Meet our Board of Directors. Together with Ian Froude, the Board helps guide the St. John's Tool Library through key decisions, provides operational support and oversees governance functions.
IAN FROUDE - Executive Director
Ian is a do-it-yourselfer, a gardener, a civil engineer, a problem solver, and a community member who makes things happen. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the St. John's Tool Library, and runs a small business, the Bite-sized Farm in St. John's. He has a decade of experience in non-profits at a local and national level. Ian is a professional who has a passion for public service and creating positive change.
Ian lives in St. John's with his partner Stephanie, son Simon, and two dogs: Riley and Desmond.
Simon is currently studying Marine Engineering at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and holds a machining certificate from New Brunswick Community College. Originally from Calgary, Simon previously worked as a geographic information systems analyst and graphic designer.
Jonas Roberts is a Climate Change Consultant with Amec Foster Wheeler’s Met-Ocean Services, where he investigates the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on communities, infrastructure, and energy projects. He has a PhD in engineering and work experience in the construction, manufacturing and energy industries. He sits on the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) Environment Committee where he leads their Climate Change Subcommittee. He is also a board member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association’s (NEIA) and a member of Municipality Newfoundland and Labrador’s (MNL) Environment and Sustainability Committee.
Jonas is married with two amazing young kids and a hyper-active dog. He is an avid gardener with an interest in permaculture and has plans to grow a food forest on his property in St. Philip's over the next several years.
Ayon Shahed is the Director of Strategic Development at Choices for Youth where he contributes to high-level strategy for organizational impact, leadership in fundraising and communications, and effective partnership development with private, governmental and non-profit agencies.
After making Newfoundland & Labrador his new home in 2014, Ayon has been involved in a number of initiatives focused on creating and accelerating social impact. In 2015, he was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada's Top 50 Leaders Under 40. Ayon’s path here includes a childhood in Bangladesh, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, four years with Engineers Without Borders Canada, and side projects in photography, writing, and social entrepreneurship.
Ayon believes that organizations lead and succeed based on the growth and wellness of their people, and enjoys building communities that enable both. He is excited by powerful communication pieces, people with big ideas, and enjoys learning on his feet. You’ll likely find Ayon listening to an eclectic collection of playlists (with an over-representation of Taylor Swift) while drawing diagrams and scribbling notes, or deep in a conversation about the share economy, mental health, existentialism, education reform, economic inequality, space exploration and renewable technologies.