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
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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.
Ramesh has a lengthy history of community involvement in the region. 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. He volunteers with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation and has been involved with the Indo-Canada Association of Kawarthas since 1968.
Ramesh established two prizes in Trent’s Department of Chemistry and one bursary scholarship in Nursing Program at Trent University for top students. He’s been awarded the Golden Jubilee in 2012, and has five years volunteer service with the Federal Government. He was nominated for order of Ontario Award and is a member of the Grant Review Team with the Ontario Trillium Foundation since 2009.
Jackie runs a business in Peterborough where she consults on public education program development and communications for provincial and local organizations. With a focus on environmental, health, and wellness programming, her clients have included: The Continuous Improvement Fund, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough Public Health, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the City of Peterborough, and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Prior to her current role, she worked in outdoor leadership and broadcasting. A manager at GreenUP almost two decades ago, several of her programs continue to be delivered by the organization today. Jackie has been on numerous local boards and has a special interest in non-profit governance and board development.
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.
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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.
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Keith Riel | City Council Appointment
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