Speakers & panelists

DAY 1 | DEC 3RD | 9:30 - 3:30 | 6:00 PM

Opening Session - How our Community Led Collective Action | 9:30am

MC | 

Rudi Wallace, Grants Manager, Victoria Foundation

Speaker | 

Linda Geggie, Executive Director CRFAIR 

Tackling Food Insecurity: A Just and Equitable Future | 10:30am

Moderator | 

Sonja  Yli-Kahila, Coordinator of the Food Share Network


Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director LifeCycles Project Society 


Kim Cummin's, Program Director, Shelbourne Community Kitchen


Ariel Reyes Antuan; Co-founder of Iye Creative & Palenke Greens, Entrepreneur, Community Organizer  


Elizabeth (Liz) Maze, Executive Director Red Cedar Cafe


Christina Kante, Health Team Programs Coordinator Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Relearning: Food Literacy as the Roots for Change | 1:30PM

Moderator | Marcus Lobb, Community Animator at Farm to School BC

Moderator | Janelle Hatch, Registered Dietitian and Food Literacy Coordinator

Panelist | PEPAḴIYE Ashley Cooper, PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Programs Director

Panelist | Matthew Kemshaw, Environmental Educator

Panelist | Leah Seltzer
Program Manager, LifeCycles Project Society

Panelist | Kayla Siefried, Management Team, Site Manager & Community Education Coordinator

Panelist | Judith Lyn Arney,PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Ecosystems Director


Savoury Stories: Food Is Connection | 6:00PM


Creative Director | 

Jumana Risheq

Storyteller | 

Tom Kral 

Nature's Chef & Wild Food


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Storyteller | 

Earl Claxton Jr.

Respected SȾÁUTW̱ elder, plant knowledge keeper and community historian.

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Jared Qwustenuxun Williams


Cowichan Elders Chef, Traditional foods advisor and educator 

Filmmaker, Photographer & Editor| 

Emily Robertson

Filmmaker, Photographer and editor of Food Is Connection. 

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Storytellers | 

Ariel Reyes Antuan & Jess Reyes Barton

Co-founders of Iye Creative & Palenke Greens


Asiyah Robinson


Community Organizer, Member of Iye Creative, Youth Engagment Moblizer


Tiffany Joseph, ŚW̱,ȻENEṈITEL (Doing Good Work Together) Indigenous foods initiative


Hannah Maia Roessler, M.A, P.Ag.


Educator, consultant, and life-long learner.

DAY 2 | DEC 4TH | 9:00 - 12:30 

Re-rooting our Local Food Economy | 9:00AM


Ben Clark, Urban Food Table Co-Chair


Jim McIsaac, Executive director of the T.Buck Suzuki Foundation


Susan Tychie, South Island Farmhub Lead


Jacques van Campen, Director of Innovation at South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP)


Patricia Reichert, Closing the Supply Gap

Food Future Rooted in Change| 11:30 AM

Moderator | Alex Harned, Food Systems Coordinator for the City of Victoria

Artist | Jeremy Loveday, Poet


Musical Guest | Luke Wallace

Artist | K.P DENNIS, Poet


Youth Stream | 

Sarah Jim |

Seed the City |

Zoe-Blue Coates |

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