Outreach Advisor, Park People
Minaz has worked in the environmental field for 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Minaz was formerly the Executive Director of the Toronto Green Community where over the last decade she has helped establish grassroots environmental programs to engage local communities. For four years, she worked as a Live Green Toronto community animator helping communities in North York bring their environmental projects to life. Minaz currently works as the Outreach Advisor for Park People, a great, young environmental organization that is helping neighbourhoods create lively, vibrant parks for all people.
Chris Chopik, President
ecoPreneur and Realtor; Director, Evolution Green
Chris Chopik is a respected environmental leader. He consistently supports LEAF in promotion of Toronto’s urban forests, and particularly the real estate value of tree lined streets. Chris brings vision, passion and leadership to LEAF’s as board president. He helps connect the opportunities between urban forestry and related neighbourhood issues including storm water management, weather event recovery, home energy efficiency-retrofit, and community solar. In broader contexts Chris has worked with federal, provincial and municipal governments on home energy efficiency policy. Chris is a single dad, of two awesome tree-climbing kids. He works as a realtor in Toronto's historic neighbourhoods.
Program and Policy Advisor, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Jennifer has worked for 12 years in the non-profit sector and since 2008 she has worked for the Ontario Public Service. She has worked in project management, land use planning, education/training, and municipal infrastructure. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University, and is currently pursuing her master’s in forest conservation at the University of Toronto with a focus on the urban forest. Jennifer’s research interests are in municipal climate-resilient infrastructure, and the connections between the urban forest and human health. She enjoys the trees in her south Etobicoke neighbourhood where she lives with her adorable cat, goofy Newfoundland dog and wonderful partner.
Stuart Grant, Treasurer
Office Manager, The Centre
Stuart Grant served as a director for a local charity in the 1990's and brings administrative and financial experience in the non-profit sector to the Board of LEAF. He currently manages an office building in the Annex area of downtown Toronto.
Madhu Mahadevan, Secretary
Madhu Mahadevan is an Information Technology Consultant working at Okta Inc. His past clients include public and private sector companies in the financial and telecommunication sectors. A graduate from the University of Toronto, Madhu brings many years of experience and expertise in internet technology.
Finance Manager, IBM Canada
Lisa McGinn-Balendran is a Senior Finance Manager for IBM Canada and an MBA graduate from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has over ten years’ experience working in corporate financial management and prior to becoming a board member, worked extensively with LEAF on the feasibility study for expansion of LEAF's Backyard Tree Planting Program to York Region. Her familiarity with the organization and financial skills made her a good fit to the role of Treasurer on LEAF's Board.
Communications Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation
Jode Roberts is a writer, painter and schemer. For the past decade Jode has spent most workdays toiling as a communications strategist and wordsmith for some pretty amazing green groups. Currently he works for the David Suzuki Foundation, aspiring to help connect folks with the wonders of nature in their neighbourhoods and mobilizing local champions for greener, healthier communities. To recharge his batteries, Jode spends time at the easel, creating colourful abstract paintings. He also spends plenty of time helping to initiate neat community projects, like musical bike parades and scale solar system art projects in city parks. Jode lives at the centre of the universe (also known as Toronto’s Christie Pits neighbourhood) with his darling partner and seriously cute five year old boy.
Principal, Board Rx
Terrie Russell has been a successful entrepreneur and change management consultant for close to twenty years. As the sole proprietor of Russell Hille Associates, she is known for her independent and objective thinking and prides herself on delivering results. Terrie’s proactive and collaborative leadership style has built her reputation as a trusted and respected coach and colleague. Her track record includes many successive and long term assignments for a clientele of over 30 large and small organizations across both the private and public sectors. As a founder and principal of BOARDrx Inc. she is now devoting her time, energy and experience to bringing more effective governance, strategic thinking and innovation to the not-for-profit sector.