About Glassworks

Glassworks was initiated as a project of the Beach Community Energy Cooperative of Toronto in 2017. With the support of BCEC, Glassworks Co-op became an independent not-for-profit cooperative corporation in October 2018.

 

As a not-for-profit, Glassworks Co-op is led by an unpaid, volunteer working Board. Board member elections will take place at our Annual General Meeting.

 

The Owen Sound Glassworks Development Cooperative holds 46 acres of Owen Sound in a Community Land Trust.

Board Members

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Kelsey Carriere

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Kelsey is a Beach Community Energy Cooperative board, Design and Communications Committees member and President and founding board member of Glassworks Co-op. Kelsey holds a Master of Urban Planning, Sustainability Planning and Urban Design from the University of Toronto, as well as a BSc of Environmental Studies in Environmental Planning from York University and the University of Toronto. Kelsey has 4 years as Research and Policy Coordinator and Researcher, Facilitator & Design Lead at Food Systems Lab. Kelsey is presently Senior Project Manager at Park People in Toronto. Kelsey has entrepreneurial experience in both food and creative industries, as well as being a committed volunteer in theatre.

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Sylvia Statham

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Sylvia is Treasurer and a board and Finance Committee member of Glassworks Co-op. Sylvia is Executive Director of Lutheran Social Services (Owen Sound), a Not-for-Profit Corporation that operates St Francis’ Place and Corbet Place in Owen Sound.  St Francis’ Place is a 78 unit community housing building for seniors and those with special needs.  70% of the residents are rent-geared-to income and 30% are market.  Corbet Place is a 24 unit Life Lease building.  Sylvia was a member of the development committee for Corbet Place.  Sylvia is also Executive Director of Lutheran Outreach Ministries, Owen Sound, a Registered Charity and Not-for-Profit Corporation that has purchased 6 buildings, adjacent to St Francis’ Place, to create affordable housing.

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Ron Struys

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Glassworks board and Finance Committee member. Experienced Executive Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Feasibility Studies, Asset Management, Financing, Contract Management, Construction, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Sales Strong sales professional with a BA from University of Toronto - Innis College, as well as Hotel Management training. Licensed Mortgage Agent and Property Agent.

Board Members

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Kelsey Carriere

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Kelsey is a Beach Community Energy Cooperative board, Design and Communications Committees member and President and founding board member of Glassworks Co-op. Kelsey holds a Master of Urban Planning, Sustainability Planning and Urban Design from the University of Toronto, as well as a BSc of Environmental Studies in Environmental Planning from York University and the University of Toronto. Kelsey has 4 years as Research and Policy Coordinator and Researcher, Facilitator & Design Lead at Food Systems Lab. Kelsey is presently Senior Project Manager at Park People in Toronto. Kelsey has entrepreneurial experience in both food and creative industries, as well as being a committed volunteer in theatre.

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Sylvia Statham

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Sylvia is Treasurer and a board and Finance Committee member of Glassworks Co-op. Sylvia is Executive Director of Lutheran Social Services (Owen Sound), a Not-for-Profit Corporation that operates St Francis’ Place and Corbet Place in Owen Sound.  St Francis’ Place is a 78 unit community housing building for seniors and those with special needs.  70% of the residents are rent-geared-to income and 30% are market.  Corbet Place is a 24 unit Life Lease building.  Sylvia was a member of the development committee for Corbet Place.  Sylvia is also Executive Director of Lutheran Outreach Ministries, Owen Sound, a Registered Charity and Not-for-Profit Corporation that has purchased 6 buildings, adjacent to St Francis’ Place, to create affordable housing.

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Ron Struys

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Glassworks board and Finance Committee member. Experienced Executive Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Feasibility Studies, Asset Management, Financing, Contract Management, Construction, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Sales Strong sales professional with a BA from University of Toronto - Innis College, as well as Hotel Management training. Licensed Mortgage Agent and Property Agent.

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Zoë Thurling

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Zoë is a founding board member, Secretary and Communications Committee member of Glassworks Co-op. She founded Chevalier Thurling, a digital agency, in 2003, where she and her partner and husband, David Chevalier work together for local and international clients. Zoë is a skilled creative director, designer, strategist and producer with over 25 years of experience in telecom, technology and film. She is a just transition advocate and organizer. She and David have produced four feature-length programs on alternative house building and energy that have been distributed by New Society Publishers, Real Goods, and Mother Earth News. Experience living off-grid (2004-2008) and past member of The Arcardia Artist Housing Cooperative in Toronto. Zoë is an Associate of The Ontario College of Art and Design University, New Media.

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Bob Spencer

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Bob is BCEC 2017 vice-president and a founding member of the BCEC and Glassworks Co-op boards. He has a degree in Mathematics and Physics and a Masters of Education in international development. Robert was a founding staff member of Pollution Probe, helping to promote education and action on the environment and in energy conservation. He served as a Chair of the Toronto Board of Education and as an elected public school trustee for five terms. He also worked as an Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks where he made lasting contributions to improve the ways food is produced and distributed to those in need.

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Jan Chamberlain

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Jan is a Glassworks board member. She is a dedicated housing advocate and is Secretary of the Owen Sound Housing Non-profit Company. Jan is an active community member with the Bluewater Academy of Lifelong Learning.

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Miranda Miller

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is a Glassworks board member, writer and marketing consultant for mid-sized companies, government, and not-for-profits. She operates a location-independent digital marketing and web services agency from her backyard tiny office and co-working spaces worldwide. A mother of two and an unapologetic feminist, Miranda is also a director of the board with The Women's Centre Grey & Bruce and an active volunteer fundraiser in her community.

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Jake Lawson

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Jake Lawson is a board member and son of past board member, Gordon Lawson. Jake is a red seal carpenter and efficient housing builder.

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Advisor:
Paul Connelly

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Paul Connelly is an Advisor to and champion of Glassworks Co-op. Paul is an accomplished co-op and affordable housing developer, and has spearheaded Canada's largest affordable housing development in Toronto. Paul is a mentor for community-led co-ops. Paul is  renowned for developing the innovative Options for Homes financial model that makes home ownership accessible.

About the Beach Community Energy Cooperative

The Beach Community Energy Cooperative's first project was the successful implementation of solar energy atop Kew Gardens Public School in Toronto. As a result, BCEC are the winner of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s (OSEA) 2017 Powering Prosperity Awards for ‘Community Developer of the Year’. BCEC board members, Bob Spencer, and advisor Jiri Skopek, are founding board members of Glassworks.