Staff Directory


Earth Day Canada President, Deb Doncaster

deb-doncasterDeb Doncaster has dedicated more than 25 years to the fields of human rights, animal welfare, environmental conservation, planning and stewardship, and green energy.  She was a leader in the development of Canada’s first community-owned, utility-scale wind turbine on the Toronto Waterfront and spearheaded several organizations, coalitions and campaigns resulting in the establishment of the Ontario Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program, the Green Energy and Economy Act, the Community Energy Partnership Program and the Aboriginal Energy Partnership Programs. In recognition of her leadership, she was awarded with the Market Transformation Award from the City of Toronto’s Green Toronto Awards, in 2009.


From 2010-2013, Deb served as president of the Community Power Fund, a $10-million dollar per year fund that supported community organizations’ involvement in Ontario’s feed-in-tariff program.

Since January 2014, Deb has held the position of President of Earth Day Canada. Her primary reason for joining EDC was to lead a strategic shift in focus toward connecting people to nature. For the past decade, she has worked tirelessly at the community level to develop innovative ways to get children playing outside — one such initiative is OAK (Outdoor Active Kids), which Deb founded, a stay-and-play opportunity for children within a local school community.

Deb holds Master’s degrees in Law from Carleton University (Ottawa) and Environmental Studies from York University (Toronto).


Toll Free: 1-888-283-2784


Deb Doncaster ext. 111
Director of Communications and Campaigns

Vanessa Farquharson

(on maternity leave until June 2018) ext. 207
Communications Manager

Lucia Ho ext. 107
Communications Assistant

Yusur Al-Bahrani ext. 130
Finance and Operations Manager

Nancy Doucet ext. 115
Director of Play Programs

Brenda Simon ext. 120
Play Programs Manager

Linda Naccarato ext. 203
POP-UP Play Programs Manager

Jane Pilskalnietis ext. 119
Play Programs Coordinator

Leila Barati ext. 117
EarthPLAY For All Coordinator

Danielle Lobo ext. 201
EcoKids Program Manager

Laurie Kassabian ext. 109
EcoKids Program Assistant

Stephanie Cormier ext. 125
Awards and Recognition Programs Manager

Jennifer Mack

(on maternity leave until January 2018) ext. 108
Employee Engagement Manager

Paul Erlichman ext. 104
Recognition and Development Manager

Cristina Greco ext. 106
Website Developer

Ronan Corr ext. 102
Website Developer

Chris Veloira ext. 131