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. Melissa is also a graduate of the Young Conservation Professionals Leadership Program, and represents LEAF on the Don Watershed Regeneration Council. In her spare time, she pursues interests in food, music, books and long-distance running.
Field Operations Coordinator
416.413.9244 x16 | 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. She is also an ISA certified arborist. Her past experience includes research in dendroclimatology and tree planting projects with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. In her spare time, Brenna enjoys figure skating, travelling, photography and reading.
Jen Vander Vecht
416.413.9244 x20 | jen[at]yourleaf.org
Jen holds a Masters of Arts in Geography from the University of Toronto where she studied Urban Forest species composition and pest vulnerability issues in the City of Toronto. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Anthropology from McMaster University. Jen first worked for LEAF as an Urban Tree Planter in 2014 and is interested in environmental stewardship, restoration and conservation. She is also passionate about animal welfare, exploring Ontario’s parks and is an avid knitter.
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 | erin[at]yourleaf.org
Erin holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and loves to see people connecting with and improving their urban landscape. Before joining LEAF, Erin worked as the Green Streets Coordinator with the City of Vancouver where she helped residents beautify and green their neighbourhoods and also worked to further the City’s urban food-growing movement. She loves to explore new places, new music and dance!
Stewardship & Education Assistant
416.413.9244 x18 | jaclyn[at]yourleaf.org
Jaclyn holds an Honours B.A. in Global Development and Environmental Studies from Queen's University. She is currently working towards a Masters of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from York University. In her spare time, Jaclyn enjoys photography, yoga, and travelling - especially the good food that goes along with it!
Education & Outreach Coordinator
416.413.9244 x0 | lauren[at]yourleaf.org
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto. She first came to LEAF in 2009 as a volunteer and then worked as the Education and Stewardship Coordinator in 2010. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending her time out on Lake Ontario coaching rowing along with knitting and rug hooking!
416.413.9244 x0 | michael[at]yourleaf.org
Michael holds an Honours B.A. in Forest Conservation, specializing in Urban Forestry, from the University of Toronto. He is also a graduate of Fleming College’s Urban Forestry program and is an ISA certified arborist. He first started volunteering with LEAF in 2008 and has also worked for GreenHere and the Annex Residents Association as the Lead Coordinator of their tree inventory project. He enjoys biking, gardening, mindfulness meditation, and exploring new places.
Executive Director, Founder
416.413.9244 x17 | janet[at]yourleaf.org
Janet holds an Honours B.A. in Environment and Resource Management. She founded LEAF in 1996 and has focused on its development ever since. She is a founding member and current Chair of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Partnership, a member of the UV Radiation and Shade working group of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition and a member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council. She also volunteers with a dog rescue org.