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 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. Her past experience includes tree planting projects with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Brenna enjoys travelling, photography and reading.
Residential Planting Programs Assistant
416.413.9244 x0 | lisa[at]yourleaf.org
Lisa holds a Masters in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.A. from Carleton University. She recently completed an urban forestry internship with the Toronto District School Board. Before joining LEAF, Lisa worked in the veterinary field. She is passionate about animal welfare, conservation, and urban forestry issues. Lisa sings in a choir and enjoys concerts when she’s not spending time with her adopted dogs and cats.
Residential Planting Programs Assistant
416.413.9244 x0 | amy[at]yourleaf.org
Amy holds an Honours B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Toronto. She has a great passion for environmental conservation and protection, as well as animal welfare. She enjoys volunteering for organizations, which is how she was introduced to LEAF. Amy also enjoys hiking, writing, reading, archery, and anything that takes her outdoors.
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 | 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!
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 Humber College. Before joining LEAF, he worked at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. His design, photo and video work has been featured in publications, solo and group exhibitions across Toronto. Matthew also volunteers with arts and environmental organizations. He enjoys live music, traveling, cycling, hiking and sometimes painting with his fiancé, his son and his dog.
Program Manager (maternity leave)
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 Urban Forest Stewardship Network and the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.