(Left-right: Pierre Bélec, QC; Andrea Lyall, BC; Dorothy Dobbie, MB; Andy Kenney,ON; Michael Rosen, President; Léo Duguay, ON; Timo Makinen, BC; Jim Schedler, NB; Arnold Zweig, ON; Gary Bull, BC)

November 5, 2013 – Ottawa, ON

There are new faces to the leadership of the Board of Directors at Tree Canada, Canada’s largest national tree organization.

During its Annual Meeting in Wakefield, Quebec on October 23, Directors elected Jim Schedler, Vice President of Marketing at Irving Consumers Products North America, as Chair of the Board and Dave Domke, Manager of Parks and Open Space Division for the City of Winnipeg, as Vice-Chair.

The Board also welcomed two new members from Quebec: Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer for CN Rail and Pierre Bélec, General Director for the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (SOVERDI).

“Thanks to our past Chair and Vice-Chair, Timo Makinen and Andy Kenney, Tree Canada has moved forward in the past two years to deliver tree programs to Canadians that are customer-responsive and professional,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “We are confident that the new team with Jim and Dave at the helm will continue this trend of seeing Tree Canada grow in its role as Canada’s pre-eminent not-for-profit tree organization.”

Jim Schedler has served on the Tree Canada Board of Directors since 2009 and brings with him a wealth of experience in marketing and development. As Vice President of Marketing at Irving Consumers Products North America, he is responsible for both Irving’s branded paper products and the company’s private label program including its commitment to planting three trees for each harvested, third party forest certification and the Trees of Knowledge schoolyard program.

Dave Domke is the Manager of Parks and Open Space Division for the City of Winnipeg, where he oversees more than 600 staff members and coordinates urban projects including maintaining the largest remaining mature elm forest in North America. Mr. Domke has served on the Tree Canada Board of Directors since 2009.

Tree Canada’s Board of Directors look forward to working together to grow better places to live.

For more information contact:

Richard Walker
Director of Marketing and Communications, Tree Canada
613-567-5545 ext 224
rwalker@treecanada.ca