Sponsored in part by:
Mairlyn Smith, P.H.Ec.,
as Master of Ceremonies.
Lieutenant Governor Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is an energetic and highly regarded renaissance woman, an accomplished civil servant with wide-ranging interests, and is passionately devoted to the advancement of humanity. An intelligent, perceptive, and compassionate woman, Ms. Dowdeswell has devoted herself to public service, where her talents and skills have contributed greatly to many important initiatives, most notably those that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational, and cultural concerns.
She cares deeply about the environment, which she considers the fundamental basis for life on earth. She has led provincial, federal, and international institutions, and has served on the boards of corporate and non-profit organizations. Her years as an Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations profoundly shaped her worldview and continue to inform her thinking as she undertakes her role as 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Her overarching and ambitious vision is Ontario in the world. She wants to listen to Ontarians and engage them in meaningful dialogue about what they can contribute and learn from others in meeting the common challenges of our interconnected world. Her Honour’s aim is to bring multiple perspectives to the table, encourage innovation, and cultivate new ideas, sparking action and commitment to seeing these ideas move forward.
Ms. Dowdeswell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds 10 honorary degrees.
Dr. Steve Savage - Plant Pathologist, Food and Agricultural Speaker, Writer and Myth Buster
Steve Savage has been working in various aspects of agricultural technology for more than 30 years. Originally trained as a plant pathologist at the University of California, Davis, Steve has since worked for Colorado State University, Dupont, and Mycogen. His experience includes the development and testing of a wide range of pest management tools and strategies including microclimate management, synthetic chemicals, natural product-based chemicals, biological control agents, post-harvest disease management, plant breeding and genetic engineering. Since 1997 Steve has worked as an independent consultant on projects ranging from pest management to biofuels to the definition and measurement of sustainability for farming. Since 2009 Steve has written more than 270 blog posts about food and farming and he speaks frequently to various audiences about those topics.
Steve and his wife live near San Diego, California. He is an avid gardener and loves to be able to use that to show his five year-old grand daughter how food grows.
Get Real with #FarmtoFood: Does Science Belong on My Plate?
What if much that you think you know about agriculture, farming and food isn't actually true? What if there are myths that have been intentionally and mostly unintentionally spread about these issues? What if the truth about these issues matters for the future of how we grow food? Dr. Steve Savage will debunk some of these myths and explain how science is working towards a better agriculture. Learn what some of the myths are and how to get real with farm and food production:
1. What foods involve "GMOs" and should that be a concern?
2. Are farmers "owned" by big Ag?
3. Who controls the food supply?
4. What pesticide residues are on my food?
5. What about the bees?
Dr. Sarah Burch, Author and Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
Dr. Sarah Burch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Burch has published widely on transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, and innovative strategies for governing sustainability. She co-teaches a Massive Open Online Course called ‘Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations,’ which reaches thousands of students in over 130 countries.
Dr. Burch received a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada (2009) and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford (2009-2011). She is a Coordinating Lead Author in the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities, and North American coordinator of the Earth System Governance network of Research Fellows. She was a Contributing Author to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007) and was awarded a Banting Fellowship for her work on sustainability innovation. Her most recent book (2014) is entitled ‘Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice.’
Bringing sustainability home: Strategies for creating vibrant, healthy communities in a changing climate
Stories are emerging from around the globe: rising sea levels and eroding coral islands in the Maldives; increasing hurricane activity affecting the U.S. eastern seaboard and Gulf coast; drought in central Africa; declining amphibian populations in the Amazon. Accompanying these are stories of innovation: the creation of jet fuel from algae; zero waste and carbon neutral experimental communities in the United Arab Emirates; Transition Town movements around the world. In many cases, these phenomena are linked back to one central theme: the growing evidence that we are having a dramatic impact on Earth’s climate.
Making sense of it all is a challenging task. How serious are the near term impacts of climate change? What will our communities look like in 20 or 50 years? What role can each of us play in bringing about a transformative shift towards sustainability? This talk will explore visions of sustainable communities that may emerge out of a changing climate, and map out crucial opportunities for triggering innovative responses to this monumental challenge.
Get Real by Putting Local on Your Plate!
Jesse Lauzon – Food Director, Springridge Farm in Milton
Jesse is the Food Director at the popular and award-winning Springridge Farm in Milton, Ont. After graduating from Queen’s University and George Brown’s Chef Training program, Jesse came home to Milton to oversee the development and production of Springridge Farm’s innovative farm fresh preserves, fine foods, and scratch baking. Jesse believes that great food starts with outstanding local products picked and prepared in season. He is also Past President of the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association (OFFMA).
Get Real – Get FRESH!
Dr. June Matthews, P.H.Ec. – Associate Professor in Food and Nutrition at Brescia
In 2010, students in a graduate class of the MScFN program at Brescia University College were asked to work on a real life project for their major assignment. The outcome was a multi-strategy peer nutrition education program called FRESH (Food Resources and Education for Student Health). For the past 5 years, under the supervision of Food & Nutrition faculty members Dr. June Matthews and Dr. Paula Dworatzek, and Ms. Anne Zok, the Nutrition Manager for Hospitality Services at Western University, graduate students continue to expand the program while undergraduate students in the FRESH Club deliver it to their peers.
Interactive cooking demonstrations are quite popular, as students have the opportunity to work with real food and have real conversations with FRESH Peer Educators. The FRESH program also includes several interventions in the campus food environment (e.g., menu labeling, healthier options in vending machines, frequent buyer programs to promote fruit and dairy consumption) and an online presence. Details of the program have been presented at local, national, and international conferences. This presentation will include a description of the FRESH program and the value of peer education as a successful health promotion strategy.
University life is a significant transition to independent living; therefore, enhancing students’ ability to make healthy food choices within a supportive campus food and nutrition environment may enhance not only their health, but also that of the next generation. With a million students in post-secondary education in Canada, this represents an important area for a population health intervention.
Get Real about Organizing Your Life
Clare Kumar – Professional Organizer & Productivity Consultant, Spokesperson and Product Designer
Look around your home – could clutter be costing you? In this insightful and engaging presentation from Organized Lifestyle expert, Clare Kumar, learn why clutter matters - studies show clutter affects our state of mind and our bottom line, how even the most organized among us can get into this state and, most importantly, leave with strategies to kick clutter to the curb. Clare Kumar's organizing service business - www.streamlife.ca; product line - www.pliio.com and bio click here
Get Real with Social Media
Jennifer Dyck, P..H.Ec., Education and Promotion Coordinator, Manitoba Canola Growers and Mairlyn Smith, P.H.Ec.
And now we all take a giant leap into the 21st Century! Getting real with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We are going to attempt a World Record for most people joining Instagram at one time. Jennifer Dyck (and or Ellen Pruden, Education and Promotion Manager)and Mairlyn Smith will walk you through the steps to joining the wave of the future as we power point our way into Instagram. Social Media is here to stay, don’t get left behind.”
Get Real about What Goes on Your Skin
Tabatha DeBruyn is an Executive National Vice President with Arbonne International and former high school teacher. She started her on-line health and wellness business 4.5 years ago and now runs a multi million dollar organization. She is the author of the upcoming book Ordinary to Extraordinary: Creating Joy and Success through Network Marketing. She lives in Kitchener ON with her husband of 19 years and 2 sons Justin and Jordan. Her passion is mind, body, soul health and helping others unlock their true potential.
Camilla Leonard, Quantitative Market Researcher, PeopleTalking
Camilla Leonard is with PeopleTalking, a market research company providing expert, objective qualitative and quantitative market research services. We use a variety of innovative techniques to uncover insights our clients need to make better business decisions.
Camilla has over twenty-five years’ experience as a marketing research consultant; her expertise, as well as her passion, is in the area of custom-designed quantitative research design and analysis. Camilla holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation from the MRIA.
Since 2006, PeopleTalking has provided Canada Beef with actionable insights from more than 30 research projects, including studies among beef consumers, dieticians, and retail clients, exploring their knowledge, attitudes toward and usage of Canadian beef.
Getting Real about Food Skills: New research around consumer needs at the meat counter and tools to help
Knowing how to buy, prepare and cook with fresh foods at home is a limiting factor in what meals can be made – a direct link to healthy eating and family food security. This presentation is based on recent findings from a national Canadian consumer survey that explores barriers to fresh beef purchase from a food skills perspective and will share insights into teaching tools can help to increase consumer confidence, whether they are in front of the meat case, in the kitchen or on the couch.
Get Real with Money Management and Budgeting
Richard Haggins - Senior Credit Education Facilitator
Credit Canada Debt Solutions is a not-for-profit credit counselling service serving individuals and families experiencing personal financial difficulties since 1966.
Richard has worked in the credit counselling industry since 2006, and has been working in the area of credit and debt education since 2007. As a workshop facilitator, he has presented hundreds of workshops to a wide variety of organizations, including businesses, governmental organizations, labour unions, and not-for-profit organizations serving the general public. He is also a co-author of some of the educational materials used in workshops, and has been involved in the production of Credit Education Week Canada, a cross-Canada series of events in the month of November, which serve to assist Canadian consumers in developing their own financial literacy.
Prior to entering the field of credit counselling, Richard held positions in the fields of accountancy and education. He is a graduate of York University.
MONEY MANAGEMENT AND BUDGETING SEMINAR
1. How Credit Canada can help
2. Strategies and the importance of saving for needs, wants and emergencies
3. Strategy for establishing and reaching your financial goals
4. Ten rules of money management and budgeting
5. How to create a realistic budget
6. Credit bureaus, credit files and credit ratings
7. What to compare when shopping for a credit card, proper use of credit and warning signs of financial difficulty