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 2012 and has worked to strengthen FSC as the national voice of the Canadian food movement.  She has been instrumental in mobilizing a wide diversity of organizations and individuals in a national movement for a food policy that would be equitable, healthy and sustainable.   She is an event organizer, a powerful communicator, and a person known to bring diverse people and causes together. 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.

 

Rhonda Ferguson

Postdoctoral Fellow

community@foodsecurecanada.org

As a postdoctoral fellow with Food Secure Canada and Lakehead University, Rhonda is involved with research projects related to the accessibility of sustainable and healthy foods in Canada and the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project based at Carleton University. She brings experience from positions in academic, non-governmental, and intergovernmental contexts to this role. She has a Ph.D. from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway where she explored the relationship between states' obligations under agricultural trade rules and the right to food in international law.  She has broad research interests in food justice, socio-economic rights, critical approaches to development, sustainable agriculture and responsible trade.

 

Debbie Field

coalition for healthy school food coordinator

schoolfood@foodsecurecanada.org

Debbie has been involved in promoting and improving school food programs for decades, starting when she was a child growing up in New York City where she participated in a free lunch program and loved the mash potatoes and meatloaf but hated the stigma of eating in the “free lunch” cafeteria.  When her children entered grade school she was instrumental as a parent activist in organizing a healthy hot lunch program at her children’s school and then advocating to the City of Toronto to fund student nutrition programs. Over her years as the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto she and her colleagues were involved in developing innovative and sustainable student nutrition and school food literacy programs and the creation of the Coalition for Healthy School Food.

A social activist and globally recognized leader in the creation of a more socially just and environmentally sustainable food systems, Debbie is currently also a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner with the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. Debbie’s passion for collective action and policy change is informed by her experiences as a community college instructor, union organizer and leadership in a variety of social movements.

Debbie’s accomplishments and influence in Canada’s food movement are well known to us at Food Secure Canada. Her leadership and nurturing of innovative solutions to food systems challenges through community-based approaches are rooted in recognition of progressive policy change.  

 

Gabrielle Spenard-Bernier

Communications 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. 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.

She is passionate about global food cultures, urban agriculture and healthy eating. She also enjoys cooking, creating and taking care of her "edible" backyard and biking.

 

Rachel Cheng

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

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

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

As an adminstrator, Nairi does everything that needs to be done in between. Logistics, organization and keeping everyone on track is her specialty. She works with all the staff and the board to provide them with their needs behind the scenes.

Through her experiences with catering, food services and her five years at Girls Action Foundation, Nairi can anticipate peoples needs and provide the support they need. She spends her off time staying fit and most importantly spending time with family.

 

Winnie Eloundou

Communications assistant

winnie@foodsecurecanada.org

Winnie Eloundou studied public policy and international law at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec. She is interested in social movements and community-based changes. Her other areas of interest are food sovereignty and international trade. She is part of the Development and Peace Youth Group and implicated in various advocacy campaigns. She has worked at the Action Committee against Internal and International Human Trafficking (CATHII), coordinating the work of this action committee in Quebec.

Currently, she works at FSC as a communications assistant and her desire is to help raise awareness about the need to build a healthier and sustainable food system.

 

Danie Martin

Communications assistant

danie@foodsecurecanada.org

Matthew Leddy

sustainability and volunteer coordinator, 2018 Assembly organizing committee

sustainabilityvolunteers@gmail.com

Photo credit: Philippe Richelet

As the Sustainability and Volunteer coordinator for FSC's 10th Assembly, Matthew Leddy, will coordinate with talented volunteers and ensure that the Assembly is at its most sustainable.

Recently graduated from Concordia University with a honour’s degree in human environment with a minor in sustainability, Matthew has worked as a research assistant on a number of projects, one of which was published in Conversation’s on Food Studies, which will be launched at the 2018 conference.

He spent his five years at Concordia invested in the sustainability community as the VP Sustainability for the Loyola College Student Association, two years on the board of directors for Sustainable Concordia on the outreach committee, and received a number of awards for contributions to sustainability and betterment of student life on campus. These experiences represented in founding and hosting four successful 'Sustainability Mixer’s at Concordia, writing his honour’s thesis on composting habits of students, and 14 years of event planning as a touring musician.