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.


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.

Mary Lou Tanner, Chair, Partner and Principal Planner, Niagara Planning Group
Dr. David McKeown, Past Chair, Public Health Physician, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario.
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, Chair of the Board of Directors, Infrastructure Ontario
Danielle Collins, Economic Development Policy Analyst, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Franco Naccarato, Executive Director, Ontario Independent Meat Processors
Susan McGovern, Vice President, External Relations and Advancement, Ontario Tech University
Robert Messervey, Partnership Development, Native Plants in Claremont
Angella Blanas, Project Manager, Project Architect, Urban Planning & Design 

Advisory Committee

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

Robert B. Gibson, Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo
Charles Stevens, Vice Chair, Member of the Management Committee, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Steve Holysh, Hydrogeologist, Program Manager ORMGP (Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program)
Mark Stabb, Central Ontario Program Director, Nature Conservancy Canada.
Mark Reusser, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Sarah Winterton, Development Specialist, Carolinian Canada Coalition


Office of the CEO

Edward McDonnell

Namgyal Dolker
Executive Assistant

Executive Committee

Shelley Petrie
Program Director

Thomas Bowers
Interim Director, Research and Policy

Cheryl Weldon
Director of Development

Petronilla Ndebele
Director, Strategic Communications