Who is James Howe?

community advocate
straight talker
asks tough questions
politely persistent
problem solver
nonprofit professional
hard worker


  • 57 years old
  • Father of 2 teenagers. Co-parents with their mother
  • Lives in the Rosemount neighbourhood of Kitchener


  • St. Jerome’s High School
  • Honours BA, University of Western Ontario
  • Diploma in Education, McGill University

Well-known Community Advocate

Career Highlights

  • Communications and Program Manager, BEP Waterloo Region, 2021 – present
  • Communications Manager, Reep Green Solutions, 2015 -2018
  • Owner, Communicate & Howe!, 2010 – 2015 specializing in working with charities
  • Director of Communications, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, 2006-2010
  • Communications & Issues Marketing Coordinator, Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto, 2004-2006
  • Executive Assistant to Kitchener MP John English in Parliament Hill office

Graduate, Senior Leadership and Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector program, Conestoga College

Civic Experience

  • Member, Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods Study (RIENS), City of Kitchener stakeholder group, 2015-2016 which lead to a pilot of new rules in several neighbourhoods
  • Member, Compass Kitchener, City of Kitchener committee, 2011-2013

Volunteer Experience

  • CISV Bingo Coordinator, 2018 – 2022
  • Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association, 2013-2017