OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Toni Ellis is a long-time environmental activist who believes that change happens from the ground up. She learned this helping pilot the blue box approach, one that skeptics said would never work. She went on to co-manage the first multi-material recycling program in East York.
Toni is a board member of the Elora Environment Centre and is coordinating the urban tree program, Neighbourwoods, which mobilizes volunteers to plant, steward, inventory and advocate for our community’s urban forest. Toni managed Forests Ontario’s Heritage Tree program which recognized the Province’s most historically important trees. For the past 3 years, she has served on the board of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation. Toni was recognized as Citizen of the Year in 2007 and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
In 2019, she spear-headed Tree Trust, a program of the Elora Environment Centre. It’s simple and compelling mission is to raise charitable donations to preserve legacy trees by hiring highly-skilled arborists. To her surprise and delight, the program caught on, and there are now 6 Tree Trust Chapters in southern Ontario each of which is raising local money to extend the lives of locally important trees.
Reading Rachel Carson and Paul Erlich while a teenager ignited a passion in Randall Howard to harness innovation in aid of our planet. A prolific serial technology CEO, investor and philanthropist, committed to building world leading high growth technology organizations through Venture 2.0 boutique VERDEXUS, Randall is also a co-founder of EEC.
Randall drives transformation and growth across a broad spectrum spanning Social Innovation, Impact Investing, to Angel Investing to accelerate entrepreneurial change in Canada and beyond. Randall was the 1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2014 Canadian Angel of the Year. He is co-founder of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, and in late 2013, Randall was invited to a “Group of Seven” by Governor General David Johnston to assist in nation building around Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. *A long serving board chair of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation.
Katelyn holds an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Environmental Sustainability where her research focused on strategies to assist communities in benefiting from Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy goals. Returning from Scotland, Katelyn began her relationship with the Elora Environment Centre as a Community Energy Plan Coordinator. Through this role, Katelyn engaged with many public, private, and non-profit stakeholders to develop a plan focused on community greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Katelyn currently works for the Town of Caledon, managing the Energy and Environment division, and oversees the town’s corporate and community climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Katelyn joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
Betty Muise is a consultant specializing in adult education and training program design and facilitation. She has more than twenty-five years of experience working with both corporate, public sector and non-governmental organizations in North American and Europe. Throughout her career, Betty has focused on complex, multi-faceted and highly technical issues in sectors such as healthcare, the environment, waste and recycling, energy, housing and agriculture.
Don joined the Elora Centre in 1994. His knowledge of physics, and almost 20 years of construction experience lead to the Centre being the pilot community for Canada’s home energy rating system. The Centre has conducted nearly 40,000 home energy audits, and Don has travelled from coast to coast to coast training environmental groups, municipalities, and aboriginal communities on energy efficient building retrofits. In 2000, he became the Executive Director of the Environment Centre and continued until his retirement in 2008. Since then he has continued working with the Centre on program development with a special interest in social marketing for climate change action.
Conway Fraser is a founder and partner with Fraser Torosay Inc. — a strategic communications consultancy. He is a professional storyteller by trade — someone who works with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to charities, helping them be persuasive by telling a clear and effective narrative. In a previous life, Conway was a Gemini Award-winning CBC national reporter and investigative journalist with over 20 years experience in the highest levels of the media. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 25 years and they have four children together.
Danijela is an associate professor at University of Toronto. Her research focuses on conservation, restoration and long-term strategic planning and management of trees, woodlots, forests, green-areas and green systems to support biodiversity and environmental protection.
Her work has included the development of a comprehensive and standard tree inventory and monitoring protocol, with Andy Kenney, to assist communities and professionals in collecting tree information needed to plan and manage their urban forest. This protocol is being used by NeighbourWoods staff and volunteers here in Centre Wellington. For more info: http://forestry.utoronto.ca/neighbourwoods