Dr. Andy Kenney is a Professor Emeritus in urban forestry, agroforestry and tropical forestry. Andy is the past coordinator of the Faculty’s Master of Forest Conservation program. Andy’s professional activities are primarily focused on forestry issues in the inhabited landscape, or urban and peri-urban forests. Andy is currently investigating the relationship between urban design and urban forest structure. He is particularly interested in strategic planning in urban forestry and the involvement of stakeholder groups in the management of this important natural resource. Dr. Kenney served on the Board of Directors at LEAF from 2004 to 2009.
Deborah Martin-Downs is the Director of the Ecology Division at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. In this capacity she is responsible for the team of technical specialists in the fields of geoenvironmental, watershed planning, natural heritage, water resources engineering, water flow and quality, source water protection and environmental monitoring. Deborah returned to the Authority after 16 years in environmental consulting in the GTA where she undertook a variety of environmental assessments, land development evaluations and environmental restoration plans. She is an ecologist with specialization in aquatic environments. Deborah also sits on the steering committee of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.
Andrew A. Millward
Dr. Andrew Millward is an Associate Professor of Geography and the principal investigator for the Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group at Ryerson University. UFRED's primary focus is applied research that uses geospatial technology to document and explain urban forest presence and condition, with the end goal of furthering protection and enhancement of natural spaces within cities. Dr. Millward instructs courses in physical geography, quantitative methods and environmental decision-making and the design and construction of interactive internet-based maps detailing Toronto's urban parks and treed landscapes. He served on the Board of Directors at LEAF from 2007 to 2011.
Safoura Moazami is a Health Promotion Consultant in the Healthy Public Policy Directorate at Toronto Public Health. In conjunction with her divisional roles and responsibilities, she has overseen the operations of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition and its various working groups. She has been working with the Shade Policy Committee of the UVR Working Group since 2002 to promote the provision of shade, either in its natural form (trees) or constructed, as an effective means of reducing exposure to UVR and its associated health risks such as skin cancer. These efforts culminated in the development of the Shade Policy and Guidelines for the City of Toronto. Safoura is the Co-Chair of the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group (OSSWG). She holds a Masters in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. Sandy Smith is a Professor and former Dean of Forestry at the University of Toronto. She specializes in forest entomology, biological control, pest management and biodiversity. Her primary research is on ecological aspects of natural enemies attacking forest pests, and includes parasitoids, field population dynamics and non-target risk assessment. She also works actively in assessing the impacts of forest management on insect biodiversity, communities and guild functioning, as well as the mechanisms and effects of invasive insect species.
Philip van Wassenaer
Philip van Wassenaer is the principal consulting arborist and founder of Urban Forest Innovations and Urban Forest Innovative Solutions. With over 20 years of experience as a practicing arborist, Philip has been an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist since 1996 and a member of the prestigious American Society of Consulting Arborists since 1999. He has served as both President and a Director of the Ontario Urban Forest Council. Philip holds a Master of Forest Conservation degree with a specialization in Urban Forest Management, from the University of Toronto. In 2009 Philip was one of the first seven recipients of the ISA “True Professionals of Arboriculture” awards in recognition of his commitment to education and the advancement of arboriculture. Philip has worked locally, nationally and internationally on assignments concerning urban forestry and the preservation of significant trees. He served on the Board of Directors at LEAF from 2004 to 2008.