Board of Directors
Founding Advisor & Director Emeritus
Marjorie J. Sharpe
For 50 years Marjorie was an inspiration and an example for women, blazing many a trail. She played the decisive role in creating the Toronto Community Foundation, and the amazing Pathways to Education program. As former president and CEO of Altruvest Charitable Services, she introduced the Board Match program, one of the most successful methods to recruit and train new board members. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Governing with Soul.
After many years of tireless service to her community, Marjorie passed from this world in June 2016.
Founding Advisor: Thomas Berry
Ecologos was born and guided in a series of conversations with Thomas Berry.
Thomas was one of the most influential thinkers of our time, eminent both as a cultural historian and as a profoundly insightful advocate and inspiring guide of the ecological movement. His writings include The Religions of India, The Dream of the Earth, The Universe Story (with Brian Swimme), and The Great Work.
From his start as a cultural historian Berry moved in the last twenty years of his life to become a historian of Earth – in his words, a geologian. His shift from human history to cosmological history was a necessary progression for Berry. He witnessed in his own lifetime the scientific revolution of the 20th century and the emergence of a planetary civilization as cultures came in contact with one another around the globe. At the same time, the very resources for sustaining such a planetary civilization are being undermined by massive environmental destruction.
Thomas began his academic career as a historian of western intellectual history, but was also strongly influenced by his studies of Asian thought and religions, indigenous religious traditions, and as a student of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.