Builder, entrepreneur, visionary, Edward Peterson has always looked to creating an exciting new tomorrow. With an appreciation for the world as it is, Edward looks for ventures that expand the choices we have in our lives. He has come to understand how ideas become reality, by nurturing the evolving vision.
His enthusiasm is contagious and this naturally draws talented people to him that help the vision unfold. With an unlimited energy, the projects Edward participates in progress at an accelerated rate producing positive results far ahead of the norm.
Bringing a background in the construction, renovation, food service, computer, solar, alternative energy, web development, sales, marketing, accounting, management and business startups, Edward has a broad experience base to draw upon and the ability to recognize the talents of others that move each project to a successful completion.
Working in the community, Edward has helped local non-profits and charities develop systems and online presences that have assisted them in running their social programs, building support for their causes and funding their operations.
With over 30 years’ experience, Edward has started, built, managed, sold and closed businesses of all sizes. From the simple beginnings of one-man operations through mid-sized corporations doing millions in revenue each year, he has been involved in all aspects of the business lifecycle and brings this knowledge and passion to every project.
Throughout his adult life, Patrick Vecchio has distinguished himself by taking calculated risks, but with a commitment to personal values and energy to bring to completion what he started. He championed young people, those in need, consumer customers and social causes. He has been recognized for his leadership and building a reputation for forming effective teams which believed in the incubation of new ideas.
In embracing core values: integrity, kindness and reliability, Patrick consistently found himself among common people, working for causes benefitting the community. He is satisfied when helping people. His enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring in carrying out jobs and working to achieve solutions.
Among his volunteer work, there was his election as Student Representative in the Senate of the University of Ottawa; his appointment as a member of the Ontario Early Years Steering Committee for Kingston; followed by his appointment of Community Champion of Kingston and the Islands Early Years Committee.
With some ten years of teaching high school and with nearly more than thirty years in business, Patrick has acquired a diverse experience that saw reaching beyond the classroom and on to managing a business with over six million dollars revenue.
Tiffany Pratt’s vibrant and multifaceted design philosophy transforms people, objects and spaces. Her trademark hair, big energy and hands-on approach make Tiffany Pratt unforgettable. Her aesthetic never fails to make a colourful first impression and inspires smiles. She is always ready to create and invent with a client’s needs top-of-mind.
Tiffany started her career in fashion and beauty in New York City but found great love teaching children art. Her passion for transformation is the foundation of her business, making her a go-to designer, stylist and maker. She has a unique gift to see the exquisite in the unexpected which is reflected in her book This Can Be Beautiful, which is a visual and creative feast for anyone who wants to imagine and build a more beautiful life. Her signature style mixes old with new and merges elegant with livable. No matter what she does Tiffany lives and breathes her truth that anything can be magical.
Coordinating and designing the delivery of programs and projects in the City of Kingston is a passion of Jenoa's. Her enthusiasm for economic empowerment, social good, and equity make her particularly interested in the Tiny Town Association and movement. Working with community partners and fostering relationships is what makes her tick. Her academic background in Affordable Housing in Ontario and Kingston specifically sparked her interest for a meaningful and sustainable affordable home ownership initiative.
With a background in urban planning, arts and culture, environmental management, stakeholder engagement and research, Sheena channels her experience and out-of-the-box thinking into innovative solutions and strategies that generate unique solutions.
Prior to working on such projects as Sustainable Calgary, State of our City Report, Active Neighbourhoods and new ground-breaking Indigenous speaker series Redx Talks, Sheena started a new conversation by founding Freq. magazine, a publication focusing on arts, culture and the daily issues we face in a rapidly urbanizing population.
After falling in love with all things design, she completed a semester of school in Finland, and later a Master's of Urban Planning at the University of Calgary.
When she isn’t championing great design, you can find her travelling extensively and playing music that makes people want to dance.
Experienced Instrumentation Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. Part of a team that built the first CNG barge for transportation of crude oil.Skilled in Analytical Skills, Requirements Analysis, C++, Business Development, and Strategic Planning. Strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) focused in Instrumentation from Amity University,India and Queen's University,Canada.
Lisa Costa has spent the majority of her adult life guiding young children within traditional and alternative classroom settings, with a focus on aiding children in developing core skills such as self awareness + goal setting, communication + community building, problem solving, and emotional development; as well as supporting students in pursuing their particular passions within curriculum wherever possible. She currently guides children aged 2.5 to 6 years at Odyssey Montessori School in Roncesvalles Village, Toronto. Lisa exercises her vision for active passion-fueled community beyond the classroom when she participates in events for sustainability and conservation, alternative housing, and the arts. Lisa has recently taken her leadership and community building skills to a new level by embarking on creating Toronto's first Tiny Home Festival, to occur in May 2018.
As an Artist, Maria's desire is to express herself in as many different ways and forms as her heart desires, let it be through drawing, traveling, learning a new sport or skill. Life is an infinite gift of opportunities and magic that she wishes to experience every moment of her life. As an Architect, her dream is to help the world reach true freedom, peace and happiness by designing beautiful, magical sacred spaces where people can enjoy the journey of reaching their highest self through a creative lifestyle. When she's not working at her 8-5 job learning about the business of architecture, she makes time on the weekends to design magical custom tiny homes for those who dare to choose to live their life of their most wildest dreams.
With a passion for writing and exploring what life has to offer, I`m balancing University in Sudbury, ON and a career in entrepreneurship. I strive to reveal the power of words, and how human connection can make life special. A history and English Major in the teaching program, I have a passion for critical thinking. Writing poetry and creating music may fill my free time, but business is a constant thought. I am CEO of Poetry Ghost Writing Service, while exploring the new trends of marketing and technology. Meanwhile, I assist multiple Non-Profit organizations, and have 2 Charities as clients with Poetry Ghost. I want to create a story that has never been told before, and every new opportunity is another step forward!
Ted Hsu (pronounced “shoe”) lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A former Member of the Canadian House of Commons, Ted has also worked as a research physicist and business manager. He currently advocates for the place of science and innovation in government and society.
Science | Democracy | Equity | Sustainability | Prosperity
Mike is the owner of both Solbright Inc. and Pukaskwa Solar Energy. Pukaskwa owns and is developing 110kW of solar energy in Eastern Ontario. As part of the FIT and MicroFIT program, Pukaskwa will continue to produce solar energy for the next 20+ years. Solbright Inc. is currently building MicroFIT projects for the general public and is developing multiple FIT projects. Mike is also providing FIT and MicroFIT consulting, with multiple consulting contracts in the government sector. Both Pukaskwa Solar Energy and Solbright Inc. are ideally positioned to take advantage of the Ontario Power Authorities long-term contracts under the FIT and MicroFIT programs.
Social Entrepreneur. Having climbed out of alcoholism myself in 2002, I used the tools of spirituality-based Recovery to build Appalachian Field Services, a now highly reputed regional provider of REO maintenance and renovation services. I did that while honoring the spirit of service or purpose which is the foundation of lasting, meaningful Recovery. SO, I built AFS and then opened Recovery Residences while paying particular attention to "paying it forward." By offering safe sober residential settings, as well as jobs, vocational training and enterprise incubation (via the REO work) to folks climbing their way out as I did, I found my purpose, grew into Social Enterprise, and thus Ladder-To-Leaders was born. Ladders-to-Leaders helps men and woman build solid and lasting Recoveries through good old-fashioned work-ethic and mentoring relationships. Stay tuned for PropoNovo, Inc, which is the Benefit Corporation I chartered to become the umbrella under which these two partnering social enterprises will become one. PropoNovo will be a game-changer, both in the for-profit REO management world, and in the non-profit substance abuse Recovery world. PropoNovo, is scaling the housing/work Recovery model pioneered by AFS/L2L, landing in new cities, and broadening the social impact sphere that model can benefit. For example, PropoNovo is opening a Recovery outpost in Baltimore's Park Circle neighborhood, and engaging the neighborhood their to rebuild a community which has struggled with poverty, violence, addiction, economic disenfranchisement, homelessness, and other problems. We are very excited to engage Baltimore's Vacants-To-Values program to do great things in Park Circle; to create new or re-newed affordable housing, urban parks, gardens and arts venues; to bring positive impact and community and vocational opportunities to the schools; to conduct and curate a comprehensive history of this long-established community; and to create a model of housing security, or "homefulness" which we can then bring to other neighborhoods and other cities.
With a desire to weave stories and provide tangible results, Vanessa Pizzinato has over twenty years’ experience in developing internationally award winning brands, websites and integrated marketing platforms that met her clients' vision and mandates. As a graduate from Canada's 'University of Imagination' from The Ontario College of Art and Design, Industrial Design program, she has a collaborative approach to product development while meeting the demands of the corporate stakeholders and shareholders alike.
Her aversion to boredom and thirst for 'different' peppers her experience from the mundane to the fantastic. After ten successful years with her own agency, she was drawn to tell a story that was bigger than her; Vanessa's 'Happy Place' - where challenges and strategies converge - where intrigue and interest flows and is found within any project that she tackles.
Fred is currently retired from a 30 year career as an Internal Auditor and Chief Financial Officer for both For Profit and Non Profit organizations. He graduated from York University with a Degree in Economics in 1979 and received his CA (now CPA) Designation in Ontario in 1984 while employed by the Ontario Provincial Auditor. His career included 12 years with Southam Inc., the Canadian newspaper publisher and printer as Director of Internal Audit and later, Director of Finance. Subsequent to that, he joined the Canadian Hearing Society and served as the Chief Financial Officer from 1999 until 2010. He then joined the University of Toronto Schools, a private school affiliated with the University of Toronto, as their Chief Financial Officer. Fred took early retirement in 2012 and has been focusing on spending time with his family. Fred has bilateral cochlear implants.