The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is directed by the Food Strategy Council and the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee oversees the implementation of the Food Strategy. Through monthly meetings, this committee works to move the strategy forward by discussing possible projects and ways to overcome obstacles, as well as by identifying funding and partnership opportunities. The Executive Committee also provides overall direction and guidance to the Food Strategy Coordinator, and ensures that decisions of the Food Strategy Council are incorporated into planning.

Meet our Executive Committee:

  • Amy Bumbacco, Food Strategy Coordinator
  • Ellen Mortfield, EcoSuperior Environmental Program
  • Councillor Bernie Kamphof, Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge
  • Councillor Rebecca Johnson, City of Thunder Bay
  • Gwen O’Reilly, Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre and Thunder Bay Good Food Box Program
  • Catherine Schwartz-Mendez, Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Henriet Debruin, Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture
  • Jim Stadey, Chamber of Commerce
  • Charles Levkoe, Lakehead University
  • Brad Doff, City of Thunder Bay
  • Jessica McLaughlin, Oski-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute 

The Food Strategy Council meets twice a year to share information across sectors, and to provide oversight and strategic advice regarding the implementation of the strategy. The Food Strategy Council includes all those on the Executive Committee as well as representation from the following sectors:

  • Advocacy
  • Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Emergency Food Providers
  • Environment/Sustainability
  • First Nations
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Institutional
  • Labour
  • Land Use
  • Public Health
  • Supply Chain
  • Anti-poverty


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