Communitech Appoints New Leadership to Board of Directors

KITCHENER, Ontario--()--Communitech is pleased to share that it has appointed new leadership to its Board of Directors. Jennifer Smith, Senior VP of Technology and Operations at Cineplex Digital Media, will take the position of Chair of the Board and Joseph Fung, CEO at Kiite, will be Vice-Chair of Communitech’s 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Amy Hastings, General Counsel, was reappointed Secretary of the Board.

Smith replaces Dave Caputo, former CEO of Sandvine, as Chair. Communitech is grateful for Caputo’s leadership over the last year and looks forward to his continued engagement as past chair.

In addition to new board executive appointments, Communitech welcomed several new directors to the board at its annual general meeting on Sept. 26. All are senior leaders from leading tech-driven organizations who will join the dynamic mix of entrepreneurs and business leaders who work together to advance Waterloo Region as a leading global technology community.

The new members of Communitech’s Board of Directors are:

  • Bill Currie, Vice Chair, Deloitte Canada
  • Michael Eubanks, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, LCBO
  • Debbie Gamble, Chief Officer, Innovation Labs and New Ventures, Interac Corp.
  • Marc Morin, CEO and founder, Auvik Networks Inc.
  • Lois Norris, CFO, SSIMWAVE Inc.
  • Michael Doughty, President and CEO, Manulife Canada

Here is the full list of Board members appointed for the 2019-2020 term:




Janet Bannister


Real Ventures

Dave Caputo

Chair of the Board


Bogdan Frusina

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Dejero Labs Inc.

Joseph Fung

Chief Executive Officer


Catherine Graham

Chief Executive Officer


Amy Hastings

General Counsel

General Counsel

Iain Klugman

President and Chief Executive Officer


Lauren Lake

Chief Operating Officer


Kevin Lynch

Vice Chair

BMO Financial Group

Sarah Prevette

Chief Executive Officer

Future Design School

Jennifer Smith

Senior VP Technology and Operations

Cineplex Digital Media

Michael Worry

Chief Executive Officer Engineering


Bill Currie

Vice Chair (Retired)


Michael Eubanks

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer


Debbie Gamble

Chief Officer, Innovation Labs and New Ventures

Interac Corp.

Marc Morin

Chief Executive Officer Inc.

Auvik Networks

Lois Norris

Chief Financial Officer


Michael Doughty

President and Chief Executive Officer

Manulife Canada

Jay Shah

Director, Velocity

University of Waterloo

James Meddings

Deputy Minister

Federal Economic Development Agency

About Communitech

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1,400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players.

Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.

  • Communitech is a place – the centre of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.
  • Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
  • Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to help companies go from a small startup to a global giant.



Candace Beres
Manager, Public Relations, Communitech


Candace Beres
Manager, Public Relations, Communitech