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)
    • Lori Nikkel, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Second Harvest (Co-Chair)
    • Marie-Claude Bacon, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Department, Metro Richelieu Inc.
    • Shannon Betts, Policy Analyst, Solid Waste, Halifax Regional Municipality
    • Nature’s Path Foods
    • Michael Goeres, Executive Director, Canada Council of Ministers of the Environment.
    • 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
    • Shawn Pegg, Senior Policy Advisor, Food Banks Canada
    • Michel Raby, Division Manager, Transportation and Waste Processing Department of the Environment, Ville de Montréal
    • 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