Livy Jacobs provides strategic consulting on public relations, marketing communications and corporate social responsibility for small and mid-size organizations operating in Canada. Livy’s background in public relations and community engagement spans financial, foodservice, not-for-profit, and technology industries with experience in both corporate and agency environment. Livy spent a number of years with Scotiabank leading the public relations activities for the Bank’s CSR and brand marketing sponsorships. While at the bank, Livy helped develop the concept for Scotiabank’s international employee engagement and volunteer initiative, which is the first of its kind among Canadian financial institutions.
Livy’s expertise also includes event management, reputation and issues management, media training and executive communications. She has worked with brands including Questrade, SodaStream, American Express, Microsoft, Island Oasis, Ann Taylor, Play Vision, Renova, Save A Child’s Heart and Future Possibilities for Kids. Livy currently serves as Chair of the Board of Earth Day Canada.
Kathy Pritchard is President of the strategic consultant group Tryskele Sustainable Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), a firm she formed in 1999 after 20 years in manufacturing. Kathy’s experience includes over 15 years in EH&S consulting, serving both the Canadian and international private sector and government, 3 years as Director of Environmental Affairs (Canada) for Quebecor Printing, and various hands-on and management positions in manufacturing and laboratory settings. Kathy is a member of the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples (OCAP) and Tryskele is registered as an aboriginal business.
Kathy completed her BSc. in chemistry and BSc.(hon) in integrated chemistry and environmental studies from Carleton University, holds an EP-CEA professional designation (Environmental Professional – Certified Environmental Auditor) and is a licensed Toxic Reduction Planner.
A long-standing board member at Earth Day Canada, Kathy has also served on numerous industry and professional association boards, represented industry on committees with government, visited schools as part of Path Finders to encourage girls towards the sciences, and worked on publications designed to reduce environmental impacts by industry.
Lois is the Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, the province’s foremost voice for environmental protection. Before returning to her home province of New Brunswick, Lois ran an independent environmental and clean energy policy consulting firm in Toronto, providing strategic advice to a range of clients on how best to contribute to developing sound public policy on environmental protection in Canada.
A long-time environmental activist, Lois worked as Senior Policy Advisor to three Ministers of the Environment in Ontario and provided input on a number of new pieces of legislation, including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Green Energy Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, and the Far North Act.
Lois has experience with, and national and international network connections to, a large number of progressive policy files covering a wide range of environmental issues, including toxics, wetlands, waste management, forestry, water, climate change, energy and fisheries.
Mark A. Yearwood
Mark A. Yearwood is the Founder and Executive Director of Kids In the Woods Initiative – K.I.W.I., a nonprofit organization in the province of Ontario. Since 2013, K.I.W.I. has been dedicated to reconnecting children to nature through adventure-play and mentoring in Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park. As a significant part of its mandate, K.I.W.I. is focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation.
Mark holds a degree in political science from Western University, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Mark has worked previously as a research lawyer, and as a legislative assistant for a federal member of Parliament.
Mark is also a published writer on topics related to the health and well-being of children. His work has appeared in the Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star, as well as magazines.
Mark has had extensive volunteer experience, including 10 years at the Hospital for Sick Children, where he sat on a Volunteer Advisory Committee.
Mary Desjardins – Therrien
Mary Desjardins is the Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy and Sponsorship at Manulife. In her role, Mary oversees charitable giving, brand activation and sponsorship, employee engagement and global Corporate Social Responsibility reporting. Previously, Mary was the Executive Director of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, one of Canada’s longest running environmental charities, and oversaw corporate environmental giving and sponsorships for TD Bank Group in both Canada and the U.S. Mary joined TD in 2008 as the strategic marketing planner on the bank’s environmental file. Prior to that, Mary held a number of senior marketing positions with companies in Canada and the U.S. including Travelex, Thomas Cook Financial Services and Indigo Books & Music. Mary graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in English Literature and subsequently received her M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Kirk Johnson is President of the sustainability advisory firm, Eco-Efficiency Consulting. An industry veteran with over 15 years’ experience, Kirk has designed sustainability programs for municipalities such as the City of Toronto, green building incentive programs for the province of Ontario, and market transformation programs for non-profits such as the Canada Green Building Council.
Kirk completed his B. Eng degree at McMaster University and has been a key contributor to leading national/provincial policies & standards including the award-winning Toronto Green Standard (TGS), Canadian Home Builder Association’s Net Zero Energy (NZE) house standard, NRCan’s Portfolio Manager program, and the ENERGY STAR for New Homes (ESNH) program.
Kirk has also served as Chair/Co-chair for numerous industry and professional association working groups, represented industry on committees with government, and has taught Humber College’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship program for the last 4 years. He is an accomplished national public speaker on the topics of green building solutions, business intelligence, and innovation strategies.
Paul Gilbert is currently President of Calliope Consulting Inc., a family-owned consulting practice. He is a brand and business strategy expert with over 40 years experience. He also trained and worked as a land use planner, a professional photographer, and a graphic designer. Paul was recently Executive Director of the Bateman Foundation in Victoria (2010–2015) a charity he created for his childhood art teacher – Robert Bateman, and building The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC. Previously, Paul acted as Interim Director, Marketing at the AGO following two years as a volunteer member of the Board-appointed Marketing Committee. From 2003 to 2007, Paul led the brand shift at Aeroplan LLP becoming its first Vice President, Marketing. For over twenty-five years through the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, Paul was a serial entrepreneur owning marketing creative agencies in Ottawa, Toronto and Atlantic Canada serving such diverse clients as McCain Foods, Mitel, Molsons, Rogers, SunLife, Tourism New Brunswick and TD Bank. Over his career, many charitable organizations have benefited from his pro bono contributions in arts & culture, healthcare and the environment. Paul Gilbert holds a Hons.BFA from Mount Allison University and a Certificate in Advanced Leadership from the Graduate School of Business, McGill University.
Paul Gilbert splits his time between Victoria, BC, Toronto, and his beloved country home north of Ottawa. He has seven children and seven grandchildren.