Who is James Howe?

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



  • 53 years old
  • Single father who shares custody of a 12 year old daughter and 9 year old son with their mother
  • Lives in the Rosemount neighbourhood of Kitchener

Parents: Barbara and David Howe

Sister: Susan Howe McIsaac


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

Well-known Community Advocate

Career Highlights

  • Owner, Communicate & Howe!, 2010 – present
  • Communications Manager, Reep Green Solutions, 2016 -2018
  • Director of Communications, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, 2006-20110
  • Communications & Issues Marketing Coordinator, Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto, 2004-2006

Student, Senior Leadership and Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector program, Conestoga College, 9 of 10 courses complete

Member, NTEN (an international nonprofit technology association), 2011-present

Civic Experience

  • Member, Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods (RIENS), City of Kitchener stakeholder group, 2015-2016 which lead to a pilot of new rules in several neighbourhoods including Traynor-Vanier
  • Member, Waste Management Master Plan Stakeholder group, Region of Waterloo, 2012-13
  • Member, Compass Kitchener, City of Kitchener committee, 2011-2013
  • Executive Assistant, John English, M.P. for Kitchener, 1993 – 1997

Volunteer Experience

  • Organizer, Jane’s Walk Waterloo Region
  • Special Projects, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
  • Block Captain, Summer Lights Festival
  • Kitchener Blues Festival
  • Project READ
  • Waterloo Region Family Network
  • Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association, 2013-2017
  • Founder, Social Media Breakfast Waterloo Region, 2010-2013

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