Complex issue demands diverse expertise

Main engines of activity in the Council include our working groups, whose members play a key role in guiding the work of our Secretariat in each of the three main areas of focus.

Like other complex-wicked-problems, food waste calls for coordinated action across different sectors on various fronts. Managers, employees, suppliers, service providers, consumers, food banks, regulators and others all need to be engaged.

Our Food Working Group brings together experts with the diverse skills needed for such a complex challenge:


  • Working Group Members
    • Bob Long, Board Member, FCM Standing Committee on Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development (and Councillor, Township of Langley) (Co-Chair)
    • Marie-Claude Bacon, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Department Metro Richelieu Inc.
    • Jason Boyce, Sustainability Manager, Nature’s Path Foods
    • Michael Goeres, Executive Director, Canada Council of Ministers of the Environment.
    • Pierre Gravel, Division Head, Planning and Operations Division – Residual Materials Management, Department of Environment, City of Montreal
    • Brittany Heath, Environmental Management Analyst, Clean Communities, BC Ministry of Environment
    • Mathew Keliher, Manager of Solid Waste Resources (Acting), Halifax Regional Municipality.
    • Chris Kozak, SWANA, Northern Lights Chapter, Certified Manager of Composting Programs, and Supervisor of Environmental Monitoring and Reporting, Solid Waste, Water and Waste Department, City of Winnipeg
    • Andrew Lavers, Manager, Distribution & Logistics at A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
    • Mike Layton, Councillor, City of Toronto
    • Andrew Marr, Senior Engineer, Solid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver
    • Lori Nikkel, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Second Harvest
    • Philippe Ozga, Senior Manager of Government Relations Food Banks Canada
    • Shawn Pegg, Senior Policy Advisor, Food Banks Canada
    • Dominic Popowich, Toronto Urban Fellow Research Associate, Waste Management Planning, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto
    • Aurea Siemens, Waste Reduction Programs Supervisor, Waste Management Services, City of Edmonton.
    • Sonya Sundberg , Director, Clean Communities, Environmental Standards Branch, BC Ministry of Environment.
    • Charlotte Ueta, Acting Manager, Waste Management Planning, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto