Executive Committee

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.


Economic Development:
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.

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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.

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Jeff Burke, Brule Creek Farms

Coming soon!

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.

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Public Health:
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.

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 Rural Municipal Council:

Councillor Rudy Buitenhuis, Gillies Township

Coming Soon!


City of Thunder Bay Municipal Council:

Councillor Shelby Ch'ng, City of Thunder Bay

Coming soon!


First Nation:
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 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.  


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