Maple Leaves Forever has a Board of Directors as well as the support staff team listed below.
Carl Mansfield has joined Maple Leaves Forever (MLF) in a consulting capacity as a tree expert, and liaison between MLF, its customers and its Nursery Partners.
Carl brings with him more than forty years of comprehensive experience dedicated to the production of tree seedlings and nursery stock at provincial nurseries in Ontario and with Somerville Nurseries Inc. He is well-known and respected for his cultural knowledge and expertise.
Carl graduated from the Ontario Forest Technical School at Dorset with a Diploma in Forest Technology. In 1968, he joined the Department of Lands and Forests, working as a nursery technician at the Midhurst Forest Tree Nursery (near Barrie). Post graduate studies included plant propagation principles and practices for bare root and greenhouse seedling culture; nursery management and administration course(s); nursery soils management; advanced tree physiology; weed science and management; seed collection and utilization; WHIMS and the care and use of pesticides.
He advanced through several positions at Midhurst before becoming Operations Manager in 1984. As Manager he provided leadership and technical direction to staff in all areas of nursery stock production; prepared annual work plans for the nursery and ensured expenditure control. This involved planning for, directing and implementing the annual production of twelve million seedlings.
Carl is licensed by the Ministry of the Environment for the application of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides in the nursery environment.
He worked with peers within the provincial nursery organization and outside consultants to facilitate the development of standards for seedling production, growing prescriptions, cultural and operational improvements and the introduction of new technologies that resulted in the production of improved planting stock for the Ministry and its many customers.
Carl finished his MNR career as Operations Manager at the St. Williams Forest Tree Nursery near Simcoe.
In 1998, Carl joined Somerville Nurseries Inc. to lead the development of its new Bare Root Seedling Division at Everett, near Alliston. Today, Somerville Seedlings has an annual production of close to four million seedlings and is recognized as the industry leader in the production of high quality trees seedlings.
Stephanie Douglas joins Maple Leaves Forever overseeing its administrative duties. For the past 10 years, Stephanie has worked in Finance for Marsan Foods Limited and continues to grow with the company. She has earned her diploma in Marketing & Business Administration from Centennial College and is actively pursuing her Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys gardening, knitting and participating in animal rescue whenever she can. She also volunteers in tutoring elementary school children and is active in her church’s community outreach program.
She looks forward to contributing her efforts to Maple Leaves Forever.
Webmaster, E-News and Social Media
Mary Bella runs her own company – Maestra Web Design – which has specialized in creating and maintaining websites for non-profits, small businesses and arts organizations for the past 19 years. She has created more than 100 websites for clients ranging from community organizations and registered charities to musicians, ensembles and artist agencies.
In addition, Mary is a professional singer and choir conductor, and volunteers with a variety of community organizations.
Emad Ali runs a marketing firm and brings creative ideas to boost our presence. Using digital and traditional marketing strategies, he is on a mission to create awareness of Native Canadian Maples and elevate interest in planting them.