2013 Conference Speakers

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Speakers are arranged in alphabetical order by first name. Please note, some speaker details may change. Stay tuned for more information on speaker bios and their session details.

Aabir Dey Regional Program Coordinator (Ontario), Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
Adam Hynam-Smith El Gastrónomo Vagabundo
Alex Redfield Head Farmer, Black Creek Community Farm
Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Alison Blay-Palmer Nourishing Communities
Allison Muckle Owner/Operator, Rowantree Farms
Amanda Sheedy Food Secure Canada
Amy Cheng Red Pocket Farm
Dr. Amy Proulx Professor and Academic Coordinator
Culinary Innovation and Food Technology
Canadian Food and Wine Institute
Niagara College Canada, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Anan Lololi Executive Director, Afri-Can FoodBasket
Andre Vallillee Manager, Province-Wide Grants, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Andrew Fleet Founder/Executive Director, Growing Chefs! Ontario
Angie Koch Fertile Ground CSA
Anne Bell Director of Conservation and Education, Ontario Nature
Anne Freeman Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network
Anthony Cervini Board of Directors and President of CanAg Travel (a division of FARMS)
Ayal Dinner Retail and Programming Coordinator, West End Food Co-op
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Barbara Emanuel Manager, Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health
Becky Parker Project Development Coordinator
Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc.
Bernadette deGonzague Senior Health Policy Analyst, Chiefs of Ontario
Bob Wildfong Executive Director, Seeds of Diversity Canada
Bob Baloch The Fresh Veggies
Bridget King Registered Dietitian – Public Health Nutritionist,
Health Promotion Division, Sudbury & District Health Unit
Bryan Gilvesy YU Ranch; ALUS; Sustain Ontario Co-Chair
Burkhard Mausberg CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
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Caitlin Colson Program Manager, Campus Food System Project, Meal Exchange
Calantha Elsby Elora Bread Trading Company
Carl Cosack Chair, North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce
Carol Popovic Public Health Nurse at Region of Waterloo Public Health
Carol Tyler REAP Ontario, Research Team
Carolyn Bailey Associate Director, EcoSource
Carolyn Webb Coordinator, Ontario Edible Education Network
Cassie Scott Green Thumbs Growing Kids
Catherine Schwartz-Mendez Public Health Nutritionist, Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Cathy Kolar Legal Assistance of Windsor
Charity Mahouna Hicks Coordinator, Detroit Food Justice Task Force
Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe Instructor, University of Toronto and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Sir Wilfred Laurier University
Cheryl Nash Eco-Perth/Lanark Local Flavour
Chris Ryan Walkerville Brewery
Chris Schroer The Hogtown Cure Deli and Cafe
Chris Jess The Food School, Fergus
Christie Young Executive Director, FarmStart
Chuck Schultz Executive Producer of the Last Crop
Clara Winnepetonga Wapekeka
Clare Wagner Manager of Community Food, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and Hamilton Community Garden Network Coordinator
Claudia Schmidt Senior Research Associate, George Morris Centre
Colleen Hill Manager, Heart Healthy Children and Youth, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Cory Eichman Vegetable Farmer, Saugeen River CSA
Cory Van Groningene Farmer, Co-owner/Operator of VG Meats
Courtney Daniels Program Manager, Integrated Waste Management Strategy, Environmental Services, York Region
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Dana Lahey Program Manager, Ontario Campus Food Systems Project, Meal Exchange
Daniel Brisebois Vegetable Farmer and Seed Producer, Tourne-Sol
Dave Kranenburg Director, Programming, Centre for Social Innovation
Dave Carson Chair, Hamilton Food Security Stakeholder Committee
David Alexander Farmers Growing Farmers Coordinator, Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre
David Fields Master Gardener, aspiring to start a farm business
David Cohlmeyer Sustainable Good Foods Consultant
Debbie Field Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto
Dennis Dick Vice-President, Seacliff Energy Ltd.
Desiree Pinkey University of Guelph, Department of Rural Developement and Planning
Don Mills President, Local Food Plus
Dr. Doug Weir President, Ontario Medical Association
Dru Monti Director, Michigan Farmers’ Market Association
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Elena Tochev Chef/Owner, Terra et Silva Catering
Elin Marley FoodShare Toronto
Elisa Levi Advisory Committee Member, Sustain Ontario
Elizabeth Anderson Community Action Coordinator, The Local Community Food Centre
Ella Haley Executive Director of Sustainable Brant, Organic Farmer at A Simpler Thyme
Emily Van Halem World Crops Project, Vineland Research Station
Erin Beagle Roots to Harvest
Erin Chappelle The Karma Project, Penetanguishene
Erin Kasungu Community Foundations of Canada
Ernie Hardeman MPP Oxford
Evan Bell Water Farmers
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Fran McQuail Holistic Management, Meeting Place Organic Farm
Franco Naccarato Friends of the Greenbelt Fund
Fred de Martines Perth Pork Products Ltd.
Freeman Boyd Former Poultry Abattoir Operator, Boyd’s Produce
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Gary Manoakeesic Sandy Lake Community Garden
Gigi Veeraraghavan Program Coordinator Healthy Babies, Healthy Children,Fort Albany
Grace Evans 3Acres: Tastebuds’ Local Harvest Program
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Hannah Renglich

Local Organic Food Co-ops Network
Heather Thoma

LoonSong Garden
Hélène St. Jacques

Chair, Toronto Food Policy Council, Informa Research
Hugh Martin

Agricultural Consultant
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Jackie Fletcher

Missanabie Cree
Jamie Reaume

Executive Director, Holland Marsh Growers’ Association;
Chair, Ontario Food Terminal Board
Jamie Waldron

Butcher with The Landmark Group and Author of Home Butchering Handbook
Janet Horner

Executive Director, GTA Agricultural Action Committee
Jeff O’Donnell

Team Lead, Healthy Eating, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Jeff Crump

Earth to Table/Landmark Group
Jenn Pfenning

Pfenning’s Organic Farm
Jennifer Laurie

Goderich Gardening Collective
Jessica Bolduc

Research Coordinator, Nordik Institute
Jillian Bishop

Peterborough Community Garden Network
Joan Brady

Manitoulin Community Abattoir
Joanne Pizzuto

David Suzuki Public School
Jodi Koberinski

Executive Director, Organic Council of Ontario
Dr. Joe Nasr

Associate, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Toronto and independent scholar, lecturer and consultant
Joel Aitkin

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
John Fisk

National Good Food Network (US)
Jonah Schein, MPP

MPP of Davenport, New Democratic Party
Joseph LeBlanc

President, True North Community Co-operative
Justin Nadeau

School Food Innovations Senior Coordinator, FoodShare Toronto
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Karen Burson

Project Manager, Hamilton Eat Local
Karen Campbell

Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre
Katherine Ozer

Executive Director, National Family Farm Coalition
Kathryn Scharf

Vice President of National Programs, Community Food Centres Canada
Katie Butterill

Owner, Smallholdings Farm
Katie German

School Grown Coordinator, FoodShare Toronto
Kelly Hughes

Education and Outreach Specialist, Regional Food Grant Program, Greenbelt Fund
Kendal Donahue

Food Strategy Coordinator, Thunder Bay and Area
Kim Delaney

Vegetable Seed Producer, Hawthorn Farm
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Larry McDermott

Executive Director, Plenty Canada
Dr. Lauren Baker

Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council
Laurie Thompson

Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology
Leslie Moskovits

Owner/Operator, Cedar Down Farms
Lindsay Pielack

Urban Garden Program Manager, Greening of Detroit
Lori Stahlbrand

Nourishing Communities Researcher
Lyndsay Davidson

Public Health Dietitian, Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit
Lynn Roblin

Chair of the Ontario Collaborative Group for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
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Malik Yakini

Executive Director and Founder, Detroit Black Food Security Network
Marc LaBerge

Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food/Ministry of Rural Affairs
Martin Tamlyn

Conestogo River Local Food Co-op
Martin Bohl

Director, Rural Programs Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food / Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAF/MRA)
Mary Lynn Biggley

Greater Essex County District School Board
Meredith Hayes

Schools and Student Nutrition Senior Manager, FoodShare Toronto
Michelle Tew

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
Mik Turje

YIMBY The Stop Community Food Centre
Mike Balkwill

Put Food in the Budget
Mike Turnbull

Plentiful Harvest
Mike Schreiner

Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
Moe Garahan

Executive Director, Just Food Ottawa, Savour Ottawa
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Nancy Rutherford Manager of Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Regional Municipality of Durham
Nevin Cohen Assistant Professor, The New School
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Ontario Christian Gleaners
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Pablo Godoy Agriculture Workers Alliance, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
Pardamus Owen Poplar Hill
Pat Learmonth Director, Farms at Work
Paul Sawtell Co-owner, 100km Foods
Peggy Baillie Managing Director, Eat Local Sudbury
Peter Ilnyckyj Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Phil Mount Principal Investigator, Project SOIL (Shared Opportunities on Institutional Land)
An OMAF/MRA New Directions Research Project; Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
(Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems)
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Dr. Ralph Martin Professor; Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph
Rashel Tremblay Farmer, Locally Germinated
Rebecca Hodges Training and Resources Coordinator, FarmStart; Ecological Farmers of Ontario
Rebecca LeHeup Executive Director, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
Rebekka Hutton Alchemy Pickle Company; Coordinator, Carrot Cache
Rick and Carolyn Feurth Ewe Dell Family Farms
Chef Rino Bortolin
Rita Hansen-Sterne Professor in Marketing and Consumer Studies, University of Guelph
Robert Catherine Culinary Instructor, Greater Essex County District School Board
Ruth Klahsen Founder, Monforte Dairy
Ryan Koeslag Executive Director, Agricultural Management Institute
Ryan Lock Director of Innovation Policy and Planning, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation
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Sally Ludwig Transition Guelph
Sam Fuller Manager, NOFA-VT’s Technical Assistance Program
Samantha Davidson The Table Community Food Centre, Perth
Sarah Dobec Public Relations/Education Outreach Co-ordinator, The Big Carrot Natural Food Market
Sarah Jackson Farmer, Uplands Pheasantry
Shauna Bloom Executive Director, Ecological Farmers of Ontario
Shewhat Zeru Afri-Can FoodBasket; Communications Officer, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Soni Craik Food Program Manager, Ecosource
Dr. Steffanie Scott Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Management,
Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
Stephanie Segave Regional Manager, Ontario Student Nutrition Program, VON Canada
Steve Ireson The Hogtown Cure Deli and Cafe
Steve Green Community Garden Network Coordinator, Windsor Essex County Community Garden Collective
Susan Chan Manager, Native Pollinator Program, Farms at Work
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Tamara Jensen Co-Owner and Operations Manager, El Gastrónomo Vagabundo
Tanya Mitchell Winemaker, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery
Dr. Tanya Basok University of Windsor, Author of Tortillas and Tomatoes
TBA Migrant Worker
Ted Soudant Fieldgate Organics
Teresa Piruzza Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.
Terry Daynard Former Professor of Crop Science, University of Guelph
Theresa Schumilas Garden Party Organic CSA & Food Hub
Todd Jaques Senior Project Specialist, Tides Canada Initiatives Society
Tom Manley Owner, Homestead Organics
Tom Schell Sustainable Food Systems, Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA)
Tony McQuail Holistic Management, Meeting Place Organic Farm
Trevor Benson Ontario Foodservice Designation Program Coordinator, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
Trissia McAllister Agricultural & Creative Economy Coordinator, Northumberland County
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Utcha Sawyers Food Justice and Community Food Animation Manager at FoodShare Toronto
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Vanessa Ling Yu Founder, FoodSpokes
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Wally Seccombe Black Creek Community Farm
Dr. Wayne Roberts Author/Speaker, Food Policy Consultant
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Zahra Parvinian Director of Social Enterprise, FoodShare Toronto

Aabir Dey

Aabir Dey—Regional Program Coordinator (Ontario), Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security “Aabir Dey is the regional program coordinator in Ontario for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. After graduating from York University’s Master of Environmental Studies program, where he researched the viability of organic vegetable seed co-operatives in southwestern Ontario, Aabir has been working for the BFICSS by connecting with seed producers and farmers across Canada to better understand the challenges they face in producing ecological seed.”
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Adam Hynam-Smith

Adam Hynam-Smith—El Gastrónomo Vagabundo “El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is an award-winning pioneer of Ontario gourmet street food movement, offering a continuously changing menu of globally inspired gourmet cuisine. Spurred by the increasing popularity of mobile street food in North America, El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is the first mobile food truck of its kind in Canada, featuring gourmet tacos, tapas, southeast Asian dishes, and garden fresh salads. Lovingly nicknamed “El Gastró” by its fans, the truck was featured on the hit Food Network Canada series Eat St. El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is brought to you by Australian chef Adam Hynam-Smith and his Canadian partner Tamara Jensen.”
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Alex Redfield

Alex Redfield—Head Farmer, Black Creek Community Farm “Alex Redfield has spent the past six growing seasons working on and developing farms ranging from a 1/2 acre community garden at Acadia University to a 15 acre organic direct-to-consumer farm in rural Nova Scotia to his family’s 120 acre conventional wholesale vegetable operation in Central Maine. He is currently one of the farmers at Black Creek Community Farm, a new six acre intensive organic vegetable farm and agricultural education project located in the heart of Jane & Finch in Toronto. Having accumulated several years of experience with a diverse range of production and marketing systems, Alex is just waiting to think of the perfect farm name before starting a farm of his own, please help.”
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Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk

Alexandra, Dr. Grygorczyk—Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
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Alison Blay-Palmer

Alison Blay-Palmer—Nourishing Communities
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Allison Muckle

Allison Muckle—Owner/Operator, Rowantree Farms Allison Muckle owns and operates Rowantree Farms in Sudbury. She sells her products (duck eggs, quail eggs, pork and vegetables) both directly to consumers and through retail stores. She has been selling through the Eat Local Sudbury Co-op Store since 2011 and participates in their co-operative, multi-farmer CSA as well as a new initiative selling meat to customers by the whole or side. Allison also sits on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and is working on a New Farmer Project for northeastern Ontario (in partnership with FarmSTART) to support existing new farmers with business management training and production skills workshops and to promote the northeast as a great location to start-up a new farm business.
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Amanda Sheedy

Amanda Sheedy—Food Secure Canada
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Amy Cheng

Amy Cheng—Red Pocket Farm
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Dr. Amy Proulx

Amy, Dr. Proulx—Professor and Academic Coordinator, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Niagara College Canada, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario “Dr. Amy Proulx brings food innovation and technology to the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College. As Academic Coordinator, she has defined course content and curriculum for the new Culinary Innovation and Food Technology Program, a unique program in Canada, integrating culinary and food technology training, with the aim of developing skills for food product development, entrepreneurship, and product innovation for the food service and manufactured goods sectors.
Amy is also the Technical Research Leader for the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre, a new initiative funded by the National Science and Engineering Research Council. The Centre’s strategic mandate is to provide assistance to small and medium sized companies with product development and technical support for
innovation and commercialization. She has worked with a wide variety of companies on diverse innovation strategies, and has integrated students into all of the projects, creating a space of learning and empowerment for the client companies as well as the students. A number of commercialized products have
been developed through the centre, however Amy would be first to say that the product she is most proud of is the students, who are equipped with job ready skills in HACCP and GFSI, food safety, regulatory affairs, and product innovation. Amy was a finalist in the 2012 Generation Next Award for New Exciting Thinkers, sponsored by Canadian Grocer, and the Food Industry Association of Canada. She is also on the National Board of Directors for the Food Processing Human Resources Council, and sits on the Food Innovations subcommittee.
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Anan Lololi

Anan Lololi—Executive Director, Afri-Can FoodBasket “Anan Xola Lololi is a Food Justice advocate, musician and a vegan. Anan is one of the founders of the Afri-Can FoodBasket (AFB) a non-profit Food Justice & Community Food Security organization that began in 1995 in Toronto. He has been the executive director of AFB for the last seventeen years promoting CFS and Food Justice in Toronto, North America and the Caribbean. Anan has a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University with a focus on CFS and a diploma in Business Administration from Centennial College. His passion is working in low-income communities to help create food secure communities. He was an executive member of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative based in Milwaukee, was an executive member of the Community Food Security Coalition of North America –outreach & diversity committee, board member of the City of Toronto Food Policy Council, past Chair of Food Secure Canada Diversity Working Group, administrative and food policy consultant of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, past Committee Member of Toronto Region and Conservation Authority Humber Watershed Alliance and was a food policy and urban agriculture consultant for FoodShare Toronto. Anan had also been a pass member of Sustain Ontario Advisory Council. He has lectured across Canada, US and in the Caribbean on community food security and food justice. Over the past thirty four years Mr. Lololi has done extensive community work in the areas of equity, food justice, community food security, social justice and anti-racism, including training, community development, organizing and running equity/diversity management, community economic development and youth leadership development programs. Mr. Lololi is still a member of Toronto’s most prolific reggae group Truths & Rights and a former founding member of the Black Music Association North America. Anan main body of work of recent has been focused around what he calls “Neighborhood Food Security” establishing food security initiatives in Toronto’s priority communities. To date he has personally work with 2 urban farms and over 40 community garden and engaged over 1,200 gardeners in Toronto in garden animation and youth leadership training.”
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Andre Vallillee

Andre Vallillee—Manager, Province-Wide Grants, Ontario Trillium Foundation “Andre Vallillee is a Program Manager with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, where he oversees the Province-Wide environmental grants portfolio. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, one of Canada’s leading grantmaking foundations, is the largest funder of the not-for-profit environment sector in Canada. Prior to working at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Andre held positions with Smart Growth BC, SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development, and UBC’s Centre for Human Settlements. Andre is Vice Chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network and currently serves on the National Board of Trustees of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. He received his Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Victoria and his Masters in Planning from the University of British Columbia.”
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Andrew Fleet

Andrew Fleet—Founder/Executive Director, Growing Chefs! Ontario “Andrew Fleet is an avid gardener and local food enthusiast. As the founder and Executive Director of Growing Chefs! Ontario Andrew has designed, implemented and coordinated several successful food education programs that have served thousands of children and youth in London and area.
Andrew has coordinated the Classroom Gardening Project in London since 2008 has been offered in over 75 schools and involved over 50 local professional chefs. Andrew contributed to the design and pilot of the Cook It Up! Program for at-risk youth with the London Community Resource Centre and The Fresh Food Frenzy Project with the Covent Garden Market – both programs have now been adopted by Growing Chefs! and are being run under Andrew’s guidance. Over the past 15 years Andrew has worked as a restaurant manager, cook, server and bartender in several National award-winning restaurants in London and Vancouver B.C.”
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Angie Koch

Angie Koch—Fertile Ground CSA “After devoting 10 years of her life to the field of community development and social work, Angie made a shift in the direction of agriculture. Completing a full-season internship on a farm near Orangeville did the opposite of getting the farming bug out of her system and she started up her own vegetable CSA just outside of Waterloo. Angie is passionate about growing food and dreaming up ways to use her farm as a community development tool. Heading into her 5th season with Fertile Ground , Angie is excited about what the future holds, although she’s never quite certain how it will emerge!”
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Anne Bell

Anne Bell—Director of Conservation and Education, Ontario Nature
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Anne Freeman

Anne Freeman—Greenbelt Farmers Market Network
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Anthony Cervini

Anthony Cervini—Board of Directors and President of CanAg Travel (a division of FARMS)
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Ayal Dinner

Ayal Dinner—Retail and Programming Coordinator, West End Food Co-op “Ayal Dinner has worked in various capacities around community food programming, food production, and local food issues. Most recently he worked as a community food animator with FoodShare Toronto, and is a founder of the West End Food Co-op.”
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Barbara Emanuel

Barbara Emanuel—Manager, Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health “Barbara Emanuel is the manager of the Toronto Food Strategy. The strategy proposes a new vision for Toronto’s food – one that integrates health and city building. The intent is to build food connections across and within city divisions and between city government and community, thereby helping to create a healthy and sustainable food system for all. The food strategy applies an integrated food systems approach and focuses on both research and trying out innovative initiatives while engaging community and changing the regulatory environment. Prior to her work on the food strategy, Barbara worked on a variety of social development and public health policy initiatives in the City of Toronto. Before working for the City of Toronto, Barbara worked at the Development Education Centre, an adult education centre dedicated to international development issues.
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Becky Parker

Becky Parker—Project Development Coordinator Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. “Becky grew up as the seventh generation on a mixed-livestock farm outside of Guelph,Ontario. After attending the University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Applied Science, she completed a Bachelor of Education in Ottawa. Recently she received a Masters of Education with a Diploma in Environmental and Sustainability Education. She is on the Steering Committee for the Imagine a Garden in Every School campaign, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Prince Edward County 4-H Association. As an Ontario Certified Teacher, she combines her background in education with a passion for agriculture in her work with Ontario Agri-Food Education (OAFE).
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Bernadette deGonzague

Bernadette deGonzague—Senior Health Policy Analyst, Chiefs of Ontario “Bernadette is Abenaki from the community of Odanak, PQ. She is a former Registered Dietitian, having worked for several years in hospital food service management and clinical dietetics before pursuing a M.Sc. degree. Her Master’s research thesis explored the value of traditional food among Ojibwe people in two communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She worked for 12 years as a Community Dietitian at Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, Manitoulin Island, and the Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre in London, as Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator providing prevention activities including healthy eating and active living programs. She is currently employed as Sr. Health Policy Analyst with Chiefs of Ontario, working on files pertaining to the First Nations Health Promotion, food security, mental wellness, and Non-insured Health Benefits. Bernadette was co-founder of the Aboriginal Nutrition Network of Dietitians of Canada and continues to advocate for promoting Aboriginal health human resources whenever possible. Her favourite traditional food is smoked whitefish, and spends her time biking, running, golfing, and spending time with 5 grandchildren!”
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Bob Wildfong

Bob Wildfong—Executive Director, Seeds of Diversity Canada “Bob Wildfong has been saving seeds and teaching about food biodiversity for over 20 years. As the Executive Director of Seeds of Diversity Canada, Bob helps connect seed savers from coast to coast to rescue endangered Canadian seeds and food plants. Through Seeds of Diversity’s Pollination Canada program, and as a steering member of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, he is helping to protect the native bees and pollinating insects that sustain our food and natural ecosystems. Bob has been instrumental in shaping the dialogue of seed conversation in Canada, and is a key partner in developing and implementing the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.”
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Bob Baloch

Bob Baloch—The Fresh Veggies
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Bridget King

Bridget King—Registered Dietitian – Public Health Nutritionist, Health Promotion Division, Sudbury District Health Unit “Bridget King is a Public Health Nutritionist with the Sudbury & District Health Unit. While studying to become a registered dietitian she had the opportunity to work at FoodShare Toronto where she learned about a number of community based food programs including the Good Food Box program. The lessons she learned while working at FoodShare and with other community based food programs influence her current work in the Sudbury and Manitoulin district where she works in the area of community food security including supporting the operation of a Good Food Box program that reaches many communities in the health unit’s district.”
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Bryan Gilvesy

Bryan Gilvesy—YU Ranch; ALUS; Sustain Ontario Co-Chair “Bryan Gilvesy is a farmer and proprietor of the Y U Ranch, producing grass fed beef in Norfolk County, Ontario. Since 2006, he has been an advocate of valuing nature’s benefits to engage communities and farmers as key environmental solution providers. Brian is Eastern Canada Lead of ALUS (Alternative Lands Use Services) and Co-Chair of the Sustain Ontario Steering Committee. He is helping lead conversations around sustainability and building sustainable value. Brian is a two-time winner of the Premier’s Award For Ag Innovation and winner of the 2013 Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award; the 2012 Environment Minister’s Award For Environmental Excellence; and the 2008 Canadian Agri-Food Award Of Excellence For Environmental Stewardship. Bryan holds a degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.”
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Burkhard Mausberg

Burkhard Mausberg—CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation ”
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Caitlin Colson

Caitlin Colson—Program Manager, Campus Food System Project, Meal Exchange “Caitlin Colson is a Manager of the National Campus Food Systems Project with Meal Exchange. Caitlin has been working on the project since its launch in 2011. The Campus Food Systems Project supports student leaders to work with their campuses and communities to bring more local, sustainable foods into campus dining halls through student engagement, applied student research, and multi-stakeholder organizing. Caitlin also facilitated the development of the National Student Food Charter – a process that engaged students on campuses from coast to coast in creating a holistic vision and values for campus food systems in Canada; the Charter is now being used to guide policy and programming on campuses. Caitlin is inspired by the ways in which students and campuses are working with their communities and mobilizing their resources to develop innovative models for increasingly local, sustainable, and equitable food systems.”
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Calantha Elsby

Calantha Elsby—Elora Bread Trading Company “Calantha Elsby is the co-owner of the Elora Bread Trading Co., a small-scale artisan bread bakery that operates according to a non-competitive business model that seeks to build relationships within and across-sectors in order to build stronger local economies. She is also the founder of the Ontario Bread Bakers Guild, a recently established not-for-profit organization the role of which is to represent, advocate for, and support small-scale artisan bakers and bakeries in Ontario, as well as to provide channels for knowledge-transfer and resource-sharing between bakers and bakery owners. She also works for Taste Real Guelph Wellington Local Food helping to promote local food providers and producers in the region.”
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Carl Cosack

Carl Cosack—Chair, North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce “Carl Cosack has raised cattle at Peace Valley Ranch since the middle of 1975. This 1200-acre ranch has survived the full frontal hit by the 1985 tornado, its legacy is still being felt today. With his wife Natalie, along with four children ages 22 to 13, three of those in university, they manage 100 black angus cows, a freezer beef business and some 30 horses. The love of cows and horses has led them to develop the agro-tourism business of Rawhide Adventures where city slickers can come and learn the skills of true western-style horsemanship and livestock management. He is a huge fan of John Wayne and loves everything “western”. Carl has been a NDACT board member since that organization’s inception in January of 2009 and took the Chair seat in November, 2011. He is extremely proud of the fact that NDACT is supported by the tireless work of hundreds of volunteers. Their work is the reason this insane application was defeated and better ARA polices will emerge”
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Carol Popovic

Carol Popovic—Public Health Nurse at Region of Waterloo Public Health “Carol Popovic is a member of the Healthy Eating and Active Communities Team. Since 2000 she has been instrumental in the creation of a healthy community food system. Carol has played a leadership role in three recent projects to build an inclusive garden movement in Waterloo Region. This includes a community garden capacity building project, an ethno-cultural outreach project, and most recently an accessible garden project. This accessible garden project will provide gardening opportunities for those in wheelchairs and with mobility challenges in four urban locations. Since 2005, the number of gardens in the Region has increased from thirty one to sixty three. Carol reaches out to a wider array of community organizations and volunteers in the course of her work. Carol also has expertise in policy development and implementation relating to community gardens. She has worked to promote community gardening within the Region of Waterloo through the development of its Regional Official Plan and has provided training on policy advocacy to community partners so they can influence municipal and township level governments in creating and implementing supportive community garden policies. (The Region of Waterloo features a bi-level municipal structure consisting of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, three cities; Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo, and four townships, North Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich.”
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Carol Tyler

Carol Tyler—REAP Ontario, Research Team
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Carolyn Bailey

Carolyn Bailey—Associate Director, EcoSource “Carolyn has worked with Ecosource since 2008 to develop community gardens, food, health, and urban agriculture programs. Carolyn holds an Honours BA from McGill University, and completed both the Organic Farming apprenticeship at the Everdale Environmental Learning Centre and University of Guelph Young Conservation Professionals (YCP) program. Carolyn is a past participant in the Farmstart McVean Incubator Farm and worked professionally in the organic farming sector before joining Ecosource. Carolyn is as an advisory board member with the Region of Peel’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy, a member of the United Way of Peel’s Neighbourhood Development Committee, and co-chair of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy’s Food Security Taskforce. Carolyn believes passionately in experiential learning and building community food security through urban agriculture and organic gardening.”
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Carolyn Webb

Carolyn Webb—Coordinator, Ontario Edible Education Network “Carolyn Webb comes to the position of Coordinator for the Ontario Edible Education Network with over six years of environmental policy experience and almost a decade of experience building a network. Prior to Sustain Ontario, Carolyn worked for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), where her roles including project management, fundraising, volunteer and intern coordination, communications, and strategic and operational planning. Alongside these efforts, Carolyn co-founded InterChange: International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding, a network for peacebuilders to support one another with the aim of nurturing and developing dynamic, durable and positive peace. Carolyn studied Environmental Science at the University of Guelph and received her Masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE.”
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Cassie Scott

Cassie Scott—Green Thumbs Growing Kids
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Catherine Schwartz-Mendez

Catherine Schwartz-Mendez—Public Health Nutritionist, Thunder Bay District Health Unit “Catherine Schwartz Mendez is a Public Health Nutritionist with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. She holds an undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario. She travelled through Africa and Central America before completing a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Catherine then worked for two years in Sandy Lake First Nation, a remote community in Northwestern Ontario, on a diabetes prevention project, prior to moving to Thunder Bay in 1998 to pursue a career in public health. She is passionate about building a healthy local food system by acting as a catalyst and by getting directly involved in a number of community food security initiatives.”
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Cathy Kolar

Cathy Kolar—Legal Assistance of Windsor “Cathy Kolar was educated in political science at the University of Windsor, and subsequently pursued a graduate degree at York University. For the past 20 years, she has advocated for those living with precarious immigration status. Her current work with Legal Assistance of Windsor involves supporting survivors of labour trafficking and vulnerable migrants. As part of her professional responsibilities, she acts as a legal caseworker, and provides training to law students, legal and NGO workers in a bid to enhance their ability to support survivors of labour exploitation. She sits on WEFiGHT, a public education and community response initiative addressing the issue of human trafficking in Southern Ontario. She also works closely with the Diocese of London Ministry to Refugee Claimants and Justice for Migrant Workers. Cathy engages ‘on the ground’ – living amongst and struggling with this marginalized community in the Windsor-Essex County Area.”
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Charity Mahouna

Charity Mahouna—Hicks Coordinator, Detroit Food Justice Task Force
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Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe

Charles Z. , Dr. Levkoe—Instructor, University of Toronto and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Sir Wilfred Laurier University “Charles Z. Levkoe holds a PhD in Geography and has been involved in community food security efforts for over 10 years. He has worked in various capacities with the Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, The Stop Community Food Centre, Peterborough Green-Up and other non-profit organizations across Canada. His interdisciplinary teaching, research and publishing bridge the fields of food systems, political and social geography, and environmental sustainability.”
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Cheryl Nash

Cheryl Nash—Eco-Perth/Lanark Local Flavour
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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan—Walkerville Brewery Born and raised in Windsor “Chris spent his early years after graduating from the University of Windsor, working as a sales and marketing rep for Molson Canada. After 8 years of corporate work the lifestyle of self employment was beckoning. For 20 years Chris opened and operated 6 themed restaurant in Windsor/Essex, Jose’s Noodle Factory, Howl at the Moon and Patrick O Ryans Irish Public House in addition to a venture in South Florida. After the Pub was purchased for redevelopment Chris took an 8 month contract with Red Bull Air Races acting as Site Compound Manager and Management of all public food and consumer services. Chris served 16 months as CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island before returning to private enterprise as the creator of Walkerville Brewery. Currently the brewery is in its 2nd year of operations and positioning itself to grow within the Ontario Craft market. Chris has been married for 25 years and has a son at the University of Ottawa and a daughter who recently graduated from University of Windsor and is currently enrolled at St Claire College.”
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Chris Schroer

Chris Schroer—The Hogtown Cure Deli and Cafe “The Hogtown Cure was opened in December of 2012 in Toronto’s DuWest neighbourhood by partners Steve Ireson, Chris Schroer and Vanessa Gulletson. Our mission is to bring an accessible, no fuss, approach to local food with dishes that are familiar yet made with the best quality, locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. Our market restaurant format offers customers greater food transparency, allowing members of the community to browse and purchase all the ingredients used in the preparation of our food. Our open kitchen / deli counter is a constant buzz of activity with customers learning about and tasting the bounty that Ontario has to offer. The Hogtown Cure’s knowledgeable team is happy to share our passion for food with our community while working directly with local farmers and producers to reduce the size of our supply chain.”
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Chris Jess

Chris Jess—The Food School, Fergus “A passionate advocate for the empowerment and confidence building of youth effected by our current food climate, Chef Christopher Jess is well situated to engage in a meaningful dialogue. He is a high school culinary arts instructor at Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus Ontario, where he feels honoured to be interacting with youth in his community. With training from many great chefs in Canada, Australia and the U.S., Jess completed his professional training at both the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Culinary Program and at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. Slow Food mentors throughout his 20 year career have cemented both a love for local & seasonal ingredients, and a commitment to pursuing the tough questions that need to be brought to the table. Can our current food system guide us into a healthy environment while serving to nourish our bodies? These and many other campaigns drive Chef Jess to encourage us all to cook, eat and sit together while working to design our future.”
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Christie Young

Christie Young—Executive Director, FarmStart
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Chuck Schultz

Chuck Schultz—Executive Producer of the Last Crop.Chuck Schultz produces documentary films, radio programming and video installations that examine socio-economic issues confronting communities www.blueprintproductions.biz

Schultz was the executive producer of David Ranghelli’s 2009 documentary The Calling – Best Documentary Feature, Costa Rica International Film Festival 2010. In 2007, he collaborated with Esther Podemski to create 5 Days in July a two screen video installation that revisits the 1967 Newark Riots on its 40th Anniversary exhibited at The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (2008). Best Short Film, the 2009 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. Schultz directed and co-produced NPR radio special Five Days in July written by award-winning playwright Tracey Scott Wilson (The Story and The Good Negro) won a 2007 PRX’s Zeitfunk Award for Debut Artists.

In 2002, Chuck directed and produced the PBS documentary The Rural Studio that examines the work of Samuel Mockbee and his student architects of Auburn University. Selection of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2002 Biennial, the 2002 Montreal International Festival of Film on Art; and China’s 2005 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture. Screened at some 65 venues including the Barbican Centre in London, Film Casino in Vienna, Austria and at EcoWeek 2009 in Athens, Greece.

In 1992, he co-produced A Day at a Time, William Garcia’s candid verité portrait of a family raising two children with cerebral palsy; winner of a Crystal Heart Award at the 1993 Heartland Film Festival and broadcast on NHK Japan and RTE Ireland.

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Clara Winnepetonga

Clara Winnepetonga—Wapekeka
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Clare Wagner

Clare Wagner—Manager of Community Food, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and Hamilton Community Garden Network Coordinator “Clare Wagner graduated from Penn State with a B. Sc. in Agroecology (the study of approaching food production with an ecological, full-system perspective). She has explored her passion for sustainable food systems and the environment through her studies, and community involvement in gardens, farmers’ markets, and community service groups. After completing an internship in Integrated Pest Management at Longwood Gardens, Clare moved on to the education department at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Through these experiences, Clare discovered a passion for outreach and education and spent almost three years focusing on garden programming and the Hamilton Community Garden Network as Green Venture’s Community Garden Program Coordinator. This included extensive work with the Hamilton Community Garden policy and both municipal politicians and staff. She recently started as Neighbour to Neighbour Centre’s Manager of Community Food shifting her focus to social services and community development centred around food. Clare is continuing to coordinate the Hamilton Community Garden Network and is working with Sustain Ontario to develop an Ontario-wide network of community garden coordinators. Noting she has a lot to learn, especially about poverty, Clare is passionate about empowering her community with accurate, thorough, and diverse resources to make healthy, dignified, and just food choices.”
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Claudia Schmidt

Claudia Schmidt—Senior Research Associate, George Morris Centre
Claudia Schmidt is a Senior Research Associate at the George Morris Centre. Claudia’s research focuses on the economics of food, health and sustainability. Claudia works with multi-disciplinary teams to support the development of strategies for sustainability, health and food safety interventions, and regulatory impact analyses. She holds a PhD degree from the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph.
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Colleen Hill

Colleen Hill—Manager, Heart Healthy Children and Youth, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada “Colleen Hill is Manager, Heart Healthy Children and Youth, for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She manages the Spark Advocacy Grants which provide support to communities who are advocating for increased access to physical activity and healthy eating for Ontario’s children where they live, learn and play. For over twenty years, Colleen has been building her skills in community engagement, partner relations and strategic communications with positions in the academic, public and not-for-profit sectors. Originally from Sudbury, Colleen attended the University of Guelph and spent 4 years teaching at the University of Wyoming. Colleen lives in Toronto with her 2 children.”
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Cory Eichman

Cory Eichman—Vegetable Farmer, Saugeen River CSA “Cory Eichman manages Saugeen River CSA, a biodynamic farm that supports a Community Supported Agriculture for 60 families in Durham and Owen Sound. Along with other growers in his region, Cory has started Seeds of Transition, an informal network of seed growers attempting to grow specific varieties of organic seed for market gardeners and seed producers in their region. Cory is a skilled seed producer and grows a small portion of seed for some of the varieties he uses on his farm for commercial production.”
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Cory Van Groningen

Cory Van Groningen—Farmer, Co-owner/Operator of VG Meats “As the 1st born son of 4 at VG Meats in Simcoe, Cory is involved in various aspects of running the family farm, slaughterhouse and butcher shop. Father of 3 beautiful girls and husband of Heidi, Cory is also the President of both the Haldimand Cattlemen’s Association and the Ontario Independent Meat Processors. He also finds time to be the Southern Director for Beef Farmers of Ontario, a member of the Program Advisory Committee at Conestoga College, Institute of Food Processing Technology, and a member of the Steering Committee of SCOR Local Food Hub.”
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Courtney Daniels

Courtney Daniels—Program Manager, Integrated Waste Management Strategy, Environmental Services, York Region “Courtney Daniels is the Program Manager, Integrated Waste Management Strategy with York Region. Courtney holds a BSc from the University of Guelph. Courtney has been involved in municipal policy development and program planning in water, wastewater and waste since 2001. In her current role, she is leading the SM4RT Living Solid Waste Management Master Plan including its implementation, monitoring and updates.”
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Dana Lahey

Dana Lahey—Program Manager, Ontario Campus Food Systems Project, Meal Exchange “Dana has been working to transform food and education on Canada’s campuses since 2007. During his undergraduate degree Dana founded the McGill Food Systems Project, and since graduating he has been helping campuses across the country achieve their own breakthroughs as a manager of the Campus Food Systems Project. He has also worked with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to develop their national Value Chain granting program, recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation through the University of Waterloo, and is an Advisory Committee member of Farm to Cafeteria Canada.”
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Daniel Brisebois

Daniel Brisebis—Vegetable Farmer and Seed Producer, Tourne-Sol “Dan Brisebois is one of the farm managers at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm. Tourne-Sol is a workers’ co-operative that operates a 12-acre certified organic vegetable farm and seed farm in les Cedres, Quebec. Dan manages seed production at Tourne-Sol is co-author of Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers. Dan is one of the founding members of the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN), an independent association geared towards helping growers to produce top-quality certified organic seeds in Canada. You can learn about Dan’s insights as a seed producer and farmer at goingtoseed.wordpress.com. Dan is also past president of Canadian Organic Growers and on USC Canada’s board of directors.”
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Dave Kranenburg

Dave Kranenburg—Director, Programming, Centre for Social Innovation “Dave Kranenburg is a social innovation strategist and practitioner with the passion and patience for developing long-lasting initiatives. The Centre for Social Innovation has a mission of catalyzing social innovation in Toronto and around the world. As its Programming Director he supports members as they pursue their world-changing visions through an approach that mixes art, technology, urban and rural renewal, social justice, environmentalism and business development.”
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Dave Carson

Dave Carson—Chair, Hamilton Food Security Stakeholder Committee “Dave is the current Chair of the Hamilton Food Security Stakeholder Committee. He joined the Committee as a concerned community member interested in long term food security and community resilience. He is actively involved with Dundas in Transition, a local resilience organization that runs a community garden and a Good Food Box program in Dundas. He is also a board member of Environment Hamilton and The Hamilton Association for Renewable Energy.”
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David Alexander

David Alexander—Farmers Growing Farmers Coordinator, Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre “David Alexander is finishing his fourth growing season at Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre as the primary facilitator of Everdale’s Farmers Growing Farmers courses and workshops. Through these initiatives David has helped over 40 farmers complete comprehensive business plans, leading approximately 90% of those graduates to establish successful new farm operations across Canada. David spends his summers administering Everdale’s 300 member Harvest Share program and working in the fields as much as possible.”
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David Fields

David Fields—Master Gardener, aspiring to start a farm business “David Fields is a multi-talented non-profit professional and Organic Master Gardener with many years of experience in communications, logistics and environmental advocacy. After 13 years helping to make Vancouver the world’s greenest city, David recently returned to his home town of Windsor to develop an urban farm connected with a local restaurant. The project completed the pilot phase yet was postponed due to cost overruns in the restaurant development. David is now developing his own “Plan B Urban Farm”.”
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David Cohlmeyer

David Cohlmeyer—Sustainable Good Foods Consultant “David is a sustainable good foods consultant with a wide range of sustainable foods experiences. These include being a restaurant owner/chef, food writer, and a specialty vegetable market gardener. He was also instrumental in launching such organizations the Toronto Culinary Guild, Cookstown Greens, and the first Feast of Fields. In addition to his consulting work, he continues to support the local good food movement by volunteering for the Advisory Council for Sustain Ontario, Board Member for FarmSmart, and the Culinary Advisory Committee at Georgian College.”
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Debbie Field

Debbie Field—Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto “Debbie Field became Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto in 1992, where she has played a leading role in building the organization’s food hub and social enterprise model into Canada’s largest food security organization. Debbie believes passionately in the ability of food to strengthen communities and bring people together, and her leadership, energy, passion and support have helped the staff team at FoodShare take risks and grow innovative new programs that make the food system better for individuals, communities and society at large. She is a founding member of the Coalition for Student Nutrition, has a Masters in Adult Education, and has received numerous awards recognizing her work both at FoodShare and as a social justice advocate.”
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Dennis Dick

Dennis Dick—Vice-President, Seacliff Energy Ltd. “Dennis Dick is Vice President and partner of Seacliff Energy Ltd., a farm-based anaerobic digester facility located in Leamington Ontario. It is situated adjacent to his 7 acre organic greenhouse tomato farm, Pelee Hydroponics. He and partner Roger Tiessen commissioned the plant in December 2010.
As the first anaerobic digester in Canada specifically designed to accommodate both liquid and solid organic bio-product streams, Seacliff Energy works closely with University of Windsor and Guelph, OMAFRA and industry stakeholders on research and development issues. In addition, Seacliff has presented at biogas conferences and renewable energy forums. Most recently, Seacliff Energy testified before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Commons to advise the Committee on the innovation of biogas renewable energy.”
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Desiree Pinkney

Desiree Pinkney—University of Guelph, Department of Rural Developement and Planning “Desiree is a M.Sc. (Rural Planning) Candidate within the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. Currently, Desiree is a Research Assistant at the University of Guelph, helping to coordinate two local food-related research projects, including one focused on Mobile Abattoirs. Desiree’s research focuses on topics within Ontario’s local food system such as alternative distribution systems, and small and medium scale meat processing.”
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Don Mills

Don Mills—President, Local Food Plus Don Mills is LFP’s President and Director of Standards and Certification “He grew up on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario and continues to farm with his family. His three decades of agriculture experience includes dairy farming, raising beef and pork and custom harvesting. Don has worked with conventional and organic farming systems and farmers from every province. Don’s volunteer work includes serving as the Coordinator for the National Farmers Union in Ontario and the Vice President of Operations for the NFU.”
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Dr. Doug Weir

Doug, Dr. Weir—President, Ontario Medical Association “Dr. Doug Weir is the 131st President of the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Weir has been practising psychiatry in Toronto for 30 years. He has been active in the Ontario Medical Association since 1988, when he first became a delegate to OMA Council. Dr. Weir has been a member of the OMA Board of Directors since 2005, and served as a member of the OMA Negotiations Team in both 2004 and 2008. He was the OMA Co-Chair of the Medical Service Payment Committee, a joint committee with government, from 2005 to 2011. He has served on many OMA Committees over the years, including Chair of the Budget Committee, Governance Committee, and the Communications Advisory Committee. From 1990 to 1994, Dr. Weir was President of the Eglinton Medical Branch Society. He served as Chair of the OMA Section on Psychiatry from 2002 to 2004, and was a member of the Section’s Executive for many years. Dr. Weir was born in Edmonton, Alberta, where he grew up and attended the University of Alberta for his undergraduate degree. He graduated from the University of Calgary medical school in 1977, and then completed a residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 1981. After completing child psychiatry training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1983, Dr. Weir completed training in psychoanalysis in 1990 at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute. He was on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children from 1983 to 1993. In 2008, Dr. Weir was honoured with the Jane Chamberlin award from the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services. He received the President’s Commendation from the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2009. Currently, Dr. Weir maintains a busy solo practice in psychiatry, with a special interest in children and adolescents, and he sees both children and adults in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.”
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Dru Montri

Dru Montri—Director, Michigan Farmers’ Market Association
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Elena Tochev

Elena Tochev—Chef/Owner, Terra et Silva Catering “Elena Tochev is the chef and owner of Terra et Silva Food & Events Inc., a local food business based in Guelph, that works closely with farmers, artisans and the seasonal landscape to strengthen sustainable food systems and community development. Elena’s approach to food is inspired by both natural and cultivated spaces, preparing food with simple ingredients that showcase the flavors of seasonal and sustainable produce. Although operating for less then a year, Elena has already catered major local food events such as Hillside 2013 and Taste of Guelph. Elena is currently putting her newfound business skills to action, building the Terra et Silva brand and sharing it’s story within the community.”
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Elin Marley

Elin Marley—FoodShare Toronto “Elin Marley has been working as a School Garden Educator since the spring of 2010. She is responsible for running and maintaining school food gardens at two Toronto elementary schools, together with students, staff and parents. She runs a variety of curriculum-linked workshops, on topics such as food miles, compost, biodiversity, insects, earthworms, seeds and plants, as well as harvesting and cooking with the students. For the past four summers, Elin has worked with the City of Toronto’s Children’s Eco Programs in High Park. There, she spends her days taking kids on nature hikes, checking out bugs and birds, gardening in the High Park Children’s Garden and cooking in the new teaching kitchen. This year, Elin worked with the Ontario Edible Education Network and with FoodShare to research and write up an action plan about integrating food into the Ontario curriculum. You can often find Elin introducing earthworms to kids, watching in awe as kids devour freshly picked kale, or enjoying the sounds of bees buzzing in the gardens.”
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Elisa Levi

Elisa Levi—Advisory Committee Member, Sustain Ontario “Elisa Levi is committed to advancing and celebrating Indigenous Food Sovereignty as demonstrated through her volunteer commitments [Sustain Ontario, Aboriginal Nutrition Network, Small Change Fund, Food Secure Canada (past)], Elisa previously held the position of Executive Director of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. As a Dietitian with a Master of Public Health from Lakehead University, Elisa leads implementation of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Control Strategy at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. She is also teaching a course at Ryerson University facilitating learning about Indigenous Food Systems in the School of Nutrition. Elisa is a proud member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in Ontario.”
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Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson—Community Action Coordinator, The Local Community Food Centre “Elizabeth Anderson, Community Action Coordinator at The Local Community Food Centre moved to Stratford in 2010 and since then, has become an integral part of the community. After working for the United Way of Perth-Huron as their Community Outreach Coordinator, she made the transition to the Local CFC to pursue her passion for social justice. She has an honours BA from the University of Toronto in Anthropology, Music History, and Semiotics and her past work experience includes organizations such as Frontier College, Start Me Up Niagara, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and the YMCA of Halifax-Dartmouth. She was recently awarded the 2013 Woman of the Year Award for Perth County in the category of Health and Wellness for her work at The Local Community Food Centre including the management of a Peer Advocacy Office and the coordination of the social justice club EPIC – Empowering People in Communities.”
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Ella Haley

Ella Haley—Executive Director of Sustainable Brant, Organic Farmer at A Simpler Thyme. Ella Haley is a professor of sociology, organic farmer and Executive Director of Sustainable Brant which tracks the farmland grab in Brant County and southern Ontario. She is a founding member of the Langford Conservancy, which aims to provide alternatives to preserve farmland.
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Emily Van Halem

Emily Van Halem—World Crops Project, Vineland Research Station
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Erin Beagle

Erin Beagle—Roots to Harvest “Erin is the Executive Director with Roots to Harvest, a grassroots organization focused on employment opportunities and transformative educational experiences for marginalized youth within a sustainable urban agriculture lens. Through Roots to Harvest and other partnerships, she has been working with Thunder Bay school boards to implement and adopt food policies around school gardens and cafeteria options. She has also played an elemental role in designing and carrying out an extensive School Food Environments mapping and survey project with Healthy Eating makes the Grade, a Red Cross initiative in Thunder Bay. Erin is passionate about working with young people in meaningful and purposeful ways, and loves to partner with other organizations and projects in order to strengthen the ways in which youth are engaged in the community.”
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Erin Chapelle

Erin Chapelle—The Karma Project, Penetanguishene “Erin Chapelle has spent many years of her life in Latin America and the Caribbean, where culture, community, and even food exist on a tighter, warmer, and more localized scale. In returning to Canada in 2007, erin founded the (almost) not-for-profit co-operative called the Karma Project, which works to inspire community development through a Main Street retail location, a pay-what-you-wish cafe, a 3 acre community garden space, 3 farmers’ markets, a multi-farm box scheme…and, as of just recently, the North Simcoe Good Food Box Program, which serves 5 communities in Huronia. erin has worked as a partner at developing the Simcoe County Food Charter and was chosen as the inaugural Buy Local Charter Champion for the County this past summer.”
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Erin Kasungu

Erin Kasungu—Community Foundations of Canada “Erin is an explorer of the Shared Value practice while leading CFC’s development of strategic initiatives in food, sport and philanthropy, and natural spaces. She recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Social Innovation in Food Systems (focusing on Ontario) from the University of Waterloo. Erin is driven by her curiosity of how food intersects with so many elements of our society and has a passion for connecting people to their food and health. Erin also has extensive experience in facilitating collective approaches to solving complex issues and has led community development and engagement activities both in Canada and abroad. She is currently a board member of Commonwealth Games Canada.”
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Ernie Hardeman

Ernie Hardeman—MPP Oxford “Ernie Hardeman was elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 1995 and is the longest consecutively serving MPP in Oxford’s history. In his first term he served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In June 1999 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. From March 2001 to May 2002, Mr. Hardeman held the office of Parliamentary Assistant to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and then became Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community, Family and Children’s Services. On February 25, 2003 Mr. Hardeman’s long municipal background was recognized by Premier Ernie Eves when he was appointed Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs (Rural). Since 2003 Mr. Hardeman has been a member of the Official Opposition, where he has served as critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing and is now the critic for Agriculture and Food. Prior to the 1995 election, Mr. Hardeman was elected to the Township of South-West Oxford council in 1980 and served as mayor from 1988 to 1994. Mr. Hardeman is also a former warden of Oxford County council and served as chair of the Warden’s Association of Ontario. Mr. Hardeman served as chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) in 1993 and 1994. He served on the board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for five years from 1989 to 1994 and, during that time, served as chair of the A.M.O. 911 Committee and co-chair of the Municipalities in the Future Task Force. Until 1995 Mr. Hardeman, owned and operated Hardeman Feed Ltd. in Salford and served as a volunteer firefighter, retiring as Captain of the South-West Oxford Fire Department. He and his wife, Reta, have three sons and a daughter.”
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Evan Bell

Evan Bell—Water Farmers
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Fran McQuail

Fran McQuail—Holistic Management, Meeting Place Organic Farm “Fran McQuail is a partner in Meeting Place Organic Farm which produces organic and grass fed meats and apples direct to the consumer on their horse powered farm in Huron County.. She and her husband were involved in starting up the CRAFT Southwest group in the late 1990s and have apprentices on their farm every year.She is currently the treasurer for the SW CRAFT group.”
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Franco Naccarato

Franco Naccarato—Friends of the Greenbelt Fund “Franco Naccarato is the Program Manager for the Greenbelt Fund, where he oversees the Regional Food Hub Pilot Project and the Regional Food Grant Program: Broader Public Sector grant stream. Franco joined the Fund upon its inception in September 2010 after almost three years as the Supervisor of Foodservice with Foodland Ontario at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Franco brings over 20 years experience in the food industry, with experience in retail, restaurants and distribution with start-up, Fortune 100, government and not-for-profit organizations.”
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Fred de Martines

Fred de Martines—Perth Pork Products Ltd. “Fred de Martines is a certified Swine Specialist with European training and experience. Since 1979, Fred and Ingrid have owned and operated the “de Martines Family Farm”, which is a 100 acre farm in the Sebringville area. They have been working towards reducing the barriers between farmers and consumers. One successful method is to have a viewing room so that visitors can see inside the pig barn without actually entering. They specialize in Wild Boar and Heritage breeds (Iron Age, Stone Age, Berkshire and Tamworth).”
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Freeman Boyd

Freeman Boyd—Former Poultry Abattoir Operator, Boyd’s Produce “Freeman has lived and farmed in Grey County for 25 years. He operated a poultry abattoir, market garden and egg/poultry farm near Walter’s Falls throughout that time, taking his product to the Owen’s Sound farmers’ market. He has a PhD in Agricultural Ethics from the Philosophy Department at Guelph, where he also taught for 10 years, during the winters, while he farmed in the summers. More recently, he worked as the Local Food Project Coordinator in Grey/Bruce counties and has been involved in advocacy on behalf of small abattoir operators.”
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Gary Manoakeesic

Gary Manoakeesic—Sandy Lake Community Garden
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Gigi Veeraraghavan

Gigi Veeraraghavan—Program Coordinator Healthy Babies, Healthy Children,Fort Albany
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Grace Evans

Grace Evans—3Acres: Tastebuds’ Local Harvest Program “Grace Evans is a community development worker at Tastebuds – Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative. Her role is to increase partnerships with local farmers and food producers in order to serve more local food in student nutrition programs for called 3Acres, Tastebuds’ Local Harvest Program. Grace has been very active in the Slow Food movement, volunteering for Slow Food Toronto, interning in the Slow Food USA office and working at a national level as the Communications Coordinator for Slow Food Canada. Having recently completed Chef Training at George Brown College, Grace is passionate about food education. She believes wholeheartedly in working together to create an alternative and sustainable food system, and in supporting the good work that farmers do.”
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Hannah Renglich

Hannah Renglich—Local Organic Food Co-ops Network “Hannah holds an MA in Natural Resources and Peace from the UN-mandated University for Peace and a bilingual BA in International Studies from Glendon College, York University. For the past six years, Hannah has worked with food security organizations as well as on ecological farms and community gardens, feeding her interests in food sovereignty and environmental justice. Hannah is fascinated by the power of co-operation and the facilitation of social consciousness, and motivated by the potential of small differences to fuel impactful change. She sits on the board of the Carrot Cache, REAP-Canada, and writes and teaches through the PeaceMeal project. While getting acquainted with the world, Hannah is trying to find a way to apply her energy toward the development of hope and human agency, while gleefully coordinating the Ontario-wide network of Local Organic Food Co-operatives.”
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Heather Thoma

Heather Thoma—LoonSong Garden “Heather works with the Kids Can Grow program with youth growing and selling food and flower plants in schools on Manitoulin Island, and coordinates the Manitoulin Child Poverty Task Force. For 15 years she has founded, directed, and provided education and facilitation for community organizations in food/farming, social services, arts, and environmental sectors. She co-founded LoonSong Garden on Manitoulin Island, initially a CSA/market garden, now growing & milling organic/biodynamic grains, and doing organic gardening education. She is an Advisory Council member with Sustain Ontario.”
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Hélène St. Jacques

Hélène St. Jacques—Chair, Toronto Food Policy Council, Informa Research “Hélène began her career in marketing and communication research working in the context of major advertising agencies in Canada and Australia, after completing her B.A. at University of Waterloo. Agency clients included international brands such as Nestle, Kellogg`s, Warner Lambert, 7-up, Heinz and Kraft. Formative agency experience included using the innovative approach of marrying consumer research with product and creative development to ensure that product formulations, packaging designs and advertising campaigns were shaped to strategy. The result was highly effective, audience-directed products, services and messages. Hélène`s career in communication research evolved in the direction of social marketing serving provincial and federal government. Then Hélène started Informa Market Research Co. Ltd – the goal was provide expert service to both public and private sector organizations, regardless of size. Informa has since conducted leading edge projects related to social justice, health, the environment and agriculture and local food. Hélène has a B.A. (University of Waterloo) and a M. Ed. (University of Toronto).”
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Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin—Agricultural Consultant
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Jackie Fletcher

Jackie Fletcher—Missanabie Cree
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Jamie Reaume

Jamie Reaume—Executive Director, Holland Marsh Growers’ Association; Chair, Ontario Food Terminal Board “Jamie Reaume is the Executive Director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association, a small, regional group of farmers impacting upon the unique area just north of Toronto. Since July 2008, he has been working to improve conditions for farmers in the Holland Marsh and area, bridging the rural-urban gap, communicating with consumers, media, and government stakeholders, and putting Ontario’s Soup and Salad Bowl back on the map. He is a farmer advocate, working for the farming and agricultural community and will continue to do so at the behest of the association’s Board of Directors. Showing the strength of the organization and what it means to the sector, he was named as the Chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board, where many of the members of the area use to move their products, again, helping to assist the farmers access the entire value chain.”
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Jamie Waldron

Jamie Waldron—Butcher with The Landmark Group and Author of Home Butchering Handbook “Jamie first wet his feet at a small, country butcher shop as a young teenager. Since then, Jamie has dedicated his life to mastering the art and skill of butchering; working, learning, researching and teaching an age old craft that has fallen out of step with the current methods of purchasing and preparing food. His approach is likely a bit different from the typical butcher that most people may have become accustomed to these days; utilizing the whole animal to its fullest potential. Jamie advocates buying local, responsibly raised animals that are also antibiotic and hormone free. He currently works as a butcher with the Landmark Group.”
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Janet Horner

Janet Horner—Executive Director, GTA Agricultural Action Committee
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Jeff O’Donnell

Jeff O’Donnell—Team Lead, Healthy Eating, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food “Jeff is an enthusiastic supporter of Ontario foods. Currently, Jeff is OMAF-MRA’s Team Lead for Healthy Eating housed in the Domestic Marketing Unit, Foodland Ontario. Jeff works across ministries, non-government organizations, and the agri-food sector to promote the role Ontario food products can play in supporting a healthier lifestyle. Jeff is also responsible for managing the ministry’s broader public sector portfolio with the focus of increasing the procurement of Ontario foods by broader public sector institutions, such as schools and hospitals. He started with the Ministry in 2007 through the Ontario Internship Program, and has OPS experience in a number of roles ranging from a Policy Advisor with the Economic Development Policy Branch, as a Program Analyst with the Environmental Management Branch, and as an Assistant Policy Advisor with the Rural Development Policy Unit. Prior to joining OMAF-MRA, Jeff worked with a health consultant and a variety of health and rural organizations, including the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network, The Ontario Rural Council, and Rural Team Ontario.Jeff has an Honours Degree in Health Sciences with a Specialization in Rural Health from the University of Western Ontario. Jeff currently resides in Stratford with his lovely wife Lyndsay, and newborn son Grayson who was recently born on October 1st.”
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Jeff Crump

Jeff Crump—Earth to Table/Landmark Group “Jeff is the founder of Earth to Table. He has worked a number of the world’s top restaurants including Chez Panisse, the Fat Duck, and Lumiere. He is a Canadian Slow Food pioneer with a passion for food and the love of mentorship. Jeff is now the Executive Chef of the Landmark Group, which includes five restaurants and a 100 acre organic farm. Underlying all of his work, he claimed in an interview, “I’m just the tomato in August guy.”
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Jenn Pfenning

Jenn Pfenning—Pfenning’s Organic Farm “Jenn Pfenning started sorting and packing vegetables on the family farm back in the 1990s. Over the years, she has developed a keen sense of farming the land organically and running the business with her husband Ekk and brother-in-law Wolfgang Pfenning. Jenn spends most of her time in the office now working with our valued customers. Her focus is on marketing, advertising and human resources which also include supervising the temporary foreign workers taking part in the seasonal agricultural worker program at Pfenning’s farm. In addition to the family business responsibilities, Jenn currently finds time to be a director on the boards of Foodshare Toronto, the National Farmers Union-Ontario Waterloo-Wellington Chapter and Vice-Chair/ Farmer Rep. for the Organic Council of Ontario. Outside of work, Jenn enjoys photography, cooking and entertaining family and friends on the farm in New Hamburg, Ontario.”
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Jennifer Laurie

Jennifer Laurie—Goderich Gardening Collective “Jennifer Laurie is a member of the Goderich Gardening Collective, a grassroots group committed to educating people about the pleasure and importance of growing your own food. She is a graduate of Mount Allison University and the Stratford Chefs School, where her passion for local food was developed. Jennifer holds a Certificate in Food Security Studies from Ryerson University and it was during those studies that she became very interested in rural food security here in Ontario. Founder of Slow Food Perth County, she attended the inaugural Terra Madre in Italy. Closer to home, Jennifer has worked for Foodlink Waterloo Region and the Stratford Chefs School where she currently teaches gastronomy, including a level two course focusing on issues in food and agriculture. For the last two years she has been the Director of Education Programming for Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival. Originally from Toronto, she now calls Goderich and beautiful Huron County home.”
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Jessica Bolduc

Jessica Bolduc—Research Coordinator, Nordik Institute
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Jillian Bishop

Jillian Bishop—Peterborough Community Garden Network “Jillian Bishop has worked with the Peterborough Community Garden Network (PCGN) “Building Resilient & Vibrant Communities One Garden at a Time” for the past five years. She has worked directly with the municipality to create a City of Peterborough Community Garden policy, and a series of community gardens on municipal properties. In order to encourage the sustainability of these gardens, the PCGN works with community members to create vibrant community garden groups who oversee and utilize these gardens. The PCGN continues to engage with the local municipality and local gardeners to find innovative solutions to on-going challenges such as water supply and catchment systems, funding/ support and the establishment of community gardens in neighbourhoods throughout the community. Jillian has seen that community gardens are about much more than just growing food. By increasing the number of local community gardeners & available garden space, families and individuals are able to grow fresh, healthy produce for very little money, green previously underused areas, donate to local food security programs, get to know & interact with their neighbours, and work together to enhance the communities that they live in. Jillian also provides local food security by working with the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ market and through her heirloom seed business urbantomato.”
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Joan Brady

Joan Brady—Manitoulin Community Abattoir “Joan is a long time farm producer, producing pork, cash crops and horticulture in both conventional and organic systems. In recent years, she has also worked in food security and local food business development, most recently in the establishment and initial operation of a farmer owned small abattoir located on Manitoulin Island. Joan has also worked on a political level for farm families in her role as a national board member for the National Farmers Union.”
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Joanne Pizzuto

Joanne Pizzuto—David Suzuki Public School
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Jodi Koberinski

Jodi Koberinski—Executive Director, Organic Council of Ontario
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Dr. Joe Nasr

Joe, Dr. Nasr—Associate, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Toronto and independent scholar, lecturer and consultant “Dr. Joe Nasr is an independent scholar, lecturer and consultant based in Toronto, with a doctorate in urban and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-curated the exhibit “Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture,” which has traveled to over 20 cities so far and been turned into a book and website (see also www.carrotcity.org) with over 110 case studies from around the world. He coordinated the programming committee for the Urban Agriculture Summit (www.urbanagsummit.org) in August 2012 in Toronto. He was awarded several postdoctoral fellowships, most recently as a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems at The New School for Liberal Arts. Joe has taught at a number of universities in several countries. He teaches regularly online courses on Urban food security and Urban agriculture through Ryerson University, where he is an Associate at the Centre for Studies in Food Security. He coordinated a training course on urban agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa. He is co-author or co-editor of four books (including the seminal Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Cities – www.jacsmit.com/book) and author of dozens of articles. He is co-editor of a new Urban Agriculture Book Series at Springer (www.springer.com/series/11815).”
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Joel Aitkin

Joel Aitkin—Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
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John Fisk

John Fisk—National Good Food Network (US)
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Jonah Schein

Jonah Schein,MPP—MPP of Davenport, New Democratic Party “Jonah Schein currently serves as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Davenport and Environment Critic for Ontario’s New Democrats. He was elected in October 2011. Before being elected to Provincial Parliament, he worked at The Stop Community Food Centre, which provides access to healthy local foods through community programs, where he coordinated civic engagement programs.”
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Joseph LeBlanc

Joseph LeBlanc—President, True North Community Co-operative
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Justin Nadeau

Justin Nadeau—School Food Innovations Senior Coordinator, FoodShare Toronto “With an engineering background, passion for design, and a love of student engagement, Justin has found a perfect home as FoodShare’s resident Inventionator. His work includes fancy and fantastical indoor growing system and big-time large school gardens. Voted Live Green Toronto’s Greenest Individual in 2013, his designs and work have changed the landscape of food production in, around and on top of Toronto schools.”
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Karen Burson

Karen Burson—Project Manager, Hamilton Eat Local “Karen left a boring new career in IT to be a whole foods chef/caterer and to co-create the COG award-winning Bread & Roses Café at the Sky Dragon Community Development Cooperative in 2006. Her writing explores food in a variety of ways in number of local publications and she appears from time to time on local television station Cable 14 on programs such as “Hamilton Life”. Karen’s frequent cooking demonstrations at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Kitchen are lively and popular. She established a Slow Food Convivium in Hamilton in 2007, has led Environment Hamilton’s Hamilton Eat Local food project since 2008, became an active member of Hamilton’s Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee, won a Premier’s Agricultural Innovation Excellence Award for her Rural Routes Farm Tours, and was one of the lead organizers of 2011’s Bring Food Home Conference, the second in the series. Karen led a team of community organizations in order to establish The Hamilton Good Food Box Network in 2010, which has grown steadily since it was launched in February 2011.”
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Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell—Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre “Karen Campbell is one of the founding members and full time staff at Everdale. She has over 20 years of experience farming and working with children throughout the world. Karen is devoted to public education and the environment, stressing the connection and importance between the field, the plate and environmental health. Karen developed Everdale’s Farm School programs including farmer for a day and our farmers in the schools program in 1999. Karen also spearheaded Everdale’s Harvest Share-CSA program which was established in 1998. The harvest share program has been celebrated and awarded as one of Canada’s longest standing CSA’s. That’s a lot of carrots!”
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Katherine Ozer

Katherine Ozer—Executive Director, National Family Farm Coalition
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Kathryn Scharf

Kathryn Scharf—Vice President of National Programs, Community Food Centres Canada
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Katie Butterill

Katie Butterill—Owner, Smallholdings Farm
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Katie German

Katie German—School Grown Coordinator, FoodShare Toronto “Katie brings a background in teaching, youth work and urban agriculture to her work coordinating the School Grown social enterprise. She manages both the farm production and sales, as well as the youth development aspects of the project.”
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Kelly Hughes

Kelly Hughes—Education and Outreach Specialist, Regional Food Grant Program, Greenbelt Fund “Kelly Hughes is the Education and Outreach Specialist for the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization that supports and enhances agriculture in Ontario’s Greenbelt. An alumna of George Brown Chef School, Kelly worked for nearly 20 years back-of-house before devoting her energies to local food and sustainability education and advocacy. She has founded food-based community initiatives including the Guelph Chicken Keepers Association and the Guelph Ontario (GO) Food Swap. She formerly managed the local food initiative at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and programmed the Royal Culinary Theatre at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for three seasons. In addition to contributing to Toronto Life, Edible Toronto and foodservice trade publications, she writes a food blog called Food Is Good. Kelly’s hyper-local diet usually includes something grown on the 130-year-old urban homestead she shares with her family and menagerie of creatures. Follow @localkelly.”
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Kendal Donahue

Kendal Donahue—Food Strategy Coordinator, Thunder Bay and Area “Kendal Donahue is currently the Food Strategy Coordinator for Thunder Bay and Area. Prior to this, she worked at Sustain Ontario Farming for nearly two years where she was involved in policy research and development, and supported various working groups, campaigns, and events. Kendal holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies where she focused on the concept of food policy as an emerging area of municipal governance. Kendal has also been involved in several research projects, including one entitled: Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs: A preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food system change.”
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Kim Delaney

Kim Delaney–Vegetable Seed Producer, Hawthorn Farm “Kim Delaney is the owner of Hawthorn Farm, a certified organic vegetable seed production farm near Palmerston, Ontario. Hawthorn Farm has been certified organic since 1996 and offers a wide variety of organic open-pollinated seeds to both home gardeners and market gardeners. On-farm vegetable breeding and selection for short season growing continues to fuel her passion for seed. Kim and her partner live off-grid, in a strawbale house surrounded by acres of meadow and woodland. Kim is a skilled educator on seed production is also one of the members of ECOSGN.”
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Larry McDermott

Larry McDermott—Executive Director, Plenty Canada “Larry McDermott is a member of Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation. He served as an Ontario municipal politican for 28 years including as the first national rural chair of FCM. He is currently Executive Director of Plenty Canada, a non-profit organization devoted to environmental protection and healthy communities, and Co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Network Biodiversity Caucus.”
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Dr. Lauren Baker

Lauren, Dr. Baker—Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council “Lauren Baker is the Food Policy Coordinator at the Toronto Food Policy Council, Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto. In this capacity, Lauren works with community and business partners, Toronto Public Health’s food strategy team, and across City divisions to promote a healthy, sustainable food system. Lauren has consulted widely on municipal food policy development in Canada and beyond. She has been involved in many farm to fork initiatives, and her past work includes being the founding director of Sustain Ontario – the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming. Lauren teaches at the University of Toronto, is a research associate with Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Food Security, and has a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University. She is the Vice-Chair of Food Secure Canada, a national organization working towards zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and a sustainable food system. Lauren is the author of a newly published book (2013), Corn meets Maize: Food Movements and Markets in Mexico.”
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Laurie Thompson

Laurie Thompson—Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology “Laurie Thomson has lived and works on farms ranging from conventional dairy to organic market garden, for most of her life. In addition to taking time away for studies in agriculture and education, she gained experience in the urban environment through collaboration on the development and facilitation of a series of food system education workshops for elementary students in Toronto.”
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Leslie Moskovits

Leslie Moskovits—Owner/Operator, Cedar Down Farms “Leslie Moskovits owns and operates Cedar Down Farm with her partner Jeff Boesch. Together, they grow 6 acres of certified organic vegetables and about 12 acres of mixed grains for Community Shared Agriculture. Leslie has been farming for 9 years, beginning her farming career as an intern at Everdale Organic Farm. She started and managed a CSA as an incubated business at Whole Circle Farm in Acton, ON and worked on various organic farms in Canada and United States before starting up Cedar Down Farm with her partner. Cedar Down Farm grows for about 250 CSA members throughout summer and winter and is in the start-up stages of a Grain CSA.”
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Lindsay Pielack

Lindsay Pielack—Urban Garden Program Manager, Greening of Detroit “Lindsay Pielack is an interim Co-Director of Keep Growing Detroit. Lindsay has worked with the urban agriculture community in the City of Detroit for nine years, instrumental as an organizer in developing and expanding the Garden Resource Program, which grew from 70 gardens in 2004 to 1,416 gardens in 2012. In her past role as the Urban Garden Program Manager at the Greening of Detroit and now as the co-director of basic programs at Keep Growing Detroit, Lindsay manages new garden development, facilitating resource distribution, and working with community members to build connection, leadership, and capacity within Detroit’s urban agriculture community. Lindsay is proud to be a life-long resident of the City of Detroit, serving the community in which she lives. Lindsay previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay working with a rural community on Agroforestry projects and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Resource Ecology and Management.”
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Lori Stahlbrand

Lori Stahlbrand—Nourishing Communities Researcher “Lori Stahlbrand is a food policy analyst, author, and the founder of Local Food Plus,which she led until 2012. Before launching LFP, Lori was a well-known CBC journalist and broadcaster and co-author of the Canadian bestseller “Real Food For A Change.” Lori is active in many community organization and is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University where her work is focused on scaling up local and sustainable food systems through public sector procurement. She also teaches food studies at the University of Toronto.”
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Lyndsay Davidson

Lyndsay Davidson—Public Health Dietitian, Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit “Lyndsay Davidson, RD is a Registered Dietitian who has worked at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit for the last 9 years. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Guleph and her dietetic internship with London Health Sciences. She is currently working on the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Team with a focus on food security and food sustainability programs, working closely with the newly formed Chatham-Kent Food Policy Council.”
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Lynn Roblin

Lynn Roblin—Chair of the Ontario Collaborative Group for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
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Malik Yakini

Malik Yakini—Executive Director and Founder, Detroit Black Food Security Network “Malik Yakini is a founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a seven-acre farm in Detroit. Along with DBCFSN he spearheaded efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council, which he also chaired. Yakini was a member of the Michigan Food Policy Council, and serves on the steering committee of Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System. From 1990 to 2011 he was executive director of Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy, one of Detroit’s leading African-centered schools. Yakini was honored as Administrator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies in 2006, and served on the board of directors of Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology from 2004 to 2011. He is also CEO of Black Star Educational Management. Yakini is dedicated to working towards identifying and alleviating the impact of racism and white privilege on the food system, and contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement. He has presented at numerous national conferences on food justice and implementing community food security practices. Yakini is also featured in the book Blacks Living Green and the movie Urban Roots.”
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Marc LaBerge

Marc LaBerge—Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food/Ministry of Rural Affairs “Marc LaBerge is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs, responsible for the development of economic development policies and programs relating to food processing and local food. Most recently, he has worked on Bill 36, Local Food Act, 2013 and the Local Food Fund. Marc has held progressively responsible policy positions in the Ministry of Transportation and Cabinet Office over the past 14 years, and holds an Honors B.A. and M.A. in political science.”
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Martin Tamlyn

Martin Tamlyn—Conestogo River Local Food Co-op “Martin Tamlyn is the founding member and current coordinator of the Conestogo River Local Food Co-op, based in Drayton, Ontario. Before moving to Canada in 2000, he worked with the Exmouth Permaculture group in the UK. The group ran many community sustainable development initiatives, which included the Exmouth Farmlink – an early CSA model. As a trained school teacher, Martin has changed his teaching practice from the classroom to his community, coordinating local on-farm education programs and community events. The Conestogo River Local Food Co-op, now in its third year, has progressed from a winter vegetable box program to a year round online ordering system that includes a wider diversity of produce, wholefoods and fair-trade products. To find out more visit the website or like their facebook page. Martin has become involved with the LOFC Network because he am interested in the development of successful and sustainable local food systems. As a network, he feels we have so much to offer to each other through sharing, learning, supporting and connecting.”
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Martin Bohl

Martin Bohl—Director, Rural Programs Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food / Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAF/MRA) “Martin Bohl has been the Director, Rural Programs Branch, at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food / Ministry of Rural Affairs since April 2009, delivering programs and solutions to rural communities and to businesses. In this role he has led the branch in delivering the government’s infrastructure stimulus projects, broadband programs and rural economic development tools and programs like business retention and expansion, Growing Forward 2 and other economic development transfer payment programs. In the past 2 years, he has led the branch through a strategic planning process with a focus on transforming the culture, processes and structure to become the “Centre of Excellence for Program Design and Administration” for OMAF/MRA program delivery and to partner with other ministries across the Ontario Public Service to transform program delivery operations. Prior to coming to the Branch, Martin spent about 8 years working with the food processing investment unit at OMAF/MRA and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, helping foreign companies locate their businesses in Ontario. He has also worked in policy development in the areas of natural resources, environment and agriculture for Cabinet Office and OMAF/ MRA. His graduate and undergraduate degrees are from the University of Guelph with a major in agricultural economics – resources management.”
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Mary Lynn Biggley

Mary Lynn Biggley—Greater Essex County District School Board
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Meredith Hayes

Meredith Hayes—Schools and Student Nutrition Senior Manager, FoodShare Toronto “Meredith Hayes came to FoodShare in 2007 bringing with her a passion for cooking, gardening, food justice and worms and has since delivered countless workshops for teachers, community members and students of all ages. Over the years Meredith has developed some of Field to Table Schools’ signature programs and events including The Great Big Crunch, The Rotten Apple Party, the Footprint Garden, Eat-In Ontario, and Ontario Farm to School Challenge. Meredith has a passion for collaboration and sits as an advisory member with Sustain Ontario and Farm to Cafeteria Canada and as a founding steering committee member of Ontario Edible Education Network and the Imagine a Garden in Every School campaign. Meredith is dedicated to advocating for Food Literacy education for all students and is energized by the incredible depth and breadth of creative opportunities available to ensure that students understand and access good healthy food.”
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Michelle Tew

Michelle Tew—Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers “Michelle Tew is an Occupational Health Nurse working for the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW). Michelle has been key in coordinating the Migrant Farm Worker Project which focuses on offering clinical and occupational health prevention services to migrant farm workers and their employers in Ontario’s agricultural industry.”
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Mik Turje

Mik Turje—YIMBY The Stop Community Food Centre
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Mike Balkwill

Mike Balkwill—Put Food in the Budget “Mike Balkwill is an independent community organizer (the job Obama made famous) currently co-ordinating the Put Food in the Budget Campaign as an associate of Social Planning Network of Ontario. The demand of the Put Food in the Budget Campaign is
• For the Ontario Government to immediately increase by $100 a month the social assistance received by adults in Ontario
• Set social assistance rates that provide the cost of housing, healthy food and everything else and enable a life of health and dignity
Mike is currently working with leadership groups in thirty communities around Ontario.
Mike’s responsibilities include
• facilitating the development of local poverty reduction strategies,
• co-ordinating community participation in the Put Food in the Budget Campaign
• developing capacity of local leaders and organizers to collaborate on poverty reduction in their communities and across Ontario
Mike Balkwill has thirty years of experience in community organizing around issues such as housing, health, education and the environment. Mike has two sons – Daniel and Brendan – and lives in Toronto.”
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Mike Turnbull

Mike Turnbull—Plentiful Harvest
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Mike Schreiner

Mike Schreiner—Leader of the Green Party of Ontario “Mike Schreiner is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario. He is the co-founder of WOW Foods, a local organic food distribution company, and Local Food Plus, a non-profit focused on bringing together farmers and consumers to promote local food systems that are financially viable as well as socially and environmentally sustainable.”
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Moe Garahan

Moe Garahan—Executive Director, Just Food Ottawa, Savour Ottawa
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Nancy Rutherford

Nancy Rutherford—Manager of Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Regional Municipality of Durham “Nancy is Manager of Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Affairs for the Regional Municipality of Durham. As well, she is a Professional Planner with 17 years experience. As the first staff liaison for the Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC), Nancy managed its activities for 10 years. Nancy has also been involved in the formation and operation of the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee, and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance. Nancy works with rural and agriculture communities to enhance their presence and viability in Durham Region. Her division encourages public awareness of agriculture and rural issues to benefit these specific sectors, and to grow Durham Region’s economy as a whole.”
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Nevin Cohen

Nevin Cohen—Assistant Professor, The New School “Nevin Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School, New York, where he teaches courses pertaining to urban food systems. His current research focuses on urban food policy, particularly innovative planning strategies to support urban agriculture. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.”
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Ontario Christian Gleaners

Ontario Christian Gleaners
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Pablo Godoy

Pablo Godoy—Agriculture Workers Alliance, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada “Pablo Godoy is a project facilitator, young worker program coordinator, and a community engagement liason for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). A large portion his work is done within Human Rights Equity and Diversity department as well as the Agricultural Workers Alliance. More recently, he has been entrusted with the duty of being the National Coordinator for Students Against Migrant Exploitation.”
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Pardamus Owen

Pardamus Owen Poplar Hill
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Pat Learmonth

Pat Learmonth—Director, Farms at Work “Pat Learmonth is the Director of Farms at Work, a non-profit, charitable project of Tides Canada Initiatives. Farms at Work’s mission is to promote healthy and active farmlands within the region of east central Ontario. Pat served as the Environmental Farm Plan Representative and Workshop Leader for Peterborough County for seven years, and co-founded the Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative. She is Co-Chair of the sustainable Peterborough Working Group on Local Food and Farming. Pat also serves on the Peterborough Stewardship Council, the Greater Peterborough Area Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council of Sustain Ontario. Pat holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Trent University) and a degree in Law (University of Western Ontario). Through her work, research, consulting and personal experience, she has developed extensive networks with farms and farming organizations within the Kawartha region, as well as across Ontario. Pat and her husband operate an organic farm on 100 acres near Peterborough.”
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Paul Sawtell

Paul Sawtell—Co-owner, 100km Foods “Paul Sawtell is the co-founder and co-owner of 100km Foods Inc., an award winning local food distribution company based in Toronto.
Since 2008, Paul has sought to create a strong, viable and fair local food economy that benefits not only consumers, but also the farmers and producers who grow their food. It’s Paul’s belief that for-profit organizations, aimed at doing the right thing, can be instruments for real change. 100km Foods Inc. is currently in its 6th year of operation.”
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Peggy Baillie

Peggy Baillie—Managing Director, Eat Local Sudbury “Peggy Baillie, Managing Director of Eat Local Sudbury, has worked hard over the last year developing this five year old multi-stakeholder food cooperative into a thriving retail store and member engaged organization. With a history in farming, food security and the culinary industry, Peggy utilizes her experience beyond her work at Eat Local. Peggy sits as co-chair on the Sudbury Food Policy Council, working to influence infrastructure and policy changes to support a healthy food system and as a Steering Committee member of the Local Organic Food Coops Network, working to strengthen food cooperatives province wide.”
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Peter Ilnyckyj

Peter Ilnyckyj—Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food “Peter is an economic development consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and The Ministry of Rural Affairs, the ministry responsible for economic development for the Ontario food and beverage sectors. Peter brings a lot of experience to this role. He is an entrepreneur who invented and commercialized an architectural building product. For 10 years, he owned and managed a 150 acre mixed crop farm in Norfolk County just south of Delhi, Ontario. Peter has had management roles with Nabisco/Kraft, OMAFRA and the previous Ministry of Research and Innovation which is now part of the new Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. Peter is an avid outdoors enthusiast, enjoying biking, hunting, fishing and snowboarding. Peter is also building a log cabin in Collingwood and lives in Guelph with his wife Anna. They have two daughters who are currently studying at Carlton University and UBC.”
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Phil Mount

Phil Mount—Principal Investigator, Project SOIL (Shared Opportunities on Institutional Land) An OMAF/MRA New Directions Research Project; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems) “Born and raised on a dairy farm in eastern Ontario, Phil pursued an interdisciplinary education that included law, sociology, silviculture, graphic design, dairy farming, political economy, and web marketing. After graduating from the department of Geography at the University of Guelph, Phil is former coordinator of Nourishing Ontario: The Sustainable Food Systems Research Project, just one of the projects of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, and currently a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Phil is also the lead of a new OMAF/MRA-funded New Directions Research Project, studying the feasibility of food production on institutional land, including hospitals and schools. In his spare time, Phil spends his time as Associate Editor of Canadian Food Studies, on the board of the Everpure Biodiesel Cooperative -a sustainable regional biodiesel alternative- and picking fruit and veg for the Appleseed Collective Revival, a social enterprise gleaning project.”
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Dr. Ralph Martin

Ralph C., Dr. Martin—Professor, Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph “Ralph C. Martin grew up on a beef and hog farm in Wallenstein, ON. He learned what is essential about agriculture from his grandfather, before he died when Ralph was seven. After 4-H, his formal education includes, a B.A. and an M.Sc. in Biology from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from McGill University. His love of teaching grew unexpectedly when he began teaching at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, in 1990, and realized how students teach him too. In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (www.oacc.info) to coordinate university research and education pertaining to organic systems, across Canada . In 2011, he was appointed as Professor and the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph.”
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Rashel Tremblay

Rashel Tremblay—Farmer, Locally Germinated “Rashel Tremblay grew up on a farm outside of Tilbury, ON, and started the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Essex-Windsor in 2011. Locally Germinated is a farmer’s cooperative and still in flux. She is also the sole parent to 3 children.”
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Rebecca Hodges

Rebecca Hodges—Training and Resources Coordinator, FarmStart; Ecological Farmers of Ontario “Rebecca is the Training and Resources Program Coordinator at FarmStart and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario. She works with farmers across the province makeing farmer training opportunities available, and accessible. She completed a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, but her attitude is that you never stop learning, especially when it comes to farming. As program coordinator it is her mission to support farmers in meeting their learning objectives, and to help them build community around information sharing. Rebecca actively participates in farming through the work-share program with her local CSA, tending to a large community garden plot, and taking “farm-vacations” across the country. In her spare time she studies French, because vegetables sound much more appealing en français for example; carotte, aubergine, courgette, poireau!”
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Rebecca LeHeup

Rebecca LeHeup—Executive Director, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance “Rebecca loves Ontario and local edibles. She is lucky in her role as Executive Director for OCTA because it lets her explore this vast province connecting people across agriculture and tourism industries. Rebecca is passionate about the interrelation between food, agriculture, tourism, arts and culture. She was instrumental in developing tourism products including Prince Edward County’s award winning Taste Trail, annual TASTE! a celebration of regional cuisine, the Arts Trail, Countylicious and the buy-local program: Harvestin’ the County. Rebecca shares the great tourism experiences in Ontario through her social media outlets and teaches courses on its benefits to business operators across the province. She’s developed courses for George Brown College’s cutting edge Culinary Tourism Management program. She contributes her expertise to a variety of industry Boards including the CTC Brand Experience Advisory Committee, the Terroir Hospitality Symposium, and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation to name a few. She also co-publishes the Ontario Culinary Adventure Guide in partnership with CityBites Magazine and is a guest blogger on Huffington Post Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, Rebecca spent her summers in Prince Edward County. In her grade 12 year of high school, Rebecca sailed on a 156-foot tall ship to 20 countries on two continents– an experience that rooted her passion for travel and adventure! She still splits her time between Toronto and PEC. Sharing in her adventures are her two sons – Jack and Liam, and her life partner, Andrew Mackenzie.”
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Rebekka Hutton

Rebekka Hutton—Alchemy Pickle Company; Coordinator, Carrot Cache “Rebekka Hutton is a food entrepreneur with a background in community development initiatives. She is the newly appointed Coordinator working with the Carrot Cache Board. In the last nine years, the Carrot Cache has granted over $1.4 million to approximately 240 projects and individuals. The fund continues to support the development of a regional food system in Ontario through the distribution of grants, loans, and investments to co-ops, farmers, organisations, and all people in the food chain to ensure success while supporting the local and sustainable food movement.”
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Rick and Carolyn Feurth

Rick and Carolyn Feurth—Ewe Dell Family Farms “After graduating from Guelph University in 1973, Rick Fuerth – a fifth generation farmer – returned with his wife Carolyn to his home of Woodslee, Ontario. They brought with them 29 sheep and have never looked back! Today they both operate Ewe Dell Farm, which includes an on-farm licenced slaughterhouse. From the early days of slaughtering “out back” to the sanitized processing rooms of today, they have a history of being customer-oriented. In 2009, they were awarded the Premiers Award of Excellence for Agri-Food Innovation for their efforts to serve the diverse customer base in the Windsor Essex area.”
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Chef Rino Bortolin

Rino, Chef Bortolin—“Rino has been in the hospitality industry for 22 years, having cooked in some of the area’s best restaurants including Il Gabbiano, Nico Ristorante, Porcino, Spring Wine Bar to name a few. With a major focus in fine dining Italian cuisine he decided to open his own restaurant – Vivo! Ristorante – and later, with a fast casual concept – The Black Kettle Bistro. Rino has won many In his latest venture, he is the owner and operator of Rino’s Kitchen; a small unique restaurant situated in a century old house in downtown Windsor. We are huge supporters of local ingredients and farmers. Much of our menu revolves around Essex County ingredients.”
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Rita Hansen-Sterne

Rita Hansen-Sterne—Professor in Marketing and Consumer Studies, University of Guelph “Rita is a PhD (Mgmt) Candidate in the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. Her doctoral thesis examines marketing-related capabilities of food processing firms in environments characterized by supply management. Rita’s background includes industry experience in service management (hospitality), marketing and environment-behaviour fields and enjoys bringing these multiple perspectives and broad knowledge to her study of the food industry and competitive environments.”
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Robert Catherine

Robert Catherine—Culinary Instructor, Greater Essex County District School Board “Chef Robert Catherine was born and raised in Windsor Ontario and had a passion for cooking and food at an early age. Chef Robert studied culinary arts at St. Clair College where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. He continued with his career at various restaurants in Essex County which included, the Chicken Court where he was the Sous Chef, La Guardia as Sous Chef and Navy Yard Restaurant as Head Chef. He also gained commercial cooking experience cooking at Hotel Dieu Hospital and University of Windsor Food Services. He gained valuable management experience working for Marsh Foods as a purchasing agent Restauranics as a supervisor and regional manager. He then moved into teaching for the Greater Essex County District School Board as a culinary instructor. Chef Robert operated a successful catering business, is a published author, has written for various magazines, does cooking demonstrations throughout North America and has thirty four years of culinary experience. Chef Robert was the Culinary Director for Carousel of Nations’ Culinary Explosion 2012. Chef Robert was a featured culinary expert and guest on CTV every Tuesday with local weather personality Arms Bumanlag. The culinary segment feature local foods and cooking demonstrations. He promotes working with local ingredients, farmers and suppliers whenever possible. He has done culinary events promoting Grow Local Essex County Ingredients with his culinary students from the Unemployment Help Centre’s Community kitchen which is a Greater Essex County District School Board offsite campus. Chef Robert sees the benefits of local ingredients, ethnic foods and the value it brings to the local food culture. He is married and has two children.”
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Ruth Klahsen

Ruth Klahsen—Founder, Monforte Dairy
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Ryan Koeslag

Ryan Koeslag–Executive Director, Agricultural Management Institute
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Ryan Lock

Ryan Lock—Director of Innovation Policy and Planning, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation “Ryan Lock is Director of Innovation Policy and Planning with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. As one of his key responsibilities, Ryan supports Helen Burstyn in her role as the Government’s newly appointed Special Advisor on Social Enterprise. Ryan joined the Ontario Public Service in 1999, beginning his career with the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services. Since then, Ryan has held progressively senior positions with Cabinet Office (Policy Division), the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal (Office of the Provincial Development Facilitator), and the Ministry of Research and Innovation (Strategic Policy). Ryan’s key achievements include working with stakeholders in Ontario’s life sciences sector to develop and implement a $161 million Life Sciences Commercialization Strategy for the province. Ryan also led the development of a social innovation strategy for Ontario, which included new programs to support social entrepreneurs and encourage impact investing. Ryan has worked extensively with Canada’s venture capital community, and he was previously responsible for oversight of the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation, which delivers $250 million in venture capital programming for the Province. Earlier in his career, Ryan played an instrumental role in helping to resolve a decades-old land dispute in Brant County. Ryan was also closely involved with the development of Ontario’s Greenbelt Act and Plan, as well as the Places to Grow Act and associated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Ryan completed a Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Western Ontario. Ryan lives with his partner, Christine, and daughter, Melissa, in Toronto, Ontario.”
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Sally Ludwig

Sally Ludwig—Transition Guelph
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Sam Fuller

Sam Fuller—Manager, NOFA-VT’s Technical Assistance Program “Sam Fuller manages NOFA-VT’s Technical Assistance Program, which provides an array of services to commercial farmers ranging from in-depth whole farm business planning and technical production assistance to educational offerings and industry development. His work focuses primarily on sustainable livestock production, meat processing and value chain integration. Prior to joining NOFA-VT in 2008, he managed a number of different agricultural enterprises including a pasture-based livestock operation, a diversified crop farm and a multi-farm producer co-op. Sam graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Anthropology. His focus was on food systems, agricultural economics and migrant labor. His thesis work was on “Localizing Culture – How a New Agricultural Model Could Save the Family Farm”. Recently, he was integral to organizing the 1st ever New England Meat Conference.”
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Samantha Davidson

Samantha Davidson—The Table Community Food Centre, Perth
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Sarah Dobec

Sarah Dobec—Public Relations/Education Outreach Co-ordinator, The Big Carrot Natural Food Market “Sarah has always been fascinated by the connection between whole foods, health and healing. She received her Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, her Certified Nutritional Practitioner designation from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and her Public Relations Certificate from the University of Toronto.
Sarah is the Public Relations and the Education Outreach Co-ordinator at The Big Carrot Natural Food Market and a proud board member for the Canadian Organic Growers. She is a published author with articles on health and travel in Vitality Magazine, The Toronto Star, HANS and Edible Toronto. She is an educator, speaker and urban organic farmer. Sarah had the fortune of spending 5 months volunteering on an organic farm where she experienced food from seed to harvest and all the weeding in between!”
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Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson—Farmer, Uplands Pheasantry
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Shauna Bloom

Shauna Bloom—Executive Director, Ecological Farmers of Ontario “Shauna Bloom, ED of EFAO, has been working on local organic food and farming issues for the past decade. She has worked with organizations such as FarmStart and the Organic Council of Ontario. Shauna has a doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Guelph.”
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Shewhat Zeru

Shewhat Zeru—Afri-Can FoodBasket; Communications Officer, Ontario Trillium Foundation
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Soni Craik

Soni Craik—Food Program Manager, Ecosource “Soni has a passion for innovative education programming. She has worked internationally in South Africa, and Ethiopia on programs that connected health and the environment, and that set her path in developing cross sectoral and curricular programming in the environmental education field in Ontario. As Food Program Manager at Ecosource, Soni is building off the work of the award winning School Food Action Coalition and developing collaborative partnerships between school boards, food service providers, farmers, students and non-profit representatives to increase the local food items available to students in their schools. The success of these projects is based on the experience that it takes a committed group of individuals across an institutional sector to create real and progressive change in a food system. Soni holds a B.A. in Biology, a graduate degree in Environmental Science, and a certificate in International Development and Resource Management. Outside of her work at Ecosource, Soni can be found exploring her breath on her yoga mat, and scuba diving the world’s oceans.”
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Dr. Steffanie Scott

Steffanie, Dr. Scott—Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo “Steffanie Scott is past co-chair (with Ellen Desjardins) of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable. Through the Roundtable, Steffanie has been involved in reviews of, and provided input into, local and provincial policy documents regarding how to plan for healthy local and regional food systems, and how to integrate food system goals into planning decisions. Her recent research focuses on agro-food system sustainability, alternative food networks, and the organic agriculture sector in China. She was co-author of a 2012 report, Taking regional action? Understanding networks in the local food, green energy & creative sectors in Waterloo region, which was prepared for and funded by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. Steffanie is also is President of the Canadian Association for Food Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.”
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Stephanie Segave

Stephanie Segave—Regional Manager, Ontario Student Nutrition Program, VON Canada “Stephanie is a mother of two young boys. She has a background in political science and has been passionately working as a community advocate and leader in the area of food security and student nutrition programs for over a decade. She currently manages the student nutrition program in south-western Ontario and is Co-chair of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program Network. She is a local resident of Kingsville and sits on the board of Community Living Windsor and Access Essex County.”
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Steve Ireson

Steve Ireson—The Hogtown Cure Deli and Cafe “The Hogtown Cure was opened in December of 2012 in Toronto’s DuWest neighbourhood by partners Steve Ireson, Chris Schroer and Vanessa Gulletson. Our mission is to bring an accessible, no fuss, approach to local food with dishes that are familiar yet made with the best quality, locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. Our market restaurant format offers customers greater food transparency, allowing members of the community to browse and purchase all the ingredients used in the preparation of our food. Our open kitchen / deli counter is a constant buzz of activity with customers learning about and tasting the bounty that Ontario has to offer. The Hogtown Cure’s knowledgeable team is happy to share our passion for food with our community while working directly with local farmers and producers to reduce the size of our supply chain.”
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Steve Green

Steve Green—Community Garden Network Coordinator, Windsor Essex County Community Garden Collective
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Susan Chan

Susan Chan Manager—Native Pollinator Program, Farms at Work
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Tamara Jensen

Tamara Jensen—Co-Owner and Operations Manager, El Gastrónomo Vagabundo :El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is an award-winning pioneer of Ontario gourmet street food movement, offering a continuously changing menu of globally inspired gourmet cuisine. Spurred by the increasing popularity of mobile street food in North America, El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is the first mobile food truck of its kind in Canada, featuring gourmet tacos, tapas, southeast Asian dishes, and garden fresh salads. Lovingly nicknamed “El Gastró” by its fans, the truck was featured on the hit Food Network Canada series Eat St. El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is brought to you by Australian chef Adam Hynam-Smith and his Canadian partner Tamara Jensen.”
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Tanya Mitchell

Tanya Mitchell–Winemaker, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery “Tanya Mitchell has worked full time for the company since its inception as a Winery in 2004, shortly after attaining a degree in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. Before her 9 years as Winemaker at Sprucewood Shores, Tanya garnered experience in Niagara at Henry of Pelham Winery, in Lake Erie North Shore at D’Angelo Winery, and in the Bendigo Region of Australia at Langanook Wines and Sutton Grange Winery.
Starting out as the youngest winemaker in the industry in 2004 was a challenge, yet it also provided her with years of irreplaceable experience, evident in her quality crafted wines. Now, 9 years later, Tanya’s winemaking philosophy has developed in to one that is strongly influenced by her technical and experience based background and an understanding that wine is an artistic expression. Her focus is on delivering a balance of minerality, acidity, fruit, and finesse in her wines.”
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Dr. Tanya Basok

Tanya, Dr. Basok—University of Windsor, Author of Tortillas and Tomatoes
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TBA

Migrant Worker
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Ted Soudant

Ted Soudant—Fieldgate Organics “Ted leads the management team at Fieldgate Organics, a farmer-owned organic meat company that operators a federally-inspected slaughterhouse, as FGO Organic Processing Ltd, in Ingersoll, Ontario.”
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Teresa Piruzza

Teresa Piruzza—Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues “Teresa Piruzza represents the riding of Windsor West and currently serves as the Minister of Children and Youth Services as well as the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. As the Co-chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion and the Co-chair of the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Panel, Teresa has focused on the issues surrounding child poverty, student nutrition and youth employment. Prior to her election, Teresa was the Executive Director of Employment and Social Services for the City of Windsor.”
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Terry Daynard

Terry Daynard Former Professor of Crop Science, University of Guelph
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Theresa Schumilas

Theresa Schumilas—Garden Party Organic CSA, Food Hub “Before returning to farming she led research and policy initiatives at Region of Waterloo Public Health. A wide range of local food policy studies and projects were completed under her direction including the first detailed ‘farm to fork’ study, development of the ‘Buy Local Buy Fresh’ brand, the first land use plan that integrated local food goals and the launch of Food Secure Canada in 2005. Theresa operates an organic CSA and food hub on her family farm in St. Agatha and is completing her doctoral research on ‘alternative food systems’ at the University of Waterloo.”
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Todd Jaques

Todd Jaques—Senior Project Specialist, Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI) “Todd is Senior Project Specialist at Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI), a shared administrative platform that powers a range of projects and collaborations across Canada. Todd works on TCI’s food project portfolio which includes Sustain Ontario, Not Far From The Tree, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, and Farms at Work. Prior to joining TCI, Todd was Director of Operations and Agriculture Partnerships at the Ontario Association of Food Banks, where he managed the provincial food distribution network and created new programs and partnerships focused on increasing the amount of fresh and local food available at food banks across the province. Todd lives in Hamilton.”
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Tom Manley

Tom Manley—Owner, Homestead Organics “Tom Manley grew up on the family dairy farm, obtained a BSC in Computer Science at the Collège Militaire Royal in St-Jean, Québec. At Bell Canada in 1995, he was the project leader for the development and launch of the Bell Sympatico Internet Service. Tom owns and operates Homestead Organics, a family business since 1988 that processes organic grains, feeds, and farm supplies. It has practiced Slow Money principles since 1999 to address its needs for capital with a current group of 38 financial supporters. In 2011, Tom received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organic Council of Ontario.”
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Tom Schell

Tom Schell—Sustainable Food Systems, Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA) “Tom brings over 25 years of business development experience where he successfully commercialized hundreds of consumer, commercial and industrial products across multiple distribution channels in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
More recently, he unleashed his passion for community economic development on Sustainable Food Systems. Tom conducted eighteen months of comprehensive research resulting in a practical, innovative Sustainable Food Cluster framework that is poised to create tens of thousands of permanent, rewarding jobs in Southwestern Ontario while addressing pressing environmental and social challenges. Tom holds an Engineering designation, has completed an MBA in project management and is a professor at Conestoga College in the Green Management Program.”
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Tony McQuail

Tony McQuail—Holistic Management, Meeting Place Organic Farm Fran “Tony McQuail have farmed at Meeting Place Organic Farm in SW Ontario since 1973. They developed a mixed livestock and vegetable/apple operation that sells direct to the consumer. They made the transition to Organic farming in the mid 1970’s.”
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Trevor Benson

Trevor Benson—Ontario Foodservice Designation Program Coordinator, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
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Trissia McAllister

Trissia McAllister—Agricultural, Creative Economy Coordinator, Northumberland County “Trissia McAllister is the Agricultural Coordinator for Northumberland County. A member of the Economic Development and Tourism department since 2006, she has developed and implemented numerous initiatives to support and recognize the contributions made by agriculture to Northumberland’s economy. Beginning with an agricultural action plan based on an exceptional best practice model she has forged a relationship with the agricultural community which includes utilizing technology to create market presence, agricultural youth engagement through industry partnerships, and most recently lead the Province’s first ever Regional Local Food Business Retention and Expansion Study which has resulted in the building of the province’s first not-for-profit, publically-owned-and-operated, Agri-Food Venture Centre. Trissia is the County representative on the Board of the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture, as well as Chair of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Northumberland. She resides in the Northumberland Hills.”
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Utcha Sawyers

Utcha Sawyers—Food Justice and Community Food Animation Manager at FoodShare Toronto “Utcha Sawyers is a creative, charismatic leader, successfully giving voice and structure to the movement for many groups currently excluded from food organizations and the food movement. As FoodShare’s first Food Justice Manager, Utcha is leading FoodShare to better understand issues of racism that affect first nations, communities of colour and new Canadians. Working with all these diverse communities in Toronto and increasingly across Canada, Utcha is building an Alliance Strategy for a diverse and inclusive Food Justice Movement. An articulate speaker, Utcha is invited to speak at conferences ranging from the Toronto Food Policy Council 20th year anniversary to Food Secure Canada’s 2012 National Conference in Edmonton Alberta. She was also a community author of the Toronto Food Policy Council’s GrowTo Action Plan. Utcha sits on many Advisory Boards: Growing Food Justice for All Initiative, Toronto Food Policy Council, Community Based Catering Network, Malvern Revitalization Committee, Scarborough Food Action Network, Migrant Dreams Documentary Initiative and is the FoodShare partnership representative on Black Creek Community Farm, Let’s Get Growing, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, Intensive Leadership Facilitation Training (Dismantling Racism workshops). Utcha and her husband Shebaka Sawyers founded Amlakawi Beteseb Institute for Natural Sciences & Afri-Caribbean Arts, one of Canada’s first Afri-Caribbean centered schools. The schools’ core objective was to instill a sense of unity, pride, and knowledge of self within the student body. Committed to student health and wellness, it taught garden and cooking and provided a hot vegan lunch program daily for all students, unlimited access to fresh vegetables and reverse osmosis water. Agreenculture Youth Ambassadors was formed in the last year Amlakawi Beteseb was in full operation so as to continue the after school food growing program into a formal youth summer program that would provide urban agricultural opportunities for Afri-Caribbean youth living in Malvern.”
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Vanessa Ling Yu

Vanessa Ling Yu—Founder, FoodSpokes “Vanessa is founder of FoodSpokes, a startup that will scale-up good food solutions for better business at farms and restaurants in Ontario. She is also a food justice and restaurants consultant with a wide range of experiences that motivate and inform her participatory approaches to community and economic development through good food for all. Among her contributions to building healthier food systems, she has led multi-stakeholder groups through research, capacity building, and implementation. Most recently, she launched the Sustainable Restaurants Working Group and CaterToronto to connect and support people and organizations working in the foodservice and hospitality industries for more sustainable outcomes through collaboration. Vanessa is an active volunteer, providing support of the local good food movement by being an Advisor for Sustain Ontario, Food Forward Advocacy Alliance, and Growing Food and Justice for All – Toronto Local Empowerment Group.”
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Wally Seccombe

Wally Seccombe—Black Creek Community Farm “Wally Seccombe is Past President of Ontario Natural Food Coop and was awarded ONFC’s first Lifetime Contribution honour after serving 14 years on board. He is a founder of Everdale Environmental Learning Centre and the president for Everdale’s first 15 years. He is now stepping down from the board so he can volunteer full-time at Everdale’s new farm in Toronto at Jane and Steeles, Black Creek Community Farm, in partnership with FoodShare, Afri-Can FoodBasket and Fresh City Farms. Wally is a past member of Toronto Food Policy Council; member of the GrowTO team that has recently succeeded in having its Action Plan for food-growing in Toronto endorsed by City Council.”
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Dr. Wayne Roberts

Wayne, Dr. Roberts—Author/Speaker, Food Policy Consultant “Wayne Roberts is a Canadian food policy analyst and writer. Among his list of accomplishments in such domains as green economics and community organizing, Mr. Roberts is widely respected for his role as the coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council (2000-2010) during which time he spearheaded many innovative sustainable food systems projects and policies. Wayne has been a leader and an advisor on many food- and green economy-focused committees, including the City of Toronto’s Environmental Task Force, Food Secure Canada’s board, U.S.-based Community Food Security Coalition’s board, and Sustain Ontario’s Advisory Council. His work has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Canadian Eco-Hero Award presented by Planet in Focus in 2008, and the University of Toronto Arbor Award in 2011 for his role in establishing food studies as a field of study at University of Toronto. Wayne is the author seven books, including The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food, first published in 2008. He will be conducting a book tour for the recently published second edition, released in October 2013.”
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Zahra Parvinian

Zahra Parvinian—Director of Social Enterprise, FoodShare Toronto “For more than 15 years Zahra has worked and experimented with ways to increase access to good, affordable and culturally appropriate food in a way that empowers and educates individuals and communities. Zahra strongly believes that in order to have a healthy community we need to work hard towards growing sustainably. Zahra is passionate about multifaceted approaches to connect city dwellers with affordable, high quality fresh vegetable and fruits, increasing consumption of healthy produce, improving the income of small family farms and creating vital community building opportunities.”
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