Sustainable Regional Food Systems Workshop: Theory, Practice and Policy

Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Thursday, 26 June 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Waterloo, ON

Hosted by the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, this workshop brings together international academics, practitioners, and policy makers to share on-going research and policy initiatives. The workshop is SOLD OUT!


8:30 – 9:00 – Registration & Welcome

9:00 – 10:30


Discussant: Terry Marsden, Director, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University 

Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director, Michigan State University, Centre for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan Good Food Charter: Using networks to create change in the food system

Juliane Brandt, Christoph Kasper and Undine Giseke, Technical University, Berlin

Urban agriculture as an integrated planning strategy – a productive green infrastructure for Casablanca

Andrew Spring, PhD Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Joe Hanlon, Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Food security in the Sahtú Region, NWT

Charles Levkoe, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wilfrid Laurier University

The food movement in Canada: A social movement network perspective

10:30 – 10:45 – Networking Break

10:45 – 12:15


Discussant: Cornelia Flora, Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

Damien Conaré, UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems, Montpellier SupAgro

Emerging linkages in global food studies: A UNESCO Chair perspective

Peter Andree and Patricia Ballamingie, Carleton University, and Carolyn Doris

Challenges at the intersection of food and housing security with fair wages for farmers

Molly Anderson, Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

Fostering food security through sustainable regional food system visions

Erin Nelson and Karen Landman, University of Guelph

Alternative agri-food initiatives and social capital: Learnings from Ontario and Mexico

12:15 – 1:30 – Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:45


Discussant: Laurette Dube, Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Connie Nelson and Mirella Stroink, Lakehead University, and community partner

Crowd sourcing and sustainable food system projects

Irena Knezevic, Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Su Morin and Linda Best

Innovative food initiatives in Atlantic Canada

Lori Stahlbrand, PhD Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University

Institutional local sustainable food procurement: Building capacity

2:45 – 3:00 – Networking Break

3:00 – 4:30


Discussant: Wayne Roberts, Food Policy Consultant, Retired Toronto Food Policy Council Manager

Phil Mount, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wilfrid Laurier University

Supply management and local food: Solving chicken and egg riddles

Jill Clarke, Assistant Professor, John Glenn School of Public Policy, Ohio State University

Integrating sustainable food systems into planning

Samina Raja, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, State University of New York at Buffalo

Planning for food: Insights from the Healthy Communities Lab

Jane Battersby-Lennard, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

Everyone’s problem, no-one’s mandate: Working towards an urban food systems approach in Cape Town, South Africa 

4:30 – 5:00 – Closing

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