Tim joined SHAD in July 2016 after serving as an Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs.
Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and business leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology startups and was a Vice President at the University of Waterloo. He co-founded Tech Capital Partners (an early-stage venture capital firm), and served as CFO and CEO at Waterloo based technology firm PixStream (sold to Cisco Systems).
SHAD brings together two of Tim’s passions – supporting innovators and entrepreneurs and building community. Throughout his career Tim has balanced his day to day work with being an active member of the community. He believes SHAD provides the best of both worlds – working every day to ensure Canada has a strong group of inspired young people who will focus on “changing the world”.
Born in the UK, Tim grew up in Oakville and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting. He met his spouse through student government while in university – Tim was President of the Ontario Federation of Students and Jane was President of the Canadian Federation of Students.
Tim has been an active volunteer in his community chairing the boards of organizations such as The Waterloo Public Library, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Centre in the Square Theatre. He has cofounded two charitable organizations and believes SHADs are as likely to transform Canada’s non-profit sector as they are to build the corporate sector.
In his spare time Tim is an amateur magician and an avid poker player.
Mary Hamoodi, CPA, CGA Vice President,
Finance and Operations
519-884-8844 x 225
Mary has worked for SHAD since December 1998. Mary is responsible for all areas of financial management of the organization as well as having primary responsibility for all matters relating to the operation of our SHAD programs.
Mary previously worked in the automotive industry as Controller, obtaining her CGA designation in 2001 and CPA in 2014.
Originally from Ireland, Mary lived in the Middle East and the United States before settling in Canada in 1989. She is married and has three sons.
Vice President, Communications and Media Relations
519-884-8844 x 226
Teddy joined the SHAD team in October 2015 after a successful run as Chief Spokesperson and Director of Media Relations for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games.
As Vice President, Communications, Teddy is amazed SHAD has been one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Given how SHAD identifies and fosters exceptional high school students and helps them become this country's innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in so many different fields, it is a story Teddy believes needs to be told. With the skills and brain power needed to fuel the next industrial revolution, he believes the SHAD network has never been more important for Canada.
Teddy has a history of story-telling and bringing important untold stories to Canadians. For close to 20 years, Teddy covered some of the world's biggest events for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a National News Reporter including multiple Olympics, World Cups, and Stanley Cup finals. His documentaries won international awards.
Born in Hamilton, Teddy is a graduate of Carleton University's Journalism Program. He met his wife Fabiana while living in Spain for a year where he learned Spanish in the lead up to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and Paralympics.
One of his big passions is the Paralympics. He believes if people see just one sports event, it should be the Paralympics. Teddy says you not only witness incredible athletic performances, those feats change attitudes in society at the same time. In September 2016, Teddy went to Brazil to volunteer on the International Paralympic Committee’s media team at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to help ensure those stories were told around the world.
Teddy is also involved in the Waterloo Region serving as volunteer spokesperson for the Canada Games 2021 bid.
Mary Dever, CFRE Director of Advancement
519-884-8844 x 223
Mary joined SHAD in September 1998. In her role as Director of Advancement, she leads the organization and development team in fostering mutually beneficial relationships with SHAD's corporate and foundation supporters.
A Journalism graduate, Mary has worked in a number of public and private sector organizations, in industries ranging from education to high tech. Her roles have primarily centred around communications, public relations, sales and marketing.
When not working, Mary divides her time between athletic, professional development, and community interests. In addition to running and weight training regularly, she horseback rides several times a week. Mary obtained her CFRE designation in 2013. A past member of the Board of Directors of the Kitchener-Waterloo YWCA, Mary is an alumni of the year-long Leadership Waterloo Region leadership practicum, and volunteers her time as a member of Leadership's recruitment committee.
Matt Bondy, BA, MA Director of Strategic Initiatives
519-884-8844 x 228
Matt joined SHAD in January, 2017 as Director of Strategic Initiatives. He works with partners across Canada to help grow SHAD's profile and impact.
Matt likes to work at the intersection of public policy and communication. After earning his Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, he served as special assistant to the then Waterloo MPP, Elizabeth Witmer.
He then went on to work in the financial services sector in a communications role encompassing executive speech-writing and special projects, and then onto the University of Waterloo. As Associate Director, Executive Communications from 2012-2016, Matt transformed the University of Waterloo President's communications approach into a digital-first portfolio focused on campus and stakeholder engagement. In 2015, his body of work earned honourable mention in the international Ragan Employee Communications Awards.
Matt is an avid reader and writer, with bylines on foreign policy and public affairs issues in the National Post and ForeignPolicy.com. He is a part-time professor of Public Relations at Conestoga College and an active volunteer in his community. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to the Monarchist League of Canada.
Matt and his wife, Jessica, spend their spare time chasing their toddlers, reading, traveling, and entertaining friends and family.
Media & Public Relations Coordinator
519-884-8844 x 234
Katie joined the SHAD team in October 2012. Katie is responsible for aiding in the planning, implementation and coordination of various marketing and public relations activities that will focus on SHAD’s communication strategy.
Katie is an alumna of Wilfrid Laurier University, achieving an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology. From there, she went on to develop concrete Public Relations skills through obtaining a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Katie has intensive experience developing and executing various PR and communication plans and strategies for the not-for-profit sector, as well as with the private sector in her internship with Quarry Integrated Communications, a marketing agency.
Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement Coordinator
519-884-8844 x 224
Erin joined the SHAD team in October 2012, taking on the role of Corporate & Community Engagement Coordinator. Through this role Erin supports the fundraising activities, student recruitment, and corporate partnerships.
Before joining SHAD, Erin spent seven years in a corporate environment where she has built and fostered relationships with partners and stakeholders to execute programs varying from small scale employee recruitment campaigns to global employee giving campaigns. With this experience, Erin brings with her a unique vantage point and a passion for collaborating with others. She is excited to help further the success of SHAD’s advancement and development missions.
Erin spends her free time on her Family’s farm, with her husband, young son and their bulldog. She also enjoys travelling and indulging in fine foods at home and around the world.
Cheryl has worked for SHAD since Christmas Eve 1985! Cheryl is the primary liaison with our SHAD candidates, coordinating the selection process from initial application to host university placement. Her responsibilities include working with our databases, processing student applications, coordinating the evaluation process and making offers to students. She also provides research and statistics for strategic planning and marketing.
When she's not at work, Cheryl likes to read science fiction, watch movies, play pool, garden and travel. She also enjoys basketball, football and tennis (as an armchair athlete)!
Jess joined SHAD in February 2017 as an Outreach Coordinator and is also the Assistant Program Director for SHAD UBC. She’s a proud SHAD Fellow, having attended the program in 2008 at Trent University. In her role as Outreach Coordinator, she looks to spread the word about SHAD to as many communities across Canada, encouraging student leaders to apply to what she knows to be a life changing program.
Jess completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the UBC Sauder School of Business and previously worked in Sauder’s Alumni Engagement Office, responsible for building a connected community of students and alumni. Jess is also a motivational speaker for high school and university students, delivering engaging workshops and keynotes on personal, professional and leadership development.
A passionate mentor, coach and friend, Jess values lifelong learning and community-building. She volunteers as a wrestling coach for high school athletes, and a debate/public speaking coach for university students.
Kyle joined the SHAD team in September 2013 as Outreach Coordinator but his history with SHAD dates back to 1991. In his outreach role Kyle connects with educators, parents, students, and alumni to support student recruitment. Since 2013, Kyle has also been a faculty member at SHAD University of British Columbia where he focuses on mathematics, software development, and photography. Kyle attended SHAD Acadia in 1991 and will never forget the lasting impact it had on his life. He is passionate about the program and thoroughly enjoys encouraging the next generation of SHAD Fellows to apply.
Kyle graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in computer science and a minor in pure mathematics. Before joining SHAD, he worked as a software developer for over 16 years.
Kyle spends his free time travelling into wilderness (he likes to sleep in a tent!), photographing nature, bird watching, and playing and watching hockey.