Following an extensive cross-sector search, the Board of Directors of Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Leila Fenc as Executive Director of the Foundation.

Leila is a respected philanthropy and corporate responsibility leader with extensive experience in strategy development, communications, and organizational effectiveness. She has a proven track-record of developing cross-sectoral partnerships and leveraging stakeholder engagement to build effective relationships, and is well-known through industry associations, Board involvement, and speaking engagements.

Leila holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an MA in Communications and Culture through a joint program of Ryerson and York Universities.

She has held a wide range of positions including:

  • Senior Director, Community Investment at Loblaws Companies Ltd. and Executive Director, President’s Choice Children’s Charity
  • Director, Corporate Responsibility, Community Investment for Deloitte and the Deloitte Foundation
  • Director, Public Affairs of the MasterCard Foundation

Leila also has a long history of Board service, and is a former Board member of both Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Volunteer Canada.

Toronto is experiencing a renaissance when it comes to our parks, public realm, and urban forests, and as the Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Department’s official fundraising partner, the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation plays a critical role in engaging our communities, especially our philanthropic communities, in building, enhancing, and animating our common grounds – the parks and public spaces where we come together to build a healthy, connected city.

Leila joins a dynamic team of staff and volunteers at the Foundation who continue to deliver quality outcomes for donors, funders, and especially the City’s parks, recreational facilities and urban tree canopy. We’re excited to welcome her to the team.

Leila joins the Foundation beginning February 4, 2019 and she can be reached directly at