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Our Team

Evergreen staff and citizens collaborating at a workshop. Image: Jamie McMillan/Crazy Dames
Image: Jamie McMillan/Crazy Dames

Building flourishing cities through thought leadership.

Our team members bring a diversity of perspectives, talents and experiences to city building.

Evergreen's Leadership Team provides the strategic direction to propel our organization forward, ensuring our programs build flourishing cities where all can thrive. Our Specialists are experts in their fields, called to time and time again to share their expertise through interviews, speaking engagements and conferences.

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Go to the profile for Geoff Cape, MM, CM

Chief Executive Officer

As founder and CEO, Geoff oversees the idea development and relationship building that advances Evergreen’s mission to create flourishing cities. Working with the Board of Directors and Executive Team, he sets overall strategic direction, goals, and priorities while maintaining…

Kathleen

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Chief Financial Officer

Kathleen oversees Evergreen’s finances and fiscal responsibilities. She manages Evergreen’s internal and external financial reporting and designs the systems and solutions to ensure the organization is financially resilient. Kathleen’s work allows Evergreen to be adaptable and…

Orit Sarfaty

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Chief Program Officer

Orit provides the visionary leadership to develop the programs needed to further strengthen Evergreen as an internationally recognized leader in placemaking. Orit’s work is guided and informed by the organization’s overarching goal: to drive urban innovations that make Canadian…

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Chief Advancement Officer

William oversees Evergreen’s Development, Communications, and Strategic Initiative teams, ensuring the organization conveys and embodies its mission to create flourishing cities. He is dedicated to putting in place the inclusive systems and policies that seek out and integrate…

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Executive Director, Smart Cities

Martin oversees Evergreen’s local and national programs that put into action our vision for flourishing cities. He makes sure that Evergreen adapts to the needs of the communities it serves and that programs evolve and grow to take advantage of new opportunities. Martin works to…

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Executive Lead

Cam is the driver behind Evergreen’s efforts to connect children, nature, and the built world. His work gives young people access to the nurturing natural environments and play opportunities that are a key part of flourishing cities. Cam developed Evergreen’s school ground…

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Executive Lead

Robert champions Evergreen’s efforts to create a Canada-wide network of academics, foundations, governments, and corporations focused on building flourishing future cities. He leads Evergreen’s work with Future Cities Canada and develops novel partnerships and innovations in the…

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Go to the profile for Alireza Anvari, MES, LEED AP O+M

Director, Facility Management

Alireza oversees Evergreen Brick Work’s 42-acre campus, ensuring that the site’s LEED Platinum and heritage buildings operate smoothly and efficiently. He works to keep EBW a physically resilient space that demonstrates the best of urban sustainability and green design. His work…

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Program Director

Isabel directs a program portfolio focused on Evergreen’s city building projects, including the Housing Action Lab, 100In1Day, and Future Cities Canada. Her work is driven by a belief in the importance of broad-based coalitions, and her projects work to integrate the strengths…

LeaAnne Ross

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Director of Communications

LeaAnne oversees Evergreen’s communications team and overall brand identity. She works to tell Evergreen’s story, finding compelling ways to communicate our mission to make cities flourish. LeaAnne ensures that when Evergreen partners with like-minded city builders, our story…

Marina

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Food Systems, Public Markets, Community Engagement, Hubs

Marina manages Evergreen’s initiatives related to food policy, public markets, and hubs. She works to change the status quo of city systems, like food, to make them more just, equitable, and sustainable. Marina developed Evergreen’s Food and Public Market Action Plan and created…

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Outdoor Learning & Play, School Ground Design

Cam is the driver behind Evergreen’s efforts to connect children, nature, and the built world. His work gives young people access to the nurturing natural environments and play opportunities that are a key part of flourishing cities. Cam developed Evergreen’s school ground…

Robert Plitt

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Urban Innovation, Future Cities

Robert champions Evergreen’s efforts to create a Canada-wide network of academics, foundations, governments, and corporations focused on building flourishing future cities. He leads Evergreen’s work with Future Cities Canada and develops novel partnerships and innovations in the…

Go to the profile for Ferruccio Sardella

Public Art

Ferruccio is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores interdependencies in systems, networks and circumstances. Through his art practice, he examines ways in which imaginaries inform behaviour and identity. Ferruccio seeks to integrate his artistic methodology into diverse…

Go to the profile for Heidi Campbell, MLA

Outdoor Learning & Play, School Ground Design

Heidi designs children’s play and learning landscapes that are beautiful, resilient to climate change, and nurture young people’s development. Her creative approach is driven by a desire to innovate, and she strives to generate new designs that address the challenges facing…

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Volunteer Engagement

Christine manages the more than 6000 volunteers who help support Evergreen’s mission for flourishing cities. She works to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to use their unique strengths and built the strategy, framework, and resources for Evergreen Brick Works volunteer…

Go to the profile for Kari Cwynar, MA

Public Art

Kari Cwynar is the Curator at Evergreen Brick Works, where she is developing a program of temporary, site-specific public art projects in Toronto’s Don Valley. The Don River Valley Park Art Program launched in 2017 with new works by Duane Linklater, Maria Hassabi and Life of a…

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Board Chair

Helen Burstyn has enjoyed a 35-year career in government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service. She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Social Venture Zone at Ryerson University and the Chair of Waterfront Toronto, a tri-partite government…

Go to the profile for George F. Dark, FCSLA, ASLA

Chair Emeritus

George is a senior partner at Urban Strategies Inc., an international award-winning planning and urban design firm that works to shape and enhance urban places through strategic action, holistic design and progressive policies. He has over 35 years of professional experience as…

Go to the profile for Anne Brace, MBA, CPA-CA

Vice Chair, Treasurer, Chair – Finance and Audit Committee

Anne Brace currently sits on the board and audit committee of Strongco Corporation (TSX:SQP) and is a director at Evergreen as well as the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). She also serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committees for OTN.

Prior to retiring,…

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Secretary

John has been with Unilever Canada since 1992 and today works with professionals and multi-disciplinary teams in law, sustainability, corporate and government relations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and safety.  He is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors as…

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Chair – Governance and Nominating Committee

Alan Dean is president and executive director of Brookfield Partners Foundation, the charitable arm of Brookfield, an international asset management company based in Toronto. Alan retired from Brookfield in 2008 after 20 years in communications, governance and shareholder…

Go to the profile for Jamison Steeve

Chair – Program Committee

Jamison is Executive Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, two of Canada’s leading think tanks. With a background as a teacher and a lawyer, Jamison has spent the last decade committed to developing and implementing…

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Board Director

Julie joined the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) in 2012 as VP – Experience and Engagement after four years at TELUS Spark, and 18 years at the Ontario Science Centre. At the CMN she is responsible for the retail and revenue-generating operations as well as programs, exhibits…

Go to the profile for Andy Chisholm

Board Director

Andy Chisholm is a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to that he spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs & Co, which he joined in 1985 in New York. He served in a variety of progressively more senior leadership roles within the organization during…

Go to the profile for Karen Clarke-Whistler

Board Director

Karen Clarke-Whistler has been the Chief Environment Officer of TD Bank Group since 2008. An environmental scientist, she spent more than 15 years consulting a diverse base of clients in North and South America, Europe and Africa prior to joining TD. Karen developed and leads a…

Go to the profile for Saleem Dedhar

Board Director

Saleem is the founder and president of S2S Environmental Inc., an environmental consulting firm providing a broad range of environmental due diligence services for the real estate sector. Previously the vice chairman and president of a private multinational environmental…

Go to the profile for Renée Gomes

Board Director

Renée is the Director of Development at Waterfront Toronto, the agency tasked with transforming over 2,000 acres of land as part of one of the world's largest waterfront revitalization projects. Renée oversees a range of development projects in the West Don Lands and East…

Go to the profile for Andy Macaulay

Board Director

Andy built two of Canada’s most recognized advertising agencies on business success created for leading marketers like IKEA, Pfizer, Unilever and Molson. As a partner in Roche Macaulay & Partners, he helped it become Canadian Agency of the Decade for the ‘90s (Marketing…

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Board Director

Shabin is a Chartered Professional Accountant and non-profit director. Shabin has volunteered on various non-profit boards over the past 15 years and currently serves as a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and a director of the Aga Khan Museum and the Toronto International…