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.
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.
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.
Christine is an award-winning writer, director and story editor. Her work in both documentary film and television has been broadcast on the CBC, The Discovery Channel, TVO, and YTV amongst others. Her programs have been nominated for Gemini, Hot Docs and Banff Rocky Awards and been sold internationally. In addition, she regularly writes scripts and creative journeys for leading Mindfulness apps like Calm.com and Kidevolve.
Christine also teaches therapeutic yoga and mindfulness to adults, teens and children in schools, studios and privately. She specializes in working with children with sensorimotor or anxiety-based challenges, using body-mind strategies to build physical and mental awareness and equilibrium. More recently she has extended her work to include earth-focused sensory-based practices designed to build connection and relationship to the natural world. This work has grown into therapeutic practices and workshops that build resilience and counter anxiety in both the younger and adult population. Her current training in Psychotherapy (MACP) is focused on deepening this work.
Christine holds a degree in Communications from Concordia University and a Master in Environmental Studies from York University, with a diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education. She lives in Toronto with her partner, three kids and Winnie the dog.