Current Board of Directors

 

he Board has full financial, legal and political responsibility for Food Secure Canada and is accountable to its membership. 



FSC Governance Documentation

 

2017-18 Board Members (in alphabetical order)

Province

End of Mandate

Joan Brady ON 2018
Kristina Craig YT 2019
Susanna Klassen BC 2020
Joseph Leblanc ON 2018
Mary Lou Morgan - Chair ON 2018
Nancy Neamtan QC 2020
Julie Price MB 2020
Satya Ramen NS 2020
Susan Roberts - Secretary AB 2018
Wendy Roscoe - Treasurer QC 2018
Paul Taylor - Vice-Chair BC 2019
Ryan Turnbull ON 2018

 

Executive Committee

Mary Lou Morgan (ON)

Susan Roberts (AB)

Wendy Roscoe (QB)

Paul Taylor (BC)


 

Joan Brady

Knowledge or experience working on food 

I am a farmer. I have a broad base of production experience in both conventional and organic systems. I currently have a small acreage, and do direct marketing activities with my local production. I have been employed in the farm and food sector, in organizational administration, adult education and in business and community development. I have also managed a farmer owned/operated slaughterhouse in Northern Ontario; I now act as a consultant supporting food systems dev., farm/food business support, strategic planning, community food security and organizational development. I am a member of the NFU and was in the position of National Women's President from 2009-2014 and currently work at the international level as NA Women's representative for Via Campesina and as an Ag. Committee member of the Associated Country Women of the World.

Contribution to FSC 

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the FSC board. I have a good understanding of policy and am very well versed in Food Sovereignty, having presented on the topic and others provincially, nationally and internationally. I have participated in UN/FAO events including 2014's IYFF and the upcoming CFS in October 2015. I have strong networks within Ontario and Canada. I am a good writer. I am an intentionally facilitative leader and a graduate of the Ontario Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (2009). I am glad to support the learning and development of others but am also able to step up to the forefront. I am a passionate advocate for the farm and rural community. I work for change to affect a positive future for youth. I understand good governance and effective organizations - I look forward to using my skill set in support of FSC.

 

Kristina Craig

Knowledge or experience working on food

As Coordinator of Yukon Anti Poverty Coalition (YAPC) , Kristina works to fulfil the organization's mandate of facilitating the elimination of poverty in Yukon through education, advocacy and action. Areas of interest and knowledge include income assistance, housing and food security. Kristina business Kristina Craig Strategic Solutions provides facilitation and research to a variety of Yukon organizations, governments and departments, including files housing work with the Selkirk FIrst Nation and carrying out community consultations on Yukon College's Strategic Plan for 2013-18.

Contribution to FSC

Kristina’s broad social justice, community animation and northern experiences will be assets to the board. Her understanding of strategic planning and her strong environmental commitments and expertise will be vital as the FSC Board moves forward in supporting and developing food related policies around these challenges. All these along with Kristina’s non profit and fund raising experiences will be so useful as the FSC board builds momentum across the nation and with its counterpart regional networks toward a National Food Policy in Canada.  

 

Susanna Klassen

Knowledge or experience working on food

Susanna's passion for food began with farming, initially sparked volunteering on organic farms in Latin America, and solidified through several apprenticeships on sheep, goat and vegetable farms in North America. Her work has evolved to take on a research focus to create more sustainable food systems in Canada, and has given her the opportunity to investigate urban and organic agriculture, CSA programs, food sovereignty, the blueberry industry in BC, and local food systems. Following the completion of her MSc, she worked for the Climate Action Team at the BC Ministry of Agriculture, and the Climate Action Initiative to enable farmers to adapt to climate change. She has also enjoyed her roles as coordinator at the McGill Farmers’ Market, teaching assistant in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, a member of the FSC Youth Caucus, and an advisor for the Meal Exchange Real Food Calculator.

Contribution to FSC

As a young researcher and PhD student seeking to contribute to food system governance and policy solutions, Susanna would be thrilled to help bridge the important work of FSC with that of the research community. In her previous roles within government, higher education and academia, many of her most valuable experiences have been focused on collaboration and breaking down silos. As board member, she would endeavour to bring her perspective, publication experience, subject matter expertise and rigorous approach as a researcher to the activities of the organization, and to also be an ambassador of FSC values and priorities within the research community. Specifically, she would bring her analytical and communication abilities which would be valuable for evaluating evidence, mobilizing knowledge, and writing for multiple audiences.

 

Joseph Leblanc

Knowledge or experience working on food

Dr. Joseph LeBlanc is a life-long Northern Ontarian.  Passionate about social planning, he has extensive expertise in community-based research and development throughout the region.  Before joining the Social Planning Council of Sudbury in 2015, he worked for a diverse range of organizations, including academic institutions, nonprofits, and Aboriginal nonprofit governance corporations. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Forest Conservation, an Environmental Management Certificate, and a PhD in Forest Sciences from Lakehead University.

Contribution to FSC

Joseph has been an active member and leader with the Northern and Remote Food Network and Indigenous Circle of FSC over the last 4 years. He is able to support FSC on indigenous issues, policy and community building.

 

Mary Lou Morgan

Knowledge or experience working on food

For more than 32 years, Mary Lou has experimented with ways to increase access to good, affordable food in a way that empowers and educates individuals. Her career has encompassed working in an organic greenhouse, in a food distribution company, serving on the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and co-founding The Big Carrot in Toronto. In the last 14 years of her full-time working life, Mary Lou developed and managed the social entrepreneurial programs for FoodShare Toronto, the Good Food Box program, Field to Table Catering, the Toronto Kitchen Incubator, the School Food Program, a community service program for high risk and homeless youth, and an urban agriculture program for those with mental health challenges. Mary Lou continues to work as a consultant working to strengthen the organizations and enterprises that are building regional food systems in Ontario.

Contribution to FSC

I think my social enterprise work at FoodShare, my hands on business and financial knowledge and my work with Carrot Cache Community Resources Inc. (2005-2012) would be useful to Food Secure Canada. In the case of Carrot Cache, profits from real estate fund start-ups, practical projects that focus on organic agriculture, community food strategies and worker cooperatives. There are so many passionate young people who find meaningful work in this complex field. Only by sharing the patterns of growth and success in alternative agriculture will we be able to fix the current food system to ensure there is good food for all. Once the economy recovers and interest rates rise I would like Food Secure Canada to be ready to launch an endowment fund. This would help give financial stability to the organization and ease the constant pressure of securing funding.

 

Nancy Neamtan

Knowledge or experience working on food

Ms. Neamtan is a Strategic Advisor at TIESS (Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire), a social innovation liaison and transfer centre for the Chantier de l’économie sociale Trust. She was one of the founders of the Chantier de l'économie sociale and its Executive Director from 1996 to 2015. As Executive Director of the Chantier, a non-profit organization representing networks of social enterprises (cooperatives and non-profits), local development organizations and social movements, whose mission is the promotion and development of collective entrepreneurship, she helped create new financial tools for collective enterprises (RISQ and the Chantier Trust), co-chaired the Social Economy Community–University Research Partnership from 2001 to 2011, and participated in creating and leading international social and solidarity economy networks.

Ms. Neamtan is recognized internationally as an expert on the social and solidarity economy, working in collaboration with international organizations such as the International Labour Organization and the OCDE's Forum on social innovation. She is a member of the Board of Directions of RIPESS, the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social and Solidarity Economy. Nancy led the Corporation for Economic and Social Renewal of South-West Montréal (1989-1996) after holding a variety of roles in local development and community organizations. She holds two honorary doctorates and is an Officer of the National Order of Québec.

Contribution to FSC

Nancy's rich experiences with the entrepreneurship world and social innovation will be assets to the board and FSC, along with her long experience with non-profit organizations and social enterprises.   

 

Julie Price

Knowledge or experience working on food

Julie's family is from a small farm in SW Manitoba. She has always been interested in the power of food and food systems. She has an Agriculture degree, a Masters of Natural Resource Management, and work experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors. However, over the last 15 years, she learned so much from the people, communities and organizations that she has had the pleasure to work with (Food Matters Manitoba, Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative, Farmers' Markets Association of Manitoba, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Peguis First Nation, and many more). She appreciates learning from Indigenous people and learning how food plays a role in cultural reclamation, community sovereignty, and community strengthening. She currently work for the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Collaborative, hosted by Tides Canada. She also have three kids and lead a garden program in their school.

Contribution to FSC

Julie would hope to contribute as the organization sees fit. She has experience in fundraising and community building, and hopes to share what she has learned in working with rural and remote parts of Canada on food systems.

 

Satya Ramen

Knowledge or experience working on food

Satya describes herself as a policy geek who is passionate about contributing to changes in policies to create healthy, just and sustainable food systems for all. With a background in social and environmental justice, she sees civic engagement in research and policy as key to food justice. She brings experience in coordinating complex projects, working collaboratively with partners from different sectors, disciplines and background across the region (Atlantic Canada) and beyond.

Contribution to FSC

She can contribute in the areas of policy, community building, governance, knowledge translation, project management, participatory leadership and facilitation including Art of Hosting and Deep Democracy processes, budgeting and data management, writing for different audiences.

 

Susan Roberts

Knowledge or experience working on food

Susan has worked in Asset-based Community Development and coaching across Canada and the US for the last 20 years. Susan has integrated her work experiences and dietetic training to support Sustainable, Equitable, Local, Regenerative food Systems (S.E.L.R.S.) and food sovereignty in Canada and Alberta. In 2001, as a “real food” advocate, Susan led the formation of the vibrant provincial network, Growing Food Security in Alberta, which now has over 900 members. A non-practicing registered dietitian, Susan is the Board Chair of Alberta Food Matters, through which the GFSA Network now operates. AFM is the only provincial food justice group in Alberta and reaches out to Albertans sharing the message of the real value - of real food for everyone.

Contribution to FSC

Susan is a great community organizer, has insights and experience in Community Building, and many broad food connections across the province and the country. Passionate about real clean food, Susan is a leader with the Universal School Food Strategy for Alberta. Susan, an active FSC member, spearheaded the local team in mounting the Food Secure Canada Assembly in Edmonton in 2012 and was a key animator in gathering Albertans' interest in the Food Secure Canada People's Food Policy Project. Susan will bring passion, exceptional organizing and community-building skills, key connections in the West, and fun to the board.

 

Wendy Roscoe

Knowledge or experience working on food

I do not have any personal experience working in this area but have many years of experience teaching a university-level accounting course on Non-Profit Organizations and am very familiar with funding, accounting and accountability issues common to many NPOs. I am familiar with the community/poverty studies done by Centraide on Montreal and the surrounding area. A family member is engaged in biological research that includes agricultural production and I have an interest in this issue. I think that food security is a growing issue in our land of “plenty”.

Contribution to FSC

My past involvement with Non-Profit Organizations as a Board member and Treasurer of The Study (an independent girls school) and The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation has given me extensive knowledge of the governance and accountability issues that growing organizations face and I believe my experience would be helpful to FSC at this time. I have implemented and also taught budgeting and project reporting at several organizations and have extensive experience as an external auditor in this field. As FSC grows, internal financial management and external reporting requirements will increase and need to be properly managed. I can contribute in these areas.

 

Paul Taylor

Knowledge or experience working on food 

Growing up on Welfare as a child shaped Paul's vision on poverty, food insecurity and social justice and set forth an activist path grounded in the right to food. He firmly believes that we need more than kind hearts to address poverty – we need a national food policy, comprehensive poverty reduction strategies (BC) and a national housing strategy. Paul is the Executive Director at the Gordon Neighbourhood House. Paul’s previous work also includes a stint as Executive Director for the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House and prior to that at Second Base Youth Shelter in Scarborough, Ontario. He has served on the board of the Metro Vancouver Alliance, is the founder of the Vancouver Food Summit and is currently a Co-Chair of BC’s Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Contribution to FSC

His  experience with policy development, community building, engagement, governance, fundraising, governance would make him a useful and engaged member of the FSC Board.

 

Ryan Turnbull

Knowledge or experience working on food

Ryan Turnbull (M.A.), president of Eco-Ethonomics Inc. (www.ecoethonomics.ca), specializes in social enterprise development, collaboration, impact assessment, and policy change. Ryan has led over 70 agri-food sector and sustainable food system projects including: business plans for over 35 food sector social enterprise start-ups; food policy development for 10 municipal/regional governments; community food assessments and environmental scans; sustainability plans for urban and rural agriculture; healthy food initiatives with public health units and healthcare providers; innovative food distribution initiatives, i.e. provincial online route map and food hubs; theory of change and evaluation plan for FSC; 8th National Food Assembly evaluation; and Canadian food funding landscape assessment. Ryan is also a sessional instructor on corporate social responsibility at Ryerson University.

Contribution to FSC

Federal election campaign, looking at ways to significantly increase membership, identifying opportunities for revenue generation, ethical screening and values-based policy related to taking on corporate sponsors, assistance with the next National Food Assembly in Toronto.