Who Are We?

We are a nationally registered charity focussed on catalyzing bold community climate action in and through elementary and secondary schools across Canada. We have a growing array of passionate and highly capable professionals contributing to our mission – meet them below.

Michèle Andrews (she/her)

Michèle Andrews (she/her)

Co-Founder, Executive Director & Board Member

About Michèle

Michèle had a career in strategy, leadership and organizational development and change in the corporate sector before becoming the Head at a small independent preK-12 school in 2005, where she stayed for 10 years. Since then, she has worked with schools supporting Boards, Heads of School and Leadership Teams on strategy and culture change. In 2018 she helped initiate and lead the CAIS Green Schools project, which paused in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic. She decided to initiate the CAAP to take school climate action leadership to a new level. She facilitates the CAIS Environmental Sustainability Leadership Institute workshop, and has been a speaker at a number of ISABC events focused on whole-school high impact sustainability and climate action. She is also involved in a Living Building Challenge project in eastern Ontario.

Danielle Delhaes (she/her)

Danielle Delhaes (she/her)

CAAP Facilitator & Mentor

About Danielle

Danielle is the director of Paedagogia Inc., a company offering consulting services in the expanding sustainability/climate education sector. Over the last three decades, her work has spanned a wide range of services including planning and facilitation of professional development, development and implementation of whole-school sustainability programs and student leadership programs, creation of pedagogical guides for documentaries and global education programs, as well as teaching, coaching and mentoring in the field of sustainability education.

Barb Macintosh (she/her)

Barb Macintosh (she/her)

CAAP Facilitator & Mentor

About Barb

Recently retired from her formal career in schools, Barb has served as a teacher, advisor, administrator and coach at both a large boarding school and a smaller day school in Toronto. As a teacher of Geography, Science, and various social sciences in a range of grades, Barb constantly cultivated her interest in climate change and actively pursued experiences with authentic, action-oriented programs. For over thirty years, she has worked to build student and staff capacity to make connections with both people and issues, take action, and collaborate with experts to address various environmental foci and local community initiatives. Barb is a Board member of GreenLearning Canada Foundation, provider of free, online education programs about energy, climate change and green economy.

Stephanie Foster (she/her)

Stephanie Foster (she/her)

CAAP Facilitator & Mentor

About Stephanie

Stephanie Foster, President of Fostering Sustainability, works with independent schools and Colleges to help them understand how they can contribute to addressing climate change and global environmental challenges by integrating the principles of sustainable development into their facilities and operations, academics and community. Stephanie has over 25 years experience in strategic planning for environmental sustainability and climate action, policy development and project management, in academic, non-governmental, private and public sectors. 

Jessica Kearney (she/her)

Jessica Kearney (she/her)

Program & Communications Coordinator

About Jessica

Jessica graduated from Laurier’s Social Justice and Community Engagement Masters program where she discovered that you did not need to have a science background to take part in climate change activism. During her masters Jessica analyzed sustainability action plans of Canadian Universities with a transitional justice lens. Since then Jessica has gone on to work with two cutting edge research teams out of the University of Victoria addressing both carbon reduction and dependance. Where she supports both groups with their community connection and research dissemination. When Jessica is not working she finds any way to be out in nature. 

Shirley Barnea (she/her)

Shirley Barnea (she/her)

Unconference Program Assistant

About Shirley

Shirley is an experienced youth activist who has led many climate action initiatives in her high school career and in her community. She is currently working as an intern at the Climate Reality Project during her gap year before university. Shirley is working part-time on our unconference organizing committee, and will be leading some of the unconference workshops too. 

Elin Kelsey (she/her)

Elin Kelsey (she/her)

Program Advisor

About Elin

Author of: Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis; You Are Stardust; A Last Goodbye; You Are Never Alone; Wild Ideas, Not Your Typical Book About the Environment; Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales and other books for children and adults

Adjunct Faculty in the Redfish School of Change at Western Washington University; and, the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria; Co-founder of #OceanOptimism Movement.

Ellen Field (she/her)

Ellen Field (she/her)

Program Advisor

About Ellen

Ellen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. Her research interests are in policy and practice of climate change education in the Canadian K-12 system. She teaches Environmental Education (B.Ed) and Climate Change Education (M.Ed) in the Faculty of Education, and has engaged hundreds of in-service teachers in professional development workshops. Ellen is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education and co-chair of the Canadian Regional Hub of Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE).

Ellen has been recently contracted by UNESCO as an author of the Greening Education Guidelines, a policy framework for countries to follow when integrating climate change education into curriculum. Dr. Field is an experienced Tri-Council Agency grant holder; she is (or has been) principal investigator on the following grants: 1) a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2020 – 2022) entitled, Educational Policy and Practice in an Age of Climate Uncertainty, 2) a SSHRC Connections grant (2021- 2022) entitled Responsive Education: youth-adult allyship and pedagogies for transformation,, 3) a SSHRC postdoc fellowship which resulted in a comprehensive and unprecedented dataset on climate change education in Canada.

Sidney Howlett (she/her)

Sidney Howlett (she/her)

Program Advisor

About Sidney

Sidney is a Lakehead University graduate student, completing her Master of Education in Environmental and Sustainability Education. Her research focuses on teachers’ strategies to respond and attend to young people’s emotions about climate change in the classroom. In addition to being a former elementary French immersion teacher, Sidney is also the former Engagement Manager of GreenLearning, a national environmental education non-profit. She worked for 8 months at DoorNumberOne.org contributing to our programs and the Unconference plans, before returning to complete her thesis at Lakehead. She is a passionate and dynamic professional, keen on supporting the transition to a just and sustainable future through her work.

Kathryn Finn (she/her)

Kathryn Finn (she/her)

Board Member & Treasurer

About Kathryn

Kathryn is a devoted mother of 3 young adults, and shares their deep concern for the climate crisis and the need to take personal and collective action to make the transition to a just, net zero future. Kathryn has previous Board experience as Treasurer and Chair of the Board of Governors at Montcrest School, a wonderful kindergarten through Grade 8 school in the Danforth area of Toronto. Professionally, Kathryn is a Chartered Investment Manager with over 25 years of experience serving her clients.

Alan Whyte (he/him)

Alan Whyte (he/him)

Board Member & Secretary

About Alan

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 Board Secretary and a director of DoorNumberOne.org, 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.

Todd Royer (he/him)

Todd Royer (he/him)

Co-Founder & Board Member

About Todd

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.

Philip Ling (he/him)

Philip Ling (he/him)

Co-Founder, Board Chair

About Philip

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.