Introducing the Food Loss + Waste Forum Speakers

 Cher Mereweather, Executive Director, Provision Coalition

Cher is one of Canada's leaders in food manufacturing sustainability. As Executive Director of Provision Coalition, an organization she founded with the country's top food and beverage professional associations, Cher works directly with manufacturers to transform their business culture and operations. An advocate for change and a passionate spokesperson, Cher has dedicated her career to advancing sustainability concepts within the Canadian food industry and sustainability solutions at the firm level. Most recently, Cher has sharpened Provision's focus on the reduction of food loss and waste developing innovative technologies and on-line tools that will modernize facility processing.

Jonathan Bloom, Author American Wasteland, as Master of Ceremony

Jonathan Bloom is a journalist, consultant and thought leader on the topic of food waste. Jonathan wrote the book American Wasteland and created the website Wasted Food. He has spoken on food waste from Santiago to San Francisco to Singapore and consulted with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, Harvard Law School, Natural Resources Defense Council and General Mills. Jonathan is an Advisory Board member for Food Tank, ReFED and Imperfect Produce. In 2013-2014, he was the O.V.W. Hawkins Expert-in-Residence at Bucknell University and will reprise that role at Concordia College in 2017. A Boston native, Jonathan now lives Durham, NC, with his wife, two sons and many, many containers for leftovers. 

Kai Robertson, Lead Advisor, World Resources Institute (WRI)

  Kai Robertson serves as lead advisor for the Food Loss & Waste Protocol, representing the World Resources Institute (WRI). The FLW Protocol is a global collaboration of seven leading organizations that has developed the internationally-recognized Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard. Kai has over 25 years of experience working with the food, beverage, and agriculture sector. She previously served as global director for BSR’s food, beverage and agriculture advisory practice, developing effective corporate sustainability strategies. Earlier in her career, Kai led the development of corporate partnerships at World Wildlife Fund and also at Conservation International – working with companies such as Walmart, General Mills, and McDonald’s. She also worked for nearly a decade at the Food Marketing Institute, researching and speaking on food industry trends. Kai is a strategic advisor for the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA). She has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and BA from Cornell University.

Eva Goulbourne, Associate Director, Programs and Communications, ReFED

Eva Goulbourne is the Associate Director, Programs and Communications for ReFED driving all strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and fundraising activities. Eva will present ReFED's Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste by 20%, the first-ever national baseline study of where food is wasted in the US that includes an economic analysis of 27 of the most cost-effective and scalable solutions to reduce food waste today. Before joining ReFED, Eva was part of the World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture initiative where she launched and co-managed a 120-person global network of food experts from UN agencies, governments, business and farmer organizations from over 30 countries to share best practices in agriculture. Eva is an expert in developing multi-stakeholder communities around agriculture and food issues. 

Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder and CEO, LeanPath

Andrew Shakman is a food waste prevention advocate and the CEO of LeanPath, a foodservice technology company focused on food waste prevention. Since co-founding LeanPath in 2004 to address the food waste crisis, Andrew has been working at the front lines of behavior change, helping foodservice operators prevent food waste in the US and internationally. Under his leadership, LeanPath created the first automated and patented food waste metering system to enable real-time, daily monitoring of food waste. Andrew is a member of the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council and a strategic advisor to the Food Waste Reduction Alliance.

David Donaldson, Program Manager for Green Growth, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

David Donaldson is Program Manager for Green Growth at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), where he works to ensure the successful implementation of CEC efforts on transportation, clean energy, and sustainable production and consumption, including the North American Initiative on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery. David holds a Master's degree in agricultural economics from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Before joining CEC, David worked fifteen years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the regulation of pesticides and chemicals that deplete the ozone layer.

Bob Long, National Zero Waste Council Board Member and Co-Chair of the Food Working Group and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board Director 

Bob sits on the National Zero Waste Council Management Board as one of two seats allocated for members of FCM's Standing Committee on Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development, and co-chairs at the Council Food Working Group. Re-elected in 2014, Bob Long is currently serving his sixth consecutive term as a Councillor with the Township of Langley. Bob runs a successful restaurant, Bob’s Steakhouse, in Aldergrove with his wife Karen in addition to operating Mainstage Productions - a stage, light, and sound production company. His early career was in the newspaper and publishing sector – having founded a community weekly newspaper at the age of 21 and joining Trinity Western University as manager of the university press in 1986. In 1990, he started a commercial printing company in Langley called University Printers Ltd. Over the years, Bob has served his community through a number of appointments and positions. Current appointments include the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, the FCM Board of Directors, as well as the Township’s Heritage Advisory Committee and Seniors Advisory Committee.

Deb Stark, Deputy Minister (Retired), OMAFRA

Deb Stark recently retired after serving as the the Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

During her public service career, Deb held several senior positions including Chief Veterinarian for Ontario, and Assistant Deputy Minister in both the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  She also served as Chair of the OPSEU Pension Trust and the OPS Amethyst Fellow at the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies.

Deb holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, and a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Sonya Fiorini, Sr. Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Loblaw Companies Canada

Sonya Fiorini joined George Weston Limited, parent company of Loblaw Companies Limited in 1998 working in Environmental Affairs where she was responsible for managing the companies' Environmental Management System and risk assessments at distribution centres and stores. In 2008, Sonya joined the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department at Loblaw. In her current role as Sr. Director, she is responsible for delivering the company's CSR programs enterprise-wide. Prior to joining Loblaw, Sonya was Director of an environmental organization educating thousands of children annually on water and energy conservation. Upon completion of her degree, Sonya worked at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority as a Watershed Technician. Sonya is very passionate about her work having dedicated her career in the areas of environmental stewardship and sustainability and sits on various industry committees. In her spare time, she volunteers with organizations focused on promoting environmental health and social causes. Sonya has a specialized honours degree in Environmental Studies. 

John Coyne, Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel, Unilever Canada Inc.

 John has been with Unilever Canada since 1992. He is a member of Unilever Canada's board of directors, the Canadian Leadership Team and chair of the company's Pension Committee. John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever's strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is Co-Chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named by Clean 50 as one of Canada's top sustainability leaders in 2015, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government's Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy. John also works closely with industry groups and other organizations. He is Chair of board of Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation is director and past Chair of the Association.

Helen Anne Hudson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Burnbrae Farms Ltd.

Dr. Hudson is a proud 4th generation farmer who grew up on the family farm, Burnbrae Farms, one of the major commercial egg agribusinesses in Canada. 

After completing secondary school, she graduated with a BSc in agriculture from the University of Guelph. She then earned both MSc and PhD degrees in poultry science from the University of Georgia. Dr. Hudson is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Poultry Industry Liaison for Burnbrae Farms.  In this capacity she is involved in coordinating the activities related to the 5 pillars of sustainability in farming:  economic, environmental, animal wellbeing, worker health and wellbeing and food safety.  Dr. Hudson is actively involved with a number of organizations across Canada funding poultry research. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Alberta Poultry Research Centre and also sits on the board of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network in her spare time.  She is based in Lyn, on the family farm, with her husband and has 3 children in university.   

 Larina Lopez, Division Manager, Corporate Communications, Metro Vancouver

Larina Lopez is the Division Manager, Corporate Communications for Metro Vancouver. As a member of the senior management team, Larina leads Metro Vancouver's award winning behaviour change campaigns, including key zero waste initiatives and how residents and businesses of the region deal with food waste, general waste, water conservation opportunities, air quality and regional planning outreach and education, and source control issues like grease and wipes. Prior to joining Metro Vancouver, Larina was the Senior Manager, Community Investment, Engagement & Education for BC Hydro.

She is a communications co-op graduate from Simon Fraser University, starting her career in public relations with Sport BC, before accepting her first leadership role as the Director, Communications & Development for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Additionally, Larina worked in a number of public affairs positions (Vancity and Vancouver Hospital) before managing Western Canada Labatt Breweries Corporate Affairs Department.

John Lillard, R&D Project Leader, Innovation Team, Campbell Company of Canada 

John Lillard is an R&D Project Leader on the Innovation Team at Campbell's Canada, where he takes pride in creating products that are not only healthy for consumers but also healthy for the planet. He has his undergraduate degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a Master's in Food Science, as well as his culinary degree. John is actively working on food waste initiatives at Campbell's with the support and assistance of their global Corporate Social Responsibility team, Provision Coalition, and Enviro-Stewards. John is also a member of Provision Coalition's food waste working group which is comprised of industry, government and academia leaders focused on identifying opportunities and solutions to reduce and divert food waste from entering landfills. Along with his wife Marcy Lillard, he is also owner/operator of Mindful Grocer, an online education portal and retail site devoted to food waste reduction and sustainable living.  

Doug Alexander, Director of Engineering, Ippolito Fruit and Produce

Doug Alexander is part of the leadership team at the Ippolito Group, a multi unit business with Three large modern food processing facilities in Burlington as well as operations at the Ontario Food Terminal , California and an extensive transportation business. Doug’s experience running food processing operations spans 30 years of meat, bakery, condiments, pasta, sauces and vegetable processing. Doug is also Chair of the Agri-Food Management Institute as well as on the board of directors of the Agricultural Adaptation Council as the Agri-Business-food processor sector rep and is the Vice Chair, Food Starter (Toronto Food Business Incubator). Doug is also on the AAFC Food Processing Industry Round Table Executive Steering Committee. Doug has diplomas in Food Science as well as Industrial Engineering Technology.

Jim Downham, President & CEO, PAC, Packaging Consortium

Since 2006 Jim Downham has been advancing the packaging industry agenda as the President & CEO for the not-for-profit, PAC, Packaging Consortium. Prior to PAC, Jim spent his career in the manufacturing of package materials/containers rising to the level of CEO of a $175 million multi-plant North American packaging leader.

In 2002 Jim founded LeaderLinx, a packaging industry consultant. In November 2014 Jim reached the pinnacle of his career when he was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.

Angela Dennis, Director, Technical Packaging & Environmental Officer, Nestle Canada

Angela Dennis has a BSc. in Chemistry from the University of Guelph and have been in the Packaging field for the last 25+ years, the last 14 at Nestle as Head of Packaging for Canada. Two years ago, Angela added the role of Environmental Officer to her responsibilities where her focus is on how all employees can have a positive impact on the company's environmental footprint.


Terry Grill, Director, Sustainability-Americas, Sealed Air Corporation 


In her position as Director, Sustainability-Americas Terry is responsible for for the execution of global sustainability strategies to meet needs of all Sealed Air businesses and customers within North and Latin America while ensuring company-wide alignment of Sealed Air’s SmartLife™ approach to sustainability.  Prior to this role, Terry had responsibility for NatureTRAY™ and NaturePAD™ products in addition to west coast sales responsibility for Rigid Packaging and Absorbents.  Terry has also held positions as Director, Sustainable Products Business Development at Sealed Air and Biosphere.

Her experience prior to joining Sealed Air in 2006 includes President/CEO, Industrial Insulations Incorporated as well as business development, sales management and technical sales positions in biotechnology and medical supply businesses. Terry earned a BA in Microbiology and Public Health from Washington State University and a MA in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Riverside.  She has six publications in refereed journals. Terry was a founding director of Sustainable Claremont and is currently on the board of directors of Claremont Wildlands Conservancy.  Terry currently resides in Claremont, California.

Dr. Martin Gooch, Chief Executive Officer, Value Chain Management International


Dr. Martin Gooch is co-founder and CEO of Value Chain Management International, a global consulting company which helps businesses, primarily in the agricultural and food industry, enhance their long-term profitability and environmental sustainability. Martin has considerable international experience developing commercially successful value chain initiatives that have received domestic and international acclaim. Two decades of analyzing businesses and value chains to identify where food and related waste occurs and why, and developing relationships with international initiatives designed to enable businesses to profit from reducing food waste, led to VCMI establishing the Cut Waste, GROW PROFIT initiative.

Martin holds a PhD and Master's degree in agri-food management and a Bachelor of International Business. In 2013, Martin received Bayer Inc.'s "Outstanding Canadian" award for his contribution to "Food Chain Partnerships", and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph.

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