Board of Directors

Minaz Asani-Kanji, Vice-President

Outreach Advisor, Park People

Minaz has worked in the environmental field for 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Minaz was formerly the Executive Director of the Toronto Green Community where over the last decade she has helped establish grassroots environmental programs to engage local communities. For four years, she worked as a Live Green Toronto community animator helping communities in North York bring their environmental projects to life.  Minaz currently works as the Outreach Advisor for Park People, a great, young environmental organization that is helping neighbourhoods create lively, vibrant parks for all people.

 

Michelle Bourdeau

Natural Environment Coordinator, Town of Richmond Hill

Michelle has over 10 years experience working in the field of urban forestry in project and program management. She previously held the position of Program Manager at LEAF and has also worked at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, implementing programs and conducting research. She holds a BSc in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto, is an ISA certified arborist and a certified Environmental Professional.

 

Colleen Cirillo

Director of Education, Toronto Botanical Garden

Colleen has spent many years in the world of nature interpretation, protection and restoration, including over a decade at Toronto and Region Conservation and 2.5 years at Ontario Nature. In October 2015, she took over as director of education at the Toronto Botanical Garden. In this capacity, Colleen brings a conservation and sustainability perspective to existing program and facility management as well as discussions regarding garden expansion. Colleen has served on many boards and committees, including the LEAF board for five years following its inception. She is thrilled to return.

 

Tenley Conway, President

Associate Professor, Geography, University of Toronto, Mississauga

For the past decade, Tenley has focused on the way residents and local groups interact with the urban forest in the Toronto area to better understand urban ecosystem dynamics.  She has a BSc from Cornell University and a MSc and PhD from Rutgers University.  Tenley is also involved with the scientific committee of the International Association of Arboriculture and the environmental education charity EcoSpark.

 

Stuart Grant, Treasurer

Office Manager, The Centre

Stuart Grant served as a director for a local charity in the 1990's and brings administrative and financial experience in the non-profit sector to the Board of LEAF. He currently manages an office building in the Annex area of downtown Toronto.

 

Madhu Mahadevan, Secretary

IT Consultant

Madhu Mahadevan is an Information Technology Consultant working at Okta. His work is focused on helping people and organizations be more secure on the Internet. A graduate from the University of Toronto, Madhu brings many years of experience and expertise in internet technology.

 

Terrie Russell

Principal, Board Rx

Terrie Russell has been a successful entrepreneur and change management consultant for close to twenty years. As the sole proprietor of Russell Hille Associates, she is known for her independent and objective thinking and prides herself on delivering results. Terrie’s proactive and collaborative leadership style has built her reputation as a trusted and respected coach and colleague. Her track record includes many successive and long term assignments for a clientele of over 30 large and small organizations across both the private and public sectors. As a founder and principal of BOARDrx Inc. she is now devoting her time, energy and experience to bringing more effective governance, strategic thinking and innovation to the not-for-profit sector.

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