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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…


Go to the profile for Kathleen Buzek, CPA, CA

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

Go to the profile for Orit Sarfaty, MUP

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…


Go to the profile for Lois Lindsay, MA

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…

Go to the profile for Jessica Dexter

Director, Hospitality and Events

Jessica is an event professional with a passion for guest experience, business development, and system implementation. As Director of Hospitality and Events, Jessica oversees the team of Event professionals who plan and execute all third-party events at Evergreen Brick…

Mary Desjardins

Go to the profile for Mary Desjardins, MBA

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…

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Go to the profile for Cam Collyer

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…

Go to the profile for Helen Burstyn

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,…

Go to the profile for John D. Coyne


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…

Go to the profile for Alan Dean

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 has spent the last 16 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 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 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 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 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…

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 and currently serves as a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and a director of the Aga Khan Museum and the Toronto International…

Go to the profile for Ken Tanenbaum

Board Director

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, the West Village at Port Credit and the…