Board and Corporate Governance Experience

L. to R.: Maud Cohen, ing. (OIQ); Kim Farwell, P.Eng., (APEGGA); Margaret Li, FEC, P.Eng. (APEGBC Board member); Chantal Guay, ing., P.Eng., M.Env.; Diane Freeman, FEC, P.Eng., (PEO); Shawna Argue, FEC, P.Eng. (APEGS); Catherine Karakatsanis, FEC, P.Eng. (PEO Board member)

2006-2022 Elected Councillor, Ward 4, City of Waterloo

Elected for four consecutive terms to govern the City of Waterloo. Diane provides Political leadership to all aspect of City Business a municipality with a population of over 130,000 that is home to Canada’s “high tech” industry as well as the Universities of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College.

March 2021-Present Honourary Lieutenant Colonel, 31 Combat Engineering Regiment, Canadian Army

Serves the community and regiment by communicating functional advice, guidance and assistance to multiple levels of authority through Chain-of-Command. Serves as a liaison between civilian community and military community. Participate in Commanding Officer meetings, training exercises, and regimental events.

2021-Present Director, Share the Road Coalition

Director with Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling advocacy organization working to build a bicycle-friendly Ontario.

2018-Present Director, Waterloo Public Library

Serves as a Director to governed under the Ontario Public Libraries Act, Waterloo Public Library (WPL) delivers library services to citizens of the City of Waterloo.

2003-2016 Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)

Strategic leader and Director that supported PEO in effectively regulating Ontario’s 90,000 licensed professional engineers and 5,000 engineering firms. Served as the 2010-11 President.  Currently serving as the main invigilator for the profession practice examination – Waterloo Centre.

2013-2019 Director, College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO)

Appointed public Director to the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. The College licenses approximately 4,700 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 veterinary facilities in Ontario.

2010-2019 Grand River Hospital Corporation

Strategic Community Leader and Director of one of the largest non-teaching hospitals in Ontario. Operating out of two hospitals, Grand River employs over 2,300 technical and administrative staff and 500 medical professionals.

2012-2016  Engineers Canada

Director of national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license the country’s 295,000 members of the profession and accredits the undergraduate engineering programs offered across Canada.

2007-2015  Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Board Member of largest not-for-profit arts organization operating in the Region of Waterloo

2011-2015  Air & Waste Management Association

Elected as Canadian Director to the Air & Waste Management Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that provides for information exchange, to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in
65 countries.

2001-2010  Butterfly Learning Centre.

Lead the incorporation, fundraising, building and staffing of a 10,500 SF childcare centre in Waterloo. Chaired the operational Board and lead the transition to a policy Board.