Nigel Henriques emigrated from Jamaica in 1979 to attend the University of Waterloo, where he graduated with a degree in Honours Computer Science and Masters in Management Science. Nigel has lived in Waterloo since that time and has a long career of over 30 years in the Information Technology field in a number of industry portfolios, including; automotive, inventory management, finance, agriculture and higher education. He has worked on a variety of projects across Canada and Internationally throughout his career.  He currently holds a senior role at the University of Waterloo as an Associate Director.

Nigel joined the CCAWR Scholarship Committee back in 2010 when it was first initiated because he strongly believes that every child deserves an opportunity to develop and grow through a solid post-secondary education. He has volunteered as a soccer coach in the community for over 17 years and constantly preaches the value and importance of a good education.

Place of birth:      London, England

1970-1978:                Campion College, Kingston, Jamaica
1979-1983:                University of Waterloo, Honours. Computer Science
1983-1986:                University of Waterloo, Masters in Management Science



As a boy growing up in the lush farming community of Chapelton, in the hills of Clarendon, Jamaica I quickly learnt three things: the meaning of family, the love of community and the importance of God in my existence.

At age 11, I attended Clarendon College after receiving a special Government Scholarship. There I became an active member of a number of clubs and represented my school in National  Debating Championships, Parish Spelling B Competition, French Club Expose and the national televised School Challenge Quiz for high schools

After leaving high school, I worked as a teller at Bank of Nova Scotia for one year and saved enough money to venture into post secondary studies at the University of the West Indies where I pursued a degree in Management. As the first person in my entire family to attend university this was a big deal, as my parents were not financial able to assist me as they had six other kids to support. My money management skills were put to the test immediately as I worked consistently while studying and graduated three years later with honours and more importantly without any student loans.

For the next 9 years I worked at National Commercial Bank (formerly Barclays Bank) in various management positions before emigrating to Canada in 1990.

I worked with Royal Bank from 1990 – 2003 in various jobs including Supervisor, Personal Banker, Account Manager, Investment Manager and Financial Planner. In 1989 I successfully passed the Chartered Financial Planning exams and was given the CFP designation. Having won various sales and performance awards my biggest achievement was being awarded a Caribbean Cruise along with my wife for one of the Top Sales person in Ontario in 2000.

I became a member of the CCAWR in 2001 and assumed the position of Chair of the Scholarship Committee in 2003.

Throughout the years, I have worked with various community groups including, Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club, United Way, Fergus Simpson Foundation (Jamaica), Grand River Cancer Centre and Uptown Waterloo Business Investment Association.

My proudest accomplishments today are:

  • First person in my family to attend University;
  • Participated in first televised game show “The Bigger Boss”;
  • First black male to be hired by Royal Bank in Cambridge;
  • First batch of Royal Bank Financial Planners in Canada;
  • Completed my first book on my life’s journey, soon to be published;
  • Recognized by Province on Ontario for community service.

I am happily married to Hilary Richards, a Bank Auditor at Manulife, who is my soul mate and best friend for the past 30 years.

My hobbies are travelling, research and reading. I enjoy helping people especially those you are neglected and disenfranchised.

My personal mantra is Conceive, Believe, Achieve

If your mind can Conceive it;

And you can Believe it;

Then you can Achieve it!



Professor Emeritus,  Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

Place of Birth: Jamaica

High School: Kingston College 1950 -1955
Post Secondary: Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
BA(Hons) Economics, 1962; MA Economics, 1964.
McGill University, Phd, Economics, 1973.

Career Activities:

Academic Positions

Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1963 to 1964.
Professor, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo, 1966 to 2003. Department Chair 1981 to 1987.
Visiting  Professor, Consortium Graduate school, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica !992
Other Employment and Service Activities
Government of Canada, Treasury Board, Summer 1971 and 1872.
United Nations, Caribbean Regional Integration Advisory Team based in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 1975.
Government of Ontario: Premier’s Council on Economic Renewal 1991- 1995.

I have devoted my teaching and research to investigating issues in the area of international trade and finance with a special emphasis on the manner in which they  relate to developing countries, particularly those in the English speaking Caribbean. My publications on these issues can be found  in the academic journal , Social and Economic Studies, published by the University of the West Indies, starting in the decades of the eighties through the first decade of the current century. In addition  to the Journal articles, I have also publishes pamphlets and chapters in books and have made several presentations at academic conferences on these topics.




1961-67: St. George’s College, Kingston, Jamaica
1971-73: Mohawk College, Hamilton ON (Business Administration)
1984-91: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON (Communication Studies)

Work Experience:

Driving Instructor (Young Drivers of Canada, K-W, ON)
Supervisor Guelph/Kitchener Drivetest Centres (ON)
Officer Manager (King’s Jewellers, Kitchener ON)
Data Processing Supervisor (Murphy’s Potato Chips, Kitchener ON)
Computer Operator/Programmer (Raytheon Canada, Waterloo ON)
Computer Operator/Programmer (Square D Canada, Waterloo ON)
Computer Operator/Programmer (Dresser Industries, Cambridge ON)
Bank Teller (Bank of Nova Scotia, Kingston, Jamaica)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ron Ball is a long-standing resident of Waterloo, having spent nearly forty years in the region. He is married with a son, and has two beautiful granddaughters. Ron has been an active contributor to the community for many years, as a member of the Westvale-Waterloo Optimist Club and the Westvale Community Association. He has been a member of the CCAWR since 2005. When he is not working with the CCAWR or spending time with his family, he can be found playing racquet sports, hiking, reading, or playing a wide variety of board games.




Olive Coke

Olive J Coke is a CPA who emigrated from Jamaica and settled in Kitchener in 1999.  She is a graduate of the Conestoga College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). She became a member of The Certified General Accountants Association in 2012.

Olive enjoys giving back to the community and has worked with the CCAWR Scholarship Committee since 2010. She is currently a member of the Events Committee. Olive is involved in her Church and has chaired the Women’s Retreat Committee for over 6 years as well as being part of the summer ministry where she teaches women at Manitoulin Island. Her passion is to empower women to fulfil their potential to be their best and to believe that they can rise up from any adversity they face.

When she is not busy volunteering or giving a helping hand, Olive enjoys painting, gardening reading, and travelling.





Lannois Carroll-Woolery has resided in Waterloo Region since 1991. He is excited about the educational possibilities the Region offers its residents at our world-class Universities and Colleges. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, working in the field of Information Technology, he believes that the demand for workers in high-tech fields will continue to grow nationally. He encourages families to have a sound financial plan and for students to be literate in mathematics and science, whatever their chosen field of study.








Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Amanda immigrated to Canada with her family in 2008. She was an Educator in T & T for over 21 years and ended her tenure as Head of Department. Starting over in a new country posed its challenges, so Amanda made the decision to pursue a second career. She attended triOS College in Kitchener, and is now an Ontario Licenced Paralegal at TREND Financial Corporation.

Following her desire to give back to her community, Amanda joined the CCAWR as a Board Member in 2016. She is a member of the Scholarship Committee and is hoping to help the CCAWR realize its vision over the next term.

Amanda currently lives in Kitchener with her husband of almost 25 years and her three (3) children. She has a deep interest in education, blog writing, and reading (when she finds the time).

Ed – Educational Administration (Hons)
MSc – Sociology
Paralegal Studies (Hons)