Droits d'auteur 2013. Grand River Jazz Society. Tous droits réservés.


Colin Read

Beth Jewkes

Ruth Harris, Treasurer​

Arlene Groh’s love of music is eclectic. She enjoys jazz, classical, folk, blues and choral music. She is a member of the Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak-Good Hearted Women’s Drum Group. Arlene’s interest in jazz began in the late 60’s, at George’s Spaghetti House, where she heard artists like Moe Kauffman, Phil Nimmons, Ed Bickert and Terry Clarke. In the 70’s she studied classical guitar at the Ely Kassner Guitar Academy and was active in the Guitar Society of Toronto. Arlene is a passionate champion and strategist for working in partnership to build strong, inclusive, diverse communities. She uses peace-building circles to provide opportunities for change and healing. Retirement has given her more time for family, travel, reading, and yoga. She especially cherishes more time with her grandchildren. Arlene has been a Jazz Room supporter since its inception. She continues to enjoy and promote the Jazz Room’s great music and strong community.

Anand Lopez

​​​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.

Marty Deacon is very passionate about the importance of the arts, sport, and education in the building of strong, connected communities. She enjoys jazz at the Jazz Room and wherever she travels. Marty and her husband are volunteers in the Jazz Room. Marty was an educator who finished as a superintendent with the WRDSB after 32 years of service. Marty has also been a builder of sport from playground to podium and presently sits on several not-for-profit boards. Through her learning and leading, Marty has been committed to improving organizations to be the best that they can be. Marty's commitment to her community and country have prepared her well for her present role as a Senator for the Government of Canada

Steve Montgomery loves jazz and drumming. Between age 14 and 27, Steve played drums professionally 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.  The Jazz Room is like a candy shop for him. He hosts the Jazz Jams at the Jazz Room and jazz education in schools. Secularly, Steve has served in executive roles in various technology companies including MindsWorth, SafePlug, Molex, Aspen Technology, Teledyne LeCroy, and Fluke Inc. Steve has extensive experience with start-ups, business growth, innovation, and intellectual property. He is now focused on humanitarian and Christian activities, especially helping the poor.

Janine (Grespan) Sharp has  a 25 year broadcasting career in local television and  radio news (CTV/CKCO/CFCA/CKKW) . She is currently an active volunteer in the Jazz Room.  Her passion for jazz music was ignited by some legendary performs at Georges  Spaghetti House, Basin Street and the  Royal York Lounge including: Ella Fitzgerald, Moe Koffman and Joni Mitchell.  Education and community building are a natural fit for Janine's long term commitment to these goals as a key note speaker, host, and supporter at many events  over the years, including  service clubs,  Schools and Colleges, local health care-based fund raisers, Literacy campaigns and Charitable Foundations that improve the quality of life in Waterloo region. Janine brings a love for live musical performance , a willingness to spread the word about the Jazz Room as a cultural gem in our community, and great enthusiasm for introducing newcomers to this all-ages venue.

Beth Jewkes is a Professor of Management Sciences in the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering. Her research and teaching interests deal with quantitative methods used for decision-making in healthcare and operations management. She comes from a small town business family in Nova Scotia and is a big supporter of building a strong community of local arts culture and business connections. The Jazz Room has become a favourite place to enjoy high quality music and to feel at home with its welcoming vibe.

Janet Dawson Brock is very involved in in the fund raising for numerous local humanitarian groups including: Lions Service Club, Lioness Club in New Hamburg, Best Friends of Big Sisters/Big Brothers (serves as President), K-W Habilitation Service Alzheimers, and Deaf Blind Ontario.  She has received many awards through out her career in fund raising, the latest one was the highest awards that Lions International gives out (33 years of service). She has worked for three pediatricians in Kitchener (30 years), ran events on the Waterloo/St Jacobs Railway (five years), sold art for the KOR Art Gallery in downtown Kitchener, and sold clothes for Ellie's Fashion in Cambridge. Janet hails from Prince Edward Island and loves going home to her cottage every summer.

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.

Sam Ogilvie worked in electronics manufacturing where he took on roles in test engineering, process engineering, and the development of custom manufacturing spaces to accommodate new products. Sam has been a jazz fan since secondary school and started out playing drums.  He later took up flute and played both jazz and orchestral music.  Currently he focuses on playing bass. His key interest as part of the GRJS is to help build a greater appreciation for jazz in general and to assist with building a wider audience for music in the KW area. His work with Jazz Room volunteers has built a strong base of volunteers.

Arlene Groh

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 Tykhonov, who he met at the Jazz Room. Anand is working on expanding the Jazz Room audience with younger people.

​​John Lord, 

Grand River Jazz Society

Steve Montgomery

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.

Mary Deacon

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. John was the Chair of the Board for the first eight seasons. In 2017, John Lord was named to be an officer of the Order of Canada.

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.

​Stephen Preece, President

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.

Cameron Bates - Chair and Vice President

Janine (Grespan Sharp.

Janet Dawson Brock