Resetting the Table Program - Friday, October 14

Plenary - Friday, October 14, 8:30am–10:30am

Canada’s New Food Policy: Opportunities, Challenges and Dilemmas

Friday morning, 8:30am – 10:30am at Ryerson University, KHN, Ryerson Theatre son Theatre

Part 1 - Presenters: Greg Meredith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Part 2 - Presenters: Joanna Kerr, Greenpeace Canada; Mustafa Koc, Ryerson University; Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union; Paul Taylor, Gordon Neighbourhood House. Chair: Diana Bronson, Food Secure Canada

Starting with our history, which began 15 years ago at Ryerson University, this panel will examine the opportunities, challenges and dilemmas involved in building a new food policy that will lead us in a more equitable, healthy and sustainable direction. From the family farm to the front lines of the struggle against climate change, the voices for food justice and human rights, these leaders will provoke Assembly attendees to think carefully about how we organize ourselves to achieve deep and lasting policy change over the coming years. Where have we come from and where are we going together? 

Take a Stand! Exhibitor Showcase - Friday 10:00am - 5:30pm

On Friday, make sure you take the time to walk over to the Take a Stand!

Exhibitor Showcase in the Ryerson Gym (RAC) and see who has interesting information to share. You can sample something delicious, meet new people, or join a campaign. Don’t miss Friday’s lunch offered by Real Food for Real Kids, with service supported by RU Eats in the same location.

Take a stand is a great opportunity for organisations to show their commitment to healthy, sustainable food for all. Register a stand here.

Sessions - Friday, October 14, 11:00am–12:30pm

FoodReach: Bringing Good Food to Community Agencies and Student Nutrition Programs at Wholesale Prices

Stream - Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs

Friday, October 14, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Ryerson University - Room ENG-LG13

Presenters: Barbara Emmanuel, Paul Coleman, Alvin Rebbick, Toronto Public Health; Mark Pearlman, Enterprise Adoption Leaders

FoodReach is a collaborative venture that has aligned private, public, not-for-profit and foundation partners to help community-based organizations stabilize access to good food and reduce food costs. FoodReach is an e-commerce portal, allowing agencies to efficiently shop for food online and to share ideas and resources in order to build a more effective system of food provision. Presenters will give an overview of the collective impact of FoodReach and the key structures needed for other jurisdictions to develop similar initiatives.

How the Organic Value Chain Meets Consumer Demands

Stream - Agriculture: Farming for the Future

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG LG24

Presenters: Tia Loftsgard, Canadian Organic Trade Association; Krysten Cooper, Yorkshire Valley; Matt Lurie, Owner of Organic Garage Organic and All Natural Grocery Store; Carolyn Young, Organic Council of Ontario; Tim deWit, Organic Turkey Farmer, Yorkshire Valley Farms

Fuelled by rising consumer awareness and demand in Canada and abroad, the organic movement continues to build momentum. Come and learn about what is behind the trends in organic production, sales and consumer perception. Participants will outline their successes and challenges in developing the organic value chain and supporting transitioning farmers.

Moving Grassroots Organizations Toward Health, Community and Good Food

Stream - Food Justice Affects Us All

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG LG12

Presenters: Emily Van Halem, Community Food Centres Canada; Bill Crawford, Eden Food for Change; Daniel Rotman, NDG Food Depot

Many organizations are exploring how food programs can act as catalysts for community and individual change — by offering healthier food, creating more leadership opportunities for community members, developing programs that inspire people to make the best food choices within their reach or finding ways for community members to take action on systemic issues. Using a set of "Good Food Principles", CFCC offers a framework for organizations to move toward food programs that support health, equity and dignity. This workshop will explore these principles and feature two organizations that are working to gradually shift their values and practices.

Getting the National Food Policy We Want

Stream - Food Policy: Bringing Civil Society to the Table

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG 103

Presenters: Olivier de Schutter, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (video message); Cecilia Rocha, Ryerson University; Tim Lang, (by Skype); Graham Riches, University of British Columbia; Wayne Roberts, food policy analyst; Joseph Leblanc, Food Secure Canada. Chair: Charles Levkoe, Lakehead University

The federal government’s announcement of a national food policy has raised significant questions about the role of civil society in this process. How will this policy protect the right to food? How can we ensure that civil society voices have a say in its development and a voice once it is adopted? How can we link up our concerns around equity, health and sustainability? What can we learn from the experiences of other countries? This panel will attempt to answer these questions and begin to think through how we can get the national food policy we want.

Socially Innovative Practices at North American Food Banks

Stream - Food Security: Towards Zero Hunger

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHW 061

Presenters: Aart Schurmann Hess, Greater Vancouver Food Bank; Janine De La Salle, Urban Food Strategies; Shawn Pegg, Food Banks Canada; Danielle McIntyre, Interfaith Food Banks Society of Lethbridge. Moderator: Trish Kelly, Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Food banks are increasingly taking a critical look at their work to focus on longer-term strategies that address the core causes of hunger. How are food banks innovating to work towards community food security? This workshop presents a continuum of socially innovative practices in the sector by sharing the stories of three food banks’ stories of change. Together, we will explore how food banks can work with others towards an inclusive community food security and justice movement.

Agroecology IS Feeding the World

Stream - Global Food System: Canadian Connections

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG 106

Presenters: Ilsa Sà, West African farm movement COPAGEN, Tiniguena, Guinea-Bissau; Tejaswi Dantuluri, Deccan Development Society, India; Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network; Martin Entz, University of Manitoba; Geneviève Grossenbacher, farmer and USC Canada; Bryan Dale, University of Toronto. Moderator: Eric Chaurette, Inter Pares

We are often told that industrial agriculture is needed to feed the world. Evidence shows the contrary. To truly feed ourselves in a sustainable way and reduce our impact on climate change, we need to scale up agroecology. Hear from farmers and researchers from Canada and the Global South how agroecology and food sovereignty are building a just and sustainable food system. Find out about practical ways that you can support the growth of agroecology and contribute ideas for a just transition to a fossil-free economy. Session will use a fishbowl format.

Creating a Groundswell of Support for Healthy Kids

Stream - Healthy School food: What's for Lunch?

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Thomas Lounge, Oakham House OAK

Presenters: Stephanie Segave, VON Canada; Susan Roberts, Alberta Food Matters; Carolyn Ferns, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care/Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

Across the country, people are advocating for increased investment in healthy food for children. Members of the Coalition for Healthy School Food are building support to gain federal investment in a healthy school food program through public engagement campaigns. Alberta Food Matters and its partners are advocating for a Universal School Food Strategy in Alberta. Child care advocates are looking to ensure quality food becomes part of a quality child care system. Join an interactive discussion on how we can collectively build public support to get more healthy food in schools and child care facilities. 

Food by Ward: Mapping Food Assets and Opportunities to Strengthen Local Food Economies in Toronto

Stream - Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHE 129

Presenters: Melana Roberts,Toronto Youth Food Policy Council; Rachel Gray, Toronto Food Policy Council

Food by Ward is a food asset mapping tool that supports the development of strong local food economies, providing baseline information regarding existing food assets and opportunities across Toronto. This interactive presentation explores how food mapping can advance and guide community-led food priorities, engage city staff and Councillors in important food policy conversations, and increase the appetite for food in city planning. Food mapping can aid in understanding issues of food access as they relate to poverty reduction initiatives, transit equity, and present opportunities to bridge gaps.

Intergenerational and Intercultural Exchange of Knowledge to Transform the Food System: Co-Creating Visual Tools Through the Legacies Project

Stream - Northern and Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Tecumseh Auditorium, Oakham House OAK

Presenters: Dianne and Dan Kretschmar, Ryan DeCaire, Fernando Garcia, Grenville Farms; Dawn Morrison, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty of the British Columbia Food Systems Network;Fulvio Gioanetto, Mexican Agroecology Networks; Deborah Barndt, Lauren Baker, Alexandra Gelis, Legacy Project

The Legacies Project supports the food sovereignty movement by creating intergenerational and intercultural dialogues, in particular between Indigenous and settler communities aiming to decolonize and restore food systems and movements. Join presenters from Ontario, BC and Mexico working on documenting intergenerational projects and relationships, conserving bio-cultural heritage through Indigenous food practices, and reclaiming and reinventing traditional food practices. This workshop will share videos from participating projects and the exchanges among them, to foster broader discussion among workshop participants.

Pecha Kucha - Research for/with Food Movements

Stream - Other Key Food Issues

Friday, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Ryerson University - Room RCC 204

Presenters: Sally Miller, City Region Food Systems Project; Natalie Dyck, Edible Alchemy CoLaboratory; Melanie Kurrein, Provincial Health Services Authority, Kelsey Speed, University of Waterloo; Sarah Hargreaves, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario; Hannah Wittman, University of British Columbia; Lynn Roblin, Ontario Public Health Association; Jessica Wall, Acadia University. Chair: Hugo Martorell, Food Secure Canada

This session will highlight research conducted for and with food movements from a range of non-profit organizations, food networks and universities across Canada. Each pecha kucha-like presentation will share the big ideas from the research with a focus on how it matters for food movements. Topics include fermentation, food waste, linking food safety and food security, farmer-led research, community consultations with food bank users and more. Following the presentations, we will invite questions and discussion.

Sessions - Friday, October 14, 2:00pm–3:30pm

Good Food Comes from Good Seed: How Regionally Adapted Seeds Build Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

Stream - Climate Change, Food and Waste

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG LG13

Presenters: Aabir Dey, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, USC Canada/Everdale; Jane Rabinowicz, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, USC Canada; Bob Wildfong, Seeds of Diversity; Kim Delaney, Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security supports the movement to build resilient seed systems in Canada. This session will focus on its national programs that conserve biodiversity in gene banks and community seed collections, and introduce new ecological field crop and vegetable varieties through innovative farmer-breeder collaborations. These programs shape new discussions on agricultural policy and on the need to prioritize biodiversity conservation, agricultural extension, and public plant breeding to build a resilient national seed and food system. 

Our Power: Lessons from Food Justice for Renewable Energy Organizers

Stream - Climate Change, Food and Waste

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Thomas Lounge, Oakham House OAK

Presenters: Keith Stewart, Greenpeace; Donald LaFleur, CLC; Utcha Sawyers, Food Secure Canada/FoodShare; Representative from Toronto Renewable Energy Coop

The movement for community-controlled renewable energy faces many parallels with food justice organizing. Projects are often community-led, require new regulatory policies and structures to thrive, do best when backed by diverse coalitions, and face well-organized corporate opposition with millions to lose. A panel will share perspectives on parallels between the two movements, then break into smaller groups to explore specific lessons, strategies and case studies. Join us and help build cross-movement power for clean energy and food justice in Canada.

National Perspectives on a National Food Policy

Stream - Food Policy: Bringing Civil Society to the Table

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room VIC 203

Presenters: Ron Bonnett, Canadian Federation of Agriculture; Diana Bronson, Food Secure Canada; Jean-Charles LeVallée, Centre for Food in Canada; David McInnes, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute; Kim Scott, Assembly of First Nations. Chair: Peter Andrée, Carleton University 

The government of Canada is working on a national food policy that promises to “include promotion of healthy living and safe food, and food security." This interactive roundtable brings together the leaders of major national organizations seeking to influence Canada’s national food policy to better understand their unique perspectives, including both their differences and where they might find common ground.

The Hand You’re Dealt: A Board Game About Food Insecurity in Nova Scotia

Stream - Food Security: Towards Zero Hunger

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHE 119

Presenters: Patty Williams, FoodArc

The Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) has been examining the affordability of a nutritious diet in Nova Scotia using Participatory Food Costing since 2002. FoodARC developed a board game to communicate our findings and focus responsibility for food security on policy-based solutions. The game has been played with diverse groups and has proven to be an incredible way to create empathy and challenge judgements about people facing food insecurity. Workshop participants will play the game, be provided with some supplementary tools for facilitating group game play and debrief, and discuss the use of scenario-based pedagogical and communication strategies in their own work.

Can Policy Increase Healthy and Local Food for Students?

Stream - Healthy School food: What's for Lunch?

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG LG24

Presenters: Adrienne Levay, University of British Columbia; Margo Riebe-Butt, Nourish Nova Scotia; Alejandra Dubois, Ottawa Food Policy Council. Moderator: Mary McKenna, University of New Brunswick

Influencing policy and implementing change is challenging, but lessons can be learned from the Canadian school food policy landscape. This session will include presentations and an interactive discussion around school food policies and guidelines; how to strategically align to support provincial government policies, strategies and legislative acts; the role of policy and more. The sessions will be moderated by policy expert Mary McKenna, who will provide highlights from her research and experiences with school and nutrition policies in Canada and abroad.

Global Perspectives on Sustainable City Region Food Systems

Stream - Global Food System: Canadian Connections

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHE 121

Presenters: Bruce Frayne, University of Waterloo; Fiona Yeudall, Ryerson University; Zhenzhong Si, Mary Caesar, Cameron McCordic, Balsillie School

This sustainable city region food systems panel explores two international collaborations. The Hungry Cities Partnership includes partners from South Africa, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Mozambique and China and focuses on innovation in the informal food economy in the context of rapidly growing cities and expanding food markets in the Global South. The Municipal Food Policies and Practices Project includes partners in Canada, Kenya, Netherlands and South Africa who have developed training for municipal actors to build capacity and understanding of intersectoral food systems approaches. Participants can share their experiences and draw on examples from around the globe of actions for more sustainable food systems.

Is Canada back? Aid and Global Food Security

Stream - Global Food System: Canadian Connections

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG 105

Presenters: Paul Hagerman, Canadian Foodgrains Bank; Cecilia Rocha, Ryerson University; Melissa Matlow, World Animal Protection; Renaud DePlaen, International Development Research Centre; Amrane Boughmar, Global Affairs Canada

Canada has been a leader in global food security, but recent reductions in aid put this at risk. Food security was not prominent in Global Affairs Canada’s 2016 policy discussion paper.  This workshop will hear directly from experts who deliver Canada’s aid for agriculture around the world.  They, and audience members, will discuss what Canada does well in global food security and where Canada should focus its resources for best results.

Scaling Sustainable Local Food Systems Up and Out: The Potential of University Procurement

Stream - Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at New College - William Doo Auditorium

Presenters: Lori Stahlbrand, University of Toronto; Celia White, Meal Exchange, Real Food Challenge Coordinator; Jaco Lokker, Director of Culinary Operations & Executive chef, U of T Food Services; Graham Cox, CUPE. Moderator - Joshna Maharaj, Chef & Activist

Hear about exciting new developments in university procurement from Canada, the US and the UK. Find out how universities are playing a leading role in food-system transformation. Learn about the power of student engagement and leading models for collaboration among students, faculty, administration and food service, including Meal Exchange’s newest program, the Real Food Challenge. Sample local and sustainable food from the University of Toronto's newly re-organized food service department.

Sustainable Food Businesses - What Does Policy Change Have to Do with it?

Stream - Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room LIB 72

Presenters: Andrew Heintzman, InvestEco; Paul Sawtell, 100km Foods; Lulu Cohen-Farnell, Real Food for Real Kids; Ryan Turnbull, Eco-Ethonomics; Dan Donovan, Hooked. Moderator: Christie Young, FarmStart

Many successful businesses are responding to the growing consumer demand for sustainable food and driving change in our food system. This panel will explore which policies, regulatory changes and incentives could foster greater innovation in businesses that deliver on the triple bottom line. How can we develop the infrastructure, markets and supply needed so that all Canadians can benefit from a thriving, sustainable local food economy?

Advancing Food Security in Canada’s North

Stream - Northern and Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room  ENG 106

Presenters: Lauren Goodman, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Gioia Montevecchi, Martha Winters-Abel, Juliana Flowers, Regina Dicker, Food First NL; Norma Kassi, Mary Jane Johnson, Jody Butler Walker, Arctic Institute for Community-Based Research 

In the North, families face significant challenges accessing healthy and culturally appropriate food. The issue of northern food insecurity is complicated, with multifaceted dimensions related to climate change, declining traditional food species, high cost of living, geographic isolation, and reliance on market foods. Just as the issue is multidimensional, so too are the strategies to address it. This session will highlight innovative, community-based solutions to advancing food security across Canada's North, while showcasing stories of resilience and strength.

Decolonizing Food Movements: Building Relationships of Solidarity Through Food Sovereignty in Canada

Stream - Northern and Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Friday, October 14, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHE 117

Presenters: Dawn Morrison, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty; Charles Levkoe, Lauren Kepkiewicz, Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement; Abra Brynne, British Columbia Food Systems Network

This session explores aspects of Indigenous and settler relations in our collective efforts to build just and sustainable land and food systems. Drawing on a collaboration between the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, the BC Food Systems Network and the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement’s Food Sovereignty Hub, we will highlight experiences of decolonizing research and relationships. Join our discussion about the tensions, challenges, possibilities and strategies for solidarity-based work. This conversation aims to better understand what decolonization looks like and to (re)imagine food movements and food systems transformation.


Sessions - Friday, October 14, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Dig In: Cultivating Possibilities for New Ecological Farmers

Stream - Agriculture: Farming for the Future

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Thomas Lounge, Oakham House OAK

Presenters: Heather Pritchard, Farm Folk City Folk; Jean-Martin Fortier, La Ferme des Quatre-Temps

Canada’s agriculture is facing a renewal crisis. Meanwhile, an emerging generation of new ecological farmers faces unique barriers in entering agriculture, in terms of access to land, finances, and training. Panellists will speak about innovative projects sprouting across the country to support the success of new ecological farmers. Come and share your ideas on how to help similar initiatives and new ecological farmers thrive and to ensure a vibrant and sustainable food future for us all.

Food Waste in Canada: Unpacking the Problem and Promoting Innovative Solutions

Stream - Climate Change, Food and Waste

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room RCC 204

Presenters: Annette Synowiec, City of Toronto; Jocelyn Molyneux, Waste Not Worm Farm; Dave Kranenburg, Rhizome Institute; Nick Saul, Community Food Centres Canada. Moderator: Tammara Soma, University of Toronto

An estimated $31 billion worth of food is wasted annually in Canada. Dominant solutions and ideas promoted to tackle the issue focus on stopgap solutions rather than systems-based solutions. Without understanding the root of the problem and unpacking the issue, we risk exacerbating the problem. The panel, featuring six experts from academia, the public sector, urban farming, the social innovation lab, and community food justice, will explore diverse perspectives and discuss interdisciplinary solutions to the issue of food waste in Canada.

Pecha Kucha - Food Justice

Stream - Food Justice Affects Us All

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHE 221

Presenters: Utcha Sawyers (Chair), FoodShare Toronto; Julia Fursova, The Four Villages Community Health Centre; Andrea Moraes, Ryerson University; Anna Levin, Food Matters Manitoba; Susan Belyea, Kingston Food Providers Working Group; Sarah Rotz, University of Guelph.

Join us for a pecha kucha-style session that will cover a variety of initiatives and research actively advancing food justice in Canada. Each pecha kucha will consist of a seven-minute presentation on an initiative that provides solutions to the injustice in our food system. Topics include the infusion of aboriginal content in curricula, youth and food, immigrant and racialized communities in the food movement, Indigenous food sovereignty and more.

The True Cost of Food in Canada and Beyond

Stream - Food Policy: Bringing Civil Society to the Table

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room LIB 72

Presenters: Brian Gilvesey, Alternative Land Use Systems; James Hugues, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation; Cecilia Rocha, Ryerson University/International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems; Ruth Richardson, Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Facilitator: Beth Hunter,  J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

This session focuses on theoretical and practical ways that true cost accounting is applied to the externalities associated with agriculture and food systems. The objective of these efforts is to develop measures that portray the true costs and benefits of food, including externalities such as soil and biodiversity loss and health care impacts. Presentations will highlight a diversity of work on externalities, followed by a discussion about the need and potential to develop this work.

Demonstrating Impact: Tools and Examples to Demystify the Evaluation of School Food Programs

Stream - Healthy School food: What's for Lunch?

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHW 061

Presenters: Kristie Jameson, Farm to Cafeteria Canada; Micheline Turnau, Nourishing School Communities; Rachel Schofield Martin, Réseau des cafétérias communautaires. Moderator: Phil Groff, Sustain Ontario

How do you collect evidence to prove your program is having an impact? Hear tangible examples of how evaluation has been used to build capacity, make evidence-informed decisions and demonstrate the impact of school food programs. Learn more about evaluation practices, tools for evaluating programs, environments and systems, as well as lessons learned from diverse initiatives across Canada.

Good Healthy Food Education for Learners of all Ages

Stream - Healthy School food: What's for Lunch?

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG 105

Presenters: Brooke Ziebell, FoodShare Toronto; Martine Carrière, Les ateliers cinq épices; Chad Duplessie, Eel Ground First Nation

Join FoodShare’s award-winning Field to Table Schools team, Eel Ground First Nation’s Healthy Body, Minds, Spirits program, and Les ateliers cinq épices program, for a super-fun, hands-on session highlighting some of the easiest ways to build an appetite for healthy food and to engage kids in important food issues. Participants will leave with replicable ideas and adaptable lesson plans and a stomach full of healthy snacks. Experience how good food education can be integrated into the curriculum, ticking boxes for teachers, parents and students alike.

From Field to Patient Tray: How Can Health Care Institutions Build the Value Chain to Provide More Fresh, Local, Sustainable Food?

Stream - Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at New College - William Doo Auditorium

Presenters: Brent Preston, The New Farm; Grace Mandarano & Paul Sawtell, 100km Foods; Wendy Smith, MEALSource; Joshna Maharaj, Chef and activist; Doug Allan, CUPE; Hayley Lapalme, Nourish/J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Moderator - Jennifer Reynolds, Food Secure Canada

This session will explore opportunities and challenges of healthcare facilities and local food sellers to develop the value chain from ‘the field to patient tray’. What might producers need to do to be more market ready? What issues do distributors face in selling to the institutional market? How can institutions effectively change their purchasing, food services, and policies, and engage stakeholders and staff to embrace change? How can new relationships be brokered to make meaningful connections with the food that patients, families and staff are served in health care institutions?

Building an Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movement: Past, Present and Future Generations

Stream - Northern and Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHE 121

Presenters: Tabitha Martens, University of Manitoba; Byron Beardy, Four Arrows Health Authority; Melanie Kurrein, BC Provincial Health Services Authority; Karen Isaac, BC Aboriginal Childcare Society

This session will highlight strategic research, economic activities, and policy proposals that are increasing the capacity of present and future generations in Indigenous communities to respond to their own needs for healthy, culturally appropriate Indigenous foods. The session explores how food-related research, action and policy proposals are being developed as a means to empower communities to adapt to the present-day economic reality, while addressing epidemic proportions of food and lifestyle-related illnesses.

Strategies for Protection, Conservation and Restoration of Indigenous Land, Food and Bio-Cultural Heritage

Stream - Northern and Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Margaret Laurence Room, Oakham House OAK

Presenters: Julian Napoleon, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty; Martha Stiegman, York University; Sherry Pictou, Bear River First Nation; Tirso Gonzales, Social Policy, Consultant; Larry McDermott, Plenty Canada

This session will feature presentations on what Indigenous food sovereignty looks like on the ground and how it is being asserted in the resurgence of land- and water-defense struggles in Indigenous communities. Projects, policy issues, strategies, and campaigns in northern Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the Peace Valley region of northeast BC will highlight strategies for protecting the complex systems of Indigenous bio-cultural heritage in the forests, fields, and waterways where Indigenous hunting, fishing, farming and gathering societies have persisted sustainably.

Healthy City, Healthy Food System

Stream - Other Key Food Issues

Friday, October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at City Hall - Committee Room 2

Presenters: Justine McIntyre, Montreal City Councillor; Ghalia Chahine, Système alimentaire montréalais; Jessica Reeve, Toronto Food Policy Council; Mary Fragedakis, Toronto City Councillor; Joe Mihevic, Toronto City Councillor & Chair of the Board of Health; Stephanie Lim, Vancouver Food Policy Council; Sarah Carten, Social Planner, City of Vancouver

In October 2015, 150 cities all around the world, including three Canadian cities (Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver) signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. What can this international movement bring to local, regional and national food initiatives? How can signing the Pact help a city go further to change the food system? At a national level, how do we connect all of these cities to make further change?

The Leap Manifesto and Food Justice

Stream - Climate Change, Food and Waste

Friday October 14, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room KHE 125

Presenters: Katie McKenna, Bianca Mugyenyi, The Leap Manifesto; Jim Thomas, ETC Group; Sally Miller, food and agriculture researcher; Others TBC

The Leap Manifesto has garnered widespread attention for its call for a transition to a clean energy economy in Canada, based in principles of social and economic justice. Among its demands are calls for “a far more localized and ecologically-based agricultural system” and “immigration status and full protection for all workers” in Canada. This interactive workshop is designed to draw on participants’ knowledge and experience to strengthen the Leap Manifesto as a policy and organizing tool, and to broaden the coalition around it.

Trainings & Meetings - Friday, October 14

Turning the Tide: Making Agricultural Policy Work for New Farmers

Friday, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM at Ryerson Universiy - Layton Room, Oakham House OAK

Presenters: New Farmer Initiative and Innoweave

Join the New Farmer Initiative and Innoweave for a policy advocacy workshop. Innoweave will guide us through the ins and outs of developing policy asks, engaging decision-makers and how to implement an effective policy-shift strategy. We’ll also strategize for the future to ensure that governments address the needs of new ecological farmers! To pre-register for the policy workshop click here. Space is limited!

Indigenous Circle Meetings

Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Ryerson University - Oakham House OAK

Food Distribution Networking Lunch - To the North and Back

Friday, 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM at Ryerson University - Margaret Laurence Room, Oakham House OAK

Host: Greenbelt Fund

This is an open session and invitation to join us for a brainstorming session to identify key transportation and distribution assets and trade routes in Northern Ontario. Our aim is to investigate how we can collaborate on distribution to improve food access to northern and fly in communities and to identify opportunities for reciprocal distribution of northern produced products to southern Ontario.

This is a planning workshop to identify key stakeholders and existing assets, brainstorm out of the box solutions for collaboration, sharing potential technology solutions that could help coordinate distribution route planning and to identify what a successful food distribution looks like for northern Ontario. Findings from this session will help us plan a meeting next summer that will develop a strategy for food distribution to northern communities and develop a model for sharing trade routes between project participants.

Please register for the session so we know how much space we will need for the meeting. Email with subject: FCC Food Distribution Workshop. Participants are invited to bring their conference lunch into the session.

Indigenous Circle: Open Meeting

Friday, 7 PM- 9PM Location to be determined (Check at Ryerson, Oakham House, Layton Room OAK)

History of Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movement with discussion. Friends and allies welcome.

Evening - Friday, October 14, 6:00pm–8:00pm

City Hall Social - Welcome to Toronto

Friday October 14, 6:00PM - 5:30PM at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

Resetting the Table delegates will be welcomed to Toronto by City Councillor and Chair of the Board of Health Joe Mihevc at a reception featuring food and drinks from some of the city's best chefs and brewers. Attendees will have a chance to hear about Toronto's food work, to network, and to enjoy great food and company.

Please bring photo ID. Due to low capacity, only those with tickets can attend. Others can attend the FSC Youth Caucus and Toronto Youth Food Policy Council event in the City Council Chambers upstairs.

Food generously donated and prepared by: Oyster Boy, The Raging Spoon, Joshna Maharaj, and A3 Napoli.
Drinks provided by: Beau's Brewery, Southbrook Vineyards, Frogpond Farm Organic Winery, and Rise Kombucha.


City Hall - Youth Space at the Table: A networking event and social

Friday October 14, 2016 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Come, be a part of a national gathering of youth (30 or under, or folks who identify as youth) to discuss why good food matters to us! This free event welcomes young individuals and organizations to bring their ideas, questions and passions. Whether you are an elementary, high school or university student, young farmer, food entrepreneur, job seeker, policy maker, or someone who eats, we invite you to join us for a unique event on Friday October 14th.

This event will include a networking space, structured discussion and will be followed by an evening social. Finger foods will be served.

Register here: