Michael is the President of Tree Canada, responsible for securing private and public partnerships, overall project management, governance and chief of Board and stakeholder relations. Michael brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. Michael was Vice-President of Tree Canada since 2002, responsible for project implementation, donor development, communications and technical standards.
Previously he was a Stewardship Coordinator and Forester for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources where he received the Amethyst Award for his work especially during the 1998 ice storm. Michael also served as an adviser to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's Tree Bylaws Advisory Committee, helped author the document Sustainable Forests in Urban Ontario, and managed the York Regional and Simcoe County Forests. He helped York Region pass its first tree cutting bylaw in the early 90's and has written articles on urban forestry, trees and private land forest management.
He graduated in forestry from the University of Toronto, possesses a B. A. in History from Trent University and has a diploma from U of T and Lakehead University in the Ontario Advanced Forestry Program. Michael is a Registered Professional Forester in Ontario and a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. He lives in Cantley, Québec.
Richard comes to Tree Canada with a wealth of experience in the public and private sector. For five years he held the position of Director of Communications and Press Secretary for three federal ministers in five different ministries (Public Works, International Cooperation, Heritage Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Industry Canada). He possesses over twenty two years of practical experience within the fields of marketing, public/media relations, event production, crisis management, sponsorship and sales. Richard specializes in business development and coordinated planning, while optimizing marketing and communication strategies with limited resources. He owned and operated his own PR and Event planning firm (NRW) in Montreal and has dealt regularly with key National media outlets.
Debra was most recently a key member of the Development team at the world-renown Canadian Museum of Nature and is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She graduated with honours from Advertising and Communications at Cambrian College in Sudbury. She brings with her over fourteen years of experience in the areas of marketing, sponsorship and philanthropy through her roles with various media and not-for-profit organizations including Alberta Theatre Projects and the TELUS World of Science - Calgary.
Marie-Paule has held positions with a number of NGO's including the St. John Multicultural and Resource Centre, the Tree House and was also the Technical Team Leaders at the Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. Marie-Paule graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry (Honours) from the University of New Brunswick and is a registered Professional Forester in that province.
Jim McCready, R.P.F., is the Program Forester with Tree Canada. He is a registered professional forester and a certified arborist. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he became interested in urban forestry through the person who defined the term, Dr. Eric Jorgenson.
After graduation Jim worked with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for 28 years where he held the titles of Forester, Forest Management Supervisor, Fire Management Supervisor, Area Manager and provincial Gypsy Moth Coordinator.
Jim is currently the President of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Urban Forest Network, Chair of the Carleton Place Urban Forest/River Corridor Advisory Committee. He serves as the local councilor for the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.
Cédric is responsible for administering urban forestry programs, participating in efforts to promote urban forestry in Canada, coordinating projects with Tree Canada in Quebec, developing plantation projects for certain sponsors, developing and managing the program "Grow Clean Air. "
A graduate of Université de Moncton in forestry science, Cédric is part of a new generation of foresters increasingly focused on environmental protection and sustainable management of forest resources. He is currently taking a class in a graduate course in sustainable management of forest carbon to the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Before his arrival at Tree Canada, Cédric had mostly worked in urban forestry and with environmental consultants. Cédric currently resides in Gatineau.
Laura was the Acting Communications Officer with Tree Canada in May 2012 and has previously worked with the web production team at the Department of National Defense. She has a unique combination of specialized skills and practical experience in communications and is well versed in web content and research analysis. Laura also has experience in graphic design and writing specifically for NGO's, such as WaterCan. While teaching English as a Second Language in Taiwan for one year, Laura gained a unique cultural understanding and honed her communication skills. She holds a diploma in Professional Writing from Algonquin College and a Bachelor's degree in History from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Janet has worked with Tree Canada for 4 years, in which she has been responsible for a multitude of tasks. After graduating from MiCann Business College in Business Administration, Janet has worked in the government and private sector providing administrative support. At Tree Canada, Janet is responsible for looking after donations, sending out letters and certificates, answering public inquiries and organizing files.
Wendy brings years of accounting and business experience to Tree Canada. Wendy earned a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), a B.Comm. (Business Administration) and a Diploma/Certificate in Quality Control before coming to Canada. Wendy has also completed a 2-year Business Accounting program with Algonquin College in Ottawa. Wendy is always available to discuss issues and challenges with key stakeholders, supporters, staff members and everyone interested in the well-being of the environment.