I first met Helen over fifteen years ago when her company McDonald Green supplied professional services to COM DEV, where I was employed as a Vice President.
Since then, Helen and I have met on a number of occasions and routinely crossed paths at community and professional events. During my tenure as a member of the Cambridge Hospital Board, Helen assumed the role as Chair of the Cambridge Hospital Foundation. At a time when the Hospital faced major leadership challenges, Helen applied her forthright business experience to strengthen the Foundation.
As a second generation, life time resident of the Community, over the decades, Helen, with passionate sincerity and political savvy, extended her reach through community, volunteer and leadership involvement while at the same time, growing a respected local organization. Through difficult economic time which taxed the entire Region, Helen was able to sustain her business by making smart, and sometimes, difficult decisions combined with her personal and professional toughness.
Helen has publicly stated that one of the reasons behind her decision to run for Regional Councillor, is to make a positive difference to the future of the Region. Based on my observations, through the involvement described above, and as a Thought Leader for the Manufacturing and Technology sectors for which the Region is well known, Helen has been doing this continuously for decades. Helen’s appointment to the position of Cambridge Councillor would afford the Regional board with the opportunity to fully exploit her amazing networking skills, energy, Community knowledge and personal/professional strengths.
Anita Davis, Senior Director, Contracts & Organizational Development, exactEarth Ltd.
Shortly after my appointment as President and CEO of the Chamber, I encouraged Helen to join our board again, and within a few years, I encouraged her to run for Chair of the Board. She is extremely capable, very intelligent, and probably the most dedicated volunteer I have ever seen. She is passionate about the roles she takes on, has a work ethic beyond reproach and the ability to give sound advice and make sound decisions.
Greg Durocher, President/CEO, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
Helen Jowett has been a member of Conestoga’s Board of Governors for five years and is Chair of the Governance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board. Helen has demonstrated her leadership skills during this period through her ability to articulate and advise the President and the Board on the many crucial issues facing colleges in today’s global economy, including governance strategies, financial contingencies and complex building and renovation projects. She is a strong advocate who cares deeply for the issues and for the community in which she lives and works.
Dr. John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
I have known Helen through her service on the executive and board and chair of CTT. I have watched her deal with complex economic development and HR issues. She has always brought solutions and opinions which were sophisticated and based on big-picture thinking. She is entrepreneurial, thoughtful, and community minded. Helen would be a real asset on Regional council.
Ian MacNaughton, Founder/Chair, MHBC Planning
I watched Helen from afar for several years as Chair of CTT Board. Helen was an impressive leader and objective advocate for the Region in her role at CTT. In the last 12 months, as a new member of CTT Board, I have been impressed with Helen’s leadership, management and vision. She is a skilled businessperson, bright, passionate, able to see the big picture and get quality results. She is an effective powerbroker in Waterloo Region and beyond. She is a champion for and as difference-maker for the Region.
Ted McKechnie, Chairman/CEO, Canada’s Technology for Food / President, Davies Group Of Companies
It’s been my good fortune to have known Helen Jowett since 2003 when we were both on the Board of Directors of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. She’s intelligent, she’s pragmatic, she asks the right questions, she’s a leader, she’s a business owner, she’s a volunteer, she’s a problem-solver, she’s accountable, she has a Regional perspective, and she makes things happen. Helen is exactly the type of individual we need on Regional Council.
Diane Wolfenden, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Beyond a doubt, Helen is the most qualified person I know to run for Regional Council. I’ve worked alongside Helen on the Executive of Canada’s Technology Triangle, where I experienced her effective leadership of an organization that focuses on marketing the competitive advantages of Waterloo Region to the world. Helen has amazing business savvy combined with integrity, honesty and fairness in all she does. Over the years, I’ve come to know Helen as an individual who exemplifies commitment to the growth and success of our Region.
Jane Adams, Associate Partner, Indirect Tax KPMG LLP
I have had the opportunity to work with Helen this past year on the Board of Directors of Canada’s Technology Triangle. During Helen’s term as Chair of the Board, I particularly valued her clear and well-reasoned point of view on issues. Helen has invested tremendously in understanding the issues impacting our Region and she is an important contributor to the discussion of the community agenda.
Greg McCauley, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Waterloo Region / Treasurer , CTT
Helen has been an active and energetic supporter of Cambridge for many years – she has built a successful business and given back to the community in many ways. She understands the needs of our community will be a capable and passionate advocate for Cambridge, adding to the strength of Regional Council.
John K. Bell, Onbelay Capital Inc.
For over 8 years, I have reached out to Helen for professional consultancy services, input on specific issues and general opinions. In each circumstance, Helen has been prompt, insightful, professional and thorough beyond that which is required. Helen is passionate about investing in her community and has clearly demonstrated that in the diversity and depth of her volunteer engagement. Most importantly, if Helen decides to assume a role or responsibility, whether paid or volunteer, she will do so in a way that both engages many people and is focused on improving her community. It is people like Helen who are the mortar for building a community.
John Haddock, Chief Executive Officer YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo
Helen is a visionary. She has the ability to listen to all points of view, filter through the salient facts and present her thoughts and ideas in a diplomatic, but concise, manner. Her supportive and encouraging nature comes from her confidence as a very bright, knowledgeable, intuitive and creative thinker. Whatever she takes on is completed with thoughtfulness, thoroughness and usually brilliance. She can be trusted to take her constituents’ concerns to heart and make careful, financially prudent and logical decisions for this community.
Dr. Donna McKenna, Former Educator and current business owner
I have had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know Helen Jowett over the last number of years. Helen is clearly a focused individual who is committed to improving the development and growth of the Region. We have worked together as members of Canada Technology Triangle’s Resource and Sustainability committee, where Helen has demonstrated leadership and a passion to help build a thriving and prosperous community. Helen would be an excellent addition to our regional council.
Peter Boak, President, Prestige Business Interiors
Helen has been an active member and leader in our community since I met her 20 years ago. She generously donates her time on many committees, from the Chamber and Conestoga College to the Cambridge Hospital. Helen speaks at various functions and provides powerful personal insights into her journey to career success. She provides encouragement to others to work towards making their own career dreams happen. Her desire to develop people young and old through education, training, promoting healthy lifestyles and building self-esteem has been inspirational. Helen’s dedicated commitment and devoted community focus has built alliances throughout the Region.
M. Jane Hale-McDonald, Vice President, Human Resources, Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc.
I have known Helen Jowett since the early 1990’s when I first joined Rotary in Cambridge. She was a member and I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and/or working with her on many charitable and social Cambridge community events, focusing on raising funds and awareness, for those of need in our community. I have been able to observe as she excelled in these positions and have witnessed, as have others, the results that Helen has achieved for the Cambridge community.
Larry Brokenshire, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Aecon Industrial
Helen is an incredibly dedicated community volunteer, giving countless hours to many groups across Waterloo Region and contributing to growth in the prosperity of our community.
Terry Kratz, Partner, Hemmerich, Flanagan, Kratz, Eamer & McRae LLP
I’ve worked with Helen in her capacity as President of Canada’s Technology Triangle (CTT) as well as in her work with McDonald Green. Helen is an extremely capable, intelligent and hard-working leader, who truly understands this Region and is passionate about making it more dynamic and prosperous. She is a terrific team leader and team builder. I am proud to support her candidacy for Regional Council.
Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Helen and I have known each other for 20 years. Over that period of time, I have come to know Helen as a caring and hard-working individual. She really does care about the planning decisions that are being made for the Region of Waterloo and the impact that these decisions will have. I admire Helen as a straightforward individual who will tell you what you need to hear (like it or not) and work in the best interest of the community. I support Helen and believe that she is the right person to provide leadership in the Region of Waterloo.
Donald Daggett, CIMA Portfolio Manager
As attested to through many prestigious awards, Helen Jowett is a committed community builder and leader who has stepped forward repeatedly to serve tirelessly in a host of vital roles. Helen seeks out and works unselfishly for the common good. Always alert to what is needed and how to make a difference, she has a marvellous talent for bringing people together, providing inspiration, and creating successful and meaningful outcomes. Few individuals have made as great a contribution as Helen has.
John Tennant, Former Canadian Consul General in Detroit and former CEO of Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc.
I have known Helen Jowett for a good many years. If she had not put her name forth as a candidate for the Region of Waterloo Council, I would have drafted her. Helen is an amazing woman who not only has the community at heart but in any of the many community positions she has been involved in, she gets things done on time and on budget – a breath of fresh air in today’s political environment. She is action-oriented and knows how to get results. Go, Helen!
Barry Kennedy, VP Gore Insurance / Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation
I have known Helen for many years and have had the pleasure of serving with her on the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Board, Prosperity Council and various other committees. Helen is not afraid to stand up for what she believes will better the Cambridge community and is always willing to make hard decisions. Helen’s commitment to her community, outstanding work ethic and continuous drive make her a true asset to her community at large.
Cory McRae, Past Chair – Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Partner – Hemmerich, Flanagan, Kratz, Eamer and McRae LLP
Helen is a real asset to our community. In addition to running a successful business, she has volunteered much of her time over the past two decades to local organizations, benefitting all of us. Helen will give Cambridge a strong voice in the region and will make sure we are on an equal footing with the other two cities.
Mike Thomas, Founder, Efficiency Engineering Inc.
I met Helen while we were both involved in establishing the Sunrise Rotary Club in Cambridge. Her Rotary involvement as a Board Member and President, and tenure as Chair of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, quickly showed me that she was not only a very dedicated volunteer but also an extremely intelligent individual who is always most willing to step up to the plate and offer her valuable time to our community. I am in awe of what she is always able to accomplish.
Dr. Hank Nykamp