FSC's Board of Directors Election 2017




Following the voting period by FSC members, which ends August 21st, 2017, the Nomination Committee, composed of Paul Taylor, Lucia Stephen, Susan Roberts and Diana Bronson, will propose a slate of candidates and present it to the Board. The Board will then recommend a slate to our members at our Annual General Meeting in Montreal on November 10th, 2017. The recommendation will be based on the result of the voting and an assessment of the needs of the organization (diversity, expertise, etc).

*You must be a member of Food Secure Canada to nominate or be nominated and to vote for the Board. Become a member. If you are unsure if your membership is up to date, send us an email and we shall check.

NOMINATION PERIOD - From June 25 to July 18th

VOTING PERIOD - From July 28th to August 21st, 2017




Here are the nominees for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors: 

Nancy Neamtan

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.


Julie Price 

My family is from a small farm in SW Manitoba. I have always been interested in the power of food and food systems. I have 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 I learned so much from the people, communities and organizations that I have 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). I appreciate learning from Indigenous people and learning how food plays a role in cultural reclamation, community sovereignty, and community strengthening. I currently work for the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Collaborative, hosted by Tides Canada. I also have three kids and lead a garden program in their school.

I would hope to contribute as the organization sees fit. I have experience in fundraising and community building. I hope to share what I have learned in working with rural and remote parts of Canada on food systems.


Satya Ramen

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.

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.


Susanna Klassen

My 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. My work has evolved to take on a research focus to create more sustainable food systems in Canada, and has given me 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 my MSc, I 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. I have also enjoyed my 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.

As a young researcher and PhD student seeking to contribute to food system governance and policy solutions, I would be thrilled to help bridge the important work of FSC with that of the research community. In my previous roles within government, higher education and academia, many of my most valuable experiences have been focused on collaboration and breaking down silos. As board member, I would endeavour to bring my 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, I would bring my analytical and communication abilities which would be valuable for evaluating evidence, mobilizing knowledge, and writing for multiple audiences.


Joseph Leblanc

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.

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.




    Nomination form