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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. They 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…

Lois

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Acting Advancement Officer

An 18-year ‘veteran’ of Evergreen, Lois brings deep institutional memory to her work, as well as a breadth of experience in program design and management, strategic planning, and fundraising.

She holds a Master’s degree in Geography as well as a BA from the University of…

Go to the profile for Lucia Piccinni

Program Director

As Program Director at Evergreen, Lucia works with community, staff and stakeholders to design and implement inclusive, innovative community and social enterprise programming. With oversight over multiple local and national projects, Lucia is passionate about connecting people,…

LeaAnne Ross

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Director, 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…

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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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Go to the profile for June Au, CPA, CMA

Director, Finance

June joined Evergreen in April 2015 and provides operational and strategic leadership for the finance department, including oversight of Evergreen’s accounting operations, financial analysis, reporting and budgeting processes. June served a variety of progressive positions in…

Go to the profile for Melanie Francis

Director, People & Culture

As Evergreen’s Director, People & Culture, Melanie leads Evergreen’s Human Resource and Volunteer & Engagement teams, with the goal of making Evergreen the best possible place to work and volunteer.   Melanie is constantly inspired by the amazing skills and ideas of her…

Go to the profile for Jaspal Singh

Director, Information Technology

Jaspal has over fifteen years of experience in technology, serving at a diverse range of organizations in industries including law, wealth management, manufacturing and government.

He is passionate about his approach to engaging with users and stakeholders, and aims to listen…

Mary Desjardins

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Program Director

As a Program Director at Evergreen, Mary is responsible for a portfolio of programs on issues ranging from affordable housing supply to Toronto’s ravine system.

Before joining Evergreen, Mary spent more than a decade working in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). As an…

Go to the profile for Suzy Wilcox

Director, Development

Suzy brings a mix of non-profit and corporate experience to Evergreen. After graduating from Princeton University, Suzy worked in Marketing and Development at several US arts organizations, including the American Dance Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing…

Alison Herr

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Program Director

Alison joined Evergreen in 2021. As a Program Director, her portfolio includes both national and local programs focusing on community resilience and civic commons. She also provides support to the ongoing growth and development of Evergreen’s program and impact evaluation…

Go to the profile for Helen Burstyn

Board Chair

Helen Burstyn has enjoyed a 40-year career in government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service. 

Helen spent much of her professional career in government, serving as the Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Deputy Secretary of the Premier’s Council and…

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

Vice Chair, Treasurer, Chair – Finance and Audit Committee

Prior to retiring, Anne was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Softchoice Corporation. During her 11-year tenure, the company grew annual revenues from US $70 million to US $1.2 billion. Anne spearheaded several acquisitions, took the company public and managed an evolving…

Go to the profile for John D. Coyne

Secretary

John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability advocating with industry groups and other organizations to promote ESG, circular economy and climate related initiatives as essential features of corporate strategy. 

John is Executive Chai r of the Board of…

Go to the profile for Jamison Steeve

Chair – Program Committee

Jamison has spent almost 20 years working in the public policy arena. He brought a thoughtful and results oriented approach to his role as the Executive Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, two of Canada's leading…

Go to the profile for Julie Bowen

Board Director

Julie has nearly 30 years of experience working in and with science centres and museums across North America. For over 20 years, she led teams in the development of innovative exhibits and programs for new and existing science centers and museums, including the completely new…

Go to the profile for Andy Chisholm

Board Director

Andy is a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Bank of Canada and RBC Group Holdings LLC. 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…

Go to the profile for Renée Gomes

Chair – Governance and Nominating Committee

Renée is a Registered Professional Planner and Senior Vice President of Development at DiamondCorp. She is a champion of creative, multi-sector approaches to city building and has led numerous strategies for advancing public policy objectives through commercially successful real…

Go to the profile for Carole-Ann Hamilton

Board Director

Carole-Ann has dedicated her time and efforts in making socio-economic impact on a national level over the past several years. She contributed to the Ontario Trillium Foundation where she sat on several panels namely, Ontario Communities, Youths and Francophones. She is actively…

Go to the profile for Shabin Mohamed

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 including as a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and a director of the Toronto International Film Festival. She currently serves…

Go to the profile for Ken Tanenbaum

Chair – Revenue Opportunities Committee

Ken Tanenbaum is the Founder and Chairman of Kilmer Developments, which has had a leading role in the construction and operations of such transformational projects as the ONroute Highway Service Centres, the Pan Am Athletes’ Village, Brightwater at Port Credit and the Province’s…

Go to the profile for Andrea DelZotto

Board Director

Andrea DelZotto understands that building is as much about creating community as it is about construction. As a member of the founding family of Canada’s leading condominium developer, Tridel Group of Companies, Andrea has been immersed in the residential construction industry…

Go to the profile for Tom Milroy

Board Director

Mr. Milroy is a director of Generation Capital Limited, a private family office located in Toronto. He is a director of APi Group, where he serves as a member of the Audit Committee and as chair of the Compensation Committee, and a director of Interfor Corporation, where he…

Go to the profile for Abhijeet Rege

Board Director

Abhi Rege is the Head of Marketing, Canadian Banking at TD Bank, and responsible for the development, management and execution of marketing strategies for all Canadian lines of business.    

He is an inspiring leader with over 20 years of experience building and leading high…