Meet the Team

Michèle Andrews,
B. Com, M. Ed.

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Michèle is passionate about catalyzing action in our communities to address the climate crisis and the intersecting social crises of our time.  Fifteen years working in the corporate sector and another fifteen years in independent school administration have given her an extensive background in leadership, strategy, communications and organizational transformation. She brings experience as a Climate Reality Leader and community organizer, insights as a Living Future Accredited member of the International Living Future Institute, and her deep love of nature. She is delighted to be making her personal commitment to help create a just, beautiful and abundant future her “day job” here leading

Philip Ling, P. Eng

Co-Founder, Board Chair & Treasurer

Philip is a passionate conservationist, electrical engineer, clean tech entrepreneur and philanthropist. He leads with his actions; decades of leadership in environmental stewardship and clean tech at home, work and in his community, and always an early adopter and promoter of practices to make the world a better place. He is the owner of Maitland Tower, a registered Living Community Challenge project and demonstration of deep green building, land and water restoration.

Todd Royer

Co-Founder & Board Member

Todd brings a lifetime of experience “opening doors” of possibility with his background in alternative education, environmental action and engagement of people of all ages. He is currently the Project Manager at the Maitland Tower site, coordinating all Living Building Challenge renovation and restoration projects, and sharing his passion and knowledge in deep green buildings.

Alan Whyte

Alan has an extensive background in strategic planning and governance and has served as a dedicated member on several not-for-profit Boards, including service as  Chair of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Board and as a Regional Adviser on the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Board. In addition to being a Board Secretary and a director of, he acts as an advisor to the CAAP program.

Currently semi-retired in Kingston after four decades of legal practice, he has shifted his focus to environmental causes and is a director on the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network Board and a member of SCAN! (Seniors for Climate Action Now). He also serves on the Board of the Kingston Yacht Club.


Darlene Gregoire

Business Manager

Darlene Gregoire brings decades of experience as a Business Manager. She has worked in a variety of organizations including a pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 independent school and registered charity, and other not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Darlene can be reached at