About The Roots Collaborative
The Roots Collaborative (TRC) is a not-for-profit cooperative that offers sustainability consulting services. Our group is comprised of a diverse membership of social entrepreneurs who are working collaboratively to share their expertise in the areas of governance, social and environmental impact, and personal wellbeing. We engage with communities, companies and not for profit organizations. Our mission is to tap into our collective wisdom to create systems and processes that inspire innovation.
Our Three Cs
We take a holistic approach to our work. To us, sustainability involves not only economic, social and environmental stability, but is dependent on our personal wellbeing. All are connected.
We collaborate with our clients and partners to tackle complex problems and find lasting solutions.
We are a Co-operative and thus both practice and preach the value of democracy. We work to co-create solutions with our clients and ensure all voices within an organization are heard and valued.
Effective systems management requires competent leadership. We work with leaders to help them tap into their own wisdom in decision-making and inspire others to do the same. Services include:
- Becoming a B-corp
- Business model development
- Leadership development
- Data management
- Sustainability reporting
The health of our social and ecological systems are interdependent with the choices we make at work, home, and in our communities. TRC offers diverse expertise to help you to make a positive impact on the world around you. Services include:
- Energy management
- Waste management
- Air quality management
- Water management
- Partnership development with local charities
Health and Well-Being
Our personal well-being is the starting point of sustainability. We are able to attend to others and our work when we attend to ourselves first. We will help you develop a deeper connection to yourself and others through practices of self care and mindfulness. Services include:
- Fitness and nutrition
- Mindfulness and Lifestyle design
Board of Directors
Samantha is TRC’s accountant, financial and tax planner, as well as a Founding Board Member of TRC. She has an extensive history working with small businesses, helping them save money and make well-informed financial decisions. Samantha is also currently writing a book, The Ethical Entrepreneur, to help small business owners understand the financial benefits of incorporating environmentally and socially responsible business practices into their business. Samantha is a proud nerd, and avid cyclist, and practices Sahaja meditation regularly.
Andrew Simpson is a seasoned business analyst who combines his passion for technology and sustainability to help clients achieve triple bottom line objectives. Andrew has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier and recently completed a Certificate in Sustainability Management from Ryerson, completing his capstone project on Citytrees, an online tree canopy mapping and public engagement tool. Client projects span multiple industries including construction, recruiting, municipal government and not for profit, where he lead the implementation of both Enterprise Systems as well as Customer Relationship Management applications.
Recently Andrew relaunched his company as Ecotone Software Consulting with a focus on sustainability reporting and CRM for the cleantech sector. He is an active volunteer with Evergeen Brick Works, WelcomeHomeTO, and Riverdale Refugee Lifeline; Andrew also has board positions with Queen Street Solar, The Cleantech Innovation Centre and is a founding member of The Roots Collaborative.
Jackie Eldridge, Ed.D., is an experienced teacher, teacher educator, administrator, speaker and coach who is passionate about inspiring and empowering leaders who are mindful agents for change. She is the founder of Wren Leadership, which seeks to develop mindful leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity and compassion in the service of others. When not leading Wren workshops. Jackie is a Lecturer in the Master of Teaching Program at the University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).
She has been widely published in a variety of magazines, academic journals, papers and books, including chapters and articles related to mindful leadership, such as “Searching for Meaning: Reflections on Meaningful Professional Development.” She has been honoured with the Dean’s Award of Excellence in 2010 from the University of Toronto Mississauga. Jackie received her Coaches and Leadership Certification from the Coaches Training Institute in 2011 and has led Instructional Intelligence and Professional Development workshops across North America and abroad.
Jonathan Spencer is a CPA and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Centre for Social Innovation. He has been involved in non-profit governance for close to 30 years as a board member, senior volunteer and executive director. Jonathan served as Executive Director of Ontario’s electronics recycling program and currently serves on the board of the CNIB and of SmartCommute, a Metrolinx transit management program. He is a graduate of the Rotman Non-Profit Governance Program and the Schulich program in Public Management.
Halyna is the founder of The Roots Collaborative. She has been working in the sustainability sector for over 10 years. She holds a bachelor degree in international relations and political science from the University of Toronto and a master degree in migration studies from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. She is further certified in Sustainability Management through the Chang School, Ryerson University.
Halyna has extensive local and international experience in the not for profit sector in the areas human rights and environmental protection. She has travelled, studied, worked and/or volunteered in over thirty countries across five continents. She is a yoga instructor and practitioner. Her work with communities at home and abroad, along with her dedication to personal growth, have provided her with the opportunity to see the deep connection between the wellbeing around and within us. This connection is the inspiration and at the heart of TRC.