Meet Our Team

Jim Robb

Jim Robb, Hon. B.Sc., B.Sc. Forestry

General Manager
jimrobb@frw.ca

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

Danielle Marcoux-Hunter, HBSc

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 in order to inspire youth and community members to become stewards for the unique urban wilderness found here.  When away from the office, you can find Danielle biking around downtown Toronto or relaxing lake-side at Bluffers Beach.

Kailey Chislett-Mohammed

Kailey Chislett-Mohammed

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.

Jarred Ewing

Jarred Ewing

High School Co-Op Student

Jarred joined Friends of the Rouge Watershed as a 1st semester high school coop student from Sir Oliver Mowat C.I. in 2018. Jarred went into his coop program not knowing what he would do for his future career. Thanks to Friends of the Rouge Watershed, he is looking into being an environmentalist or an arborist. Jarred enjoys hikes, relaxing in the woods and volunteering during his spare time.

Maathura Perapakaran

Maathura Perapakaran

Conservation Technician

Maathura joined Friends of the Rouge Watershed as a summer co-op student in 2018.  She is a Master of Environmental Science candidate at the University of Toronto. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Human Biology. Her passion for protecting areas of natural significance and wildlife encourages her to do her very best for Mother Nature. On her days off, Maathura enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog.

Nick Gavin

Nick Gavin

Conservation Technician

Nick joined Friends of the Rouge Watershed as a summer co-op student in 2018. He is studying in the School of Environment and Resource Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. During his time off school, he has worked in a variety of environmental fields in roles such as: land survey technician, residential and hazardous waste auditor and corporate sustainability assistant at a large furniture company. Nick enjoys nature hikes and gardening in his spare time when not working with Friends of the Rouge!