Catherine Schwartz Mendez has been a Public Health Nutritionist with the Healthy Living Team of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit for 19 years. She holds an undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Guelph. Catherine 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 to pursue a career in public health. She is passionate about building a sustainable and equitable local food system and has developed a number of community food security initiatives and programs through strong community partnerships. She is currently an executive member of the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy Council.