Over the course of the summer we have been delighted to welcome 7 new board members to the Halton Food Council team, which brings our total number of directors to 13. Our new members are from Burlington, Milton and Oakville and bring valuable expertise in non-profit governance, food security and access, community gardening, farming education and communication. We asked them to introduce themselves in a short bio. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome.
Roger is primarily involved with developing brand communications for the Halton Food Council. His curriculum encompasses a wide variety of experience within retail, micro-finance and large corporations as well as 15 years working as founder of design, branding and communication agencies. Day-to-day Roger works with a variety of clients from the commercial and non-profit sectors. In his spare time, Roger likes drawing with his three kids, playing guitar and living the good life in Oakville.
Raised on a family farm in southwestern Ontario, Brenda holds the role of Executive Director of Food for Life. Her focus lies in serving at risk individuals and those living in poverty gain equitable access to healthy food. The organization works with close to 100 local and national food donors, farmers, manufacturers and food industry partners, distributing food with the equivalent of 3.5 million meals annually. Logistics and food safety are at the forefront of the regional operation which supports 80+ food banks and food programs in Halton Region. Prior to leading Food for Life, Brenda was the CEO of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation and concentrated her efforts on promoting bone and joint health and helping Canadians lead healthy, active lives. Brenda is inspired by community collaboration and is dedicated to engaging various stakeholders to ensure access to nutrition for all residents.
For the last 15 years Hart has been a principal with Malnutrition Matters, a Canadian non-profit focused on food technology solutions. Prior to that, Hart had a number of executive roles in telecom software start-ups that capped a 25-year career in the industry. Hart has served on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards, and has served on two Mayor's Advisory Groups in Oakville. He has played a role in a number of Oakville-based non-profits including the Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership and Transition Oakville and is also the Director of the recently formed Halton Chapter of the Council of Canadians.
Chantelle was raised in Halton and currently develops and facilitates programming in the environmental sector. She is passionate about natural health, plant-based diets and enjoys travelling primarily to indulge in local foods from around the world. Chantelle is currently completing her Certificate for Environmental Studies through the University of Guelph, and will be spending three months on a farm stay in Hawaii to help reduce food waste and create kitchen policies that can be implemented in any restaurant.
Gary is the Executive Director of Kerr Street Mission (KSM). He has worked in sales management and performance improvement roles in the pharmaceutical Industry. Gary has applied his experience and his heart compassionate to his current role, and over the past 4+ years, he has spearheaded the transformation of KSM and helped to position the Mission as a multi-faceted hub for community care and compassion in Oakville and beyond; responding to the practical and social needs of individuals and families in distress, and children and youths at-risk.
Jamie has an expansive and diverse background within the food and farming sectors, with a focused, strategic business approach to resolving and providing solutions to the myriad issues of improving economics for all throughout the value chain. He is an experienced leader with intuitive advocacy skills honed through decades of coordinating lobby efforts at every level of government throughout all party lines, which has worked into both of his existing roles, particularly as Chair of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance. He previously was Chair of the Ontario Food Terminal Board, Executive Director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association, and formerly on a multitude of boards as a director, member, and chair.
An (almost) life-long resident of Halton, Jarvis is managing partner of O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP, a sixteen lawyer firm based in Oakville. His practice area is in working with small and medium sized owner-operated businesses and public and charitable organizations. He has worked with many non-profit boards and has been especially involved with strategic planning and governance issues. In the food policy area, his particular interests are in local sustainability and reduction of waste.
By Adeline Cohen