Maple Leaves Forever is happy to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Deb Pella Keen.
“I’m very pleased that we have found someone as highly qualified and committed to trees and the environment as Deb Pella Keen, to lead Maple Leaves Forever into the future. I will continue to be involved with the organization, with more of the responsibility for our operations moving to Deb going forward” Maple Leaves Founder Ken Jewett said about the recent appointment.
Deb is an experienced senior executive, having worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change throughout central Ontario. She was also Director of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, a provincial agency that works to preserve the Niagara Escarpment.
Deb continues to pursue her passion for environmental stewardship as Board member of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust. She was also a member of the Canadian Council for UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Committee and continues to work with the Landscape of Nations 360° Indigenous Education Initiative and Plenty Canada, a non-profit that promotes social justice and environmental protection in the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world.
Deb holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) from the University of Toronto and enjoys exploring the out of doors by foot, paddle, bike or skis with family and friends.
Maple Leaves Forever looks forward to working alongside Deb to support and encourage the planting of Native Canadian Maples. Welcome to the team!