Trainings & Meetings

A number of trainings and meetings are organized in and around the Assembly to take advantage of having so many food movement actors converge from across Canada.  Unless indicated, they are by invitation only.

Tuesday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 13 

Transformational Communications: Tools for Cross-Cultural Understanding and Inclusion Training

Tues Oct 12, 8:30am - 5:30pm and Wed Oct 13, 8:30am - 11:30am, George Brown College, 341 King E., Main lobby

Facilitators:  Nancy Luna Jimenez, FoodShare; Bert Debusschere, Luna Jimenez Seminars & Associates

The Transformational Communication training will take participants on a life-changing journey that foster understanding of others by understanding the self. Participants will learn to recognize the dynamic of institutional and internalized oppression, hear stories that change their understanding of others, learn to skillfully deal with emotions connected to oppression and much more.

*Pre-registration required on Event Brite:

Thursday, October 13 

Cultivating our Capacity - Municipal Regional Food Policy Network Meeting

8:30am - 4:00pm at Ryerson University - Tecumseh Auditorium, Oakham House OAK

Host: Sustain Ontario

The day brings together community leaders and municipal staff from across the province who are engaged in initiatives to strengthen local food policy and systems. This second annual meeting of the Municipal Regional Food Policy Network is in response to the enthusiastic feedback we received from our June 9th 2015 Growing a Local Food Strategy network meeting in Guelph.

Over the past year, Sustain Ontario has conducted research and developed resources on key topics identified at the last meeting. Now we are bringing together the larger network to share our findings, highlight work from 2-3 experts in each key focus area, and strategize for moving forward.

Six key focus areas with panel discussions and breakout sessions: Local Food Procurement; Food Waste; Urban Agriculture; Farmland Preservation; Evaluation of Food Initiative Outcomes; Integrating Food Policy/Programs into Local Government

The Ecological Farm Internship Workshop: Models, Experiences and Justice

9:00am - 5:00pm at Father Madden Hall (Carr Hall) 100 St Joseph St., University of Toronto

Host: Food and Labour

This workshop brings together farmers, interns, food and agriculture activists, researchers and legal experts to participate in an interactive discussion about the opportunities and challenges associated with emergent forms of farm work and training.

*Registration: $10

Inland Small Scale Fisheries International Learning Circle

9:00am - 11:00am Ryerson University (Layton Room, Oakham House OAK)

Host: Arthur Bull, Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre

Coalition for Healthy School Food Meeting

10:00am - 5:00pm at Ryerson University (Thomas Lounge, Oakham House OAK)

Host: Food Secure Canada

The Coalition for Healthy School Food, a group of over 30 organizations from across the country, will gather to discuss its advocacy campaigns and push forward its work to create a national, universal healthy school food program.

*This meeting is open to members only.

Indigenous Prayer Circle (All Assembly participants welcome!)

11:00am - 12:00pm at Ryerson University - Quad (KH)

The Indigenous prayer circle will set the spiritual intention of the Assembly and will include a formal welcoming into the traditional territory from an Elder of the Mississauga New Credit. The prayer circle will bring us together as one mind to collectively remember and let go of our beloved late Cathleen Kneen who is on another journey in the spirit world.

Northern Networking and Information Sharing Gathering

12:00pm - 5:00pm at Ryerson University (Margaret Laurence Room, Oakham House OAK)

Host: Arctic Institute for Community-Based Research

This gathering of northerners will discuss the possibility of holding northern food summit to examine common issues, share best practice and plan for future collaboration.

Getting to an Abundance Mindset in Health Care Food Service

1:30pm - 4:30pm at CSI - Spadina, 215 Spadina Ave

Hosts: Nourish: The Future of Food in Health Care, Duck Goose Strategies, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Food Secure Canada.

Participatory workshop using a systems thinking approach to reimagine food service in health care to enhance patient experience, organizational culture, and community wellbeing to build more resilient local food systems.

*Pre-registration required. Contact Jennifer Reynolds for details.

Sustain Ontario’s Annual General Meeting

4:30pm - 6:00pm at Ryerson University (Layton Room, Oakham House, OAK)

Host: Sustain Ontario

Sustain Ontario's membership will gather for the organization's Annual General Meeting to celebrate highlights of its first year as an independent not-for-profit, to learn about dynamic initiatives shaping food and farming in Ontario, and to elect new Board members. Open to all Sustain Ontario members. Light refreshments will be served.

Indigenous delegates - Meet and greet prior to Decolonizing the Table

5:00pm - 6:00pm in Ryerson Theatre

Host: Indigenous Advisory Circle

Friday, October 14 

Turning the Tide: Making Agricultural Policy work for New Farmers

11:00 am - 3:30 pm at Ryerson University (Oakham House, Layton Room OAK)

Host: 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.

*Pre-registration required.

Food Distribution Networking Lunch - To the North and Back

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

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Location to be determined (Check at Ryerson, Oakham House, Layton Room OAK)

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