Program Manager

Melissa Williams
416.413.9244 x11 | melissa[at]

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.


Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Jillaine Yee
416.413.9244 x14 | jillaine[at]

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 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.


Field Operations Coordinator

Brenna Anstett
416.413.9244 x16 | brenna[at]

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.


Residential Planting Programs Coordinator

Natasha Keshavjee
416.413.9244 x18 | natasha[at]

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!


Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator

Erin MacDonald
416.413.9244 x12 | erin[at]

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!


Planting and Stewardship Intern

Montanna Diakun

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.


Education and Outreach Intern

Erica Hazlett
416.413.9244 x20 | erica[at]

Erica holds a graduate diploma in Environmental Sciences and a Bachelors of Arts and Science degree in Conservation Biology and Anthropology from the University of Guelph, and aspires to obtain her ISA-Certified Arborist designation.  Prior to joining LEAF, Erica held a number of positions with various environmental organizations, including: working with Ontario Streams as a habitat restoration technician, working as a restoration field labourer for both the TRCA and CVC, and working as a nursery assistant at a native tree and shrub farm.  In her spare time, Erica enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her four-legged pal, Jerry, and binging on nachos and Netflix.




Executive Director, Founder

Janet McKay
416.413.9244 x17 |  janet[at]

Janet holds an Honours B.A. in Environment and Resource Management. She founded LEAF in 1996 and has focused on its evolution ever since.  Janet is also a founding member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.  In her time away from LEAF, she loves travelling, hiking and volunteering with a dog rescue organization.