HEATHER PRITCHARD (BC)
Heather Pritchard is the Farm Program Manager for FarmFolk CityFolk, a British Columbia non-profit group, who has supported community-based sustainable food systems for 10 years. She is a resident member of Fraser Common Farm Cooperative, a community farm in Township of Langley, BC where she has been farming for 30 years. Heather is the granddaughter of H. G. Neufeld, who has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame for his work as a plant breeder in the early development of canola seed, the mother of Kevin, Sam and Kathleen and the grandmother of Gerhardt and Liam. Her commitment to Slow Food started after attending the first Terra Madre in 2004.
INGRID JARRETT (BC)
Ingrid is the President of Ingrid Jarrett Management Consulting and the Vice President Business Development and General Manager for Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, British Columbia. Ingrid owned and operated Red Willow Cattle Company. Ingrid’s Tourism Board experience includes Edmonton, Victoria and Kelowna as well as the Thompson Okanagan. Ingrid presently holds the position of Past Chair of the Board for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and sits as the President of the British Columbia Hotel Association. Ingrid was voted in the Top 20 most influential people in the Okanagan Valley for 2011, and won the President’s Award for the Economic Development Association of BC Initiative for the Burns Lake Economic recovery strategy in 2012 as well as the Marketing award under $15K 2012.
Ingrid successfully developed the Canadian Tourism Commissions Signature Experience in partnership with Covert Farms, A Culinary Journey through Canada’s Desert, in 2013. Ingrid is also involved in the support and development of culinary and agri-tourism in the Thompson Okanagan region through her affiliation with local producers and growers. Ingrid is currently the Convivium President for Slow Food Thompson Okanagan.
CHRISTINA ALLAIN (NB)
Christina Allain is a 20-something Acadian from Bouctouche, a beautiful small town on the East Coast of New Brunswick. She works as a development officer for a non-profit organization, which promotes economic growth for the Atlantic Provinces. Previously, she spent three years working on various projects empowering young adults to take part in economic development. She graduated from Université de Moncton in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and followed courses at the Masters’ level from the University of Ottawa. An avid traveller and adventurer, she also studied global economics and French literature in Poitiers and Paris, France. She is an active member in the relatively new convivium, Slow Food Cocagne Acadie. Although she is a late-bloomer in the culinary arts, she rapidly caught-up thanks to her bilingual food blog, éclectique eats: ‘‘a diverse collection of recipes, rooted in the Maritimes.’’ The blog features local products that respect Slow Food’s interconnected principles: “good, clean and fair.” Equally important, the mission of the blog is to unveil the rich cultural history behind each recipe.
BRUNO BAUMGARTNER (BC)
He is a professional Chef, runs his own Web company and actively promotes local producers and artisans. Bruno is one of the bilingual members of this year’s Slow Food in Canada board.
JANET HENDERSON (AB)
Janet Henderson is a food advocate, adult educator and business and communications strategist. Her love of food comes from her Saskatchewan roots and time spent in England and Japan, where food and farming were part of her work. Her love for agriculture was sparked while studying ethno botany at Purdue University, quite a departure from her University of Victoria business degree.
Over the span of her agri-food career, she has pioneered a number of agri-food initiatives from the launch of the Canadian Culinary Tourism Committee to the development of the Canadian Language Benchmarks, a guide to help new Canadians, who often find one of their first jobs in the manufacturing sector, safely work on the job. She is the chair of the Calgary Food Committee, currently assessing the food system in Calgary with a view to developing new municipal policies and bylaws to encourage greater supply and access to local food.
Currently, she works for the City Palate: Favour of the Food Scene magazine as a brand manager. Prior to this marketing role, she was the Vice-President of Training and Business Development with the Alberta Food Processors Association. As a mother of young children, she enjoys coordinating agri-food initiatives for the students and faculty within the Calgary Board of Education. She is a founding member of Slow Food Calgary and presently its Vice-President.
MICHAEL HOWELL (NS)
Chef Michael Howell is the proprietor of Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Michael is the leader of Slow Food Nova Scotia, is the incoming Chair of the Board of Taste of Nova Scotia and is President of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (link). He is a graduate of Dalhousie University. Michael trained as a chef at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Chef positions have seen Michael in Chicago, Toronto, Detroit MI, Boston MA, New York and the Bahamas before returning to Nova Scotia in 2002.
In 2011 Michael was selected as the Province of Nova Scotia’s Local Food Hero. He is also the reigning Canadian Grilled Cheese Champion! Michael appears regularly on television, radio and in print. Michael’s first cookbook, ATLANTIC SEAFOOD (published in 2009), was shortlisted for the 2010 Cuisine Canada Cookbook awards. He is a strident advocate for Slow Food, supporting farms and farmers, school gardens and healthy lunch programs and culinary tourism in Nova Scotia.
BENNY DI ZITTI (ON)
An architect & planner by profession and an early researcher and advocate of sustainable development, Benny has lived, worked and eaten his way through Europe, Africa, South-East Asia, North America and the Caribbean. His belief in the need for change for a better world has propelled him into civic action and community engagement. His is a past chair of the Annex Residents Association in Toronto, the Centre Wellington Citizens’ Coalition and the Roseneath Theatre. Exposure to diverse ecosystems and cultures accompanied by a myriad of culinary experiences nourished an early interest in food, its preparation, its environmental and cultural roots and the culinary arts. This interest connected Benny to the Slow Food movement. In 2005 he established Slow Food Elora, then co-chaired the convivium until it merged with Guelph to form Slow Food Wellington County.
CHRISTIAN BAXTER (ON)
Christian manages a number of social media accounts for various business and organizations, including the Slow Food Wellington County pages, Rosewood Estate Winery in Niagara and Monforte Dairy’s Osteria Restaurant.
DUNCAN EBATA (NS)
Duncan spent 5 months in Germany living with a Slow Food Youth leader and observing first-hand how and why Slow Food Youth movements are successful in Europe. He is now a proud youth representative on our Board of Directors.
Founder of the Slow Food Annapolis Valley convivium, Duncan has dedicated his work to promoting good, clean, fair food for companies and farms as well as starting and helping to start multiple good food businesses and not-for-profits.
MARTIN BARNETT (BC)
Chair of the Professional Baking and Pastry Program at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC, he got inspired to get involved in his local convivium and now at the national level after going to Terra Madre last year, where he was exposed to the International initiatives of the movement.
KARI MACKNIGHT DEARBORN (ON)
A delegate to Terra Madre last year and a founding member and marketing director of the Prince Edward County Chapter of the Ontario Wine Society, Kari is a recognized local food and wine champion with skills in writing, advertising and organization.
GHISLAIN TRUDEL (QC)
He works to preserve the culinary traditions of Abitibi-Témiscamingue by promoting and distributing high quality products to customers in his region including local chefs.
A few years ago, he founded “Origine Nord- Ouest”, a group of local chefs who published a cookbook starring local products, titled “Tout le monde à table! À la découverte des produits régionaux”.
SINCLAIR PHILIP (BC)
Canadian Councillor to the International Slow Food Board
Sinclair Philip has co-owned his seaside inn and restaurant, Sooke Harbour House, on Vancouver Island for 34 years. Sinclair received his Ph.D., Doctorat d’état, from the University of Grenoble in France and is also a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Nation’s Table Award. In 2001, Sinclair Philip co-founded the Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands Slow Food Convivium with Mara Jernigan and has served on their board for 14 years. In the absence of a Canadian National Board, he acted as president of Slow Food Canada from 2003-2007, is presently a member of the Canadian Board and has been the Canadian representative to the International Slow Food Board since 2003.
Sinclair was involved in the Canadian Ark Commission under the direction of Mara Jernigan and the herring spawn on kelp project was launched as a Slow Food Ark product at Sooke Harbour House. He also played an active role in the establishment of the Red Fife Wheat Presidium.
CYNTHIA STRAWSON (AB)
Canadian Ark of Taste Chair