Project Collaborators

Sarah Elton

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ryerson University

Sarah is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University and is a multidisciplinary food scholar. She is the author of several award-winning books on urban food systems, including Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and has written for publications including The New York TimesThe Globe and MailMaclean’s and The Atlantic.

Bryan Dale

Assistant Professor, Environment and Geography, Bishop’s University

Bryan Dale is an Assistant Professor at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which involved being the Project Manager for the Feeding the City project for one year. His research focuses on the potential expansion of ecological farming in the Canadian context, and the various political-economic and cultural considerations related to food system transformation.

Rachel Engler-Stringer

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan

Rachel is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan and a researcher at the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. Her main areas of research include food systems and health, school food and health, Indigenous food systems and urban access to traditional foods, and community-based and participatory research for health

Michael Kessler

Trinity College in the University of Toronto

Michael Kessler is an Assistant Professor in the Ethics Society & Law Program at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, and the Raymond Pryke Chair and Director of the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program. He also directs Trinity College’s Sustainable Food Systems Research Group. His research looks at legal issues surrounding freedom of expression, consent, environmental and animal ethics, and political equality.

Michael Classens

Trent University team

Michael is an  Assistant Professor in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program in the Trent School of the Environment at Trent University. His teaching, research and advocacy work are broadly motivated by commitments to social and environmental justice, particularly within the context of the food system.

Mary Anne Martin

Trent University team

Mary Anne Martin is a feminist food systems researcher whose doctoral research explored the household foodwork practices of low-income Peterborough mothers and the impact of community food programs on them. Her research interests include household food insecurity, social reproduction, income support systems, the impact of community-based food initiatives, and urban agriculture. She is studying how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the local food system and how actors in this food system have responded to it with a view towards both short-term relief and long-term transformation.

Akua Agyemang

Trent University team

Akua Agyemang  is a Master of Sustainability Studies student at Trent University. Her research interests include Food, Racism and Justice. She is currently doing a research project on Food Insecurity among racialized international students. Her research seeks to understand how food insecurity, broadly defined, impacts the lives and learning of racialized international students at Trent University and the University of Toronto. She studying how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the local food system and to build a more sustainable and just local food system in the midst of, and beyond, the global pandemic.


Organization Partners

Debbie Field

Coordinator, Coalition for Healthy School Food, Associate Member, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University

Debbie is Coordinator of the Coalition for Healthy School Food and Associate Member, Centre for Studies in Food Security, at Ryerson University. She was executive director of FoodShare for 25 years.

Rhonda Teitel-Payne

Co-coordinator, Toronto Urban Growers

Rhonda has been active for over twenty years with programs such as The Stop Community Food Centre, Toronto Community Garden Network, and the World Crops project. At Toronto Urban Growers (TUG), she spearheaded the Grower2Grower initiative to showcase newcomer and Indigenous growers.

Marina Queirolo

Marina is a community builder and entrepreneur by nature, and a designer and marketer by trade. Since 2010, Marina has managed Evergreen’s initiatives related to food policy and public markets. She has also been a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council since 2013, and lead for the Public Food Markets and Market City project. Marina’s passion for food, public markets and community motivates her to find ways to collaborate and work together with other practitioners towards a common goal: A robust regional economy and healthier more inclusive communities.

Dan Bender

Professor of History, University of Toronto Scarborough Acting Director, Culinaria Research Centre

Dan is a Canada Research Chair and director of the Culinaria Research Centre, the Uof T’s research unit for the study of food and its relationship to culture, society, and political economy.

Jeffrey M. Pilcher

Professor of Food History, University of Toronto Scarborough

Jeffrey is a Professor of History and Food Studies and is currently leading a research project on the history of migrant foodways in Toronto.


Ken Macdonald

Associate ProfessorUniversity of Toronto Scarborough

Ken is a cultural geographer with the Department of Geography and Planning, the Centre for Development Studies, and the Centre for Diasporic and Transnational Studies.


Harriet Friedmann

Professor Emerita, University of Toronto

Harriet is a pioneering food system analyst, writer and lecturer. She participated in the founding of the Toronto Food Policy Council and has been a board member for a number of biodiversity initiatives, including Seed Change and the Toronto Seed Library.