Board and Staff Bios

Board Members

Colin McIntosh - President

Colin is excited to join the Vancouver Tool Library's board. He's been a member of the VTL since 2016. Colin has spent countless weekends working on projects with tools from the shop and has frequented a variety of the Library's wonderful workshops. An engineer during the day, Colin has dabbled in woodworking, home improvement, bread making, glass blowing, and hide tanning. He enjoys spending his off time traveling with his partner, Courtney, and their senior dog, Pepper Jack.

Liza Hughes - Vice President

Liza has been a tool library member since she moved to Vancouver in 2016. She has a real DIY spirit and no job is too big for her to take on. A great lover of the outdoors and adventure, she can often be found working in her yard with tools she borrowed from the shop, tuning up her camper van, swimming in a hard to find lake, or hiking up a mountain somewhere far afield. She can usually be seen with her best travel buddy, her terrier Eli.

Leah Lasarte - Financial Director

Leah has been enjoying the use of the Tool Library since 2014. She has over a decade of non-profit experience under her (tool) belt, currently spending her days as a policy analyst in the field of Indigenous health policy. She's excited to be a board member because she believes in the power of community building as a means of enhancing social and environmental justice. In her spare time, you might find Leah cycling, bird-watching, cooking or reading a good book with a nice hot cup of coffee.

Silas Woodsmith - Secretary

Silas is a fairly new member of the VTL, but has gone to several workshops over the past few years. He grew up in rural Vancouver Island on the traditional, unceded territories of the Qualicum, Hupacasth and Tseshaht Nations. In addition to his work as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter, Silas is also active in his housing coop and on the Board of his professional association. Silas is interested in gardening, fermentation, food preservation, and dreaming of a queer commune full of friends, doggos, and interdependence.

Monica Bailey - Member-at-Large

Monica is a proud new member of the VTL and joined the Board in 2019. A transplant from Calgary since 2017, she enjoys exploring this vibrant city and all of beautiful BC. Monica has a background in auditing and is knowledgeable about financial reporting, internal controls, accounting and budgeting. Monica now works in capacity development with First Nation communities across BC and Alberta.

Jacob Brennan - Member-at-Large

As a new arrival to Vancouver, Jacob is excited to join the VTL community. He is an Interaction Design Major at Emily Carr University and a Director for his schools’ Student Union. As an avid tinkerer and DIY-er, he loves hearing about everyone’s projects. He enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the areas around Vancouver. He readily admits that he tends to be overly enthusiastic about learning new things. So if anyone wants to teach him to sail, weld, or identify edible fungi- don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation about what he can teach in return!

Matthew Ellies - Member-at-large

Matt has been a member of the VTL since 2018. Through his facilitation of the VTL’s leather craft workshops, he has had the privilege of meeting and connecting with the VTL community. Matt works as a registered occupational therapist, assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation of people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. Outside of work, Matt enjoys travelling, camping, woodworking, leatherworking and cooking.

Rob Gill - Treasurer

Rob has been a member of the Vancouver Tool Library since 2012 and joined the board in 2015 as the tool coordinator and later became Treasurer. 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.


Laine Hughes - General Manager

Laine has been the GM of the Vancouver Tool Library since September 2018. He's a creative problem solver, big time dog lover, and always happy to talk tools and projects with VTL and community members alike. When he's not in the shop he can be found in the mountains, on the water, or playing ball somewhere in East Vancouver. Laine spent many years working as a bicycle mechanic, teaching Gender Studies at York University, and is extremely passionate about social justice.