Jim Robb, Hon. B.Sc., B.Sc. Forestry
Between 1986 and 1990, Jim was the volunteer Vice Chair and then Chair of the non-profit group “Save the Rouge Valley System”. Between 1991 and 1997, Jim was a volunteer with Friends of the Rouge Watershed. In these roles, Jim worked with many volunteers to create the public vision and support that led to the 1990 Rouge Park announcement and 1994 Rouge Park Management Plan. Between 1990 and 1996, Jim was a Vice Chair with Ontario's Environmental Assessment Board and a Niagara Escarpment Hearings Officer.
Since 1997, Jim has worked with FRW's dedicated Board, staff and volunteers to generate public support and approvals for many science-based Rouge Park, Greenbelt and Watershed Improvement Plans and Rouge National Park legislation which prioritizes ecological integrity. Jim has also led FRW's award-winning ecological restoration work which has:
· educated and involved more than 61,000 youth and community volunteers and many partners;
· planted more than 709,000 native trees, shrubs and flowers, and 2,500 kg of native seed;
· restored 340,000 m2 of public land to diverse forest, wetland and meadow habitat;
· yeilded $Millions in annual public benefits by combating the growing impacts of pollution, climate change, flooding, and biodiversity loss.
Now nearing retirement age, Jim is busy mentoring a new generation of conservation advocates and volunteers to protect and improve watershed and community health, and ecological integrity.
Danielle Marcoux-Hunter, MASc
Environmental Project Coordinator
Danielle joined Friends of the Rouge in the spring of 2018. A Scarborough-native herself, she is passionate about wildlife conservation in the Rouge. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Toronto, a Master of Applied Science degree in Environmental Science from Ryerson University, and her Environmental Technician diploma from Centennial College. Through her academic and professional experiences, Danielle has grown eager to improve the relationship between humans and wildlife in urban areas.
In her role as Environmental Project Coordinator, Danielle combines hands-on restoration and advocacy in the Rouge with public education to inspire youth and community members to become local stewards of their uniquely urban wilderness. When away from the office, you can find Danielle exploring new trails, camping and taking road trips up north.
Seasonal Project Coordinator
Kailey began with Friends of the Rouge in 2008 as a co-op student from Woburn C.I. Working with Friends of the Rouge solidified a passion for nature that led her to obtain a diploma in Ecosystem Management from Fleming College. Kailey has taken on various roles since her initial introduction with FRW, evolving from a co-op student through to tree planter and project coordinator. Kailey continues to volunteer with FRW and loves to work with the Grey Tree Frog Apprentices. You can sometimes find Kailey visiting the Beare Wetland or the many trails in the Rouge during the early hours of the morning.
Kieran began with Friends of the Rouge Watershed through his co-op in 2020. He grew up in Pickering spending lots of his time in forests within the Rouge Valley. Although he doesn’t know what he wants to do for a career, he does know that he wants to make a difference. He is eager to learn about the native species that live and grow throughout the Rouge. Kieran is a big fan of forest bathing and enjoys looking for animals in the wild - his favourite animals include bears, birds and wolves. His favourite bird is the black-capped chickadee.
Jessica began with Friends of the Rouge Watershed by volunteering in the spring of 2018. Her passion for spending time outdoors grew and she joined Friends of the Rouge Watershed as seasonal staff in spring 2019. Her Honours Bachelor Degree of Arts in Geography and City Studies from the University of Toronto Scarborough has led her to work with NGOs in the past, with a special interest in wildlife conservation. Jessica’s future will continue to bring her closer to nature, as she will be starting at Fleming college in Fall 2019 for a diploma in Urban Forestry. In her spare time, you can find Jessica planning her next overnight hike - most recently she traveled to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park near Thunder Bay.
Josh joined Friends of the Rouge as a Conservation Technician in the spring of 2019. Originally from Toronto, he decided to pursue a career in Wildlife Conservation, with his current position with Friends of the Rouge being his first job in this field. Through the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Technician program at Sault College (Sault Ste Marie), he has learned to I.D. and appreciate the flora and fauna of Ontario. Josh tends to spend his spare time outdoors hiking and birding, having recently done a trip with his college to Michigan and recording 42 species in a single outing. His favourite birds are the American Woodcock (timberdoodle!) and the Red-tailed Hawk. He’s also a big fan of our native reptiles, and is currently considering a career in Wetland Conservation.