What organizations are you affiliated with? I am the founder of Zero Waste Market, Canada’s first package-free grocer. I’m on a mission to reduce food waste and plastic pollution and to cultivate a better world by inspiring people to change the way they shop for groceries. I am an active participant in many local food and conservation initiatives, including in my role as the chair of the Pine Street Community Garden and as a board member of Coastal Connection Vancouver.
What motivated you to join the VFPC? To learn and contribute to Vancouver’s innovative food policies, while bringing the voice of small business to the table. I am a big advocate of the circular economy and am passionate about local food systems. Food plays a huge role when it comes to both people and planet, and I am excited to work on policies dealing with urban agriculture, food education, and the distribution of surplus food.
What are your areas of expertise in the food system? (and/or) What are your skills? I work directly with hundreds of growers, producers, suppliers, distributors, and food-centric community partners – many of them local. I enjoy working collaboratively with these stakeholders to reduce waste in the entire food supply chain. I have studied the sustainability of food systems and have experience in food education, community engagement, and supply chain management with a focus on procuring ethically & responsibly sourced foods.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself; (and/or) What is one of your proudest food system-related accomplishments? One interesting fact is that I could captain a boat and fly a plane before I could drive; I am an avid glider pilot and love spending time soaring out of the airport in Hope. Recently, I was selected as the Canadian winner of the CEC & UNEP’s food waste video contest, and as a result, was able to contribute to the development of North American food waste policies.
Which VFPC working group(s) are you currently active on and/or do you co-chair? I am interested in nearly all of the working groups, but am a member and especially passionate about the waste working group.