About Us


About Us

Project Learning Tree  (PLT) Canada fosters community interest in the benefits of environmental education and responsible management of Canada’s natural resources. We are committed to using the outdoors to engage youth in learning about the world around them—in urban, suburban, rural, and Indigenous communities, and using trees and forests as windows on the world to inspire action.

Contact Information

Project Learning Tree Canada
1306 Wellington Street West, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 3B2

info@pltcanada.org  |  Phone: 613-747-2454

Project Learning Tree Canada Team

Kathy Abusow - 613-747-2454
President and CEO

Kathy Abusow is President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. In 2017, Kathy led SFI to acquire Project Learning Tree, an initiative that uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment.

Jessica Kaknevicius - 647-797-1117
Vice President, Community Engagement

Jess is responsible for the strategic direction of Project Learning Tree Canada’s implementation and activities. She works to build partnerships in Canada to expand PLT Canada’s network.

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Mila Snejinscaia - 613-703-5570
Business Director

Mila is responsible for the leading the financial operations of PLT Canada, including reporting and compliance, in addition to supporting fundraising. 

David Folkerson - 613-565-0627
Director, Communications

David is responsible for PLT Canada’s communications and outreach, helping to bring our Green Jobs to life.

Zachary Wagman - 613-745-3706
Manager, Green Jobs

Zac manages the Green Jobs in Green Spaces initiative, which will provide over 1,600 youth in Canada with summer jobs through the summers of 2018 and 2019.

Tara Topping

Tara Topping - 343-803-0543 ext. 350
Manager, Career Education

Tara supports our mentorship program, develops career resources and works with guidance counsellors to support youth in pursuit of their green careers.

Paul Robitaille - 613-288-5856
Manager, Indigenous and Youth Relations

Paul is responsible for youth engagement for PLT Canada, in addition to leading the integration of Indigenous perspectives into our programming and content.

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Maria Chiarella - 343-803-0591
Green Jobs Coordinator

Maria is the Green Jobs Coordinator, helping us to support over 1,600 youth in 2018 and 2019 by providing administrative and communications support.

Project Learning Tree Canada Board of Directors

Karla Guyn, PhD (Chairman)
Ducks Unlimited Canada

Guy Gleysteen (Vice Chairman)

John Haufler (Secretary/Treasurer)
The Wildlife Society

Laura Downey
Executive Director
Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE)

Lennard Joe
Nicola Tribal Association

Gail Wallin
Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Kevin Edgson
President and CEO
EACOM Timber Corp.