10 Lessons on Leveraging Institutional Food Purchasing Power - Webinar on June 7th

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:09pm

Canadians eat at institutions such as schools, campuses, hospitals and long-term care facilities every day – but often little of this food is locally sourced or sustainably grown. Project leaders from Concordia Food Services, Edmonton Northlands and Équiterre will share their insights and experiences on leveraging institutional food purchasing for greater sustainability, and engage participants in a Q&A.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The basics of institutional food procurement
  • Strategies for redesigning menus and procurement processes
  • Ideas for how to begin engaging with stakeholders along the value chain – producers, distributors, food service management providers, and institutional decision-makers, staff and eaters

Webinar details:

Wed June 7, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern (English) : register here.

Jeudi 8 juin, 2017 1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern (Français) : inscrivez-vous ici.


  • Jennifer Reynolds, Institutional Food Program Manager, Food Secure Canada
  • Beth Hunter, Program Manager, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Jessie Radies, Local Food Associate, Edmonton Northlands
  • Isabelle Mailhot-Leduc, Sustainable Food System Coordinator, Concordia University
  • Vanessa D’Antico, Health, Wellness and Sustainability Coordinator, Aramark
  • Murielle Vrins, Institutional Food Project Officer, Équiterre

Additional speakers may be confirmed.

About the report:

Food Secure Canada and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have jointly released the report Purchasing Power: 10 Lessons on Getting More Local, Sustainable, and Delicious Food in Schools, Hospitals and Campuses. The lessons profile what we’ve learned about how to shift institutional food purchasing to sustainability–from defining local, to leveraging contracts, to building food cultures, to policy change–and what the opportunities are for scaling this work.

This report is timely with the announcement of the 2017 Federal Budget which prioritizes procurement opportunities for small vendors as a way to foster innovation and support the growth of Canadian businesses, and the Barton Report which has identified agriculture as a key growth sector.

Download the report here.

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Well, this plan does sound really great. If they can actually make it happen as per the plans, i am sure that the schools will sure get some delicious and healthy food. But often it is seen that these projects dont go any further than the papers.

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