Rick Whittaker, General Manager
Rick has been the Executive Director of the Wellington-Waterloo Community Future’s for the past 15 years as well as acting as Project Lead for the Community Paramedic Monitoring Project. Rick attended Wilfrid Laurier University for Business and Psychology and the University of Guelph for International Development. Rick is an entrepreneur and has started several businesses as well as serving two terms of Municipal Council in the Region of Waterloo and the Kitchener Hydro Commission Board of Directors.
Tina Heathers, Business Coach
Tina Heathers specializes in small business training and development. She has been working with business coaching and training for the past 25 years. A business owner herself for many years, including owning and operating a chain of fashion retail stores, and running her own international training company, Tina now works with business owners to empower them to create and operate successful businesses in their own communities.
She has a passion for discovering personal and professional greatness. Her background includes many years of corporate management, professional business training, personal business coaching and entrepreneurship development.
Jane Shaw, Accounts Manager
Jane Shaw has worked with WWCF for the past 10 years and provides loan management and support services along with bookkeeping resources to business owners/staff. She has been an asset to the family business, is a business owner herself and an active volunteer with various community organizations. Jane is dedicated and works hard to reach the next level in her professional goals and leadership roles.
Paula Baker, Office Coordinator
Paula grew up in the Caledon area and raises her 3 children in the Erin area. Before working with the WWCF Paula’s career background included Account Management in mortgages, working in Regional Offices and then to Head Office in London. During a merger, The Mortgage Division was moved to Winnipeg. This brought Paula to Insurance and Investments Division within the Corporation.
Paula has been with WWCF since 2013. She enjoys working with and assisting the businesses within our rural areas. Paula has embraced public speaking after being involved with ToastMasters and has moved on to becoming a workshop facilitator with True Colors Personality Training.
Tanya Markvart, Community Economic Development Officer
Tanya is a sustainability planning practitioner with graduate degrees in Planning and Environmental Studies. Her interests in rural entrepreneurship and community economic development stem from her childhood in the countryside of Prince Edward County, where her grandparents worked as humble farmers, antique dealers, and carpenters. This has given her a great respect and admiration for entrepreneurs. Over the past 5 years, her career has focused on stakeholder partnership building, community engagement, and strategic planning for greater community sustainability.