Melissa Williams

Program Manager

Melissa Williams (on leave)
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 is also an ISA Certified Arborist. 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.


Jillaine Yee

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Jillaine Yee
416.413.9244 x14 | jillaine[at]yourleaf.org

Jillaine holds an Honours of Environmental Studies with a focus on Parks and Tourism from the University of Waterloo, a Certificate of Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College, and a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management from Humber College. She believes tourism and environmental sustainability can work hand-in-hand in creating a sustainable future. In her spare time, Jillaine enjoys attending TSO and other musicals around the city.


Brenna Anstett

Field Operations Coordinator

Brenna Anstett
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.


©2017 Natasha Keshavjee

Residential Planting Programs Coordinator

Natasha Keshavjee
416.413.9244 x18 | natasha[at]yourleaf.org

Natasha holds an Honours Bachelor of Liberal Arts in International Development Studies and Environmental Studies from York University. She is passionate about tree conservation, water protection and environmental education and strives to foster an appreciation for our natural world. Natasha started out at LEAF as an Outreach and Garden Steward volunteer before working for the organization in 2016. In her spare time, she loves travelling, exploring natural spaces and boxing!


Tooba Shakeel

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Tooba Shakeel
416.413.9244 x13 | tooba[at]yourleaf.org

Tooba holds a Master of Science from University of Toronto and published research examining the role of residents as urban forest managers. She is an ISA Certified Arborist. In the past, Tooba has established environmental action in areas such as restoration, biodiversity and waste management while mentoring youth and engaging families and adults learners with Evergreen and Ecosource. Tooba enjoys volunteering, growing food and photography while exploring her city.


Erin MacDonald

Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator

Erin MacDonald
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!


Emily Peden

Program Assistant

Emily Peden
416.413.9244 x0 | emily[at]yourleaf.org

Emily holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Forest Conservation and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. In September, she will be continuing her studies and starting the Masters of Forest Conservation program also at the University of Toronto. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and spending time outdoors!


Aidan Curran

Program Assistant

Aidan Curran
aidan[at]yourleaf.org

Aidan is currently pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph, which studies people and their relationship with the built environment and how that relationship can be improved by smart, green design. He has previous experience in horticulture and planting design and hopes in future to focus on urban agriculture and how we can make productive, educational use of unused spaces in our cities. Aidan loves music, crafting, and exploring the wild outdoors.


Montanna Diakun

Planting and Stewardship Intern

Montanna Diakun
montanna[at]yourleaf.org

Montanna holds a Master of Forest Conservation degree from the University of Toronto, and is working towards her ISA-Certified Arborist designation. Before coming to LEAF, she held several positions in ecological research, environmental stewardship, and community engagement, both in Toronto, and in Victoria, BC.  In her spare time, Montanna enjoys reading, music, and long walks outdoors.


Arsh Grewal

Education and Outreach Assistant

Arsh Grewal
Arsh[at]yourleaf.org

Arsh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Urban Sustainability from Ryerson University with a strong interest in forestry. Before LEAF, Arsh worked as a research assistant for Dr. Andrew Millward at Ryerson University, where he primarily evaluated tree health on campus and conducted soil analysis on street trees at Queens Quay. Arsh believes in abundant and equal access to urban forests for all city dwellers.


Jennifer Reilly

Children's Eco Camp Coordinator

Jennifer Reilly
jennifer[at]yourleaf.org

Jennifer holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity & Conservation Biology and Environmental Geography from the University of Toronto and will be starting a program in Non-Profit Management at Ryerson in the fall. Before joining LEAF, Jennifer worked in Thailand promoting reforestation and elephant welfare to the local community. She believes educating children on sustainability is the most important thing we can do to create a green future!


Jessica Jeronimo

Communications Assistant Intern

Jessica Jeronimo
jessica[at]yourleaf.org

Jessica is LEAF’s Communications Assistant. She is currently working on a 12-week internship with the organization in collaboration with the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Youth Eco Internship Program (YEIP). She is passionate about living “green”, the environment and its wildlife, and owns six exotic pets of her own; four leopard geckos, an axolotl, and a jungle carpet python! In her spare time, she enjoys reading & learning about animals, web design, e-commerce, and Japanese; playing video games and collecting gaming memorabilia.


Janet McKay

Executive Director, Founder

Janet McKay
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 also a founding member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition steering committee. In her spare time,she enjoys hiking, travel and volunteering with a local dog rescue.