Colleen Cirillo, Secretary
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. From October 2015 to July 2020, she was director of education at the Toronto Botanical Garden. In this capacity, Colleen brought a conservation and sustainability perspective to existing programs, policies and practices. Colleen has served on many boards and committees, including the LEAF board from 2005 to 2008. She was thrilled to return in 2019.
Tenley Conway, President
Professor, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto, Mississauga
For over a 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 and research committee of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the environmental education charity EcoSpark. She has served on the LEAF board since 2017.
Stuart Grant, Treasurer
Business Services Manager, Semi-retired
Stuart managed a successful small corporation in midtown Toronto and has also served with local non-profit organizations since the 1990’s. He has brought administrative and financial experience to the LEAF board, serving since 2007.
Research Scientist, Nursery and Landscape, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Darby is a Research Scientist and Program Lead at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. She works with the nursery-landscape supply chain including helping improve tree establishment in challenging urban settings. She has a MES and PhD from the University of Waterloo. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and Brock University. Darby was extremely excited to join the LEAF board in March of 2020.
Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto
Danijela is an Assistant professor at the Institute of Forestry and Conservation at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. Danijela holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Forestry and Landscape Architecture from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and a PhD. from the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Urban Forest Network (CUFN) Steering Committee and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo. Danijela's ongoing research is related to strategic, multi-purpose forest monitoring, community-based forest stewardship, and integrated spatial planning for forest conservation and restoration in settled landscapes.
Senior Coordinator, Sustainable Neighbourhoods at Credit Valley Conservation
Tooba is a community planner, educator and urban forester with strong roots in the environmental non-profit sector. For over a decade, she has led urban forestry, environmental education and climate action programs engaging over 70,000 people primarily from underserved communities. She is on a path to anti-oppressive learning and fostering equitable communities. She holds a MSc from University of Toronto where she published original research exploring the role of residents and community groups in urban forest management. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and an EcoDistrict Accredited Professional. She volunteers as a STEM/career mentor for young people and board member for Oakvillegreen Conservation Association. Tooba began serving on the LEAF board in 2021.
Senior Director of Tax, Altus Group Limited
Ying started her career as a financial auditor with Ernst & Young in 2009. After 7 years in audit, she transferred to EY's transaction tax team to work in mergers & acquisitions and gain further experience in law, HR and strategy. She now works for a real estate software & consulting company as the global head of tax. Outside of work, Ying loves to hike and garden and is passionate about preserving our natural environment.
Director, Regulatory Change Management & Regulatory Content, RBC.
Nick has worked in financial compliance for the past decade at some of Canada’s biggest banks. He is a qualified lawyer and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017. He has a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from the University of Bristol (UK). Nick previously volunteered for LEAF and is excited to join the LEAF board in 2022.
Senior Resource Recovery Program Analyst at the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority of Ontario
Stacey has spent ten years working in urban forest and environmental management, communications and policy in various positions with municipalities and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. She holds a Masters of Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto, and parents two young urban forest enthusiasts. Stacey was excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the LEAF Board in September 2022.