Geoff is a co-founder of Evergreen and has been its executive director since our inception in 1991. Selected in 1999 as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” by The Globe and Mail Report on Business magazine, Geoff has also been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of “Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.” In 2005, Cape was inducted into an International Fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. In 2007, Cape won the prestigious Schwab Foundation’s “Canadian Social Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, Canada’s top social entrepreneurship honour. Cape is currently a board member of Parc Downsview Park, is on the Steering Committee of Lake Ontario Park, was founding Chair of the Sustainability Institute, and is a past member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation Selection Committee.
Seana Irvine joined Evergreen in 1997 and has been the Chief Operating Officer since 2010. As COO, Seana oversees organization-wide planning and budgeting, and facilitates the development and implementation of Evergreen's strategic plans and opportunities. Seana also oversees Evergreen's staff and volunteers, as well as risk management planning, policies and procedures. For 13 years, Seana was Evergreen's Program Director, leading the millenial-phase growth of Evergreen's national programs and the design of community programs at Evergreen Brick Works. She was also a key team member in the development of the Brick Works, including community consultation, site design and fundraising. Seana has a Masters in Environmental Studies (Planning) and an Honours Degree in Environmental and Resource Studies. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Stop Community Food Centre and Chairs the Board for the Sustainability Network. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Sarah joined Evergreen in 2009 as Manager, Capital Campaign for Evergreen Brick Works and was promoted to Director of Development in 2012. In this role, Sarah oversees Evergreen’s sponsorship and charitable fundraising programs. Her 12 years fundraising experience includes past positions at WWF-Canada, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and as a former board member of the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film and Video Festival. Sarah holds an LLB from the University of Alberta and an Honours BA in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young son.
John is the first Executive Director of CityWorks, a strategic initiative of Evergreen. Prior to joining CityWorks, John was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Cabinet Affairs for Premier Dalton McGuinty and served in other roles in the Office of the Premier, including Executive Director of Communications and Senior Policy Advisor. John was also Vice President for Strategy and Communications for Metrolinx. Prior to joining the provincial government, John served in various capacities in the federal government, including working for the Minister's of Infrastructure and Communities and National Defence.
Since joining Evergreen in 1999, Stewart has developed a variety of unique projects and resources to support the urban greening efforts of land use professionals and grassroots organizations. These include guidebooks, research reports, municipal policy guidelines and case studies. He led the growth of Common Grounds national community grant program that has become a one of the largest funders of urban habitat restoration and community gardening initiatives. He also developed and facilitated professional training workshops and seminars across Canada. A member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Stewart has worked extensively in the planning and environmental fields in the private and public sectors and speaks regularly at conferences and workshops across the country.
Cam is a Program Director at Evergreen, overseeing and developing Evergreen’s evolving national suite of programs that connect children and nature. This includes the award winning national school ground greening program—Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds—along with summer camp and school visit programs at Evergreen Brick Works. He has overseen the establishment of a national network of school ground design professionals, the creation of a large suite of print and web-based publications, the establishment of pioneering partnerships with schools boards across Canada and the distribution of over $2 million in grants to schools. Cam is also chair of the board of directors of Green Teacher magazine and is a co-founder of the International School Ground Alliance. Cam is a regular presenter at conferences, universities and in the media on topics of school ground greening, environmental education, and the connection between children and nature.
Manissa joined Evergreen as the Controller in March 2010 and was promoted to Director of Finance in June 2011. Manissa is a Chartered Accountant with 13 years of public accounting experience. Along with five years of audit experience, Manissa spent eight years at KPMG in its Mergers and Acquisitions department. In her spare time, Manissa enjoys volunteering for various charities across the city. Currently Manissa is the Treasurer of Serve! Canada and is bike runner for St. Christopher’s House’s Meals on Wheels program.
David Stonehouse was responsible for the design, planning and construction work that led to Evergreen Brick Works, and has been the facility’s General Manager since September 2010. David was the Coordinator of the City of Toronto’s Task Force to Bring Back the Don between 1991 and 1998. An urban planner, David handled policy files related to parks, open space, heritage and the environment while with the Policy and Research unit of the Toronto City Planning Division (1999 to 2002). David is a past member of International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board, a Canada-US organization that monitors scientific issues associated with the environment of the Great Lakes. David has been an advisor on restoration projects in Cuba, Bolivia, United Kingdom (Liverpool) and United States (Pittsburgh), as well as a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Toronto (Innis College). A graduate of the University of Toronto (BA, MScPl), David is a registered professional planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
As Creative Director, Lea Anne Armstrong leads Evergreen’s creative branding strategy, ensuring alignment across the entire organization—in digital, print and earned media. During her time at Evergreen, Lea Anne established and refined Evergreen's national branding standards and managed the launch of a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy for Evergreen Brick Works, which involved creative advertising and on-site signage to enhance visitor experience, as well as print and social media campaigns. Lea Anne has also managed noteworthy marketing campaigns such as Be the Root, Eco-Chic and Month in a Car.