Play a key role in our city's future by sitting on a local citizen committee or board.

On this page:

  1. About committees
  2. Application cycle
  3. 2021 vacancies
  4. Committees and boards
  5. Councillor appointments

About committees

Committees give advice and feedback to city council and standing committees on a variety of issues, including arts and culture, accessibility, downtown and the environment. Boards have the autonomy to make decisions for the good of their organizations.

Each advisory committee and board also has at least one city council member; check our full list of councillor appointments to local committees and boards for more details.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available to committee/ board members (and guests) upon request. If you require assistance to take part in a city meeting or event, please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994.


Application cycle

  • August 23 to September 24 – application period
  • September 27 to October 31 – review of applications 
  • December 13 – presentation of slate of applicants to Council
  • January 1, 2022 – appointees assume their positions

2021 vacancies

The deadline to apply was September 24, 2021.

Advisory committee recruitment process

The following descriptions provide a general overview of the committee member, chair and vice-chair positions.

nominating committee, which is appointed by city council, assesses advisory committee applications, based on diverse representation of the community, expertise/interest in an issue or topic area, and the terms of each advisory committee's terms of reference, and presents council with a list of qualified candidates for each committee.

Board recruitment process

The following descriptions provide an overview of the boards, term lengths, function, and board member requirements for: Centre in the Square (CITS) and Kitchener Public Library (KPL). For more information on Kitchener Housing Inc., see above tab.

Each board is responsible for their own board member applications, based on diverse representation of the community, expertise/interest in an issue or topic area, and the terms of each board's terms of reference, and presents council with a list of qualified candidates for each board

Committees and boards

Open an accordion below to learn about our committees and boards. For more information, including planned work for each committee during the current term, please contact the indicated person affiliated with the board/committee of interest. 

Aeronautical noise advisory committee

This committee is temporarily suspended.

Provides regular and effective communications between the Region of Waterloo International Airport, residents, local aviation businesses and users, businesses located within Canada's Technology Triangle, Transport Canada, Nav Canada, Canadian Business Aircraft Association and the Air Transport Association of Canada, with regards to the effects of aviation noise from the airport on the surrounding community. For more information, please contact the airport manager at 519-648-2256, or review the committee's terms of reference.  The current appointees are Jim Adams, Gregory Jahn and Edward Saxon.

Arts and culture advisory committee

Meets: third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Provides advice and recommendations to city council and staff on arts and culture matters to further our strategic directions. For more information, please contact Karoline Varin or call 519-741-2200 ext. 7912, or review the committee's terms of reference.  The current appointees are Chandrika Anjaria, Meredith Blunt, Meghri-Ani Brotian, Annabelle Girard, Angela Grasse, Maria Melo, Jeffrey Paquette, Hosherdar Polad, Pamela Rojas, Isabella Stefanescu.

Centre in the Square board of directors

Meets: bi-monthly on a Wednesday at 8 a.m.

The Centre In The Square Inc. is a not-for-profit arts corporation, which operates and maintains the city-owned venue known as the Centre In The Square (CITS) where both local and international artists perform. The main duty of the board of directors is one of governance.  From time to time, board members with specific skills are sought including, but not limited to, legal, accounting, human resources, marketing and fund raising.  Please ensure you specifically highlight any skills, experience or expertise that would benefit CITS in your application.  For more information, please contact the Centre In The Square at 519-578-5660 or review the board description.  The current appointees are Barb Blundon, Dan Carli, Mary Dever, Amia Gilani, Jana Gordon, Emmanuel Patterson, Elizabeth Sproule, Mark Weber, David Cameron and Becka Borody.

Committee of adjustment

Meets: every third Tuesday morning

The committee of adjustment considers and makes decisions relative to the following types of planning applications:

  • Minor variances to the zoning bylaw
  • Consents (dividing land parcels to create new lots)
  • Validation of title
  • Fence and sign variances
  • City council appoints all members of the committee of adjustment.

The current appointees are Denny Cybalski, Scott Hannah, Michael Kidd, Bob McColl and Jennifer Meader.

Compass Kitchener

Meets: first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.

Validates the Compass Kitchener vision, guiding principles, values and strategic priorities on a regular basis, with the community's input and participation. This committee creates and leads public processes to determine community concerns, identify priorities for action and monitor progress toward achieving the community vision. For more information, please contact Linda Korabo at 519-741-2200, ext. 7092, or check out the Compass Kitchener terms of reference. The current appointees are Lynn Gazzola, Lorraine Kochut, Ruth Lavender, Jaime Orbegoso, Wasai Rahimi, Omar Samad, Darren Snider, Judy Stephens-Wells, Linda Terry, Lori Trumper, Kari Williams.

Cycling and trails advisory committee

Meets: second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Provides community input to assist city council in creating a livable, environmentally friendly city that is safe for walking and cycling. Advises on design, development and delivery of cycling and trail policies, programs and facilities. For more information, please contact Darren Kropf at 519-741-2200, ext.7314 or review the committee's terms of reference. (current terms of reference under review)  The current appointees are Emily Bennett, Jorg Broschek, Daniel Brotherston, Lynn Dramnitzki, Bart Forwell, Victoria Hand, Robert Hunsberger, Mark Jackson-Brown, Geoff Kirk, Josh Orita, Greg Piccini, Matthew Rodrigues, Aleksandra Simidzija, Tom Slomke, Barry Tracey.

Dog designation appeal committee
An appeal tribunal for citizens who have dogs that have been designated by the Kitchener-Waterloo and North Waterloo Humane Society under our dog designation bylaw. For more information, please contact Siobhan Delaney at 519-741-2200, ext. 7275, or check out our dog designation appeal committee guidelines and appeal application form. The current appointees are Councillors C. Michaud, M. Johnston, D. Schnider and a member of the Canadian Kennel Club.
Downtown action and advisory committee

Meets: fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.

Assists the economic development division with the implementation of various initiatives of the Downtown Kitchener Action Plan, and advises city council on matters that affect the downtown and its adjacent neighbourhoods. For more information, please contact Marzena Rachwal at 519-741-2200 ext. 7197, or check out the committee's terms of reference. The current appointees are Erin Atchison, Daniel Cardy, Sandra Castle, Michael Clark, Carolyn Galvin, Geoffrey Guin, Rachel Hague, David Harmes, Jeannette Makad, Diane McGregor, Tori Mikhnovsky, Mike Morrice, Tricia Smith, William Turman, Brandon Van Dam.

Economic development advisory committee

Advises city council and the economic development division on the development and ongoing implementation of economic development strategies and initiatives. For more information, please contact Katelyn Remus at 519-741-2200 ext. 7957, or check out the committee's terms of reference.  The current appointees are Mark Bingeman, Joe Curto, Andrew Head, Chuck Howitt, Kola Ijasan, Paul Kreutner, Matthew Kruschack, John Lintzeris, Barry Lowry, Jason Malfara, Keean Sarani, Harneet Singh, Lillian Stojanoski, Shannon Weber, Barclay Whittaker.

Environmental committee

Meets: third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.

An advisory committee to city council on all environmental matters. The committee considers the environment in its broadest possible terms, and its mandate includes all activities and operations of the city that affect the environment. For more information, please contact Cody Boomer at 519-741-2200, ext. 7407, or check out the committee's terms of reference. The current appointees are Darren Bailey, Tina Belanger, Sandra Biskupovic, Jonathan Carney, Jennifer Duchesne, Susan Fulop, Richard Fyck, Justin Gaudon, Scott Hyslop, Michaela Jennings, Grant Johns, James Sherwood.

Heritage Kitchener 

Meets: first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Advises on matters involving conservation of publicly and privately owned cultural heritage resources within Kitchener, and serves as our municipal heritage committee, as defined in the Ontario Heritage Act. For more information, please contact Sarah Goldrup, or check out the committee's terms of reference. The current appointees are Martin Asling, Jordan Baker, Ilona Bodendorfer, Peter Ciuciura, David Gundrum, Jean Haalboom, Sam Hossack, Victoria Mance, Robyn Schwarz, Donny Vongphakdy.

Kitchener Housing Inc. board of directors 

Meets: third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Provides leadership for this non-profit organization, and remains committed to developing and managing innovative and affordable housing that fosters personal and community growth. The board's purpose is also to expand and diversify the organization's rental housing portfolio by mobilizing community support and financial resources through the development of innovative partnerships. Please ensure your application includes specific experience, skills and expertise that would benefit Kitchener Housing Inc. For more information, please contact Lori Trumper at 519-744-6655, ext. 209. The current appointees are Matt Ruetz, Michael Mooney, Andrew Chin, Filipe Mendes, Daryl Dore, Ted Bleaney, Barb Blundon, Cassandra O’Brien, Richard Parent and Mary Henien Thorn. 

Kitchener Public Library board

Meets: third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

The Kitchener Public Library (KPL) board, which is established under provincial legislation, is responsible for the management and control of our local public libraries. Please ensure your application includes specific experience, skills and expertise that would benefit KPL. For more information, please contact KPL CEO Mary Chevreau at 519-743-0271, or check out the following description of a board trustee position. The current appointees are Stephanie Soulis, Katherine Andrews, Michelle Dow, Cory Ernst, Erin Rudland, Shannon Nicholson, Clare Wagner and Dana Ristic. 

Property standards committee

Meets: last Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.

An appeal tribunal for citizens who have received 'Orders to Comply' from our enforcement staff regarding property standards. For more information, please contact Sarah Goldrup at 519-741-2200, ext. 7275, or check out our property standards appeal committee guidelines and appeal application form. The current appointees are Muhammad Asad, Sharlene Mohlman, Michael Pulley, Brian Santos.

Safe and Healthy Community advisory committee

Meets: second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.

Advises city council and staff on policies, programs and services we're involved with that relate to inclusion and belonging, with a focus on building healthy communities and bridges to engagement. For more information, please contact Janis McKenzie at 519-741-2200, ext. 7225, or check out the committee's terms of reference. The current appointees are Gratiana Achim, Leo Campbell, Girma Goshe, Rawan Hussein, Simeon Kibaalya, Courtney Kidd Chubb, Alicia Monteith, Habtamu Nagawo, Ikechukwu Obodo, Renu Shanmuganathan, Amy Venner.

Councillor appointments

Each advisory committee or board has at least one city council member appointee. Open an accordion below to see the appointments for each councillor.

Ward 1 - Councillor Scott Davey
  • Finance & Corporate Services Committee (chair)
  • Centre in the Square Board
  • Compass Kitchener
Ward 2 - Councillor Dave Schneider
  • Community & Infrastructure Services Committee (vice-chair)
  • Aeronautical Noise Advisory Committee
  • Animal Designation Appeal Committee (alternate)
  • Arts & Culture Advisory Committee
  • Dog Designation Appeal Committee (alternate)
  • Compass Kitchener
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Kitchener in Bloom
  • Kitchener Power Corporation
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
  • KW Oktoberfest Inc. Advisory Council
  • Licensing Tribunal (ending Nov 14, 2022)
Ward 3 - Councillor John Gazzola 
  • Aeronautical Noise Advisory Committee (alternate)
  • Committee of Revision
  • Compass Kitchener
  • Heritage Kitchener
  • Licensing Tribunal (alternate - ending Nov 14, 2022)
Ward 4 - Councillor Christine Michaud 
  • Animal Designation Appeal Committee
  • Compass Kitchener
  • Dog Designation Appeal Committee
  • Heritage Kitchener Committee
  • Homer Watson House
  • Huron Natural Joint Ventures Committee
  • KW Oktoberfest Inc. Advisory Committee
  • Safe & Healthy Advisory Committee
  • Licensing Tribunal (ending Nov 14, 2022)
 Ward 5 - Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock
  • Finance and Corporate Services Committee (vice-chair)
  • Compass Kitchener Committee
  • Huron Natural Area Joint Ventures Committee
  • Kitchener Public Library Board
  • Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee
Ward 6 - Councillor Paul Singh 
  • Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee (chair)
  • Centre in the Square Board
  • Compass Kitchener Committee
  • Committee of Revision
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Grand River Hospital Board of Trustees
  • Kitchener in Bloom
  • Kitchener Power Corporation
Ward 7 - Councillor Bil Ioannidis
  • Community and Infrastructure Services Committee (chair)
  • Centre in the Square Board
  • Compass Kitchener Committee
  • Committee of Revision
  • Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Kitchener Housing Inc. Board
Ward 8 - Councillor Margaret Johnston
  • Animal Designation Appeal Committee
  • Belmont Improvement Area Board
  • Compass Kitchener Committee
  • Dog Designation Appeal Committee
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Safe & Healthy Community Advisory Committee
Ward 9 - Councillor Debbie Chapman
  • Compass Kitchener Committee
  • Downtown Action & Advisory Committee
  • Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Kitchener Committee
  • Horticultural Society Board
  • Kitchener Downtown Business Improvement Area Board
  • Kitchener Housing Inc. Board
  • Multicultural Centre of KW Board
Ward 10 - Councillor Sarah Marsh
  • Planning & Infrastructure Services Committee (vice-chair)
  • Compass Kitchener Committee
  • Cycling & Trails Advisory Committee
  • Downtown Action & Advisory Committee
  • Kitchener Downtown Business Improvement Area Board
  • Kitchener Public Library Board
  • Licensing Tribunal (ending Nov 14, 2022)