Ontario Food Collaborative

Ontario Food Collaborative

Annual OFC Update & Symposium 2023 Recap

Session Recordings & Presentation Decks

On November 15, 2023, we hosted our 3rd Annual Symposium and Member Update “From Waste to Well-being: Bridging the Gap from Theory to Practice”.

Registrants heard from an incredible group of speakers who shared their insights from working within food systems, shaping policy-making in Canadian agriculture, and studying food trends and marketing.

OFC Members have access to key takeaways and insights from the Symposium in our Members’ Resource Library. If you aren’t already an OFC Member, please consider joining. Visit https://ontariofoodcollaborative.ca/join/

This session explores trends and habits in our post-COVID state and provides ideas on making impact messaging that resonates with the public to motivate and inspire a behaviour shift.

Speakers + Presentations:

Ashley Bruner, Interim CEO and Research Manager, Canadian Centre for Food Integrity The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity’s 2023 Public Trust Research (PDF)

Janet Music, Research Program Coordinator, Dalhousie Agri-Food Analytics Lab Resilience in Crisis: Navigating Food Sovereignty post Covid-19, opportunities for localized food supply chains (PDF)

Jo-Ann McArthur, President and Founding Partner, Nourish Food Marketing Food Trends & Marketing (PDF)

Moderator: Mike von Massow, Associate Professor, University of Guelph

This session highlights unique food-related programs and explores linkages between ECCC’s Food Policy for Canada and collaborations that drive the roadmap to a healthier and more sustainable food system for Canada.


Denise Philippe, Senior Policy Advisor, National Zero Waste Council Food Loss and Waste in Canada (PDF)

Stuart Lilley, Founder and CEO/CVO, ReFeed Canada ReFeed Circular Nutrition (PDF)

Karen Murchison, Executive Director, Canadian Organic Growers Farming for the Future (PDF)

Moderator: Jason Baillargeon, Director Food Policy Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

This session showcases presentations from members and friends of the Ontario Food Collaborative on interesting work happening in the food waste and literacy space.


Cynthia Lucar-Diaz & Heidi Levitzky, OFC Steering Committee 2023 Members Update (PDF)

John Watson, Environmental Manager, Dysart et al Tackling Food Waste in a Small Rural Community (PDF)

Rebecca Davids, Registered Dietitian, York Region Public Health Enhancing Food Literacy Through You’re the Chef (PDF)