Saturday, 15

9 AM - 10.30 AM

Financialization 101

Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom B

Panel Presentation(s) - Presenters:  Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo; Sarah Martin, University of Waterloo

This workshop introduces participants to the increasingly important role that finance is taking in the food system. We take a step-by-step approach to show how financial actors are interacting and investing in food and agriculture, here in Canada and around the globe. We offer some tools that will help you navigate through the world of futures markets, derivatives, credit/debt and index funds, and explain how they relate to global agricultural commodity markets. The workshop will also provide space to discuss some of the implications of financial actors in the food system, and initiatives that aim to promote responsible investment.

Food Co-operatives as Significant System Change Makers 

Room: Halifax Ballroom B

Panel Presentation(s) - Presenters:  Hannah Renglich, Local Organic Food Co-ops Network and West End Food ‘Co-op’; Devorah Belinsky, Ottawa Valley Food ‘Co-op’ and Sustain Ontario; Jocelyn Carver, Kootenay Country Store Cooperative and Upper Columbia Cooperative Council; Peggy Baillie, Eat Local Sudbury ‘Co-op’.

Food co-operatives provide unique opportunities for producers and consumers to have flexible, adaptable collaborative relationships which meet a wide variety of needs and provide solutions to barriers that hamper our local food systems from becoming mainstream.As co-ops become efficient and effective aggregators and distributors of local sustainable food, they provide democratic and place-based alternatives at all levels of the food chain. Our panel of speakers will share their experiences of co-operative food enterprise, highlighting the transformational role co-ops have played within their communities and the food system.

Food Justice 1: Multiculturalism, Food Justice and Democracy  

Room: Halifax Ballroom A

Co-chairs: Utcha Sawyers and Nydia Dauphin, FoodShare Toronto
Panel - Patrick Nadjiwon,Three Sisters House; Sabina Ali, Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee; Jacqueline Dwyer, Toronto Black Farmers and Growers Collective; A representative from the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre; A representative from Hope Blooms; a representative from the Growing Strong Neighbourhoods project of the Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services; Dawn Morrison, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Raquel Koenig, Fours Arrows Regional Health Authority, Manitoba; Vanessa Yu, CaterTO.

Workshop - Hosted by the Food Justice Network – a partnership between FoodShare Toronto and Food Secure Canada.
Food systems are not immune to the power dynamics prejudicial to traditionally marginalized groups. The Food Justice movement strips down issues related to food production and access to reveal the hidden layers of oppression within our food system (eg. higher levels of food insecurity, migrant workers issues). 
This workshop will feature speakers sharing innovative work to dismantle racism in our food system and build inclusivity and cross cultural understanding.

Registration required, click here.

An Exploration of Sustainable Fisheries  - 

Room: Sable C

Workshop - Presenters: Melanie Newell and Alen Newell, Chedabucto Bay Sustainable Fisheries Incorporated. Additional presenter tbc. Moderator: Justin Cantafio, Ecology Action Centre.

On the coast of Nova Scotia there is a rare, delicate, high quality shrimp being harvested. Chedabucto Bay Trap Caught Shrimp have been harvested for 20 years using methods that sustain the environment and the fishery. Join this interactive, visually descriptive session to learn about this fishery. Hear about the partnerships that have been formed, the trends for this fishery and the barriers that counteract sustainability. Have the opportunity to participate in a discussion to explore how we can support the long-term sustainability of a great, local, water based food product. 

First Nations Resource Management - Food Sovereignty in Action

Room: Sable D

Presenters: Clifford Paul, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources; Sana Kavanagh, Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Beginning with a screening of the short documentary 'Our Rightful Place', about the efforts to establish traditional Mi’kmaq management of moose in Unama’ki (Cape Breton), this session will discuss how First Nations in Atlantic Canada are building community food and economy security by taking active roles in managing the natural resources that their communities depend on. Speakers will provide examples of their work to support First Nations' equal participation in natural resource management and to enhance the use of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in management processes. Discussion will explore ways to increase community participation in natural resource management processes and how this work strengthens regional food systems and food sovereignty.

Government Leadership on Food Security and Healthy Eating  

Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom D

Chair: Patty Williams, Director, FoodARC and Professor and CRC in Food Security and Policy Change, Mount Saint Vincent University
Keynote: Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer, Nova Scotia
Discussants: Wayne Roberts, Canadian food policy analyst and writer, formally manager of Toronto Food Policy Council (2000-2010); Shylah Elliott, Health Policy Analyst, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.; and  Margaret Yandel, RD, Manager Public Health Nutrition l Healthy Living Branch, Population and Public Health, Ministry of Health, BC.

Over the last decade a variety of programs, policies and strategies have been laying a foundation for partners in Nova Scotia to work together to create the conditions for healthy, just and sustainable food systems. This session will begin with a keynote by Dr. Robert Strang, who will share his insights on how the Public Health sphere can provide leadership for cross-sectoral conversations and collaboration within and outside of government on food security and healthy eating. Discussants from three other jurisdictions will offer their reflections on the Nova Scotia experience and its relevance to other jurisdictions and contexts. The session will offer an opportunity for the speakers and participants to advance ideas and understanding about how public health and public health partners can amplify their work together to create the conditions for healthy communities where there is sustainable food for all.

Food and the Social Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

Room: Sable B

Panel Presentation(s) - Presenters: Debbie Field, FoodShare Toronto; Mahdiah El Jed, étudiante chercheure, UQAM

This panel will address the challenges and opportunities of using the social economy model for food.  From fresh food in corner stores to markets in low-income neighbourhoods to group purchasing clubs, this session will provide an overview of social economy food projects from Montreal and Toronto.  This extraordinary laboratory of food experiments also has a price – what is it?  

Getting into the Nitty Gritty of a National Food Policy (Part 1)
*Registration is required.

Room: Acadia A

Workshop - Presenter: Rod MacRae, York University

This half-day workshop with one of Canada's leading experts on creating a joined up national food policy will provide participants with detailed information on strategies and content to build a healthier, more equitable and sustainable food system by changing legislation, programmes and policies. This workshop will involve background reading in advance and is primarily directed to people interested in deepening\expanding the analysis contained in Resetting the Table: A People's Food Policy for Canada. 

For more information and registration, click here.

11 AM - 12.30 PM

Getting into the Nitty Gritty of a National Food Policy (Part 2)

Room: Acadia A

(See above)

Canada and the Global Transition to Sustainable Agriculture

Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom B

Chair:  Eric Chaurette, Inter Pares and Chair of Food Secure Canada
Panel - Presenters: Faris Ahmed, USC Canada; Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo; Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).

There have been repeated international studies from UN bodies showing our current industrial model of agriculture is not sustainable and that the future lies in agro-ecology, support for small producers, and that economic and environmental resilience will not be found in a one size fits all model such as genetic engineering. How is agro-ecology already feeding the world and healing the planet? What is the role that Canada is playing internationally on these issues and how can the Canadian food movement intervene at bodies like the World Committee of Food Security and other fora to make a more constructive contribution?

Food service management innovators  - 

Room: Sable C

Panel - Presenters: Joshna Maharaj, Director of Food Services & Executive Chef, Ryerson University; Rachel Schofield Martin, District scolaire francophone Sud; Rachel Allain, Réseau des cafétérias communautaires; Mathieu D’Astous, Récolte de Chez Nous

What are the results when food service management prioritizes procurement of local and sustainable foods? Hear about two efforts to rebuild food service focused on local – one with a corporate partner and the other operating as a social enterprise. After working to increase local food at several hospitals in Toronto, Joshna Maharaj started in 2013 to transform the food on campus at Ryerson University. «Le réseau des cafétérias communautaires» is a non-profit organization that provides students healthy meals in 25 school cafeterias in southeastern New Brunswick. Most local food procurement is done through a farmers’ cooperative.

Community Food Mentors: Building a network of passionate people who aim to increase food security through home-grown food actions!

Room: Halifax Ballroom C

Participatory Workshop - Presenters:  Bob Gracie, New Brunswick Food Security Action Network; Lori Heron, Horizon Health Network; Jessica McMackin, Horizon Health Network; Lucie Chiasson, Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities; Patricia Murphy, Elsipogtog Health & Wellness Centre; Laura Alward, Greeneye Opportunities Social Enterprise; Janet Hamilton, Moncton Headstart/Mapleton Teaching Kitchen; Lisa Brown, Foods of the Fundy Valley; Aaron Shantz, Westmorland Albert Food Security Action Group

How do we address the complex and interdependent causes of food insecurity in New Brunswick? Over 30 Community Food Mentor (CFM) programs have taken root, creating a network of mentors who are building capacity and increasing food security through a variety of local actions. This workshop will present highlights of our CFM programs and community food actions. Our CFMs will lead a series of breakout discussions on delivering your own successful CFM program. We hope you will be inspired to create your own network of passionate CFMs who work to build community capacity, find local solutions, and increase food security.

Food Justice : Strategizing Session

Room: Halifax Ballroom A

Workshop - Hosted by the Food Justice Network – a joint partnership between FoodShare Toronto and Food Secure Canada

Facilitators: Joseph LeBlanc, Food Secure Canada; Utcha Sawyers, FoodShare Toronto.

Come and share your best practices to address food challenges faced by racialized communities across the country and identify partnership opportunities to further this work in Canada.

Registration required, click here.

Protecting and Re-valuing Foodlands

Room: Halifax Ballroom B

Participatory Workshop - Presenters: Dawn Morrison, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Annette Desmarais, University of Manitoba; Ella Haley, Athabasca University, Kathleen Gibson, BC Food Systems Network

In the context of climate change and “feeding nine billion,” there is an increasing general awareness of the importance and value of land and water for food, and a range of views about the path to sustainable food systems.  This workshop will consider different narratives, experiences and practices related to foodlands, starting with Indigenous struggles to protect and conserve land and bio-cultural heritage over many years.  How should the food movement evaluate and protect foodlands as a basis for sustainable food systems and the next generation of food producers and harvesters? 

Growing Reconciliation through Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom D

Presenters: Larry McDermott, Plenty Canada, James Daschuck, University of Regina, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author, Addrianne Lickers, Our Sustenance

Indigenous peoples shared the knowledge developed over 1000’s of years of various Indigenous food systems with settlers. The positioning of food as central to social, economic, environmental and spiritual relationships for thousands of years of sustainability was and is the cornerstone to contemporary Indigenous Food Sovereignty. But, the commodification of food, colonialism and a blind obsession with the virtues of modern progress has weakened Mother Earth’s capacity to support life. Join us for this presentation followed by a talking circle to discuss how we can advance food sovereignty together, and in so doing grow our capacity for reconciliation.

Shifting food systems through participatory processes: Waves of Hope

Room: Sable D

Presenters:  Dr. Patty Williams, FoodARC, MSVU; Nicole Druhan-McGinn, Capital District Health Authority; Julianne Acker-Verney, FEED NOVA SCOTIA; Sheila Bird, South West Nova District Health Authority; Debra Dickey, Dartmouth Family Center; Sheila Francis, Pictou Landing First Nation; Debra Reimer, Kids Action Program; Marjorie Willison, Chebucto Connections (Spryfield);  Meaghan Sim, Dalhousie University; Christine Johnson, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority

Participatory Workshop - Participatory practices support systems change through individual and collective transformation, empowerment, and agency. Participants will learn how participatory processes bring together individuals diverse in their experience, ways of knowing, relationship with, and approaches to, food. A panel of story-tellers will share how participatory processes led to new actions that hold promise for transforming food systems. Participants will share their own experiences and discuss strategies to create systems change through the food movement through a world caf, experientially exploring and gaining a sense of how participatory practices can support rippling waves of hope for changed food systems within their communities.


2PM-3.30 PM


Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom

With our next federal election on the horizon for 2015 we need to put a healthy, just and sustainable food system on the agenda of federal political parties. Food movement leaders will highlight key policy issues that need traction at the national level for a group of federal MPs who will in turn explain their party’s approach.  This policy plenary is an opportunity for dialogue between federal politicians and food movement leaders – a chance to ask questions, discuss ways to overcome policy barriers and move our goal for a national food policy forward.

Chair: Jane Taber, Atlantic Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail 

Members of Parliament:
• Mark Eyking (MP, Sydney-Victoria, Liberal)
• Megan Leslie (MP, Halifax, NDP)
• Conservative MP (to be confirmed)

Civil society representatives:

  • Alex Chisholm Fletcher, National Farmers Union (British Columbia), Youth president, on new farmers
  • Norma Kassi, FSC Board member and Arctic Institute for Community Based Research, on food insecurity in the North
  • Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, on federal support for school food
  • Valerie Tarasuk, Principal Investigator, PROOF Research project, on Guaranteed Annual Income



4.00 PM - 4.40 PM


Making Vegetables and Fruit Available in BC Remote Communities

Room: Halifax Ballroom B

Panel Presentation(s) - Presenter:  Margaret Yandel, BC Ministry of Health.

In Canada’s remote communities, geographical and community barriers limit the availability of fresh, quality produce. This presentation will share the learnings and outcomes of an innovative three year project that attempted to get more produce of higher quality into 24 remote British Columbia communities. Common to all communities was the desire to be self -sufficient and to sustainably meet their needs for fresh produce. Innovative communication tools will be used that tell the story of how these communities worked to make produce more available and what we discovered about facilitating their change.

NiKigijavut Nunatsiavutinni, Our Food in Nunatsiavut: A Story of Community and Regional Food Planning to Action in Northern Labrador 

Room: Sable D

Panel Presentation(s) - Presenters:  Kristie Jameson; Martha Winters-Abel, Juliana Flowers, Regina Dicker; Carlene Palliser, Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador

This session will showcase NiKigijavut Nunatsiavutinni: Our Food in Nunatsiavut, a project supporting community and regional food planning to develop culturally-appropriate solutions to improve access to healthy food in Nunatsiavut. Coordinators from Nain, Rigolet, and Hopedale will share stories of completing Community-led Food Assessments and highlight resulting food programs in their communities. This session will explore our understanding of food security within northern, Inuit communities, discuss promising practices for food programs in the north, and showcase a process of community food planning. It will be of particular interest to anyone living in or working within northern, remote communities on food issues.

Pecha Kucha 1

Room: Sable C

Join us for this fast-paced session that will leave you wanting more.   

Panel - Presenters:

Carla Dandreamatteo, Dietitians of Canada : Exploring the Nutritional Vulnerability of Homeless Men in a Canadian Urban Setting
Faris Ahmed, USC Canada: Map Your Meal, and More!
David Wimberly, Annapolis County Council: Transition Bay St Margaret’s
Sarah Ferber, Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador:  Root Cellars: A traditional foodway with current relevance
Laura Anderson, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary: Vignette-based interviewing:  A method for examining argumentation on policy options to reduce household food insecurity

The Faces and Voices of the Nova Scotia Lobster Industry: Participatory Research Video and Discussion on the Sustainability of the Rural Coastal Community.

Room: Sable B

Participatory Workshop - Presenters:  Sheila Bird, ACT-CFS/Public Health/South West Health; Cynthia Duncan, Community Researcher – ACT for CFS; Emily Swim, Fisherman.

Watch The faces and voices of the lobster industry video followed by facilitated discussion/participatory process. Participants will have a chance to be part of the participatory discussion around the complexity of the lobster industry, the significance it plays on the sustainability of the rural coastal communities in Nova Scotia and Canada and finally to ask some key questions around food systems and food sovereignty within the fishing industry to build advocacy for collective action.

4.45 PM - 5.30 PM


Transforming Canada’s Food Guide?: Critical dietetics in dialogue with sustainable food systems.

Room: Halifax Ballroom B

Panel Presentation(s) - Presenters:  Aja Peterson, York University; Stephanie Lim, University of British Columbia; Hugh Joseph, Tufts University

What does it mean to eat healthy? As community developers and food justice advocates, Aja Peterson and Stephanie Lim illuminate the ways in which intersecting forms of exclusion are embedded in Canadian nutrition education and research, focusing in particular on the assumed scientific neutrality of the Canada Food Guide (CFG). Hugh Joseph addresses strategies to expand the scope of CFG to incorporate sustainability as part of a broader public approach, so that the public can make food choices that incorporate social justice and environmental objectives as part of nutritionally healthy diets.    

Food Challenges, Northern Inspiration: Stories of Partnership in Northern Manitoba towards Food Self-Sufficiency

Room: Sable D

Panel Presentation(s) - Presenters:  Chloe Donatelli, Food Matters Manitoba and and Byron Beardy, Four Arrows Regional Health Authority

This presentation will give a brief survey of the community-based projects across Manitoba’s northern First Nation communities, ranging from backyard chicken production, to greenhouse and community gardening initiatives, to traditional foods education, distribution and celebration. In this presentation we will speak to the learnings and successes of St. Theresa’s Point youth chicken raisers, Barren Lands First Nation community garden and greenhouse, and Fox Lake Cree Nation Our Food Our Health Our Culture program. As well as speak to our role as Winnipeg-based organizations working in partnership with First Nation communities spread across the northern half of our province

Opening Up the Box: Exploring the Scaling Out of the Good Food Box Across Canada

Room: Sable B

Workshop - Presenter:  Neva Hassanein, Environmental Studies, University of Montana

Over 50 Good Food Box (GFB) programs now exist across Canada. These initiatives provide a box of healthy food to customers at near wholesale prices for the purpose of improving access, developing alternative distribution channels, building community, and more. This presentation shares the results of an extensive study of GFB programs, based on interviews with 21 managers. We look at how these programs operate and balance multiple community-food security goals. The study also explores how GFB programs spread, how they have changed as local actors adapt strategies, and how these programs are networked and learn from one another.

Pecha Kucha 2

Room: Sable C

Join us for this fast-paced session that will leave you wanting more.   

Panel - Presenters:

Tamara Cottle, Athabasca/University of Calgary:  The Yolk That Binds Us: The Rehumanization of Urban Chicken Keepers in the Food Sovereignty Movement
Jenna Stoner, Living Oceans Society Wasted: How Seafood Losses Undermine Sustainability of Seafood Systems
Kelly Hodgins, University of Guelph: Producer Livelihood-Insecurity and Consumer Food-Insecurity: Investigating wider inclusion for low-income consumers in alternative food businesses
Samantha Gambling, Food Sovereignty in the BC Dairy Industry
Misty Rossiter, Mount Saint Vincent University, Infant feeding practices among mothers who experience food insecurity
Sarah Hardy, Vitality Natural Health/ Breastfeeding Community of Practice – Halifax, Breastfeeding Supportive Culture: The basis of early food sovereignty

4.00 PM - 5.30 PM


Building Effective Community-Campus Relationships for the Future

Room: Halifax Ballroom A

Moderator: Charles Levkoe - Speakers: Brent Mansfield, BC Food Systems Network, Vancouver Food Policy Council, and UBC Land & Food Systems / Think&EatGreen@School project (with Will Valley, UBC Land & Food Systems / Think&EatGreen@School project); Dawn Morrison (Secwepemc Nation), Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Institute for Sustainable Food System, Revitalizing Grease Trails Project; Abra Brynne, BC Food Systems Network, Food Secure Canada, and CFICE; Larry Baxter, Co-chair of Student Engagement Working Group, Activating Change Together for Community Food Security, Nova Scotia‎

Discussants: Sarah Martin 

"What kinds of research relationships are the most fruitful for building a food sovereignty movement? This session will be structured as an open, round-table with presentations from academics and community researchers involved in community-campus research relationships, followed by a facilitated, interactive discussion on issues including recognizing different forms of expertise, cultural differences and power imbalances, models we can learn from. It is presented by the Community Food Security Hub of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, which is a research project exploring how community campus partnerships can be designed and implemented to maximize the value created for community-based organizations.

Food Banks : Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom B

Chair: Catherine Mah, PROOF Research Project
Presenters: Shawn Pegg, Food Banks Canada, Kathryn Scharf, Community Food Centres Canada, Val Tarasuk, PROOF Research Project

Academic research and recent public debates have focused on the role of food banks in poverty reduction as well as on the development of social policy. Has charity replaced government obligations to ensure respect for the human rights of vulnerable populations? Do food banks encourage long-term dependence on charity? Can food banks be constructive agents of change? An interactive session with Food Banks Canada, Community Food Centres Canada and the PROOF research project.

Collaborating on Increasing Institutional Procurement of Local and Sustainable Foods

Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom D

Workshop - Presenters: Leanne Dunn and Daniel Kanu, Food Matters Manitoba; Franco Naccarato, Greenbelt Fund; Karen Williams, Director of Health, Wellness and Sustainability, Aramark. Discussant: Lori Stahlbrand, PhD Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University

What is the impact of greater local food procurement by public sector institutions? How are these changes best facilitated? Hear about two provincial projects engaging public sector institutions around local food procurement. Manitoba on the Menu is a two-year project of Food Matters Manitoba that is measuring local procurement by public sector institutions and piloting ways to connect purchasers with local producers with the Winnipeg Food Hub.  Learn how the Greenbelt Fund in Ontario work together to drive change through strategic partnerships, grant making, targeted projects and measured results to change policy and drive systemic change in our food system.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Food Insecurity: The need for action-oriented research  - 

Room: Halifax Ballroom C

Workshop - Presenters: Kelly Skinner, Lakehead University; Joseph LeBlanc, President, True North Community Co-operative; Jackie Fletcher, Missanabie Cree First Nation; Kristin Burnett, Lakehead University

This panel will be a facilitated discussion between researchers and community members about conducting research with Indigenous communities.  Over the last three decades, dozens of reports and papers have been written that identify food insecurity is a serious problem with grave health impacts for Indigenous people.  While valuable and interesting, research only confirms what we already know - that food insecurity is an urgent and pervasive public health issue for Indigenous people. Researchers need to start doing research that is community-driven and action-based. This panel includes presentations by key food sovereignty activists from northern Canadian Indigenous communities to initiate a broader discussion about grassroots action-based community research.

7:00 pm
Tastes and Sounds of Nova Scotia

St. Andrew's United Church

Tickets are $40 plus tax.  Click here to purchase tickets

Across all cultures, food is an important community builder.  Attendees of the Tastes and Sounds of Nova Scotia Event on Saturday will experience some of our Maritime hospitality.  Guests will enjoy good home cooking, great company, and performances that offer a taste of the rich heritage of Nova Scotia's cultural mosaic.  The menu features a local and seasonal autumn menu (with turkey and sustainably caught haddock, local veggies, including gluten free and vegan options), with the opportunity to enjoy some of our local wineries and breweries; cash bar will be offered.  

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to St. Andrew's United Church.  The Church is located at 6036 Coburg Road.   We encourage you to share cabs, cabs are available at the front entrance of the hotel, approximate cab cost is $10 one way. Metro transit buses are also available, with a bus stop located directly beside the Church. To travel by bus to the church, please board the Number 1 Spring Garden Rd bus at Scotia Square. Scotia Square is located two blocks north of the hotel, the front desk of the hotel can provide directions to Scotia Square, please depart the bus at stop #6452 at the corner of Robie St and Coburg St. This bus stop is located beside the St. Andrew's United Church.