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Our Team

Michael Albanese, Rain Barrel Installation Expert

Michael Albanese brings both knowledge of the issues and  hands-on skills to his work as the automated rain barrel installation expert for RiverSides. He attended the University of Waterloo, the University of Helsinki, and Concordia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Physical Geography and Environmental Management as well as a Diploma in Ecology and Management of Urban Green Spaces. His  passion for helping people and communities combined with his knowledge in starting AVESI, a company that promotes an ecological approach to stormwater management.

Marcus Ginder, Managing Director, RiverSides

Marcus has been a dedicated advocate of environmental issues since well before he earned his bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Griffith University, Australia. He has a thirty-year track record as an active agent of environmental change with previous positions as Corporate Campaigner for Canopy, Pollution Prevention Manager with Environment Canada’s Great Lakes office, Manager of Pollution Probe’s Information Department, Consultant for World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Project Coordinator with the Ontario Environment Network. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, has served on the Urban Environment Centre board of directors, and has chaired the Toronto Environment Alliance (TEA) during its formative years. He is proud to have been a founder of TEA as well as the popular Ecobunk Awards, now in its twenty-fifth year. He is a lifelong and avid traveller, and in Toronto manages a household with two teenagers, a large dog, and a grumpy cat. His spare time is spent working on his hundred-acre forest retreat near Creemore and curating Tattooed City, an online photo gallery of graffiti.

Thilo Köpfer, Tech Guru

Thilo is “the tech guy” at RiverSides. He studied Computer Science at Albert Ludwigs University in Germany, and then came to Toronto to study towards a Computer Systems Technician certificate at George Brown College. His knowledge of computers and his entrepreneurial spirit has led to him to freelance everything from website building to manufacturing his own security cameras. He installs the latter as the owner of Node9. Thilo can be seen zooming around the city from client to client (in high-tech gear on a high-tech bike, of course). In his spare time he enjoys a variety of physical activities from kayaking in the summer to cross-country skiing in the winter. If he’s not in the city he can be found traveling and relaxing in the country.

Alicia Peres, Communications Manager, RiverSides

Alicia is a writer and editor who believes good communication is a cornerstone for everything. She holds a bachelors degree in English literature and a masters in South Asian Studies from University of Toronto. A year-round cyclist who loves her city (and others), she also spends three months of the year living in the woods near the ocean, off the grid and away from the bustle.