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BOD-Kenton-LobeMr. Kenton Lobe - Chair/Canada
Kenton Lobe spends winters teaching International Development and Environmental Studies at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. He has spent the last three seasons on small-scale farms and is currently working with students on an urban farm. Kenton spent six years working on food policy issues with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an international NGO.

BOD-Abra-BrynneMs. Abra Brynne - Co-Vice-Chair of the Board/Canada
Abra Brynne is a food systems consultant, working on a broad range of projects from regulatory change to developing regional farm marketing materials to mentoring farmers and food security groups. She has been involved in grassroots rural community development for more than 20 years. She is the Director of Engagement and Policy with the BC Food Systems Network that works to create healthy, just and sustainable food systems in British Columbia.

BOD-Harriet-Friedmann1Dr. Harriet Friedmann - Co-Vice-Chair of the Board/Canada
Harriet Friedmann is Professor of Sociology, Geography, and Planning at the University of Toronto. A recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Canadian Association of Food Studies, she has published in international and interdisciplinary journals on many dimensions of agriculture and food, and is a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council as well as several editorial boards of journals related to food and agriculture.

BOD-avatarMr. Robert C Kamp - Treasurer/Canada
Bob Kamp is Vice President of Investment Management at TELUS. He has served as Chair of the Investment Committee for the University of Alberta Endowment Fund and is a member of the board for the Edmonton Symphony & Concert Hall Foundation. He is a member of the Pension Investment Association of Canada as well as being active in his community league and church.

BOD-Troy-MitchellMr. Troy Mitchell - Secretary/Canada
Troy Mitchell is a social worker in Clarenville, Newfoundland. His work has focused primarily on youth populations, with counselling and outreach in the area of mental health and addiction. Helping to lead the Two Villages initiative, he engaged schoolchildren throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to raise funds for USC Canada projects.

BOD-avatarMs. Karen Farmer - Member-at-Large/Canada
Karen Farmer is a community consultant for the City of Saskatoon and a long-time volunteer for USC Canada. She serves on the Board of Directors of Seeds of Diversity and is an active community gardener.

BOD-Daniel-Brisebois Mr. Daniel Brisebois - Director/Canada
Daniel Brisebois is president of Canadian Organic Growers and a member of Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol, an organic farm in Les Cèdres, Quebec. He co-authored the book Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers and writes a blog on growing seed.

BOD-Camelia-FriebergMs. Camelia Frieberg - Director/Canada
Camelia Frieberg owns and manages Watershed Farm, a biodynamic livestock, vegetable, flower and herb farm, dedicated to educational and social justice initiatives. She co-founded a social enterprise called Pollination Project. She is a board member of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Camelia was co-chair of the South Shore Waldorf School, a board member of the NS Food Policy Council and BALLE NS and a producer/writer/director of Canadian indie films.   

BOD-Mamadou-GoitaMr. Mamadou Goïta - Director/Mali
Mamadou Goïta, a socio-economist and specialist in education and training systems, is Executive Director of the Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development (IRPAD) in Mali. He contributed to the World social forum Bamako 2006, and the Nyeleni food sovereignty forum as coordinator for these events. Mamadou has also worked with UNICEF, the UNDP, ACORD, and OXFAM-Belgium.

BOD-Natalia LandivarMs. Natalia Landivar - Director/Ecuador
Natalia Landivar has been a right to food activist for fifteen years. She was founder from FIAN Ecuador and has worked with ecuadorian peasants and small farmers organization for their acces to land, as well as regional food sovereignty networks. She was part of the first coordination committee of the civil society mechanism at the Committee on Food Security (CFS). Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Manitoba.

BOD-Marcelo-Saavedra-VargasMr. Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas - Director/Canada
Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas is Professor of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has worked for the International Development Research Centre and The North-South Institute, specializing in indigenous issues and co-authoring their 2008 Canadian Development Report. Marcelo is National Coordinator of the Bolivia Action Solidarity Network.

BOD-avatarDr. Joachim Voss - Director/Canada
Joachim Voss is a consultant in sustainable agricultural development. He has previously worked for the IDRC and as Director General of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT). He has served on the boards of STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex, the CGIAR's Micronutrient Challenge Program and CONDESAN.

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