapist & Local President, OPSEU
Niagara Health System


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am passionate about Leadership Niagara as a exceptional organization that develops community leaders and engages these leaders to contribute to Niagara as a thriving community.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Past participant of Leadership Niagara (2012-13) and the Leadership Niagara Graduate Certificate (2015).

  • Certified facilitator with DDI (Development Dimensions International) systems and experienced in developing and implementing learning programs.

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Holly Catalfamo

Professor/Coordinator - HR Programs
Niagara College


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

Leadership Niagara provides a unique learning experience for individuals to develop their personal capacity and at the same time contribute to the capacity development of their community. I am honoured to be involved with a program that supports our community and the exceptional talent within Niagara

What do I bring to the team?

  • Over 15 years as an organizational development practitioner with specific expertise in leadership development;

  • Extensive experience in curriculum design and delivery, developing learner-centred programs embedded in action learning and active learning principles; and

  • A deep passion for learning with a deep commitment to support the personal and professional development of learners.

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Lesley Calvin, MA CPC ACC - Chair

Life, Leadership & Organizational Culture Coach, Facilitator & Consultant
Lesley Calvin Coaching, Facilitating & Speaking


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am involved in Leadership Niagara because I truly believe in the process of developing a community of proactive, engaged, and motivated leaders. I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the LN program. I feel that for as much as I am able to contribute, I take away so much more from my peers on the program advisory committee, the LN participants, and my co- facilitators in the LN core program delivery.

What do I bring to the team?

  • An academic and career background in organizational and leadership development.

  • A Master Practitioner certification for the Energy Leadership Index Assessment and a Certified Professional Coaching approach to leadership, transition and strategic development.

  • An unending willingness to give back, by sharing any and all of my acquired capacity, knowledge and experience with the Leadership Niagara community.

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Jodie Middleton

Manager, Organizational and Leadership Development
Niagara Region


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I believe that the development of a community of dynamic, inspired Leaders who are committed to the growth of Niagara is critical to the success of our Region.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Over 20 years of leadership experience in both the private and public sector

  • Experienced Human Resources practitioner; particularly in developing and implementing leadership and employee development programs and systems

  • Extensive work in developing solutions and programs to drive employee engagement, enable culture shift and ensure effective change management practices

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Caitlin Armstrong

Human Resources Business Partner
Meridian Credit Union


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am involved with Leadership Niagara because I love being part of a group comprised of individuals who are just as passionate as I am about the communities we serve.  I get energized by the ability to help shape the programs that contribute to the success if Niagara’s future leaders.

What do I bring to the team?

  • An academic and career background in human behaviour, performance management and leadership development.

  • A life long Niagara resident who has a deep understanding of the communities challenges and opportunities.

  • Passion for Diversity & Inclusion

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Sarah L Pedder

Case Manager, Crisis Outreach
Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Region Branch


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am driven to encourage and empower leaders of all ages to be involved and invest their strengths into the local community. I believe that together we can create opportunities that actualize the potential of local leaders and promote positive change in Niagara.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Experience in leadership program development and delivery at Brock University

  • Dedication to improving life, and mental health, in the Niagara community

  • Motivation to create opportunities for leadership engagement across the life span

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Michelle Ross

Organizational Development Consultant
Niagara Health


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am passionate about developing and empowering the emerging leaders in our community. The unique developmental experiences offered by Leadership Niagara are a wonderful way to invest in the people of Niagara while positively impacting the growth of our community.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Background in Human Resources and Organizational Development with specific expertise in leadership development

  • Experience in adult education, curriculum design and delivery

  • A passion for inspiring learners through diverse experiences

  • Commitment to building a community of leaders

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Ann Harrison, Co Chair

JPSA Coordinator - Education Liaison Team
Family and Children's Services Niagara


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

What do I bring to the team?

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