Board of Directors
Tammy Williams | Chair
Tammy is a Partner with LLF Lawyers, LLP in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice area. Tammy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Trent University in 2000 and obtained her law degree from the University of Toronto in 2003. Tammy was admitted to the bar of Ontario in 2004 after completing her articles at LLF Lawyers LLP. Tammy has served as a Director for various community groups and charitable organizations and is currently Chair of the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peterborough and past president of the Peterborough Law Association. Tammy and her family have resided in Peterborough since 1995.
Linda Smith | Vice Chair
Linda has recently retired from a career as a Project Manager at Trent University. While at Trent, Linda oversaw a number of significant capital projects, and she is pleased to be supporting GreenUP as the organization thoughtfully develops new facilities at Ecology Park. Linda is a proud grandparent.
Shelley Strain | Secretary
Shelley is the Sustainability Coordinator for Trent University. She is a LEED AP O&M (Operations and Maintenance) and an Accredited Green Roof Professional. Her experience spans private, public, and not-for-profit sectors and includes green building, spills prevention and response, energy management, waste reduction and diversion, and student and community engagement. The first environmental program that Shelley put in place was instituting a recycling program in her elementary school when she was in grade 7.
Hannah Preston | Treasurer
Hannah Preston is a Senior Accountant working with Grant Thornton LLP in Peterborough. She studied at both Fleming College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to obtain her Bachelor of Commerce before completing her exams for her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2018. Hannah is passionate about the environment and spending time enjoying nature.
Bruce Kidd | Past Chair
Bruce is a retired administrator with Parks Canada and a farmer in Douro-Dummer Township. Bruce has a BA from York University and a Certificate in Administration from the University of Ottawa. Bruce is also active in Peterborough Rugby, the Peterborough Cycling Club and Peterborough Field Naturalists. He joined the GreenUP Board in 2013.
Currently retired, Ivan spent many years in senior positions with a supplier of capital equipment used for heat recovery and liquid separation. He had Canada-wide responsibilities serving resource based industries. He has had a long involvement with local solid waste issues. As the first Solid Waste Coordinator for the City of Peterborough (1989 -1994) he was responsible for extension of the range of recycled materials through the Blue Box and initiated the collection and treatment of green waste in 1990. While with the City he supported the formation of GreenUP and became a member of the board in 1998.
Dr. Ramesh Makhija
Dr. Ramesh Makhija is currently a Conjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Trent University. He is the President/Owner of R & R Laboratories which provides occupational health and safety and environmental consulting services. He is a long-time local chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada, a member of the council of medical technologists of Ontario, and is a board member with the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Peterborough Theatre Guild, and the Kawartha Skills Development Committee.
Joon is the Marketing Manager at the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA). Joon studied Business Administrative – Marketing and Human Resources at Fleming College. After his graduation, Joon has been fortunate to work with a number of organizations including New Canadians Centre, Fleming College, and the DBIA. Joon has also served on a number of committees and boards in the Peterborough community.
Katherine is a Certified Human Resources Professional with more than 20 years experience as an HR generalist covering several industries including manufacturing and engineering. Katherine has a passion for the environment and strives to make sustainability improvements in both the workplace and the community. She currently is Human Resources Manager at the Haliburton Kawartha Pineridge office of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Scott Murison secured his Bachelor of Commerce at Carleton University in Ottawa and following this, he enjoyed a short stint at Indiginous and Northern Affairs in their audit department. During this work term he created the business plan for Wild Rock Outfitters, an outdoor store in Peterborough, ON. For the past 26 years, Scott has been heavily involved in the outdoors in Peterborough for both leisure and business. The environment has been a steady topic in his work and volunteer positions and GreenUP is a natural extension of this.
Todd is a Director and Member of the Board of Directors with AON. Todd helps to manage many of AON’s Commercial sites and facilities, and is pleased to be supporting GreenUP as a member of the Board.
Shaelyn Wabegijig is a 24-year-old Algonquin youth who grew up in Mnjikaning/Rama First Nation. Her family is from Timiskaming First Nation, Caribou Clan, German and Irish. She is a Trent University alumna and currently works for the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) as the Program and Outreach Coordinator. From March 2020 to March 2021, Shaelyn was KWIC’s Project Coordinator on a project in partnership with GreenUP to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally. There, she learned about GreenUP’s work and wanted to get more involved. Shaelyn’s passion for protecting the environment and climate action is reflected in her work, including the lawsuit against Ontario’s inadequate climate targets.
Kemi Akapo | City Council Appointment
Kemi is a Peterborough City Councillor for Town Ward. Originally from Nigeria, Kemi moved to Canada in 2005 to attend Trent University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English Literature and International Development Studies. Kemi works as a Case Management Coordinator with the New Canadians Centre, where she helps newcomers build capacity to feel fully integrated into the community. Kemi is an avid feminist and cyclist.