Sharing the meal: Directions in sustainable food studies in Canada


March 17th, 3:00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT

This dialogue is now available to read here

The areas of food security and sustainable food systems are rapidly growing and evolving in the Canadian academy. However connection between research hubs, community interests, and cutting edge projects is still evolving. This dialogue will bring together researchers and community level actors to discuss how food research can more effectively create change in the lives of Canadians. Join us for a conversation on what next steps can be taken to build the bridge between research and practice.

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Ann Dale

Ann DaleAnn Dale is a Professor at Royal Roads University, where she leads several research projects, including e-Dialogues for Sustainable Development and is active in the environmental movement.


Chris Ling

ChrDr Chris Lingis is a post-doctoral fellow living in Victoria, British Columbia. He is Asssociate Faculty at Royal Roads University and is part of the Canada Research Chair is Sustainable Community Development research team. He is interested in sustanability planning and the infleuence of landscapes on our lives.

Bill Jeffery

Canadian national coordinator of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest 

Arthur Churchyard

Arthur is an M.Sc. Rural Planning and Development student at the University of Guelph. He worked with the Ontario Farmland Trust to produce a guide entitled "Planning Regional Food Systems", which is a resource for planners in the Greater Golden Horseshoe who are grappling with connecting rural and urban food systems.

Lorelei Hanson

Lorelei Hanson is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Athabasca University.  She is currently conducting research on conservation land trusts, deliberative democracy and climate change and women who were pioneer environmental activists in Alberta.  In her spare time she is working to change the chicken keeping by-law in Edmonton and participates in permaculture activities including just returning from an agro-ecological tour of Cuba.

Ellen Desjardins

Ellen has been involved with food systems since 1995 when she joined the Health Determinants division of Waterloo Region (WR) Public Health. They started the NGO Foodlink WR, prepared dozens of reports on the regional food system, including "Towards a Healthy Community Food System in WR", organized a conference in 2005 to inaugurate Food Secure Canada, and now she co-chairs the WR Food System Roundtable.

Jennifer Black

Faculty member in Food, Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health and dietary choices. She is interested in how attitudes and behaviours related to eating, cooking, food selection, body image and body weight status are shaped by socio-cultural and neighbourhood-level factors