Staff and Board

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STAFF

 

Diana Bronson

Executive Director

diana@foodsecurecanada.org

Diana Bronson

Diana joined Food Secure Canada as Executive Director in March 2012 and has worked to strengthen FSC as the national voice of the Canadian food movement.  Diana is trained as a political scientist and sociologist and has a professional background in journalism (CBC radio) and international human rights (Rights & Democracy) as well as international climate and technology negotiations at the UN (ETC Group.)

Diana's research, policy and advocacy work has centered on supporting social movements around the world, critically reviewing and edcucating around international trade and investment agreements, looking at the impacts of Canadian mining companies, and assessing the social and environmental impacts of emerging technologies. She has participated in many international negotiations on human rights, climate change, biodiversity,  technology and sustainable development over the past two decades. She also worked in a senior position on Parliament Hill from 2006-2008. She lives and works in Montreal.

 

Jennifer Reynolds

Institutional Food Program Manager

jennifer@foodsecurecanada.org

As the Institutional Food Program Manager Jennifer Reynolds will be working strategically with institutions and the supply chain to increase local, sustainable, healthy food on the public plate.  Jennifer has over 15 years experience in working with farmers, organizations and individuals to build relationships and champion the values of local food in order to create sustainable local food systems. She has developed communications strategies, programs and policies in her work including with FoodShare Toronto, the Province of Nova Scotia’s Buy Local Campaign Select Nova Scotia, and the Fruit and Vegetable Working Group of Healthy Eating Nova Scotia. Jennifer looks forward to amplifying the learning opportunities around the policies, frameworks, regulations and programs that will support greater local and sustainable procurement by hospitals, universities, schools and other public institutions.

 

Gabrielle Spenard-Bernier

Communications and Membership Coordinator

gabrielle@foodsecurecanada.org

As a communications coordinator and public engagement actor, Gabrielle is in charge of promoting the different activities of Food Secure Canada. She is passionate about international cooking, urban agriculture and healthy eating. Committed to environmental protection and improving global health, Gabrielle completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Health at the Public Health School of Université de Montréal following her undergraduate studies in Biology at Concordia University.

After her experience working in communications and marketing for a company developing health-friendly household and personal care products, Gabrielle joined the food movement in June 2017 to promote and create a better food system for all Canadians.

 

Amanda Wilson

Coordinator of Policy and Community-Academic Engagement; PostDoctoral Fellow

community@foodsecurecanada.org

Amanda Wilson is a PostDoctoral Fellow at Lakehead University, working in partnership with Food Secure Canada. Her work is focused on community academic collaboration in the context of national food policy processes, as well as supporting knowledge mobilization and capacity building in the areas of new farmers and northern food.

She has a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University, and has worked with several NGOs in research, project management and community outreach. She first became involved in food systems work through five years co-managing an organic small-scale vegetable farm in Ottawa. Outside of work, she is a passionate social justice organizer and an avid gardener. She also teaches sociology at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

 

Rachel Cheng

Co-lead of the National community of practice on food security; Communications assistant

rachel@foodsecurecanada.org

Rachel is the Co-Lead of the National Community of Practice (CoP) on Food Security, where she works with food security leaders in Québec, Atlantic Canada, and the West Coast. She also currently manages social media for FSC as the Communications Assistant.

Rachel completed her Master’s of Public Health at the Université de Montréal, where she focused on food security and sustainable food systems. She brings experience in building partnerships, project management, event logistics, and communications from previous work with non-profits and the Montréal public health department. Rachel is also actively involved in the community as an event organizer, photographer, and otherwise sharing the love of good food with people at the market or over a meal.

 

Alex Boulet

Co-lead of the National community of practice on food security

alex@foodsecurecanada.org

As the Co-lead of the National Community of Practice (CoP) on Food Security, Alex is responsible for convening the CoP, fostering cross-sectoral engagement, ensuring equitable participation from Northern and Indigenous communities, and facilitating the dissemination of relevant information across the board.

Alex has a Master’s of Education, examining the role of Settler agriculture in the colonization of the territory now known as Ontario. He has worked in environmental sustainability and food security for over a decade, including three years as the Coordinator for Ontario Nature’s Forest and Freshwater Foods program, leading the publication of “Beyond the Fields: the Value of Forest and Freshwater Food in Northern Ontario”. Currently, Alex also works as the Senior Researcher for the Social Planning Council of Sudbury.

 

Susan Alexander

Inside Scoop Editor

insidescoop@foodsecurecanada.org

Susan Alexander edits the monthly newsletter about national food policy for FSC members and supporters, the Inside Scoop, established in May 2017. She is a communications specialist, with international experience of working with NGOs, Think Tanks and an international news agency, IPS.

Currently putting down roots in the Montreal food movement, Susan volunteers with Santropol Roulant and is a member of a collective garden in her neighborhood.

 

Nairi Jakmakdjian

Administration AND MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

nairi@foodsecurecanada.org