Michael’s commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice is due largely in part to his mother, who raised him as a single parent and got him involved in volunteering at a young age. Throughout his academic and professional career he’s been an advocate for student needs on campus, promoting sustainability, healthy lifestyles and student extra-curricular involvement. Michael has presented at international and national conferences on issues relating to education and sustainability. He has over a decade of experience in positions of leadership and management, serving as an Executive Director, President, Board Member and Office Manager for various organizations. Michael has been the recipient of over 20 awards and scholarships for his professional and academic work. Michael is currently completing his PhD in Education.
Katie Shuter is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she studied Anthropology. Katie has over five years of experience in project management, working with university organizations, and not-for-profit involvement. As the President of the two largest university charity campaigns in Canada, Katie was responsible for a team of student leaders and empowering over 6,000 students to create change in their communities. Her engagement in charity work and environmentalism led to her role as the Special Projects Coordinator with Nourish, a program within the J.W. McConnell Foundation that aims to address environmental and health concerns related to food systems across Canada. Katie is passionate about all things environmental, but she is particularly interested in food systems, food insecurity and how sustainable food procurement enhances climate resiliency.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR
Keerthana first became involved with Regenesis through volunteer work as a student. She immediately developed a passion for the environment and sustainability projects that Regenesis was developing and providing to the community. With over 7+ years of experience in the financial industry in multiple roles, along with bookkeeping, compliance and audit experience, Keerthana has a strong understanding of accounting practices. She is now able to join her two passions together. Keerthana also sits on the board for the York Affordable Housing Committee.
Professionally writing iOS apps since 2009, Louis is the lead developer for BiblioMobile, responsible for 43 libraries’ iOS and Android apps. Louis enjoys rapid prototyping in both web and native code, relying on over a decade’s self-taught experience in front-end, mobile and DevOps in addition to Digital Media specialization at York University. Hobbies include home automation, constantly evaluating new devices’ UX, and a side
project hacking a vacuum-less Roomba to navigate via iBeacons. Louis has worked for Toronto Public Library, BiblioCommons, and now works for The Globe and Mail.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Bing holds a BA in Geography and Urban Studies from York University. He became involved with the organization as a student after becoming interested in social and environmental activism. Bing has been instrumental to the development of most initiatives at Regenesis. He directly oversees evaluation and annual reporting.
COMMUNITY BIKE CENTRE MANAGER
After 6 years of direct experience working on bicycles, being a participant of bicycle hubs, and then moving on to working in a professional bike shop as a mechanic, Parag Kapoor is more than ready to take what he learned from his journey to help build the next bicycle co-operative at York University! He thinks that a lot of people don’t get into cycling because they have never tried it or have had bad experience. But he hopes to encourage more people to pick up cycling as a hobby and as a way to benefit their mental and physical health.
OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
Michelle is currently pursuing her Masters in Environmental Studies with a focus on the political economy of health and food. Michelle has her BA in Political Science which she completed here at York. She was the chair of the President’s Sustainability Council Student Subcommittee (PSCSS) prior to consulting “York University’s Sustainability Strategic Plan”. She is also on the board of directors for York’s grad pub co-op, Et al. Cafe and Pub.
COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS DIRECTOR
Wanita is a graduate from the Business and Society program at York University, with a specialization in specialization in Law, Governance and Organization. Wanita started off at Regenesis as a volunteer and fell in love with the organizational values. She is on the board of Green Campus Cooperative, where she previously completed an internship. Wanita helped found Students For Cooperation, a club that grows awareness and connects students with co-operatives in the GTA and in Toronto, in mutual co-operation and development. In her free time she loves to volunteer for World Wildlife Foundation, York Federation of Students, The United Nations Children's Fund, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Elspeth Heyworth Centre For Women.