Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems launch RSVPs required
Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Please join us for the official launch of the
Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
at Wilfrid Laurier University
November 14th, 2013
on Sustainable Food Systems
4:00 to 5:30pm
Simon Dalby (Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University)
Karen Landman (School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph)
Theresa Schumilas (Garden Party CSA and Food Club, Waterloo)
Av Singh (Perennia / JustUs Centre for Small Farms, Nova Scotia)
Randy Whitteker (Ontario Natural Food Co-op)
6:30 to 8:00
Recipient of the Ontario Minister’s Award For Environmental Excellence in Small Business
and the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award
YU Ranch, Owner
Alternative Land Use Services, Eastern Canada Lead
Balsillie School of International Affair (Multipurpose Room #142)
67 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2
SIMON DALBY: Professor Simon Dalby, formerly at Carleton University, is now the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is author of Creating the Second Cold War (Pinter 1990), Environmental Security (University of Minnesota Press, 2002) and Security and Environmental Change (Polity, 2009). His current work is on geopolitics and climate change and includes an engagement with the ongoing discussions in earth system sciences about the Anthropocene and its significance for contemporary human societies and matters of sustainability.
BRYAN GILVESY: Farmer, proprietor of the Y U Ranch, producing grass fed beef in Norfolk County, Ontario. Bryan has been recognized by numerous awards and holds a degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Since 2006, Bryan has been an advocate of valuing nature’s benefits to engage communities and farmers as key environmental solution providers. Eastern Canada Lead of ALUS (Alternative Lands Use Services) and Co-Chair of the Sustain Ontario Steering Committee (Alliance For Healthy Food and Farming), he is helping guide conversations around sustainability and building sustainable value.
KAREN LANDMAN: Karen is an award winning faculty member at the University of Guelph and has a background in landscape architecture, rural planning and development, and cultural geography. She has had a design practice for over 20 years, and has worked as a County planner. Karen's current research includes green infrastructure, urban agriculture, local food systems, urban to rural linkages, and community landscape-stewardship planning.
THERESA SCHUMILAS: Theresa is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on CSAs, buying clubs and farmers markets in China. She directed local food policy research at the Region of Waterloo, as well as a wide range of local food policy studies and projects, including the first detailed “farm to fork” study in an Ontario municipality, and the development of the “Buy Local Buy Fresh”. For 10 years, she has operated an organic CSA farm and food hub called Garden Party, on the outskirts of Waterloo.
AV SINGH: Av Singh is one of Canada’s leading experts on organic agriculture. At Perennia, he works predominantly with organic and small-scale farmers on issues of production, processing, and marketing of agricultural goods. Av's community involvement is diverse and extensive, and he currently holds the inaugural Just Us! Chair in Small Farm Sustainability.
RANDY WHITTEKER: A graduate of the University of Guelph (BSc. Agr.), Randy has been at Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) since 1988, and as General Manager since 1991. He has served on various Boards over the years with a number of organic and health product associations. ONFC, a member owned co-operative, has been in operation since 1976, serving over 1400 customers across Canada. Their 59,000 square foot distribution centre is home to over 4500 products and over 100 employees.