BPS Workshop - Healthcare & Vendor Match-Making

On February 14, 2019, we are inviting representatives from Ontario’s healthcare sector to the Greenbelt Fund’s speaker panel and Vendor Food Fair on the Role of Local Food in Healthcare.

Location: University of Toronto
Chestnut Conference Centre - Ballroom (map)
Date: February 14, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Agenda: to follow

Morning presentations will showcase research and projects that explore how local food can be an avenue to greater patient and resident health, steps taken to action on local food in healthcare, and successful partnerships on the development of local products for the healthcare sector. The afternoon features a Vendor Food Fair, showcasing vendors with products appropriate for hospitals and long-term care homes to generate new product connections for healthcare purchasers.

Register Here

If you’re not able to access or complete the registration form, please email Stephanie Crocker here.

Learn about:

  • What the Canadian research says about the significance of mealtimes and patient health
  • Projects that explore how local food can be an avenue to greater patient and resident health
  • Practical steps to purchasing more local food in healthcare
  • Opportunities for working with manufacturers on local food product innovation
  • New local food vendors suitable for healthcare


  • Healthcare professionals (Dietitians, hospital and long term care home healthcare staff)
  • Foodservice staff and managers
  • Food Procurement staff and managers
  • Farmers and vendors supplying or are interested in selling to healthcare institutions
  • Processors and manufacturers currently listed with a distributor working with a healthcare purchaser
  • Distributors interested in local food vendors, producers and processors

Presenters include:

  • Kevin Stemmler, Stemmler Meats, on partnering on the development of local products for distribution to the healthcare sector.
  • Heather Keller, University of Waterloo and the Research Institute for Aging on the Making the Most of Mealtimes study exploring food and nutrition in long-term care, and the role of the mealtime experience.
  • Marilyn Lo, Divisional Dietary System Specialist, Region of Peel Long-Term Care (previously Halton Region) and SCC Consulting – on the Serving Up Local projects that increased local foods on long-term care menus by 43.5% and increased mealtime conversation between staff and residents.
  • Marianne Katusin, Halton Healthcare, on increased patient satisfaction and staff engagement with local foods and the importance of supporting values-based procurement in the BPS.


We invite you to apply for a table to showcase at this event.  If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application form. 

Vendor Application Form

If you’re not able to access or complete the registration form, please email Stephanie Crocker at stephaniejcrocker@gmail.com.

Vendors will be asked to set up in the morning during the time of the presentations. If you are keen to attend the event’s morning presentations there will be an opportunity to set up early before the event starts and have a local lunch with participants.


Limited travel subsidy may be provided for participants travelling significantly outside the GTA. Please indicate if travel coverage will be required in the Application form. Available on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are a distributor, we also ask that you please share this invitation with vendors that you work with who may have an interest in providing local food options to healthcare facilities.

We will have rolling applications to table at the event up to January 21st, 2019.  Final notice of acceptance as a showcase vendor will be given by January 25th, 2019.

If you have any content-related inquiries please contact Soni Craik Christie at s.craikchristie@gmail.com or Stephanie Crocker at stephaniejcrocker@gmail.com.  If you have any questions regarding logistics, please contact Rachel Jones at rjones@greenbeltfund.ca.