The Greenbelt Foundation is the only organization solely dedicated to ensuring the Greenbelt remains permanent, protected and prosperous.

We make the right investments in its interconnected natural, agricultural and economic systems, to ensure a working, thriving Greenbelt for all.

About the Foundation

The Foundation operates as an independent, charitable organization, and receives funding from the Government of Ontario and other public and private support to make strategic investments that bolster the richness of life in the Greenbelt. Since 2005, we have invested and leveraged matching dollars totaling more than $47 million through investment in farming, environmental protection and tourism projects to make the Greenbelt a great place to live, work, play, and grow.


Our vision is a vibrant and healthy Greenbelt with a protected and restored natural environment, a thriving rural economy, a robust agricultural sector, opportunities for outdoor recreation, and patterns of urban settlement that support the integrity of the Greenbelt.


The Greenbelt Foundation is dedicated to promoting and sustaining the Greenbelt as a vital, valuable, and permanent safeguard for our future that enhances the quality of life for all residents of Ontario.

Our Work

We protect and enhance Ontario's Greenbelt through education, research, grantmaking, and partnerships. Click here for details on our current areas of focus.

  See Our Work

Principal Supporter

The Greenbelt Foundation is grateful to its principal supporter, the Government of Ontario.


Board of Directors

The Foundation’s Board of Directors ensures the Foundation’s policies, grants, management, and investment reflects the mission to promote and sustain the Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Ontario.

Dr. David McKeown, Chair, Public Health Physician, Former Minister of Health, City of Toronto
Mary Lou Tanner, Vice-Chair, Deputy City Manager, City of Burlington
David Oved, Secretary, David Oved Environmental Communications
Joyce McLean, Treasurer, McLean and Associates
Mary McGrath, Executive Director, GreenLearning Canada Foundation
Heather Tay, Principal, Solve Consulting
Ray Duc, Forrer Farms
David Lindsay, President and CEO at Council of Ontario Universities
Danielle Collins, Economic Development Policy Analyst, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Franco Naccarato, Executive Director, Ontario Independent Meat Processors
Susan McGovern, Vice President, Ontario Tech University

Advisory Committee

An external Advisory Committee supports the Foundation’s grant-making activity.

Charles Stevens, Vice Chair, Member of the Management Committee, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Ed Sajecki, Planning Consultant, Founding Partner at Sajecki Planning Inc.
Mark Reusser, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Mark Stabb, Program Manager, Nature Conservancy Canada
Robert B. Gibson, Professor Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo
Sarah Winterton, Director, Nature in Economy & Communities, World Wildlife Fund
Steve Holysh, CAMC Chief Hydrogeologist, Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition


Office of the CEO

Edward McDonnell

Namgyal Dolker
Executive Assistant

Executive Committee

Kathy MacPherson
VP, Research and Policy

Shelley Petrie
Program Director

Cheryl Weldon
Director of Development

Claudia Hawkins
Director of Communications


We are committed to public transparency and accountability. If you do not find the documents that you are looking for, please contact us.

 Access to Information and Privacy Policy [PDF 104 KB]

 Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct Policy [PDF 278 KB]

Annual Reports

2018-2019 Annual Report (Foundation)

2017-2018 Annual Reports (Foundation)

2017-2018 Greenbelt Foundation Annual Report

2016-2017 Annual Reports (Foundation)

2016-2017 Greenbelt Foundation Annual Report

2015-2016 Annual Reports (Foundation)

2015-2016 Greenbelt Foundation Annual Report

Please contact us for more historical annual reports.

Board Meeting Minutes

All board minutes are provided in PDF format. You can download minutes from the three most recent board meetings below. Please contact us for more board minutes not listed on this page.

 December 6, 2018

 October 2, 2018

 July 5, 2018

Audited Financials

Our financial statements have been prepared by KPMG. In our commitment to maintaining organizational transparency, these statements are made available by individual request and are publicly accessible online.

 2018-2019 Audited Financials

 2017-2018 Audited Financials

 2016-2017 Audited Financials

 2015-2016 Audited Financials