Our Board of Directors is comprised of accomplished professionals and passionate community members in and around the Capital Region. Our directors provide strategic governance and champion our vision of raising awareness through education that results in communities engaged in healthy food and a healthy planet.
President, re-elected June, 2016
Elenor grew up on Vancouver Island, stealing as many raspberries from the family garden as she could. Family legend has it that Elenor refused to pull weeds from her sandbox and instead pretended she was cultivating her own garden. Elenor moved to Edmonton from Vancouver to pursue graduate studies in engineering and business and was pleasantly surprised to learn that long summer days equate to an awesome and intense growing season. She is thrilled to apply her passion for urban cultivation together with her background as an engineer to the Sustainable Food Edmonton organization. Raising a toddler in an urban setting has given Elenor a biased interest in shrinking the disconnect urbanization and technology can cause in youth with respect to nature in their community and understanding the food cycle.
Vice President, re-elected June, 2016
Corbin moved to Edmonton in the spring of 2014, after growing up in Nelson, BC and living in the Maritimes and Vancouver. He has worked with with Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD.ca) for the past five years, focused on providing convenient access to healthy, local foods in Western Canada. With an education in finance and experience in growing an entrepreneurial business and finding new ways to expand local food distribution channels, he is thrilled to be working with Sustainable Food Edmonton on raising awareness and availability of urban agriculture. Outside of work and volunteering with SFE, Corbin enjoys being outdoors, whether it's finding new hikes in the Rockies or running and cycling throughout the River Valley trail system.
Member, elected September, 2016
Katie wrote her landscape architecture master’s thesis on community-based urban agriculture and its multi-functional nature. She has seen first hand how community building is encouraged through common food production, and cross cultural learning happens spontaneously in these settings. In her landscape design work she is always looking for opportunities to incorporate food plants into public spaces, not only for their many social and ecological benefits but also for their intrinsic beauty. For the first time this year, Katie grew food in the ground instead of her typical container gardens. She found it to be a blissfully rewarding experience.
Member, e-elected September, 2016
Growing up in rural Alberta, Ashton carries her agricultural roots with her through community gardening and supporting local, sustainable food movements. Ashton has five years’ experience working with grassroots community development organizations in Canada and East Africa, including two years’ experience applying permaculture techniques to support sustainable food initiatives in southwestern Uganda with rural farmers, youth, and women’s groups. Recognizing the importance of food in bringing people together, she is excited to support local urban agriculture initiatives through the work of Sustainable Food Edmonton.
Member, elected September, 2016
Beth has translated a lifelong love of the outdoors into her professional work, beginning with obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Environment Science and Master of Science in Physical Geography. She has worked in the environmental non-profit and academic sectors in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Alberta, and currently works with Alberta Environment and Parks. Since moving to Edmonton in 2011, she has been involved in local naturalization and conservation programs, including becoming a City of Edmonton Master Naturalist. She is a lifelong gardener (starting with her first pollinator garden at age 8) with a passion for environmental education and sustainability, and is thrilled to support the work of Sustainable Food Edmonton in helping communities connect food and the local environment.
Member, elected September, 2016
Jeff Schlachter is a hobbyist beekeeper and aspiring mead brewer. As a professional engineer, Jeff has spent his career shaping the landscape with large-scale agricultural purposes in his long term vision. Completing his MBA at the University of Alberta, Jeff now focuses on shaping the commercial and regulatory landscape. When Jeff isn't tending to his apiary or garden, you can find him enjoying many of Edmonton's greenspaces and local restaurants, or contemplating the micro-economics of urban sheep husbandry.
Member, re-elected June, 2016
Harvey is a proponent of conservation and protection of biodiversity in his professional work. He is concerned with energy conservation, resource conservation and balance, waste diversion, and water quality in his professional and personal life. Although Harvey realizes his 8 years of work experience in environmental and biological sciences allows him the leisure to think about and act on such issues, he thinks that everyone has a chance in their personal lives to enact some daily practices to address environmental issues. Harvey hopes to contribute to SFE to further the diversity in food sources and create more awareness among Edmontonians of how and where food comes from.
Member, elected November, 2016
A lifelong Edmontonian and mother of two, Suzanne has both a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Conservation and her Red Seal chef designation. She put both of these skills to use in the fine dining industry by focussing on local, organic ingredients. Being a chef didn’t leave much time to have kids though so Suzanne decided to put her skills to use working for an inner city family agency where she also started a gardening club and taught family cooking classes. After child number two came along, Sue chose to spend more time with her family by starting the Organic Dayhome where she taught them to grow, harvest and prepare their own food. Now that both of her kids are a bit older and in school, Sue works as a Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services for Covenant Health at the Misericordia Hospital. Sue is looking forward to continuing to educate and foster a deeper appreciation of where food comes from and what it means to both body and soul.
Treasurer, elected November, 2016