Director of Product Development, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
Danielle Brodhagen is the founder of the award-winning Savour Stratford Culinary Festival. She also ran the Slow Food Perth County activities and contributed to the Monforte Brain Bank. She currently sits on the Terroir Hospitality Symposium committee. In her role with OCTA, Danielle teaches on food tourism and helps regions develop sustainable food tourism products. Danielle is known for her expertise in developing stakeholder led product development, resulting in a passionate and collaborative community.
Senior Program Associate, Wallace Center at Winrock International
Jeff Farbman, Wallace Center Senior Program Associate, manages outreach and communications for all Wallace Center initiatives, and is a key member of the National Good Food Network (NGFN) team. Mr. Farbman is responsible for designing and producing NGFN webinars, a popular and well-respected technical assistance service. He also supports the National Good Food Hub Collaboration project through research, writing and outreach, including giving presentations at conferences and other venues across the country. Mr. Farbman honed his technical skills in an early career as a computer programmer, and developed his strong communications capacity working at a small New England private school. He graduated from Brandeis University cum laude in psychology.
Elma Hrapovich is the Director of Nutrition and Food Services for Halton Healthcare. In her role as Director since 2005, Elma has been responsible for the areas of Clinical Nutrition, Patient and Retail Food Services across the three hospitals within Halton Healthcare – Georgetown Hospital, Milton District Hospital, and Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Elma is an executive member of the Dietitians of Canada Business and Industry Network and Professional Advisory Member for the Dietetic Technician Program at Conestoga College.
Program Designer / Facilitator - NOURISH / NOURIR LA SANTÉ, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Hayle Lapalme’s talents in community development and communication have helped her lead a delegation to the United Nations, enable business partnerships with marginalized communities, and facilitate a multitude of workshops to build capacity in local food systems. In 2010, Hayley joined My Sustainable Canada to help assess and expand institutional procurement of local food in Ontario. She leads the Public Purse Procurement Mentorship Program to empower the public sector to provide leadership in building a more sustainable food system.
Loblaws Chair in Sustainable Food Production & Professor, University of Guelph
Ralph Martin grew up on a beef and hog farm in Wallenstein, Ontario. His formal education includes, a BA and an MSc in Biology from Carleton University and a PhD in Plant Science from McGill University. In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada to coordinate university research and education pertaining to organic systems, across Canada. In 2011, he was appointed as Professor and the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph.
Joel Salatin is a third generation alternative farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. His farm services more than 5,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, and more. Joel is the author of eight books including Everything I Want to Do is Illegal and Folks, This Ain’t Normal. The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. has been featured in several magazines and Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma. Joel is passionate about small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.
Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Deb Stark is the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Over the years Deb has held several senior positions including Chief Veterinarian for Ontario, and Assistant Deputy Minister in both the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, as well as Chair of the OPSEU Pension Trust. In 2012, Deb was the OPS Amethyst Fellow at the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies. Deputy Stark holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, and a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Ryan Turnbull is the founder and president of Eco-Ethonomics Inc., a social enterprise and sustainability consulting firm, that specializes in business development for early stage social enterprises operating in the agriculture and food industries. As a consultant, Ryan regularly facilitates idea generation, feasibility studies, business planning, marketing planning and the development of growth strategies. Having helped over 150 startup enterprises and worked on regional strategies for building a local food economy, Ryan is currently working on a feasibility study for an Online Distribution Route Map facilitated through Ontariofresh.ca.
Project Manager and Business Development Officer, My Sustainable Canada
Brendan Wylie-Toal’s experience includes working with organizations to reduce their carbon footprint, developing mobile applications to help identify sustainable products, and creating policy recommendations for diverse stakeholder groups to encourage the adoption of sustainability goals. Brendan has been working on sustainable food system issues for several years, and uses this experience to help Regional Food Grant Program grantees at the Greenbelt Fund maximize their potential.