City of Thunder Bay Administration:
Dan Munshaw, City of Thunder Bay Supply Management
Dan is the Manager of Supply Management, City of Thunder Bay. He is a seasoned supply professional drawing on over thirty five years’ experience in government, mining and manufacturing. He is actively involved in advancing the supply profession, instructing courses and engaged on association Boards. Dan is the founding member of the Lakehead Purchasing Consortium, an award winning published author, and a strong community supporter, serving on the Boards of Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre and Community Living Thunder Bay.
Ryan Moore, Thunder Bay CEDC Development Officer
Ryan is the Development Officer at the Thunder Bay CEDC. One of the top 3 businesses Ryan encounters daily stem from the food industry, whether it be food growers, food processors or food sellers. He knows the food industry is a booming sector in Thunder Bay and is always looking for ways to support the entrepreneurial vision. Ryan is currently working on building a network of support resources for the food ecosystem in Thunder Bay and region, whether it relate to development of a ‘food hub,’ a resource library, or working with government organizations to ensure programs and policy is in place for food businesses’ success. Ryan hopes the information he can glean can assist his clients to grow the food ecosystem in the region. He hopes his experience will help guide the Food Strategy for broader successes within the sector. Ryan is a Thunder Bay boy, “born ‘n bred, here ‘till I’m dead” and has a passion to contribute to the improvement of the city’s quality of life. Ryan joined the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy Executive in 2018.
Education and Research:
Charles Levkoe, Lakehead University Department of Health Sciences
Charles is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. His community engaged research uses a food systems lens to better understand the importance of, and connections between social justice, ecological regeneration, regional economies and active democratic engagement. Working directly with a range of scholars and community-based practitioners across North America and Europe, Dr. Levkoe studies the evolution of the broader collective of social movement networks that views the right to food as a component of more sustainable futures. Mobilizing his existing partnerships, Dr. Levkoe integrates his research and teaching through community engaged learning pedagogies and supports students, community-partners and scholars to be actively involved in knowledge co-generation. Through community-based, action-oriented inquiry and teaching and the development of placed-based action projects, his research contributes to critical discussions that inform theory, civil society action and public policy. He joined the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy Executive in 2016.
Non-Profit (Equity Seeking – Public Advocacy):
Gwen O’Reilly, Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre
In her day job, Gwen O’Reilly runs a community based women’s centre. She has been active in the Thunder Bay anti–poverty and food security movements since 1990. She helped draft and promote the Thunder Bay Food Charter, and now serves on both the Thunder Bay Food Strategy Admin and Food Access Working Group committees. Work with community partners from the Thunder Bay Food Action Network led to the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre launching the Thunder Bay Good Food Box Program in 2005. Twelve years and about 50,000 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables later, Gwen is still administrating this popular food security program that incorporates locally grown food. For many years, she was a regular contributor to the Canadian Organic Growers Magazine, and also served on the COG editorial committee. A long time seed saver, Gwen is a producer-member of Superior Seed Collective. She and her partner tend organic fruits, vegetables and a small flock of chickens in their forest garden outside of Thunder Bay.
Silva Sawula, Thunder Bay District Health Unit Manager of Healthy Living
Silva Sawula has represented the Health Unit on the Food Strategy Executive since January 2018. Silva is the Manager of Healthy Living at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit where she provides leadership to a team of nutritionists, dietitians, program planners, nurses and health promoters. She collaborates with community partners to take a comprehensive health promotion approach to increase capacity to create healthy, supportive environments in recreational settings, schools, workplaces and community. This is done by providing evidence-based nutrition and physical activity information to individuals and groups through a variety settings in order to educate and shift policy. Silva has been involved in managing the “Understanding Our Food Systems” project as well as the Thunder Bay Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Silva holds a Masters degree in Social Work and has over 30 years of experience in leading teams to support the health and well being of children and families.
Rural Municipal Council:
Councillor Brandon Postuma, Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge
City of Thunder Bay Municipal Council:
Councillor Kristen Oliver, City of Thunder Bay
Kristen Oliver is the executive director of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) and was elected to Thunder Bay City Council representing the Westfort Ward. She is a member of the Thunder Bay Food Strategy, Police Services Board, Thunder Bay District Board of Health, Inter-Governmental Affairs Committee, Earthcare Advisory Committee and Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council. Kristen and her husband Rick are proud parents to two sons, Carter and Cale and their four-legged boy, Tucker.
Food Strategy Fiscal Agency:
Ellen Mortfield, EcoSuperior Environmental Programs
Ellen grew up on a small farm near Kingston, Ontario, and those early connections to land and animals gave her an affinity for environmental issues. But her background is in advertising and marketing, and Ellen worked previously as a radio copywriter, a publishing proofreader and a freelance writer before moving to Thunder Bay. Ellen joined EcoSuperior in 1995, and took on the role of Executive Director in 2009. The Food Strategy and its projects are special to her because of the many links to farming and agriculture, as well as environmental issues. She has enjoyed working on the backyard chicken movement and is happy to be putting her marketing and writing skills to work as a member of the Communications Working Group.
Jessica McLaughlin, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute
Jessica is from Nakina, Ontario and is a member of the Long Lake # 58 First Nation. She resides in Thunder Bay with her partner Erik and son Jaxon. Community has always been a strong foundation for all of Jessica's work, from her economic development experience and capacity building work with Nishnawbe Aski Nation to her work with First Nation young adults she fosters a community approach to whatever she tackles. Jessica is a graduate of the Business Administration - Human Resources program from Confederation College and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Lakehead University she currently perusing an Honours Bachelors of Social Work Degree with Lakehead. Over the course of her journey and career she has had the privilege of living and visiting many communities in Northern Ontario and has dedicated her life to working for Northern Ontario and the people that encompass it. Her admiration and passion for this region and its communities was fostered from her parents who taught her at an early age about the many things that the region’s natural environment has to offer from the resilient people to its forest and freshwater foods her passion is represented in all of the work she does.
Youth and Education:
Erin Beagle, Roots to Harvest
Erin is the Executive Director for ‘Roots to Harvest’, a youth and food focused not-for-profit organization in Thunder Bay. Through Roots to Harvest, Erin has been involved with provincial conversations and advocacy around food literacy, youth employment, food access, urban agriculture, food procurement and municipal food strategies for the past 7 years. Erin sits on the board of directors of Sustain Ontario, plays an active role in the Ontario Edible Education Network and sits on the School Food Environments working group for the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy. She has an active young family and can usually be found with dirt under her fingernails and wearing rubber boots under the boardroom tables.