About Us - Board of Directors
The Elora Environment Centre is very fortunate to have a dedicated and experienced Board of Directors providing leadership and support.
Jennifer McLellan, Chair
Jennifer McLellan is an environmental engineer. She recently went back to school to obtain a business degree focussing on the commercialization of early stage ideas. Her professional engineering practice has tried to solve many of our planet's environmental problems: containment of radioactive and hazardous waste, solid waste recycling, environmental auditing, containment of landfill leachate, and minimizing the impact of animal waste on groundwater.
Paul Taylor, Secretary-Treasurer
Paul Taylor is the founder and President of Compost Management Associates Ltd., a contracted operator of large-scale municipal composting facilities. More recently, Paul has also founded the Niagara Division of Clintar Groundskeeping Services, a provider of year-round property maintenance services to large commercial, industrial and governmental property owners. Earlier careers included serving as Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario for five years. Paul has also served on the board of the Elora Festival, was a founding board member of the Composting Council of Canada, and served as a member of Heritage Centre Wellington. Paul was a founding board member of the Elora Environment Centre in 1993.
Toni Ellis, Board Member
Toni coordinates NeighbourWoods on the Grand, a branch of the Elora Environment Centre. This urban tree program is mobilizing dedicated volunteers to plant, steward and advocate for our community’s trees. She is also the president of the Ontario Urban Forest Council, based in Toronto.
Toni was a founding board member of the Elora Environment Centre, and we are very proud that she was named Citizen of the Year by Centre Wellington in April 2008 and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Her many other accomplishments include; building a fine paper recycling program in Ottawa with Pollution Probe, running Canada’s first multi-material recycling program in East York, working on public education for Laidlaw Waste Systems during implementation of the first blue box program in Kitchener, coordinating the Province’s first Recycling Week (now Waste Reduction Week) and developing, field testing and delivering a variety of innovative environmental programs promoting water awareness and climate change action.
Randall Howard, Board Member
Randall is a seasoned board member/advisor, having worked with numerous technology firms. Long committed to the environment, the arts and building of community, Randall is a board member and treasurer with Roseneath Theatre Company, Flush Ink Performing Arts, and Centre Wellington Community Foundation. In support of entrepreneurship, he is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Laurier School of Business & Economics, is part of the Mobile Advisory Panel at MaRS and was a founder of Communitech Technology Association. Randall holds an Honours B.Math from University of Waterloo, was the 2005 Communitech Impact Award recipient and was the 1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.
Denise Richardson, Board Member
Denise Richardson is a recent addition to the Elora Environment Centre Board through a recently launched Board Governance initiative sponsored by Manulife Financial in partnership with Capacity Waterloo. She has worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years, predominantly in a marketing capacity. Her keen understanding of client needs and consumer behaviour helps to shape the Centre's marketing and promotional efforts.