Rachel Allain is the Executive Director of the Réseau des cafétérias communautaires inc. (a network of community school cafeterias). This is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to offer home cook meals prepared in each cafeteria with local products and is distinguished by its collaboration with the schools and different partners from all sectors. Rachel has a background in accounting. She previously worked at the school board for 15 years. When the Réseau des cafétérias communautaires was created, she was hired as an accountant. Her leadership and passion for this project earned her the title of Executive director in a very short amount of time. Rachel has always had family and health at heart.
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).
Isabelle has been actively participating in the development of Équiterre since 1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. Isabelle coordinated the development and implementation of all of Équiterre’s education and demonstration projects. She has notably initiated and developed awareness campaigns, led environmental demonstration projects and coordinated the production of many reference documents. Parallel to these projects, Isabelle acts as spokesperson for Équiterre promoting the organisation, seeking funding opportunities and developing new projects and strategic partnerships.
Joanne Bays is a population health nutritionist, a community developer, a public speaker with expertise in child nutrition, food policy and sustainable food systems. Joanne is well known within public health and sustainable food system sectors in Canada and internationally. Joanne co-founded and chaired HEALBC – Canada’s first northern food policy council. She co-founded BC Healthy Communities. She established and held the first provincial Farm to School position within Canada. She has overseen the establishment of hundreds of F2S programs across the nation. In 2011, she co-founded Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) – a pan-Canadian network championing activity to get more healthy, local, and sustainable foods into public institutions.
Scott is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society and holds a Bachelor of Education (Distinction) as well as a Master’s degree in Theory and Policy Studies in Education from the University of Toronto. Scott specializes in applied qualitative and quantitative research, human development service planning, policy development, capacity building, evaluation and knowledge translation. He has completed projects through contracts or funding from a diverse range of non-profit and public sector organizations, as well as First Nations, including: Canadian Council for Social Development, City of Vancouver, Columbia Basin Trust, Gitksan Government Commission, Fraser Basin Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Vancouver Public Library, Office of the Wet’su’wet’en, University of British Columbia and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Scott has published peer reviewed academic articles and applied studies on homelessness, employment service programs, poverty and low income, decolonization of school curriculum, food insecurity of vulnerable populations, and participatory budgeting. Scott is keen to work with people who are committed to evidence-based community planning and development processes that achieve social justice outcomes.
Tracey O’Neil works as an independent Graphic Designer and started her own design studio, simplelife designs, in 2007. Tracey holds a diploma from the Advertising Art department at Red River College and dabbled in International Development at the University of Winnipeg. Much of her focus is to provide design support for organizations and non-profits working towards social, environmental and sustainable development initiatives. In the spring of 2012, she was asked to work with Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) to design their website, and later signed on as part of their Communications Team in 2014 where she is currently the Graphic Design and Communications Lead. Tracey is an active volunteer, loves to cook and bake for her family and friends, and spends much of her time in her backyard garden where she harvests most of her fresh veggies as long as the Winnipeg growing season will allow.