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Launch of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Please join us for the official launch of the
at Wilfrid Laurier University

November 14th, 2013
on Sustainable Food Systems
4:00 to 5:30pm
Simon Dalby (Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University)
Karen Landman (School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph)
Theresa Schumilas (Garden Party CSA and Food Club, Waterloo)
Av Singh (Perennia / JustUs Centre for Small Farms, Nova Scotia)
Randy Whitteker (Ontario Natural Food Co-op)
5:30-6:30pm: Reception
Public talk and official launch
6:30 to 8:00
Keynote speaker 
Bryan Gilvesy
Recipient of the Ontario Minister’s Award For Environmental Excellence in Small Business
and the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award
YU Ranch, Owner
Alternative Land Use Services, Eastern Canada Lead


Balsillie School of International Affairs (Multipurpose Room #142)
67 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2



Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS)

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is launching a world-class research centre linking two of the most pressing issues of our time — sustainability and food.

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) will be led by Alison Blay-Palmer, a widely-published associate professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Laurier and leader of the Nourishing Ontario research and community outreach project. Blay-Palmer brings her international connections with leading authorities to the centre, many of whom will be sitting on the advisory committee.

“We are very excited about the creation of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems,” said Blay-Palmer. “Local and sustainable community food initiatives reflect growing public awareness that food can act as a vehicle for positive change. We plan to be at the forefront of research on these initiatives.”

“The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems will open more opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration in an area that is critical to society as a whole,” said Abby Goodrum, vice-president: research. “The vitality of our newest centre is representative of the thriving research climate at Laurier.”

Jonathan Crush, CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and leader of the Hungry Cities Initiative, will be the associate director of the new centre. Crush is also the founder and lead researcher of the African Food Security Urban Network, focusing on urbanization, food security and migration. He has a lifetime external funding record of more than $18 million.

“The new centre is very timely and has the potential to contribute greatly to addressing the research and policy challenge of urban and rural food insecurity in Africa and elsewhere,” said Crush. “New and innovative solutions to the problems of over and undernutrition are urgently required and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems will be in the vanguard of applied research and policy-making with partners across the Global South.”

A core of Canadian and international researchers involved with Nourishing Ontario will continue their collaboration through the CSFS. In addition, the centre will involve the more than 20 Laurier faculty with expertise in a range of food research areas.

“This centre will put Laurier and Kitchener-Waterloo on the map on the issue of sustainability and food,” said Blay-Palmer. “We’re looking forward to bringing in internationally recognized speakers, attracting top graduate students and faculty as visiting scholars, and engaging the entire university and regional community.”

A grand opening for the centre is planned for this fall.


Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer, Associate Professor
Geography and Environmental Studies
519-829-0059 or

Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-884-0710 ext. 3070 or kcrowley@wlu.ca