Meet the team behind the Toronto Tool Library
Co-Founder & President, IRBE
Lawrence is the President of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, and co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library. Lawrence is an energetic speaker, delivering talks on 3D printing, education, and the sharing economy. Growing up in Zimbabwe, he has lived in Botswana, Canada, South Africa and Argentina. His passion lies in exploring human relationships and our shared experience, and finding the connections between us.
Co-Founder & Executive Director, IRBE
Ryan is the Executive Director of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, and co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library. He has a Bachelor of Commerce with an Honors in Accounting from McGill University. Wanting to make more of a direct contribution to society, Ryan left finance and founded IRBE. He has travelled extensively to +60 countries and is active in many community groups around economic and environmental issues.
Shops Manager, Toronto Tool Library
Kevin Morgan is the Shop Manager, overseeing the maintenance and administration of the Toronto Tool Library’s two locations. Originally from Ottawa, Kevin earned a degree in Industrial Design from Carleton University and moved to Toronto last year to work in Toy design. He has worked extensively in the bicycle industry and has also been involved with the public library system. Kevin is regularly found at the East and West tool library.
Youth Programming Coordinator
Michelle is the coordinator for all youth programs and summer camps at the Toronto Tool Library. She works as the lead instructor, offering kids ages 8 – 15 a variety of skills-based training in woodworking, robotics and 3D printing. Michelle is a certified educator with Chicago Public Schools and previously she worked as an ESL teacher in South Korea for two years. When she is not working with kids, she is the Crew leader for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. This year, she is studying for her Masters at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Social Media Coordinator
Our second “Emily” of the Tool Library team (affectionately nicknamed “Em-Bot”) is the social media coordinator. She is regularly posting content on our social media channels with rich media videos and pictures. In her offline duties, she also sits on the board of IRBE. Her interest lies in the Sharing Economy and the Maker Movement as solutions for global crises, with a passion for utilizing social media to communicate these issues. A graduate from Carleton University, she received her double Honours degree in Psychology and Film Studies and is currently working towards her Masters at York University. Plus, this year she became a new mom!