Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has officially announced the membership of the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council.

The council is a central component of the Food Policy for Canada program, that was announced in 2019.

The announcement, which was part of the virtual Food Systems Summit Dialogue, convened by the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, outlined the 23 members that will bring together expertise and perspective from across the food system, including the agriculture and food sector, health professionals, and more.

The advisory council is highly focused on collaboration, which as Minister Bibeau notes, fits right into the slogan for the Food Policy of Canada: “Everyone at the Table.”

“It’s important that the voices and priorities of Canadians continue to drive the initiatives in the direction of the policy,” says Bibeau. “The Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council will play a key role — providing advise on food-related issues that matter to Canadians. The council will support the Food Policy’s vision — in the public interest — that all people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious, and culturally diverse food.”

The members of the Advisory Council are “passionate about food systems, while each bringing their own unique experience and knowledge to the table,” says Bibeau.

The 23 members that will first officially meet on March 4, 2021, include:

  • Jean-François Archambault
  • Sylvie Cloutier
  • Heather Deck
  • Julie Dickson Olmstead
  • Evan Fraser
  • Sonny Gray
  • Marcel Groleau
  • Christopher Hatch
  • Lynda Kuhn
  • Elizabeth Kwan
  • Joseph LeBlanc
  • Catherine L. Mah
  • Larry McIntosh
  • Rosie Mensah
  • Lori Nikkel
  • Denise Philippe
  • Melana Roberts
  • Mary Robinson
  • Brenda Schoepp
  • Wendy Smith
  • Avni Soma
  • Connor Williamson
  • Gisèle Yasmeen

The Council will advise the Minister on current and emerging food-related issues that matter to Canadians. This advice will reflect the integrated and complex nature of Canada’s food system, and support improved and sustainable health, social, environmental and economic outcomes.

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