Shadiya is a graduate of the Environmental Studies program at York University. During her undergrad at York University she held 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. She joined Regenesis in 2013 as a student wanting to make sustainable change viable in her community.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 is currently a member of the Access to Clean Water team, a coalition that aims to bring awareness about the lack of clean water in Canada’s First Nations communities.
GENERAL BOARD MEMBER
Janelle is a community organizer and activist who looks at dismantling systemic oppression and racism of Black and racialized communities.Janelle is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto, completing a doctoral degree in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Her work looks at Black mothering in the Ontario education system through a Black feminist theoretical framework. At OISE, Janelle is currently a co-coordinator of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies. She established Community Forward, a not-for-profit organization which has created mentorship opportunities for youth who are labelled as ‘marginalized’. Janelle is the founder of the Downsview Advocate and is currently the Vice President of the Ontario NDP.
GENERAL BOARD MEMBER
Madison is the Executive Director of the Green Campus Co-operatives. Her and the GCC team help to develop small enterprises that are designed to address particular commodity market problems using Fairtrade and Organic value chains and co-operative values. She is a board member of Fairtrade Canada and a recent graduate of business and the environment at York University. She is particularly interested in advancing sustainable products through procurement standards and policies on campuses, in workplaces and in cities across Canada.
Sakinah Hasib is a 28 year old Afro-Trinidadian, Native American, multi-ethnic Muslim woman, born and raised on Turtle Island. She is an artist who uses her writing and voice to speak up for truth and justice. Currently she supports others as a Mental Health Worker, a Gender-based Violence Educator, as well as an Arts Educator. Journeying towards her role as a healer and educator she centers her learning around holistic health and wellness, traumatic transformation, mental health, spiritual awakening, disability justice, social justice, and anti-oppression. She continues to focus on grounding herself within personal therapeutic practices.
Alicia has an Honours Major/Minor BA in Political Science and Psychology from York University and is now in her final year of study in the joint Juris Doctor and Masters in Environmental Studies (JD/MES) program at Osgoode Hall Law School and York University. Alicia has a unique combination of experience in environmental and Indigenous research, poverty alleviation research (including Indigenous homelessness) and human rights law. Alicia discovered Regenesis during her undergraduate studies and found that the organization’s focus on environmentalism and social justice aligned closely with her own interests. She was elected to serve as Regenesis’ VP Secretary during the 2013-2014 academic year. Alicia has since been invited to join the Affordable Housing Committee, which was initiated by Regenesis, and has served on that committee since March of 2016.
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.
COMMUNITY BIKE CENTRE MANAGER
I started learning about fixing bicycles when I was 16 at Bike Pirates a Bicycle Coop in downtown T.O., by 19 I was empowered enough by the educative model to embark on my first Bicycle tour from Toronto to Miami. My intent was to fly to Haiti for a few months of volunteering as I wished to learn a bit more of how hard life can be for some. I spent a sparse $200 in 6 months of travel. As a means in which to attempt to learn what it is like to live without monetary resources.
This trip turned into 4 years of me cycling around the USA, Mexico and Central America, living off less than $1000/year. I became enamoured with Permaculture/Appropriate Technology/Natural building/sustainable design/off grid living etc. So I searched out groups, projects, orgs etc involved with these things.