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An architect / planner by profession and an early researcher and advocate of regional environmental systems modelling and sustainable development while undertaking a Masters program in Environmental Studies, I have lived, worked and eaten my way through Europe, Africa, South-East Asia, North America and the Caribbean. Work experience has ranged from architectural design and supervision of projects large and small; planning studies from community revitalization to urban and regional development, management and finance; land information systems; emergency reconstruction. As project officer at the World Bank was responsible for conception, appraisal, supervision and evaluation of urban and regional development projects. As an international development consultant before and since, have advised international agencies, governments and the private sector.
My belief in the need for change – for a better world – has propelled me into civic action and community engagement from student days to the present. I have served on many non-profit boards and have helped found a number of civic and arts organizations. A past chair of the Annex Residents Association in Toronto, Centre Wellington Citizens’ Coalition and Roseneath Theatre, I currently continue to be involved in community affairs, serving on the boards of Sensational Elora, Roseneath Theatre and Slow Food in Canada.
Exposure to diverse ecosystems and cultures, accompanied by myriad culinary experiences, nourished an early interest in food, its preparation, its environmental and cultural roots and the culinary arts in general. This led to an interest in the Slow Food movement and the founding of Slow Food Elora in 2005, which I led, then co-chair, until it was dissolved and merged with Guelph to form Slow Food Wellington County.
Co-leader and National Summit Organizer
Rebecca first learned about Slow Food when she was 18 and on a trip in Italy. She fell in love with the idea that sharing and talking about food can bring people together. A few years later when Rebecca was in university she helped establish and lead the University of Guelph Slow Food Convivium. Rebecca also sits on the executive team for Slow Food in Canada.
Outside of Slow Food, Rebecca manages the restaurant Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro where she works with a talented team to showcase Canadian food and drinks. Due to her work in the hospitality industry, Rebecca has been named to the Top 30 Under 30 by the Ontario Hostelry Institute.
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Slow Food Ambassador
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Slow Food Mentor
A passionate advocate for the empowerment and confidence building of youth effected by our current food system, Chef Jess is well situated to engage in a meaningful dialogue about change. He is currently a high school culinary arts instructor at Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus Ontario, where he feels honoured to be interacting with youth in his community about real food.
With training from many great chefs in Canada, Australia and the U.S., Jess completed his professional training at both the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Culinary Program and at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. Slow Food mentors throughout his 20 year career have cemented both a love for local & seasonal ingredients, and a commitment to pursuing the tough questions that need to be brought to the table.