Justin Tilson, is an entrepreneur, IT professional, and not-for-profit director. Justin was born, raised, and currently lives on Manitoulin Island. Justin’s not for profit work is focused on food security, economic resilience and recycling initiatives for Northern communities. He is committed to creating a resilient and connected Northern Ontario economy while being an advocate for the long term sustainability of Ontario’s abundant natural resources. Justin is looking forward to hearing from people throughout his vast riding and working towards a healthier and more prosperous future for all.
Justin completed a Bachelor of Commerce in 2000 and an MBA in Sustainable Development in 2010. Between those degrees, he co-founded Elastic Path Software, a successful ecommerce company based in Vancouver, BC. After completing his MBA and a several year software engineering job with Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas, Justin moved on to found his own technology company developing custom software solutions for companies in Canada and the US. He is the Executive Director of the Northern Ontario Permaculture Research Institute (NOPRI), a recent recipient of the Premier’s Award for Agricultural Innovation.
As the director of NOPRI, Justin works on a variety of community scale projects aimed at creating a food secure Northern Ontario. He is a long time cycling advocate and promoter of electric bicycle technology.
While seeing common ground with other political parties, Justin feels that the Green Party most closely aligns with his values and aspirations for a diverse, inclusive, cooperative, peaceful, and prosperous future.
Justin’s favorite hobbies include developing his permaculture farm and using heavy machinery to reshape damaged and degraded landscapes so the land can begin to regenerate and support new life.