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.
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.
Jesse is a public health professional with a passion for food security and community building. She brings 10 years of experience managing complex projects across the continuum of care within Vancouver Coastal Health and BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority, including work in the realm of Healthy Schools and Healthy Communities. In 2017 she was appointed to the Vancouver Food Policy Council and she is an active member of the council’s Leadership Team, as well as Development and Food Justice working groups. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Science and Master of Science in Human Health and Nutrition, both from the University of Guelph; a Diploma in Project Management from Simon Fraser University; and is completing a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University. In her spare time you’ll find Jesse exploring the BC wilderness, experimenting in her garden, or getting creative in her kitchen with the local bounty this province has to offer. She’s excited to be able to merge her passions for food, the environment and project management in her leadership of Farm to School initiatives.
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.
Located on Vancouver Island, Marcus first began an interest in Food Security while studying at Concordia University in the Human Geography Program. As a student he was integral in the creation of the award winning City Farm School educational training program, which has trained nearly two hundred aspiring farmers in the past seven years. His experience coordinating this program led to a position with the English Montreal School Board as an environmental advisor and educator, building numerous school gardens and teaching hundreds of students how to grow their own food. Since relocating to the Island, he has been an Island Health Food Hub Coordinator for the Alberni Valley region, and has started his own micro-farming operation. In his spare time you can catch him coaching basketball and baking sourdough bread – but not at the same time!