Food & Nutrition Forum

Be a part of this year's Food & Nutrition Forum

Participate in two engaging sessions revolving around sustainability, environmental footprints, food literacy and the future of agriculture presented by experts in the field. Your EMCEE Mairlyn Smith, home economist and food author will be waiting for you.

Wednesday November 6, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm
Tickets: $50 + HST + service fee

Food & Nutrition Forum Speakers

Clinton Monchuk

Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan

How Canadian Farmers Improve Sustainability by Building Precision Agriculture

Clinton Monchuk grew up on a mixed dairy, beef and grain family farm outside of Lanigan , Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture majoring in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and Masters of Business Administration in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. Clinton has enjoyed numerous roles across North America as a researcher, educator, manager, economist and director of trade policy. In late 2016 Clinton accepted the role of Executive Director with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to promote farming and ranching to consumers. Clinton understands the value of increasing public trust in agriculture and actively promotes engagement between the agriculture industry and consumers. Clinton, Laura and their children Jackson and Katelyn, continue to be active partners on their family grain and layer farm in Saskatchewan and cattle ranch in Oklahoma.

Dr. June Matthews

PhD, RD, P.H.Ec., Associate Professor in Food & Nutritional Sciences at Brescia University College

How Sustainability in Agriculture Starts in the Classroom

Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec., is an Associate Professor in Food and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia University College and an Adjunct Research Professor with the School of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. As a Professional Home Economist and a Registered Dietitian, Dr. Matthews values an all-inclusive approach to teaching and learning about the whole food system , from the farmer’s fork to the eater’s fork to the compost fork. Dr. Matthews grew up on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario and has worked overseas on international development projects. Dr. Matthews received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from Brescia University College (2008), the President’s Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Home Economics Association (2010), and a Member Recognition Award for Education from Dietitians of Canada (2016).

Dr. Kim Ominski

PhD Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba

What is an Environmental Footprint? Taking a Closer Look at Cattle Farming

Dr. Kim Ominski is a professor in the Department of Animal Science. Since joining the University, Kim has established a research program improving the productivity and sustainability of beef cattle production in Western Canada. This work includes identification of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies conducted in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from across Canada. This research program currently holds close to $ 3 million dollars of research funding. These efforts have resulted in 35 published papers in the last six years. Kim has trained more than 50 research personnel and also considers herself fortunate to teach in the both degree and diploma students at the University.

Mercedes Unwin

OCT , Program and Resource Manager at Agscape

Feeding Hungry Minds and Bellies: Helping Ontario Youth to Become Agri- Food Literate

Mercedes Unwin’s role as the Program and Resource Manager is integral to the coordination of AgScape’s Teacher Ambassador Program, which sends Ontario Certified Teachers into grade 7-12 classrooms to deliver free agri- food lessons. With a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Toronto, Mercedes has always had a passion for fostering the learning of food literacy and environmental stewardship. Her role with AgScape allows her to continue to be a life-long learner and educator, while also being able to encourage today’s teachers and youth to take active roles in the agri- food sector.

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