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 Manager & Content Creator
@itsahashtaglife has been perfecting the art of online storytelling as a method to amplify the important messages of non-profits and charities in Toronto. She takes the tools and techniques of traditional digital media marketing and applies them to organizations working hard to shift our world into a new story – one that is more sustainable and supportive of people and the planet.