Meet the LACF Board

Executive Committee and Board of Directors

The LACF Executive Committee and Board of Directors are dedicated individuals who bring their unique experience and knowledge towards realizing our mission of promoting and advancing the core values of the profession of landscape architecture. Highlight an image below to learn more.

Vincent Asselin

Founding partner of WAA-Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui et associés Inc.

Vincent Asselin, C.Q., FCSLA, AAPQ

LACF- FAPC President 2016- current
LACF Founding Board Member, 1987

  • WAA International Ltd, Shanghai, President
  • WAA Design Kuala Lumpur, President
  • WAA Montreal, Founding Partner
  • CSLA President, (2017-2018)
  • CSLA President (2001-2002)


"As a landscape architect, I think it’s very important to support the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF), because the objectives and mission of this Foundation go well beyond the boundaries of general expertise and practice of the profession. In fact, by supporting research and the publication of various works, the Foundation becomes an internal catalyst that allows us, individually and collectively, to achieve greater horizons.

_Vincent Asselin 

Eha Naylor

Partner, Dillon Consulting Limited

Eha Naylor, FCSLA, OALA

LACF-FAPC Vice-President, 2016- current
Elected to the Board in 2014

  • Chair, OALA Practice Legislation Committee

"It is a privilege to sit on the Board of Directors, as our profession is at an important juncture, and LACF is contributing to the improvement of landscape architecture in Canada. The Council plays a key role in disseminating the knowledge acquired throughout the country for the benefit of landscape architects in the pursuit of excellence. The role of landscape architecture is particularly important today in the face of climate change, which is why the LACF supports innovative research and future professionals during their training. "

_ Eha Naylor

Karen LeGresley Hamre

Avens Associates Ltd., President

Karen LeGresley Hamre, FCSLA, NWTALA

LACF-FAPC Secretary
Elected to the Board 2015

  • Former representative for NWTALA, CSLA Board of Directors

“I strongly support the objectives of LACF, so was pleased to be asked work on the grants jury and to be on the Board. Research is an important part of any profession, and this organization helps support research related to a broad ange of landscape architecture concepts."

_ Karen LeGresley Hamre

Peter Kreuk

Durante Kreuk Ltd., Founding Partner 


LACF Treasurer
Elected to Board in 2007

  • Chair College of Fellows (2010-2012)
  • Past President BCSLA (1990 & 2002)
  • Chair Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2015- present)
  • Director Park & Tilford Gardens (1990-2016)

“The LACF Board provides a chance to give back to a profession that has been good to me. Working with other landscape architects on the LACF Board provides a unique opportunity to meet interesting people who are motivated to grow the profession through support for students and research.”

_Peter Kreuk

Cecilia Paine

Professor Emerita | University of Guelph

Cecilia Paine, OALA, FCSLA, FASLA

LACF Scholarship Committee, Chair, 2018-present
LACF Nominating Committee, Chair, 2013-present

  • LACF President (2006-2012)
  • LACF Secretary (1988-2006)
  • LACF Grants Committee, Chair (1988-2004) 
  • LACF Board Member, 1987-present
  • LACF Founding Board Member, 1987-present
  • CSLA President (2000-2001)
  • OALA President (1988-1989)
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES (1999-2003)

"LACF supports research, communication and scholarship in order to expand our capacity to design landscapes that respond to challenging environmental, social and economic issues. With input from thoughtful and creative Board members and increased interest and support from donors, this is an exciting time to be involved with LACF."

_ Cecelia Paine 

Judy Bennett

LACF Administrative Assistant

Judy Bennett,


  • Administrator at Durante Kreuk Ltd, Vancouver, BC
  • Assistant to the LACF Treasurer
  • Adminstrator for ongoing business of the Foundation

LACF is grateful for Judy's contribution to the Foundation.  Judy has worked tirelessly providing administrative support over the last few years alongside the Executive Committee, Treasurer and with volunteer Board and Committee members.  She is our contact go-to person and we appreciate the quality of her work and her prescence.  Thanks Judy! 

LACF Board members   

Michelle Legault

Executive Director

Michelle Legault, CSLA, LACF

Michelle Legault is the Executive Director of both the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF). 

Following her graduation from Laurentian University in 1996 with a Master’s degree in history, Ms. Legault began her career administering a scholarly publishing program and yearly awards program at the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada’s Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme. In 1999, she accepted a position as an Information Officer with the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2003, she became Head of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Arts Services Unit and, from 2007 to 2012, was the Executive Secretary of the Public Lending Right Commission, where she managed the $10M national Public Lending Right Programme. Since 2012, she has been at the helm of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Ms. Legault brings key leadership strengths to the role of the CSLA’s Executive Director in the areas of communication, governance, project management, volunteer and member support and business and financial management. She is responsible for increasing the awareness and promoting CSLA’s goals and objectives, celebrating its members’ achievements, supporting education and research, developing policy, ensuring strong Board governance and enhancing the organization’s profile.

With their unique experience, knowledge and understanding of landscape architecture, the members of the Board of Directors are working to build a better future for all of us ...

Board of Directors:

Christine Abe

Principal/ Partner, MBTW Group, Toronto 

Christine Abe, OALA, CSLA, ASLA

LACF Director, 2019

Christine is Principal and Partner at The MBTW Group with 28 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture. She has a wide range of experience in various scales of projects including numerous site plan, mixed use, institutional, school, park, condominium design, streetscape and commercial centre projects. In addition, she has been involved in the master planning of parks, new communities, schools, and institutional projects. As a Principal at The MBTW Group, Christine is involved in all aspects of landscape architecture from the design and conceptualization of a project, to the working drawings, and finally through to the contract administration phase of a project.

I was honoured when I was approached to join the Board of Directors of the LACF. I think it is incumbent upon those of us that have been fortunate enough to lead successful careers in Landscape Architecture to support organizations such as LACF that do excellent work to promote the ideals and fundamental core values of the profession. 

_ Christine Abe

Gerry A. Eckford

ETA landscape architecture inc., Vancouver BC

Gerry A. Eckford, MBCSLA, FCSLA

LACF Fundraising Committee, Chair
Elected to the Board 2018

  • BCSLA – Director (1989-1990) Registrar (1990-1997)
  • CLARB – Regional Director ( 1997-1999) Treasurer ( 2000-2002)
  • LACF – Grants Committee (2012-2015 )
  • State of Washington Licensed LA

I have always believed in giving back to the profession that has provided me with the lens through which I see the world around me. As a seasoned practitioner, I want to support the current and future generations of landscape architects in achieving their scholastic, and research goals. My focus will be aimed toward achieving the highest levels of fundraising in support of all LACF programs and initiatives."

_ Gerry Eckford


Marilyn Gould

Regional Manager- Saskatchewan, HTFC Planning & Design

Marilyn Gould, CSLA, SALA

LACF-FAPC Director, 2019

•    Treasurer of Design Council of Saskatchewan (2014-2017)
•    Chair of Design Council of Saskatchewan (2011-2013)
•    SALA Representative for Design Council of Saskatchewan (2007 – 2017)

"I have always believed in giving back to the profession that has provided me with the lens through which I see the world around me. As a seasoned practitioner, I want to support the current and future generations of landscape architects in achieving their scholastic, and research goals. My focus will be aimed toward achieving the highest levels of fundraising in support of all LACF programs and initiatives.
_Marilyn Gould

Wendy Graham

Landscape Architect Consultant 

Wendy Graham, FCSLA, AAPQ

LACF Communications Committee, Chair (2014- current)
Elected to the Board in 2014

  • Landscapes | Paysages Editorial Board (2007-current)
  • College of Fellows, past Chair (2015-2016)
  • Art Director, CSLA LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES Magazine 2007-2018
  • Architect Paysagiste, Ville de Montréal, (1985-2015)

« C’est un grand honneur de servir la FAPC, notamment parce que mon père Don Graham, lui-même architecte paysagiste, a participé à l'établissement de la Fondation, il y a plus de 30 ans. J’ai le sentiment de reprendre le flambeau des idées originales qui ont inspiré la création de la FAPC et de jouer un rôle actif dans la construction d’un avenir meilleur. »

_Wendy Graham 

Faye Langmaid

Manager of Special Projects Municipality of Clarington

Faye Langmaid, FCSLA, MCIP

Grants Committee, Chair 2004 - current
Elected to the Board in 2004

  • LACF Grants Program Juror (1998-2004)
  • CSLA National Professional Awards Program, Chair (1988 1994)
  • Director and Vice-Chair – Ontario Parks Association Foundation, (2007-2012)
  • Vice-Chair – Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee – Port Hope (2010- current)

 « La Fondation contribue au renouvellement de la profession, tout en rendant compte de l’histoire de la profession au Canada. La FAPC finance la recherche fondamentale afin d’explorer de nouvelles idées qui repoussent les frontières de la profession. Le financement des bourses d’études et de recherche s’est accru grâce au dévouement et aux dons des membres. C’est un plaisir de servir comme directrice et présidente du programme de bourses ».

_ Faye Langmaid

Jill Robertson

Principal, DIALOG Edmonton

Jill Robertson, OALA, AALA, LEED-AP (ND), SITES

Scholarship and Communication Committees
Elected to the Board in 2018

  • Co-Chair, 2020 CSLA Congress in Calgary
  • Co-Chair, 2012 CSLA Congress in Halifax

 « En qualité d’architecte paysagiste passionnée, je suis fière de représenter notre profession et de promouvoir son avancement, son évolution et l’acquisition continue du savoir ».

_ Jill Robertson

Cathy Sears

Manager, Landscape Architecture, EXP, Calgary and Adjunct Assistant Professor, UofC

Cathy Sears, FCSLA, AALA

Elected to the Board 2015

  • LACF Governance Committee
  • LACF Scholarship Committee
  • LACF Strategic Planning Committee, Chair 2015- present
  • CSLA President, (2007-2009) 
  • CSLA Board of Directors, (2003-2007)
  • AALA President, (2001-2003) 

“« Siéger au Conseil est une occasion de réaliser les idéaux de notre profession et d’être en mesure de rencontrer des gens qui partagent ces idéaux. Le plus gratifiant, c’est de savoir que la Fondation soutient les étudiants et les professionnels dont les travaux influencent et renforcent l’avenir de l’architecture de paysage ».

_ Cathy Sears

Bob Somers

Principal, Scatliff+Miller+Murray 


Elected to the Board in 2017

  • CSLA Board of Directors

 “Through my time spent with the CSLA board of directors, I began to understand the important role that the LACF plays in our profession across Canada. The groundwork that has been laid is a testament to the strong volunteer capacity and leadership of our organisation that understands the need to continue advancing our profession’s role. I’m excited to be on the board and do my part to assist in the development of LACF’s future.” 

_ Bob Somers

Ed Versteeg

Instructor, Landscape Architecture, Dalhousie University and Principal, Ed Versteeg Landscape Architect

Ed Versteeg, APALA, CSLA

Elected to the Board 2015

  • Grants Juror since 2012  
  • Member on the Scholarship, Fundraising & Grants Committees

 « Il est important que les architectes paysagistes soutiennent activement la croissance et le développement de leur profession. La FAPC nous offre une occasion concrète de contribuer à l’architecture de paysage au Canada. La Fondation soutient ardemment la communication, la recherche et l’érudition en matière d’architecture de paysage depuis plus de 25 ans ».

_ Ed Versteeg

John E. Zvonar

Conservation Landscape Architect, Heritage Conservation Services, PSPC (since 1992)

John E. Zvonar, FCSLA, OALA

LACF Director, 2019

John’s many achievements include the management of the Conservation Landscape Architecture discipline within the federal government’s Centre of Excellence in Heritage Conservation and an active contribution to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. He has had varying inputs over the years to: Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada and Rideau Hall, and multiple NHSCs across the country and abroad (incl. the Canadian National Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorials).

Affiliations include: Member of the Examining Board, OALA (1992 – 2001); Jury member of LACF submissions to LACF (2014 – present); voting member for Canada of the ICOMOS-IFLA Cultural Landscapes Scientific Committee (2015 – present); and past-president, Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation (2009-2013).

 «On m'a demandé de« me lever »en partie à cause de mon rôle continu dans l'évaluation des soumissions du programme annuelle de bourses chaque décembre depuis 2014. Avec cette expérience, et comme je suis près de la« retraite » de la fonction publique fédérale, j'imagine que mon éventail d’expériences peut profiter au travail du Conseil et, en fin de compte, de l’AAPC.

_ John Zvonar