Foundation Staff

Meet the staff at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. For information about our sister organization, the Greenbelt Fund, including staff, please visit greenbeltfund.ca.

Office of the CEO

Burkhard Mausberg
CEO

Namgyal Dolker
Executive Assistant      

Operations

Susan Murray       
VP Operations

Jason Rombouts
IT Manager

Michele Jenkinson
Accountant

Andrejs Rubenis
IT Administrator

Josh Bentley-Swan
Operations Assistant

Communications

Susan Murray
VP Marketing

Megan Hunter
Communications
and Program Manager

James Berry
Communications Manager

Kat Snukal
Digital Media Assistant

Kevin Cooper
Communications Coordinator

Andreea Nicoara
Communications Assistant

Alexandra Lucchesi
Communications Assistant

Thevishka Kanishkan
Designer & Program Coordinator

Grants

Shelley Petrie
Program Director

Felix Whitton
Program Officer

Sam Cheuk
Program Assistant

Research & Policy

Kathy Macpherson
VP Research & Policy

Thomas Bowers
Research & Policy Analyst

Sanique Robinson
Research Assistant              

Jessica Schmidt
Research Assistant

York Office

Lorenzo Catuzza
Director, York Region 

Melissa Coria
Communications Assistant

Niagara Office

Robin Garrett
Director, Niagara Region

Cody Pytlak
Communications Assistant

Durham Office

Lizzie Clarke
Communications Assistant

 

  

 

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CEO

As CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Burkhard Mausberg is a leader in making Ontario’s Greenbelt a successful and popular initiative.   

Burkhard brings to the Foundation both organizational talent and a passion for the environment. Prior to his appointment as the founding President of the Greenbelt Foundation, he directed the environmental programs of the Ivey Foundation – one of Canada’s leading private family foundations.

His background includes positions as CEO of environmental organizations that he transformed and grew into important forces for change in public policy, including Environmental Defence Canada, Great Lakes United, and the Environment Fund. He also managed the Great Lakes Program at Pollution Probe, taught environmental studies at the University of Toronto for eight years, and writes widely on the environment in popular and educational settings. As a volunteer on several non-profit boards, he specializes in board governance and fiscal responsibility.

Burkhard studied Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. Born in Germany, Burkhard lives in Toronto with his three young daughters and enjoys taking family trips into Ontario’s Greenbelt and travelling worldwide.

 

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Executive Assistant

Namgyal was raised in close proximity to nature, as she was born into a farming family. As she grew up, she was trained as an administrative assistant for the hospitality industry.

Barely three years in Toronto, after completing the Finance and Office Assistant Program from Skills for Change, she found herself working with Friends of Greenbelt Foundation under the Investing in Neighbourhood program and recently hired by the Foundation as EA to the CEO. Namgyal brings excellent inter-personal and organizational skills that proved to be a great addition to the Foundation.

She believes in the adage “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible". She is passionate about helping people, taking social responsibility and working for organizations that touch people's lives. 

 

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Vice President, Communications & Operations

Susan joined the Foundation in September 2009 after almost five years as an Account Director with Manifest Communications, one of Canada's premier social marketing agencies. She brings over 15 years of marketing, communications, and branding experience to her role, and has worked in Toronto, New York and Poland for a broad range of clients including the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, OCAD, Artscape, Goodwill, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Baycrest, Ophea, the Arthritis Society and Doctors Without Borders Canada.

Susan holds an M.A. in Political Philosophy with a focus on International Negotiations from the University of Toronto, a B.A.H in Political Science from Queen’s University and a diploma in Conflict Management from Columbia University. She volunteers as a mediator at St. Stephen’s Conflict Resolution Service in Toronto.

 

Kathy Macpherson

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Vice President, Research and Policy

Kathy joined the Foundation in May 2008, bringing more than 25 years of management, policy and program development, and evaluation experience in Canada and abroad. Kathy worked for 11 years in Southeast Asia, including with the World Bank on poverty reduction and directing a CIDA project to help build evidence-based policy development capacity within the Indonesian government. Prior to that Kathy worked in different Ontario ministries and Ministers’ Offices on a range of policy and program reforms. She was delighted to return to Ontario to find that the province had permanently protected prime farmland and areas of environmental significance in the Golden Horseshoe where she grew up. She enjoys everything the Greenbelt has to offer—from Niagara's peaches and other tender fruit to hikes on the Escarpment—and is looking forward to cycling the Greenbelt Cycling Route in 2015. 

Kathy has volunteered with a variety of organizations for the last 30 years and is currently on the Executive and Board of Crossroads International.  

 

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Program Director

Shelley came to the Foundation in January of 2006, from the Toronto Environmental Alliance, where she served as Executive Director for almost five years and as campaigner for ten years. Shelley has also worked for Great Lakes United and for Greenpeace. She has served on the Boards of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Wildlands League, and Greensaver. Hailing from New Brunswick, she went to Mount Allison University. Her interests lie in broad community partnerships to further the environmental, economic and cultural evolution of communities towards a healthy future.

 

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IT Manager

Jason joined the Foundation in July 2011, drawing from an extensive background in information technology and multimedia. Having spent many summers of his youth working on his grandparent's farm, Jason has formed a solid appreciation for where our food comes from. With the belief that technology is a tremendous aid in easing our work, Jason has proven himself a valuable asset to the whole Foundation team.

When his beard is not behind a computer screen, it is likely enjoying vegetables, catching the breeze on a bike trail, talking to cats or focused on a board game -- sometimes all four.

 

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Bookkeeper

Michele joined the Greenbelt Foundation in February 2013, bringing over a decade of experience in the accounting arena. Michele has worked primarily with small to mid-sized companies and her knowledge of software and databases has streamlined the Foundation's reporting. Since the Foundation utilizes public funds, she understands the importance of transparency and accountability, and works diligently to ensure the Foundation meets the highest standards of accounting.

 Having grown up on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Michele watched the development of the marshland and saw its impact on the local wildlife. A strong advocate for responsible development, she enjoys contributing her skill set to the Friends of the

Greenbelt Foundation team. Since joining the Foundation, Michele has developed a new appreciation for Ontario's Greenbelt and all it has to offer local residents

 


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IT Administrator

Andrejs joined the Foundation in January 2014, bringing with him over a decade of experience in the information technology industry. He studied Computer Science, Economics, and Psychology at York University, resulting in a Bachelor of Arts degree. Growing up on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Andrejs developed an appreciation for nature and the need to protect it. He has a love for photography, technology, nature, and the Oxford comma. He can sometimes be found discussing these topics with his cat, Monkey.

 

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Operations Assistant

Josh joined the Foundation in August 2014. He has several years of experience working in Communications roles for government, for-profit corporations, and not-for-profit organizations. A lifelong camper and nature enthusiast, he is excited to be working to promote Ontario's Greenbelt and the many opportunities it offers for campers and everyone who loves the natural world. In his spare time Josh works on his blog, travels, and is currently putting together a book of short stories.

 

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Communications and Program Manager

Megan Hunter joined the Greenbelt Foundation in 2014 after four years working for the Greenbelt Fund. Working on both the Market Access Grant Stream and Ontariofresh.ca during her tenure at the Greenbelt Fund, Megan helped develop market opportunities for local food in the Greenbelt and throughout Ontario. Megan now manages the Greenbelt Foundation's engagement program.

Megan has a degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations and Environmental Policy with more than a decade experience in sales, communications, public relations, and foodservice.

 

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Communications Manager

James joined the Greenbelt Foundation in late 2014 after spending nearly seven years in various roles within the Ontario government. He held positions as a communications advisor and strategic communications planner over his final years at Queen’s Park, collaborating on files, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs’ public communications opportunities.

 

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Communications Coordinator

Kevin joined the Foundation in January 2014 after over six years of communications and project management experience in projects related to urban food systems and sustainable transportation. He studied Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia.

Kevin is experienced working with youth, having worked as a facilitator and research assistant with the Think&EatGreen@School Project and the Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership (SOYL) Internship. He also co-founded Shift: an urban cargo delivery cooperative that uses large pedal electric cargo tricycles to move heavy goods in Vancouver's downtown core.

Originally from Vancouver but with family in the Greenbelt, Kevin grew up spending many summers canoeing in southern Ontario. He is a lover of food and both dense cities and wide open spaces, and believes in the importance of planning our urban and rural built environments in concert.

 

Andreea Nicoara

 

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Communications Assistant

Andreea joined the Foundation in April 2014 after having completed her MA in Sociology from McMaster University. She currently lives in the Greenbelt, where she enjoys cooking with vegetables bought at farmers' markets and loves exploring the trails found within the Greenbelt.

 

Alexandra Lucchesi

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Communications Assistant

Alexandra joined the Foundation in June 2014. Since studying journalism at the University of Toronto, she has been involved with We Canada, UN Women National Committee Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society in editorial and communications roles. With a cottage in Kawartha Lakes, she has grown a passion for fresh air, wildlife, and fresh local food. Alexandra enjoys running, cycling, and travelling, and can often be found cuddled up with a good book.

 

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Designer & Program Coordinator

Thevishka joined the Foundation at the start of 2015. She has a mixed academic background of Enviornmental Biology and Urban Design, which is reflected in her wide range of professional and volunteer experience. In the past, she has worked in design, consulting, outreach, and research roles at the Toronto Environmental Alliance, the Centre for City Ecology, Mott MacDonald Canada, and the Canadian Urban Institute.

She is passionate about building sustainable cities, where access to green space, local food, fresh air, and clean water are essential to a high quality of life. In her spare time, she draws, reads, goes to see bands, practices martial arts, and bikes everywhere.

 

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Digital Media Assistant

Before joining the Foundation in August 2014, Kat worked as editor and writer for a number of print and online publications. In her role as the Civic Impact Editor with Toronto and York Region magazine Yonge Street Media, Kat wrote extensively about government initiatives, regional planning, and the non-profit sector.

She's excited to be able to use that background in her role at the Foundation. She gets to write about the stuff she’s interested in, and she gets to write that stuff all the time.

Kat has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and a Master's degree in Geography, both from the University of Toronto.

 

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Program Officer

Felix joined the Foundation in November 2013. Originally from the UK, he brings with him more than five years’ experience in philanthropy, international conservation and ecological research. Growing up in the English countryside instilled in him a deep love of nature, and he has since travelled and worked in some of the most remote and biodiverse regions of the world. He was attracted to the Greenbelt by its visionary goal of balancing social and environmental needs, and sees it as a model for sustainable urban growth to be widely replicated.

Felix holds an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Nottingham.  

 

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Program Assistant

Sam Cheuk joined the Greenbelt team in September 2014. He has a BA in English Literature from University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. He's glad to re-wire his noggin towards something closer to his interest of yore (When asked for the first time in kindergarten what he wants to be when he grows up, his answer was entomologist), and looks forward to the many grant evaluation field trips through the Greenbelt. He's currently working on a graphic novel, an improv theatre experiment with the homeless population, and a creative writing workshop with an Aboriginal cultural centre.

 

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Research and Policy Analyst

Tom joined the Foundation in December 2014 bringing more than 10 years’ experience of research and analysis from working in the public, private, and not-for profit sectors. He began his career in the UK working for local government before undertaking an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy. This led to work for an international NGO before starting up a boutique environmental research and consulting company that worked with organizations wanting to improve the sustainability of their operations. He is passionate about building sustainable and resilient communities and enjoys the many opportunities for outdoor fun the Greenbelt has to offer.

 

Sanique Robinson

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Research Assistant

A down-to-earth and outgoing individual, Sanique takes on the role of Research Assistant with the Research Department. An excellent planner and the holder of an associate degree in Business Administration, Sanique believes her knowledge and experience will contribute greatly to the enhancement of not only the Research and Policy department but the Foundation on a whole. She’s especially thrilled to be a member of the Greenbelt family and incidentally, green is her favorite colour.

 

Jessica

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Research Assistant

Jessica is pleased to join the Greenbelt Foundation as a Research Assistant to build on her research work on the origins of growth planning in Ontario, experience as a project assistant with the Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network, and training through a Masters in Urban Planning. She is passionate about working towards sustainable communities in and around the Greenbelt, and enjoys its local food and outdoors recreation possibilities.

 

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Director, York Region

Lorenzo is a graduate of York University.  He’s lived in York Region for more than thirty years. In the last decade he has worked on a number of significant provincial policy initiatives and community building projects throughout York Region. These include Stage One funding of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and the initial proposal for the Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant.  In his spare time, he’s an avid photographer capturing both urban life and natural landscapes.  

 

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Communications Assistant, York Region

Melissa joined the Foundation in March 2015,  as a Communications and Outreach Assistant. Melissa is ecstatic to be doing environmental work promoting sustainable communities.

She completed her post-secondary education with a Bachelors of Environmental Science at Trent University and an Advanced Diploma for Ecosystem Management Technology at Sir Sandford Fleming College. She has a wide variety of working experiences in the field with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority doing restoration work and outreach, municipal waste audits with the City of Mississauga, and international research work for Trent University. She has had the opportunity to work internationally alongside environmental and community groups in Mexico and Indonesia. 

She can often be found paddle-boarding, hiking, cycling  or long-boarding around the Greater Toronto Area. Melissa is always excited to try something new, she is passionate about sharing her experiences and inviting others to do so as well. As a resident of the Greater Toronto Area, she is excited to reach out to the local community and connect them to everything the Greenbelt has to offer. 

 

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Director, Niagara Region

Robin Garrett joined Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to establish a Niagara Office and represent the Foundation on Greenbelt-related issues during the 2015 Review.

Robin is a results-oriented trailblazer with a track record of achieving strong stakeholder and employee engagement.

She has extensive experience working in the not-for-profit and government sectors including: 16 years in association management at two of Canada’s leading food industry associations; Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade; President & CEO of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership; CEO of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara; and Chair of the Board of Food Banks Canada.  

Complementing her work at Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Robin is a professor at Niagara College and teaches Sustainable Tourism Destination Development and Canadian Niche Tourism in the post graduate Tourism Management program.

Robin has a passion for nature pursuits including gardening, hiking, biking, backcountry canoeing and cross-country skiing.  She is a certified yoga instructor and offers “yoga in the garden” classes during the summer months in her beautiful hometown of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

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Communications Assistant, Niagara Region

Cody joined the Foundation in January 2015, and is excited to help the Greenbelt thrive and grow near his hometown in Niagara. With an educational background in both journalism and ecological restoration, Cody is excited to use his skills and knowledge to help preserve and expand healthy ecosystems and farmland. Prior to joining the Foundation, he performed biodiversity surveys throughout northern Alberta, as well as blogging about his experience as a field technologist. He has also volunteered with the local conservation authority on environmental and writing projects. In his free time, Cody enjoys being outdoors camping in the backcountry, bouldering at the Niagara Glen, and playing hockey on frozen ponds in the winter. If not outside, he can be found trying new recipes in the kitchen, or deep into a novel.

 

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Communications Assistant, Durham Region

Lizzie joined the Greenbelt Foundation February 2015 after graduating from Durham College.

Lizzie has emerged herself into communications and events for the past three years. She is excited to have taken on the role of communications assistant and is excited to be a part of the foundation while it grows.

Lizzie has lived in Ontario's Greenbelt for over 20 years and has grown to appreciate the simple things, such as, fresh air, forests, local food, and local farmers.

Every summer she escapes to her cottage in the Kawartha Lakes for canoe trips, boating and ATVing.

With an outgoing and friendly personality Lizzie is always looking towards the fun side of life.


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