Board, Coordinator, and Staff Bios
Stuart Higgs - President
Stuart Higgs is a huge Tool Library fan! He has a background in environmental science and alternative economies, and Stuart is passionate about social justice organizing that nurtures thriving communities and abundant ecosystems. The Tool Library Cooperative is a perfect fit. Stuart first discovered the VTL while looking for tools to build garden beds and fix his commuter bike. He gets a kick out of working with all the great folks who make the Tool Library happen. He's honoured to be a member of the Board, helping develop this valuable community organization.
Lesley Lim - Vice President
With twenty years of program, business and operations experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors; eight of which were in management positions. She has worked for Companies and organizations such as BC Cancer Agency, CREO, BC Rail and Vancouver Coastal Health. Lesley offers experience in Lean Start-up business model, operations, IT, partnership and business development and strategy. She holds a MBA from Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. Lesley is an avid mountain biker and love being outdoors in general. She is very excited to be part of the board serving under the President and the membership of the Tool Library.
Lauren McGuire-Wood - Secretary
Lauren has been involved with the Vancouver Tool Library since 2012. As tools are not exactly her forté, she brings her expertise in communications, project management, and non-profit leadership to the table. While not performing her VTL Board duties, she can be found speed-reading and critically analyzing books to complete her MA in English Literature and Education at UBC.
Nathan Ross - Member-at-Large
Nathan is a Vancouver local with a keen interest in environmental stewardship and sustainability. He is an avid surfer and spends much of his spare time trekking to the coast in search of waves. Troubled by the ceaseless creation of waste and its far-reaching environmental impacts, Nathan pursues imaginative ways of diverting materials from waste streams and promoting circular economies. If you see him on the street, please say hello! Nathan’s always up for a good chat.
Luke Dorn - Member-at-Large
I have over 5 years of experience in the construction industry where I currently work as a project manager for a local railway construction company. I am also working towards a Master’s in Public Policy as well as the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Although I’m new to VTL and its board, I look forward to helping the organization manageably grow, in both size and scope by assisting with special projects, events, and administrative tasks.
Rob Gill - Tool Coordinator
Rob has been a member of the Vancouver Tool Library since 2012 and joined the board in 2015 as the tool coordinator. When he's not taking care of tools, you can find Rob building things out of wood, electronics or whatever else comes to hand. In his day job, he works as an administrator in health care.
Roxanne Gardener - Communications Coordinator
Information professional and DIY enthusiast. Novice tool user who is excited in joining such a great community.
Pendra Wilson – Events and Fundraising Coordinator
If a Tool Library is the number 1 way to change the world then It’s me who’s lucky to have this opportunity to volunteer. Our tool library can help communities reduce their spending by sharing tools through access (not ownership). As the library’s fundraiser I’m interested in building new financial subsidies with community partnerships.
Derek Martinig – Finance Coordinator
Derek Martinig was born and raised in the lower mainland, where he studied chemistry and business at the University of British Columbia. After receiving his Masters of Health Administration in 2010, Derek started working for the College of Physicians and Surgeons where he is now the manager of its’ diagnostic imaging accreditation program. Derek finds spending time outdoors and working with his hands, a needed release from the stresses of working at a computer most days. Derek joined the Vancouver Tool Library in early 2016 as the interim treasurer and looks forward to helping the VTL grow over the next couple years.
Greg Stone - General Manager
Greg has been the GM of the Vancouver Tool Library since 2015. He's an avid woodworker and project-maker, and passionate about the power of the community. When he's not putting pieces of wood together, he's making music or out in nature somewhere. Greg also brings a background in sustainable development and community participation to VTL operations.