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, Councillor, Township of Langley (Co-Chair)
    • Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest (Co-Chair)
    • Lori Ackerman, Mayor, Forst St. John
    • Marie-Claude Bacon, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Department, Metro Richelieu Inc.
    • Katrusia Balan, Research Analyst, Solid Waste Management Services, Waste Management Planning, City of Toronto
    • Meaghan Beck, PMP Manager, Corporate Responsibility, WiLL Vice Chair, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
    • Shannon Betts, Policy Analyst, Solid Waste, Halifax Regional Municipality
    • Martin Heroux, Environmental Service, Residual Materials Management and Infrastructure Directorate, Ville de MontrĂ©al
    • 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
    • Philippe Ozga, Senior Manager of Government Relations Food Banks Canada
    • Sonya Sundberg, Director, Clean Communities, Environmental Standards Branch, BC Ministry of Environment. 
    • Sarah Wilmot, Senior Integrated Waste Policy Planner for City of Edmonton Waste Services
    • Marie-Helen Brillinger, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto
    • Sustainability and Stewardship Manager, Nature's Path