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.
Kristie is dedicated to addressing complex societal issues through community empowerment and action, supporting programs that have a significant impact on peoples` lives. Kristie currently does this as the Executive Director of the Food First NL, a provincial non-profit organization that aims to ensure access to adequate, healthy food for all in Newfoundland and Labrador. Under Kristie`s leadership, FSN has grown into a dynamic organization with a network of over 2000 organizations and individuals, has raised the public profile of food security the Province, and has supported community programs to improve access to healthy food. Kristie has a passion for good food and loves cooking and eating with friends, family, and colleagues. She holds a Baccalaureate of Commerce with Honours from the University of Guelph, and is an alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (2015).
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).
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.
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.
Laurie-Anne Patenaude, a graduate of Moncton University, is a member of the Ordre Professionnel des diététistes du Québec and is currently working as a Registered Dietitian. Since graduation, Laurie-Anne has had the opportunity to work for the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture Aquaculture Fisheries and Food overseeing the development and early implementation of a local food strategy for the province of New-Brunswick. She also served as the Farm to School Regional Lead for New-Brunswick until 2017 when she moved back home to be close to her family. Now managing her full time private practice, she is still passionate about food security, local food, and access to healthy, local and affordable food for all children. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with vegetarian cuisine, exploring the great outdoors, and saving the planet, one bite at a time!