Board of Directors
Al Potma is self-employed in the telecommunications field as President of Potma Solutions Inc. which serves the Guelph, Wellington, and Waterloo regions. He has extensive experience with children’s aid societies as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and volunteer driver. He is actively involved with organizations concerned with poverty, housing, civil rights, advocating for children with special needs, and aboriginal issues. He has four children, three of whom are adopted.
Sheila Markle became CEO of Kindle Communities Inc. in April 2016. She is the Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County and has more than 25 years of child welfare experience. She is a strong advocate for children, youth, and families.
Jeff Smith is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 15 years of experience working in transportation engineering consulting. As a Senior Project Manager at WSP, Jeff has managed the design of several award winning bridge construction projects, stakeholder relations, staffing, and finances. Jeff brings over 25 years of volunteer experience to the board. This includes volunteer management and fundraising experience gained through work the Canadian Red Cross, Bridging the Gap Africa, and Engineers WIthout Borders. Jeff and his wife and two sons live in Guelph.
Candace Saffery Neufeld
Candace Saffery Neufeld is Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Bia and brings over 15 years of strategic business leadership, operations, product development and financial modelling. Candace brings 10 years experience working with community groups addressing addiction, poverty and homelessness in Nepal, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines and Canada. Candace is a proud resident of Guelph.