Our Board

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.


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Elenor Siebring
President, re-elected June, 2017

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.


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Katie Hurst
Member, re-elected June, 2017

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. 


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Beth Nanni
Vice-President, since September, 2017

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.


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Jeff Schlachter
Member, re-elected June, 2017

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.


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Harvey Yuen
Member, re-elected June, 2017

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.


Sara Gloeckler
Secretary, elected June, 2017

Sara's love of the outdoors was cultivated at an early age, living near the river valley of Edmonton. She traveled and studied, and her passions grew to include urban agriculture and sustainable development. Working as an architectural technologist, Sara combines her interests of net-zero homes and designing sustainable communities. She is delighted to volunteer with SFE, and to "grow" Edmonton's food and green spaces.

 


Stephanie Bach
Member, elected June, 2017

A born and raised Edmontonian, Stephanie is glad to be back in her home town contributing to the resiliency of Canada’s food sector. Steph has been running an aquaponic farm outside of Edmonton since 2016, and devotes time to urban agriculture and sustainable food projects. Steph has degrees in molecular biology and plant agriculture, and has done everywhere from conventional field agriculture, food safety labs, to dairy industry product development. She’s happy to lend her knowledge in the realm of agriculture to the Edmonton food community.


George Leung
Treasurer, re-elected June, 2017