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.
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
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.
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.
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)
Ark of Taste Lead
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.
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.
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.
Noelle Chorney (SK)
Bio coming soon.
Claire Bolduc (QC)
Bio coming soon.