Who is James Howe?

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


  • 54 years old
  • Single father who shares custody of a 13 year old daughter and 11 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, 2006-2010
  • Communications & Issues Marketing Coordinator, Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto, 2004-2006

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, 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