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.
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.
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.
ALISON BELL (BC)
Alison Bell has over 20 years of experience in food education. She has served on the executive of a variety of food and food security-related organizations including the British Columbia Culinary Arts Specialists’ Association, Farm to Cafeteria BC, the Columbia Valley Food Corridor Association, Columbia Valley Food Action and been the leader of Slow Food Columbia Valley since its inception in 2006.
CALLUM MCLEOD (AB)
Callum McLeod holds a degree in agriculture from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester England. He is currently a director on the board of Canadian Heritage Breeds, an Alberta based livestock preservation and education group. At the 2016 National Summit, he joined the Slow Meat Committee and has actively been working to promote this movement.
LEIGH ANN FLYNN (AB)
Leigh Ann Flynn is a finance professional with over 10 years of experience. In 2006, she began sourcing local producers and began moving toward a seasonal diet. Over the past five years, she has converted her city lot over to the production of food. She is especially interested in food security and food preservation, having recently experimented with cheese making and fermentation.
REBECCA GORDON (ON)
Rebecca first learned about Slow Food when she was 18 and on a trip in Italy. She fell in love with the idea that sharing and talking about food can bring people together. A few years later when Rebecca was in university she helped establish and lead the University of Guelph Slow Food Convivium. Rebecca now coordinates the Slow Food Youth Network in Canada where she facilitates youth groups across the country and works to recruit new campus and school groups.
Outside of Slow Food, Rebecca manages the restaurant Miijidaa where she works with a talented team to showcase Canadian food and drinks. Due to her work in the hospitality industry, Rebecca has been named to the Top 30 Under 30 by the Ontario Hostelry Institute.
WENDY MAH (ON)
Since 2010, Wendy has been an active member of the Slow Food community in each city that she has lived – Edmonton, AB, Toronto, ON and Bra, Italy. Her passion and advocacy for a just food system blossomed during her chef training at George Brown College. After spending time in kitchens in Canada and Italy, she recognized an eagerness to be back in the classroom and transitioned her focus to educating others, while furthering her own.
In search of a bridge between sustainable food systems and culinary education, she recently completed a Masters in Food Communications and Culture; on Human Ecology and Sustainability at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Now, back in Toronto, she has found her place as a Culinary Arts Professor and on the Slow Food National Board as the Chefs Alliance Liaison. She aspires to instill her drive upon the chefs of tomorrow and wishes to develop stronger relationships between them and the Slow Food philosophy.
BOBBY GRÉGOIRE (QC)
Slow Food International Concillor – Canada
With a passion for food plus a thirst for always sharing and learning more, Bobby Grégoire is a chef specializing in gastronomic heritage, Québec’s terroirs, and its regional cuisine. He emphasizes on the cultural aspect, sustainable development, respect of the environment and the artisans that produce our everyday food of. Bobby has had more than nine years of experience in the Slow Food network, including eight years as head of the Slow Food Montreal convivium and four years as Acting President and Co-Chair of Slow Food’s Board of Directors in Canada.
He is the present Slow Food International Concillor for Canada
SINCLAIR PHILIP (BC)
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.