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.
Wanita is a graduate from the Business and Society program at York University, with a specialization in Law & Governance and The Firm & 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 completed her placement as an undergraduate. During this time, 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 student affiliated clubs at York University.
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.
COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS DIRECTOR
Shadiya (BES Hon, York University) is in charge of all communications and event management at Regenesis. She is a spoken word artist & activist, and she has extensive experience within the arts and political activist communities in Toronto and celebrates and fights for social justice issues revolving sustainability, Islamophobia, immigration and Indigenous rights. She has helped organize events and campaigns with Access 2 Clean Water, Natural Law, Black Lives Matter and Warm Hearts TO. Her poetry has been showcased on CBC, The Regent Park Film Festival, 416RISE and Muslim Fest. During her undergrad at York University, she was an avid peer mentor to first year students and had a seat on the university's Board of Governors, as well as the student representative round table, where she was able to raise the voice of students.
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.”
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.
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.