Stephanie McNeely, Director

Stephanie is a mom, nature lover and transportation engineer. She helped launch Forêt Capitale Forest to take an active role on community-led climate action. Stephanie loves exploring new places, learning new things and playing outside.

Shelley Lambert, Director

Shelley balances a career in software development with her love of growing trees and designing/tending food forests. She joined the Forêt Capitale Forest team to offer her skills and knowledge of tree care, corporate social responsibility and large-scale open-source project leadership and deployment. She is a problem solver and a teacher with a deep desire to improve the world around her.

Colin Taylor, Director

Colin grew up in Saskatchewan which has more than 50% of its land area covered by forests. Through family activities and Scouts Canada, he developed a great appreciation for the outdoors and the need to balance the uses with the need for regeneration. In the fall of 2020, after 21 years in practice, he retired as a partner of a CPA firm which included significant not-for-profit practice. Before that, he spent 25 years with three Canadian chartered banks. With his various volunteer roles, Colin has always wanted to “get his hands dirty”. In the case of Forêt Capitale Forest, it will be actual dirt or actively supporting the accounting and finance functions!

Phil McNeely, Director

Passionate about making a better tomorrow for his grandchildren and future generations, Phil McNeely spearheaded the formation of Forêt Capitale Forest to create a greener Ottawa. Before his retirement, Phil ran a successful engineering firm with offices across Ontario. He was formerly the MPP for Ottawa-Orléans and an Ottawa Councillor. In addition to his role at FCF, Phil is currently organizing Rotary Club initiatives to reduce the impact of climate change.

Andrew Kenney (Ph.D., R.P.F.), Technical Advisor

Andy is a Registered Professional Forester. Prior to his retirement in 2012 he taught urban forestry at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. He co-developed Neighbourwoods, a series of protocols designed to help community groups steward the urban forests in their neighbourhood. He is currently working with three groups in Ottawa with their Neighbourwoods projects. Andy enjoys kayaking, snowshoeing, woodworking and learning everything he can from the 100 acres of “bush” where he lives with his wife Brenda in beautiful Lanark Highlands.

Natasha Raseta, Sustainable Forestry Project Manager

Natasha is a recent Master of Landscape Architecture graduate at the University of Toronto, and sits on the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects governing council. Her extensive fieldwork experience in glaciology, alpine vegetation dynamics, and climate change—along with her experience planning and executing urban greenspace projects for not-for-profit organizations—made her a great addition to our team. When she’s not pursuing her passion for increasing our resiliency to climate change, she can be found volunteering, snowboarding, and spending time with her family.

Martin Nesbitt, Sustainable Forestry Lead

Martin Nesbitt has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph, majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. With prior experience developing climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives in the local environmental non-profit sector alongside many years of tree planting experience – Martin is passionate about promoting green spaces and sustainability. In his free time, he loves spending time outdoors, rock climbing and experimenting with fermentation recipes.

Innes Buck, Environment and Research Manager

Innes Buck has completed a Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management at the University of Guelph, majoring in Environmental Management. With prior experience in the environmental field, examining sustainable waste management options for farm plastics – Innes has shown a passion for solving complex climate issues. He loves spending time outdoors, running, cycling and hiking. Being from Ottawa, he is excited to improve the climate resilience of the city while working with this amazing team and the amazing communities!

Simona Wagner, Core Volunteer

Simona is a parent who is passionate about safeguarding natural biodiversity for future generations. With work experience in academic and medical research, she is now learning to be a gardener and tree steward under the kind mentorship of Forêt Capitale Forest colleagues. She likes to find adventures in nature with her family and friends, hiking in the forest and biking around the town.