Our Board of Directors


Peter Wynnyczuk, Executive Director

 

Janani Sivarajah, President

Peter W.

 

Peter has been involved in Urban Forestry for over 30 years at the municipal level and is the previous president of the Ontario Shade Tree Council (now the OUFC!). He has also been supportive of Arborist-related committees and activities. Peter is the retired urban forest supervisor with the Town of Richmond Hill.

   

Janani Sivarajah, MFC, Ph.D. is an urban forest ecology, urban greening, and plant biology researcher, educator and consultant. Her transdisciplinary research explores the environmental services of urban trees for human well-being, including UV protection and mediation of ultraviolet exposure by urban trees. Over the years, her research focus has broadened to manage and find greening solutions to improve urban areas for people. She enjoys public engagement, science communication, and hiking through the woods. She is a member of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, Shade Policy Steering Committee and Lecturer at the Graduate Department of Forestry, University of Toronto.

       

Barbara Yaroski, Vice-President

 

John Barker, Director

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Barb brings a horticultural perspective to the OUFC from her background as a Garden Centre Sales & Production Manager and as Project Estimator of Wetland and Upland Restoration Projects.

    John is currently an Urban Forest Health Specialist at BioForest, where his focus is on forest health and invasive species monitoring, i-Tree studies, and urban forestry consulting. He is an ISA Certified Arborist with TRAQ and Oak Wilt qualifications, and a Certified Butternut Health Assessor. He is a graduate of the Master of Forest Conservation program at the University of Toronto and has a background in botany, urban forestry, and social science. John has previously worked for the Elora Environment Centre, the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.  

Sadia Butt, Director

 

 Justin Gaudon, Director

Sadia Butt is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the role of resident groups in urban forest governance. She has worked in urban forestry for the last 25 years as a practitioner, in forest ecology; as a researcher, investigating community engagement; and as a volunteer raising urban forest awareness through environmental education. She is also a co-editor of the book “Urban Forests, Trees and Greenspaces: A Political Ecology Approach”.      

 

Justin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo and rare Charitable Research Reserve, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. He has a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Toronto, where his research focused on biological control against the emerald ash borer using parasitoid wasps. Justin’s interests are in forest entomology, invasive species, and ecosystem services, especially within urban areas, and some of his other research has explored questions related to invasive species management, insect conservation, community diversity, and plant health.

 

Jade Schofield, Director

 

 

Jade is the Project Manager of Sustainability & Climate Change for the Town of Whitby. Jade brings eight years of experience working in the municipal realm (e.g., Richmond Hill, Ajax and Whitby), and her expertise ranges from developing policies and programs relating to mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change, enhancing and improving terrestrial ecosystems, and developing resources for increased public understanding of environmental systems.  She is a member of the TRCA Watershed Alliance as well as the current Chair of the Durham Natural Environment Climate Change Collaborate. Jade holds a Masters of Environmental Applied Science & Management from Ryerson University and Bachelor of Science from both Plymouth University, UK and Trent University, ON. She also volunteers with Forests Ontario in several capacities, including their conference board and the annual Envirothon.

     

Our Advisors

Jack Radecki, Previous Executive Director from 2000-2013, Toni Ellis,  Brenlee Robinson, Bohdan Kowalyk, Peter Dmytrasz, Fran Moscall, Adrina Bardekjian, Barb Boysen, Guy Brassard, Marshall Buchanan, Andy Kenney, Sandy Smith, Teresa Matamoros, David Pearl, Michael Rosen, Richard Ubbens, Philip van Wassenaer, Marc Willoughby, Shelley Vescio, James Steenberg, David Hunt, Barb Heidenreich, Jackie Hamilton