Steering Committee

Our steering committee includes representatives from 10 different organizations across the province dedicated to various green infrastructure focus areas.

Conservation Ontario

logo-conservationONA network of 36 Conservation Authorities: community-based watershed management agencies dedicated to conserving, restoring and managing Ontario’s natural resources. Conservation Authorities deliver programs and services totaling almost $300 million annually through more than 3,000 full time and seasonal, part time staff.

Representative: Deborah Martin-Downs, M.Sc., Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks-Unlimited-logoA national not-for-profit established in 1938 whose mission is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and grasslands to benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people. Our goal is to ensure abundant wetlands and waterfowl for generations to come while improving Canadian lives. Waterfowl are migratory. That’s why our conservation efforts impact diverse areas across the entire country—including your community.

Representative: Lynette Mader, Manager, Provincial Operations, Ducks Unlimited


logo-evergreenA national not-for-profit that inspires action to green cities. Evergreen collaborates with like-minded citizens from diverse corners of the community to help build shared knowledge and a common language and vision to accelerate change.

Representative: TBC, CityWorks, Evergreen

Forests Ontario

logo-forestONA not-for-profit organization created through the merger of Trees Ontario and the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA). As a united voice, Forests Ontario promotes and supports forest restoration, stewardship, education and awareness, and encourages and supports landowners in their efforts to plant and manage their forests. Forests Ontario also creates a strong public presence advocating for abundant, healthy and sustainable forests.

Representative: Rob Keen, Chief Executive Officer, Forests Ontario

Green Communities Canada

logo-GCCA national association of community organizations working with homeowners, businesses, governments and communities to reduce their impact on the environment. GCC has more than two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2,000 volunteers.

Representative: Clara Blakelock, Water Programs Manager, Green Communities Canada

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

logo-greenroofsA non-profit industry association whose mission is to develop the green roof and wall industry throughout North America. Members include green roof and wall professionals, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, components suppliers and nurseries.

Representative: Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

logo-landscapeON_NEW2An association representing 2,400 horticultural company professionals and 20,000 industry contacts. Members include landscape, maintenance and snow management contractors, landscape designers, lawn care operators, garden centre owners, arborists, nursery growers, interior landscapers, and irrigation and landscape lighting contractors.

Representative: Tony DiGiovanni, Executive Director, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)

logo-leafAn award-winning, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of urban forests through planting, education and stewardship. LEAF engages more than 10,000 program participants and volunteers across the GTA each year.

Representative: Janet McKay, Founder and Executive Director, LEAF

Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA)

logo-oalaAn association representing more than 1,400 landscape architectural professionals at various levels of membership. OALA’s mission is to promote, improve, advance and accredit the profession of landscape architecture by maintaining standards of professional practice and conduct consistent with the need to serve and to protect the public interest.

Representative: Sheila Boudreau, Senior Landscape Architect, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Ontario Parks Association (OPA)

logo-OPAA non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1936 with a membership consisting of professionals and companies working in operations, development, and management of municipal parks and open spaces sector across Ontario.

Representative: Paul Ronan, Executive Director, Ontario Parks Association

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

TRCA corporate logoA conservation authority with a strong history in watershed management and leadership in applying sustainability practices. TRCA owns more than 40,000 acres of land in the Toronto region, employs more than 475 full time employees and coordinates more than 3,000 volunteers each year.

Representative: Ryan Ness, Humber River Watershed Specialist, Corporate Strategy Lead , Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Executive and Committees

Steering Committee Chair: Deborah Martin-Downs, Conservation Ontario

Steering Committee Vice Chair: Paul Ronan, Ontario Parks Association

Urban Forest Subcommittee Chair: Janet McKay, LEAF

Stormwater Systems Subcommittee Chair: Clifford Maynes, Green Communities Canada

GIO Staff

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Jackie Hamilton is the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Program Coordinator. Jackie’s previous work experience includes coordinating the residential tree planting program at LEAF and consulting as an environmental scientist. An ISA certified arborist, Jackie has a background in urban and rural forestry. Jackie holds a master’s degree in forest conservation and an undergraduate degree in environmental science. 



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