Executive Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship
Andrew leads the organization in delivering the diversion and market-development activities of OTS. He has a long history working with Stewardships issues in the North American context including Chair of the Retail Council of Canada Environment Committee, Chair of the Ontario Used Oil Management Association, and Regulatory Compliance Manager at Wal-Mart Canada.
Architectural Designer and Project Leader, SUSTAINABLE.TO
SUSTAINABLE. TO is a leading full-service sustainable architecture firm in Toronto. Working closely with homeowners Donald is able to improve neighborhoods in Toronto without tearing down local heritage buildings, while also renovating and adding onto homes to create healthy, affordable, and energy efficient spaces for families. Donald is a graduate of the Ryerson University Architecture program, and is presently currently enrolled in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Syllabus Program. He is an avid movie fan and cyclist.
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
She teaches studio design, plant ecology and site technology courses in the Landscape Architecture program. She is a licensed landscape architect with degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Virginia. She is the principal of Elise Shelley Landscape Architect in Toronto, and her public projects include the new street design for downtown Belleville, a children’s garden for the Carmelite Day Nursery in Toronto, Kindergarten Playground designs for Ossington Old Orchard Public School and West Humber Junior School. Recent projects with the Ontario Tire Stewardship include a recycled tire garden at the Evergreen Brickworks and the current redesign of the Metro YMCA Forecourt. In addition, Elise Shelley consulted as the landscape architect of record for the award-winning Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Project with PLANT Architect, Inc.
Industrial Designer & Partner, Fig 40
Lee’s role as an Industrial Designer centers on a deep belief in the importance of the relationships objects have with us, their surroundings and the elements they are comprised of.
He earned his MA in Industrial Design from Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England, where he learned not simply ‘how’ to design but ‘why’ we design, Whether it’s the creation of furniture systems business equipment, or seating, a common theme can be found in all of Lee’s work — one that takes a rational approach to form that results in a compelling. manufacturable solution rooted in an object’s context.
Program Coordinator, SKETCH
Sue Cohen is primarily a painter, utilizing classical techniques with a focus on figurative imagery. She sees personal experience and storytelling as building blocks for communal wisdom. Sue has worked as a community based artist for the past 20 years.
Currently working in Toronto with SKETCH working arts for street involved and homeless youth, as a Program Coordinator, for the past 8 years; Environmental and Culinary Arts Programming. This program provides experiences that explore human relationships with the environment focusing on nourishment through urban gardening, horticulture, wild crafting and culinary arts. Sues past practice includes work with various communities in the city.
Positions of note include: Artist Facilitator at Spiral Garden, Bloorview Macmillan Kids Rehab and Artist in Residence at Art City in St. Jamestown which culminated in painting exhibitions of young peoples’ work. Themes throughout Sue’s work focus on creative rejuvenation, exploring communal arts practice and inclusion, and finding joy in the process.
Project Manager, Sustainability, The Minto Group
Roya has been at Minto for just over three years now. After getting her Masters in Sweden in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, Roya worked as a Sustainability Consultant in London, UK, for over four years. When she came back to Toronto, Roya started her role with Minto’s Sustainability Team. It was a 10 year journey
Roya’s role is focused primarily in the GTA where she works on embedding sustainable design practices into Minto’s communities.
She collaborates with the design teams early on in each project to develop the strategy, which considers the particular market, the local green requirements, relevant third party building standards and opportunities for innovation. Having involvement early on in the development process ensures that the green strategies are delivered while still remaining competitive in the marketplace.
Managing Director, Artscape Youngplace & Sandbox
She is an award-winning arts leader and theatre director, responsible for the programming, facility and administrative management for Artscape Young place, a new cultural community hub in West Queen West, and Artscape Sandbox in the Entertainment District in Toronto. Her artistic leadership was acknowledged with an Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence as an emerging artist, and the Toronto Arts Foundation’s inaugural Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist.
Natasha was at Canadian Stage for over seven years, most recently as Associate Artistic Producer. She has sat on advisories and boards including Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The Artists Mentoring Youth Project, the Laidlaw Foundation’s Arts Advisory Committee and was an inaugural member of both the Toronto Arts Council/Banff Centre’s Cultural Leaders Lab and CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows Program. Natasha runs a social enterprise, Smart Money, offering personal and project financial tools, workshops and coaching for artists and arts workers.
Artist, Artscape Resident
Derrick is a Toronto-based artist whose paintings and drawings are renderings of complex social spaces crowded with familiar and mutated characters. Using aspects of cartoon, graffiti arid contemporary design, Hodgson created a style and environment that quickly advanced him to the forefront of contemporary art and character design. In the past years Hodgson has exhibited his work in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Melbourne. In addition to this he was the first Canadian artist to be recognized by Sony Creative in Japan where his character illustrations were transformed into 3-D art figures and sold in gatcha-gatcha machines across Japan.
This quick rise to success led Hodgson to be a key speaker at the Berlin Pictoplasma conference in 2004 and 2006. Clients include: Sony Creative (Japan), ProKeds (USA), Fox/Fuel TV (USA), Nike, (USA/ Canada), Fataim (Japan), Voi (Japan), Sims snowboards (USA), 55DSL (USA/Japan), Thunderbirds (Japan), Excite Media (Japan), Radioactive (Malaysia), Die Gestalten Verlag (Germany). Publications include: Arkitip, Beautiful Decay, The Drama, Pictoplasma, Lodown , Complex, Globe and Mail, Faesthetic, Toronto Star, Mass Appeal , ROJO, Zoo Magazine Derrick is currently working with his partner Sarah Kawasaki and friend Hanne Whitfield on a project called FORT, a kids clothing line.