Who is Jan and what makes him the best choice for Regional Chair?
Jan is a successful international business executive with expertise in strategic planning and business development. He excelled in industry ( including Babcock and Wilcox, GE Water), and the high-tech sector and startup community.
'Jan is not a career politician, he doesn't owe allegiance to any political party. Nor does Jan have any hidden political agendas or axes to grind with past Municipal councils'
Jan also served two terms as a Waterloo City Councillor where he found his true calling, and as a member on many boards and committees has many accomplishments including:
Jan was born to Dutch immigrants who came to Canada to build a better life for themselves. His father worked in international business, and encouraged Jan to get his Masters in Business Administration. For years, his mother hosted music concerts in the family home fostering his appreciation for art. Jan learned hard work, the importance of taking initiative and exercising leadership, and also to make time to have fun and celebrate with friends and family.
Jan has lived and worked outside Canada including Europe, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and Taiwan where he studied Mandarin Chinese. These years abroad greatly influenced Jan. He learned to appreciate the different ways that communities live and the values they care about most. He learned that we need to pay attention to those values if we are to create a community that cares about the health and prosperity of its people, that feeds the spirit and that protects the earth that we call home.
'Jan's experience as a successful global business executive,
his record of achievement on Waterloo Council,
his public service and his dedication to the community as a whole
have all prepared Jan for the position of Regional Chair'.
'Jan listens, and
applies common sense
to gets things done'
Jan enjoys cross country skiing, having raced as a youth, and is often seen on the trails at Schneider’s Bush after a snowfall. He is a member of the Conestoga Sailing Club where he and Alannah and his son Hendrik participate in races and regattas, sailing his Wayfarer dinghy and enjoying club social events. He recharges by cycling and loves to garden. It’s always a good summer if he can get away for camping and canoeing.