About Maple Leaves Forever

We are charitable foundation called the Maple Leaves Forever Foundation (MLF), Registration No. 875341927 that advocates and supports the planting of native Canadian maples in increasing numbers across the rural and urban landscape of southern Ontario. We own a woodlot in the township of Mulmur in Dufferin County north of Orangeville.

What we do

We provide saplings and larger maple trees to planting agencies and landowners on a cost shared basis. We do this by working with seed collectors and private tree nurseries so that a certified supply of seed zone identified native sugar, red and silver maple seedings are available to be grown into saplings and trees.

We  form partnerships with local, regional and provincial tree planting groups in southern Ontario. Examples of these groups are the Ontario Stewardship Network, Conservation Authorities, municipalities, city, towns, community associations, volunteers groups and individual landowners. We are committed to increasing the levels of maple trees planted. This means building relationships with an increasing number of nurseries to increase the supply of native seedlings and larger stock each year. It means building relationships with agencies and landowners who can harness communities to plant more trees.

Who We Are

Ken Jewett, Founder & President

Ken started in business with the Abitibi Paper Company in 1950. In 1958, he pursued an interest in cooking into a study of the frozen prepared food market. At age forty (in 1970), he left Abitibi and spent the next year arranging financing and equipping a plant for a new business called Marsan Foods. Marsan was chosen in competition across Canada as one of “The 50 Best Managed Companies“ in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and produces frozen meals for supermarket chains, restaurant chains and the health care field.

Jewett started community work as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He had a farm in the Brooklin area where he planted thousands of trees and opened the property for Scout camping. He was a former Director of the Toronto Advertising and Sales Club. Ken was a Big Brother and is an Honorary Life Director of Big Brothers. This was a ten-year involvement. Ken was Past President of the Canadian Food Service Executives Association. He served as Chairman of the Committee of Convocation at Trinity College School in Port Hope as well as serving on the Board of Governors. He owned East Bay Marina on Lake Muskoka and served as a Director of the Muskoka Lakes Ratepayers Association and is also a member of “The American Association of Therapeutic Humor”.

Ken is a Certified Seed Collector (No.195) and was a Trustee of the Trees Ontario Foundation from 2002 until 2007.Ken is the founder of Maple Leaves Forever and formalized its establishment in 2000. He is married to Edith Jewett. They have two sons and one daughter.