Grand River Jazz Society

Kim Wakeford

Kim Wakeford is an enthusiastic and effective volunteer and currently serves as Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Jazz Room. She loves music in general, (especially jazz!) and believes wholeheartedly in the idea of the Jazz Room providing a viable venue for exceptional musicians and for people who love live music. Newly retired after a rewarding career as a French teacher and student recruiter which allowed her to travel extensively, Kim now has time to volunteer and is looking forward to helping out in creative ways. Kim has energy and ideas for outreach and assists with school workshops and related outreach opportunities.

Tom Nagy, Technical Director

Tom Nagy had a successful career in software development and engineering management at Research In Motion before shifting gears to pursue a second degree in Music at Toronto’s Humber College. He is now building a name for himself in music performance and production, having studied with Rich Brown, Pat LaBarbera, Ian Terry and many other luminaries of the Canadian jazz and music production fields. Tom currently performs with Jazz Williams, Vanessa Marie Carter, and a long list of Canadian jazz, rock and blues ensembles. As a leader in local volunteer organizations, Tom brings artistry, engineering background and can-do attitude to everything he does.

Ruth Harris is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics. She is the Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Foundation. She is a big supporter of live music of any genre. She earned her PhD in Management Sciences from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo. She became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2005, and was a founding member of the KW CFA branch.

Ruth Harris, Treasurer​

​Stephen Preece, President

Stephen Preece is Associate Professor of Strategy at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics. His research and teaching focus is on the management of performing arts organizations and he has presented and published over 30 scholarly articles on a range of related topics. Stephen has served on several arts organization boards including NUMUS, Penderecki String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, and the Robert Langen Gallery. An active amateur performer, Stephen plays piano in a variety of ensembles, sings in the Juno-nominated DaCapo Chamber Choir, and is Music Director at the Unitarian Church in Kitchener. He is currently involved as the researcher on a multi-year project focused on increasing private sector participation in the arts in Canada (sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and Business for the Arts). Stephen writes frequently as a music critic for The Record newspaper.

About the Board of Directors

The Jazz Room is being birthed by the Board of Directors of the Grand River Jazz Society. Your Board represents the broader community of Waterloo Region, with leaders from the arts, business, research, and non-profit sectors.

Janet Dawson Brock

Cameron Bates

Cameron Bates works as a Software Development Manager at Virtek Vision International, a Waterloo high tech firm. He developed a clandestine love of classical music as a teenager and his passion for the music drove him to take up the piano. Years of CBC Radio 2 listening helped Cameron acquire a taste for jazz as well. His first jazz album was the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderly collaboration circa 1962, still a classic. When not attending jazz and classical performances Cameron plays the piano (adequately) and leads hikes with a local outdoors group. Cam serves as musician liaison for the Board.

Colin Read

Colin Read has been an avid amateur and professional musician for the last thirty years, with varying proficiency on a diverse palate of instruments ranging from classical guitar to drum kit. His passion for music, and a recent but rapidly growing appreciation for jazz, led him to be an early supporter of the Jazz Room. He brings board and organizational experience drawn from his active participation on several non-profit boards including Project Ploughshares and Brighton Yards Housing Co-op.

John Lord, Vice-President

John Lord was the founder of the Centre for Community Based Research in Kitchener, and is a leader in the Canadian non-profit sector. As an author and researcher, he has been involved with numerous community initiatives across Canada, and has authored or co-authored several books focused on ways to build welcoming communities for citizens who have typically been excluded from community life. John is also a partner in the Facilitation Leadership Group that provides training and consultation with communities across Canada. He has been a volunteer with many non-profit organizations, and is currently co-chair of the New Story Group of Waterloo Region. He is a long-time jazz lover and sees the Jazz Room as a way to build community through music.

Anand Lopez is a Chemistry Masters student at the University of Waterloo, where he also got his undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology Engineering. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Anand moved to Barbados in 2004, and finally to Canada in 2010 for university. He started going to the Jazz Room regularly from April 2013 and has bought season pass tickets for every year since then. Apart from being an avid jazz listener, he enjoys playing jazz piano under the instruction of Andriy Tykonhov, who he met at the Jazz Room. Anand is working on expanding the Jazz Room audience with younger people..

Anand Lopez

Peter Gove is Senior Director, Group Disability and Life Insurance claims, SSQ Financial Group.  He is an avid amateur musician of very limited skill who occasionally attempts to play jazz music on the guitar.  Peter is a graduate of both local universities, and is an active member of a number of committees of the Canadian Life and health Insurance Association.  In 1972, on a whim, he bought a vinyl copy of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” for $1.99 at a going out of business record store. That event started a life-long love affair with jazz music.  Peter has been a regular volunteer with the Jazz Room since its inception. He currently writes the weekly musician bios for the Jazz Room web site.

Peter Grove

Steve Montgomery is the Chief Operating Officer for 2D2C, Inc, makers of SafePlug electrical safety and energy saving devices. Steve has extensive experience with successfully starting up high tech companies and operating them. Recently, he obtained the elusive Consumer Electronics Show “Best of Innovation” award, a first for a Canadian company. As a kid, Steve adored jazz drummers Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Joe Morello and copied their playing. Between age 14 and 27, he played drums with jazz greats Bill Smith, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown and the LA Four, Ken Gorelick (before he became Kenny G), Pete Kelly Dixieland band, remnants of the Tommy Dorsey band, and many others. He studied jazz drumming with Chico Hamilton and Dug Davis and also copied David Girabaldi (Tower of Power) in his style. Simply stated, Steve loves jazz and funk. The KW Jazz Room is like a candy shop for him.

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Janet Dawson Brock is very involved in Lions Service Club, Lioness Club in New Hamburg, President of Best Friends of Big Sisters/Big Brothers, K-W Habilitation Service Alzheimers, and Deaf Blind Ontario always involved in the fund raising for these organizations. She has received many awards through out her career in fund raising, the latest one was the fourth highest awards that Lions International gives out for her 33 years of service. She worked for three pediatricians in Kitchener for 30 years and then ran events on the Waterloo/St Jacobs Railway for five years.  She then joined KOR Art Gallery in downtown Kitchener and that was one of her favourite jobs, selling art came very naturally to her.  After KOR closed she went to Ellie's Fashion in Cambridge and enjoyed selling clothes, until the store closed. Janet hails from Prince Edward Island and loves going home to her cottage every summer.

Steve Montgomery