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 5 years. He is an accomplished national public speaker on the topics of green building solutions, business intelligence, and innovation strategies.
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 now lends her expertise to EcoKids, and 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.
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 have 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.