Acting Program Manager
416.413.9244 x11 | melissa[at]yourleaf.org
Melissa holds a certificate in Urban Forest Conservation Planning and a Master of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Toronto. She first came to LEAF as a volunteer and starting working for the organization in 2011. In her spare time, she pursues interests in food, music, books and long-distance running.
Field Operations Supervisor, Residential Planting Programs
416.413.9244 x15 | andrea[at]yourleaf.org
Andrea holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a concentration in conservation, from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto. She is also an ISA certified arborist. Andrea has conducted research on species at risk and also worked with an urban forestry company in London, Ontario. Andrea enjoys riding horses and competes in dressage.
Residential Planting Programs Intern
416.413.9244 x0 | brenna[at]yourleaf.org
Brenna holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Governance from the University of Guelph and aspires to continue her education in forest conservation. Her past experience includes tree planting projects with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Brenna enjoys travelling, photography and reading.
Education & Outreach Coordinator
416.413.9244 x14 | robyn[at]yourleaf.org
Robyn holds a Master of Science degree in Learning, Teaching, and Social Policy from Cornell University. Her interests include environmental education, sustainable agriculture, and community engagement. Prior to joining LEAF she worked with Greenest City, doing environmental food education programs for youth. Robyn enjoys sailing, knitting, gardening and good food.
Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator
416.413.9244 x12 | victoria[at]yourleaf.org
Victoria holds an Honours B.A. in Environmental Policy and is currently working towards completing a Master of Education degree in Adult Education and Community Development. Before joining LEAF, she interned with Evergreen, assisting in the development of community gardens. She has also worked with Toronto Wildlife Centre, and has volunteered with various environmental organizations. Victoria enjoys travel, photography, music and her dog Caico.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Matthew James William Higginson
416.413.9244 x13 | matthew[at]yourleaf.org
Matthew holds an Honours B.A.A. in Media Studies from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Public Relations from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He came to LEAF as a volunteer while an Intern at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Matthew strives to connect the arts and social causes and his photographs have been featured in publications, solo and group exhibitions across Toronto. Matthew enjoys traveling, cycling across the city and hiking with his dog.
Program Manager (maternity leave)
416.413.9244 x16 | michelle[at]yourleaf.org
Michelle holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forest Conservation, with a focus in Urban Forestry, from the University of Toronto. She is also an ISA certified arborist. Michelle has conducted urban forestry field work through completion of a full urban tree inventory of the U of T, St. George campus, under the guidance of Professor Andy Kenney. Michelle likes to hang out with her two dogs, Ada and Freija, cook new recipes, garden and walk through parks.
Executive Director, Founder
416.413.9244 x17 | janet[at]yourleaf.org
Janet holds an Honours B.A. in Environment and Resource Management, and a certificate in Permaculture Design. She founded LEAF in 1996 and has focused on designing and implementing grassroots programs and projects ever since. Janet has also been instrumental in the province-wide urban forestry movement, taking a leadership role in the formation of the the Urban Forest Stewardship Network and the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.