Roxana Atkinson, a Registered Dietitian, is the Director of Community Impact for United Way of Central New Brunswick. Roxana is a Co-Founder of Farm to Cafeteria Canada, was the provincial Farm to School Coordinator in NB, and centered her Master’s research on supporting Farm to Cafeteria activities and assessing the impacts of these programs across Canada. Roxana encouraged leadership in the advancement of food security in NB as the first provincial Managing Director for the New Brunswick Food Security Action Network, to which she still remains an active member of, serving on their Advisory and Operations Committees. Roxana is most passionate about school food and wants to see that every child, parent, and teacher can easily enjoy healthy, delicious, local, and vibrant foods.
Joanne Bays is a population health nutritionist, a community capacity builder, and a motivational speaker with expertise in child nutrition, school food, and sustainable regional food systems. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia as well as a Masters of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Northern British Columbia. As the national director of F2CC, Joanne provides leadership and strategic direction to advance momentum to bring more healthy and sustainably produced foods into all of Canada’s public institutions. During her nine year tenure in this position, Joanne has led the implementation and evaluation of several national Farm to School projects and programs in partnership with multiple government and private agencies including: J. W. McConnell Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Whole Kids Foundation, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Joanne co-founded BC Healthy Communities, and is currently an advisory committee member for the Canadian Agri Food Policy Institute. She resides with her husband and family in Victoria, British Columbia.
Kayla Atkey is the policy analyst for the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention and POWER UP! project at the University of Alberta,School of Public Health. In this role, she helps to coordinate the activities of the Coalition as well as synthesizes evidence on policy activities to promote healthier weights. Kayla is also a board member for Alberta Food Matters. Through these roles, Kayla has been actively involved in advocacy efforts to promote healthy school food in Alberta. Kayla is passionate about health promotion from an ecological lens and the use of collaborative advocacy to facilitate healthy policy change.
Laura Kalina is a registered dietitian (McGill University) with a master’s degree in Adult Education (St. Francis Xavier University). With more than 25 years’ experience in public health with Interior Health (Kamloops, British Columbia) in the area of food security and community development, she is an author and international speaker, having written numerous books including Building Food Security in Canada: From Hunger to Sustainable Food Systems, as well as the international bestseller Low Glycemic Meals in Minutes..In addition, Laura is the founder of the Kamloops Food Policy Council and has championed numerous projects in her community. She is a pioneer in food security and has worked across Canada assisting local governments and community groups in developing food security strategies and policies.
Wayne is a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of innovative local and urban food systems. He has managed the Toronto Food Policy Council and served on the boards of several food system non-profits across North America. He also authored three books – Real Food for a Change (1998); The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food (2012, 2013); and Food for City Building: A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists and Entrepreneurs (2014).
Micheline is a passionate leader with over 16 years of successful experience in the prevention and public health sector with a focus on program and policy development. She has developed expertise in managing multi-dimensional projects, capacity building, evaluation and knowledge exchange. Micheline started her journey with the Farm to Cafeteria Canada Network when she took on the role of Program Manager of a 2.4 million National school nutrition initiative that brought together partners with the vision to get more healthy and local foods to school children through various programs across the country. She was also the Manager for Changing the menu, the first-ever national school food conference that took place on Nov 12-14, 2015 in Montreal. Micheline has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from York University and Master’s Diploma in Policy and Program Evaluation from Carleton University. Micheline enjoys growing and eating healthy food and being active outdoors with her family in the Ottawa region.
Patti Murphy interest is brokering people and ideas to create new ways of working together across sectors to test innovative approaches to improve the health and well being. She has extensive experience convening and co-creating multi-sectoral initiatives at the local and federal level on a range of priority public health issues; including healthy living ands healthy eating, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, seniors, and problematic substance use. Her ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders; including private, public and not-for-profit sectors, her partnership-building and brokering skills and her goal setting approach, successfully move processes and initiatives forward. Patti is a strong communicator with organizational and people skills, coupled with sound judgment and a practical approach to problem solving. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor Degree and has post-graduate certificates in public sector marketing.