I am a longtime environmental activist. My activism and organizing focus on food and waste options, transportation, and fossil fuel consumption. My experiences range from personal challenges and commitments to grassroots organizing to corporate social responsibility strategies.
I commute and tour by bike, and I’ve been a cycling advocate for years, working most closely as a volunteer with Cycle Toronto. In 2012 I was recognized as Cycle Toronto “Volunteer of the Year.” To combine my love of books and bikes, I co-founded The Reading Line, an annual book ride that promotes local authors and raises awareness of routes in need of infrastructure improvements. Currently I am re-exploring the city by foot rather than by bike, with an aim to simplifying my route and allowing more time for creative thought.
I served as the media director and communications coordinator (2014 to 2015) with Toronto350.org, the local network affiliate of 350.org, dedicated to addressing the climate crisis.
I am a former communications volunteer with Park People and Canopy. I sit on the Friends of the Green Line working group and the #Jane100 Design & Art Committee, celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs in 2016 and 2017.
I was an active member of Penguin Random House Canada’s Green Committee (one of Bertelsmann AG’s worldwide sustainability teams). I joined in November 2008 and was promoted to Assistant Director in January 2013 and then to Director in September 2014, serving a two-year term. As Director of the Green Committee, I encouraged employee engagement and corporate social responsibility. We held an annual Bike-to-Work Week program, with participation increasing each year; held events for employees—litter-less lunches, film screenings, workshops; and coordinated an annual day of “sustainable action” in conjunction with Bertelsmann. I designed and implemented a monthly Green Speakers Series, featuring authors from across imprints speaking about a variety of environmental and social justice issues. I was honoured to represent our company and parent company Bertelsmann AG at the Great Bear Rainforest Customer and Investor Roundtable in Vancouver on June 19th, 2013.
Photo credit: Kai Reimer-Watts