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

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



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


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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.

Webinar date: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00pm