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Food's Future

Building a Circular Food Future

March 29, 2022
11:30AM - 1:00PM ET
Digital event

Building a Circular Food Future

March 29, 2022

A circular food economy, where waste is drastically decreased

The future’s food system will rely on a circular economy - one that connects urban centers to local farms, reduces waste, and creates a robust supply of local nutritious food for surrounding communities.

The transformation is already happening. Industry leaders are building the digital and physical infrastructure these new systems require, developing new business plans that make them profitable, and training the future workforce who will power them.

CityAge brought together the tech developers, policymakers, major corporations, educational institutions, investors, and city planners who are bringing us closer to a circular food future.


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Barbara Swarrtzentruber
Barbara Swarrtzentruber
Executive Director, Smart Cities Office
City of Guelph
Joe Lake
Joe Lake
Canadian Food Innovation Network
Cher Mereweather
Cher Mereweather
Anthesis Provision
Seth Olson
Seth Olson
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Tammara Soma
Tammara Soma
Assistant Professor
Simon Fraser University
David Messer
David Messer
Executive Director,
Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph
Jackie Suggit
Jackie Suggit
Director of Capital, Innovation & Engagement
Stuart Lilley
Stuart Lilley
Refeed Farm
Maia Tekle
Maia Tekle
Dispatch Goods
Chad Kolesnik
Chad Kolesnik
Co-Founder & CEO
Sunspring Farms
Kate Parizea
Kate Parizea
Associate Professor
University of Guelph

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11:30 am

Anchor Welcome & Introduction

11:35 am

Opening Presentation by: Seth Olson, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Resonance

Why do we need to shift to a circular food economy? What will it look like?

11:50 am

Presentation by: Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph & David Messer, Manager, COIL, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph

A look at how Guelph, ON is shifting to a circular food economy. What can other regions learn?

12:05 pm

Panel 1: Circular Models to Reduce Waste

How can communities and organizations most effectively reduce food waste and loss, using circular models? Who needs to be involved to make it happen? What are some actionable strategies for getting started?

  • Tammara Soma, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Stuart Lilley, CEO, Refeed Farms
  • Jackie Suggit, Director of Capital, Innovation & Engagement, ReFED
  • Panel Host: Kate Parizea, Associate Professor, University of Guelph
12:30 pm

Panel 2: Circular Jobs and Collaborations

Moving to a circular food system has ripple effects. What new jobs will a circular food economy bring? What kinds of collaborations will be made possible? How are cities thinking about and preparing for these transformations?

  • Cher Mereweather, CEO, Anthesis Provision
  • Maia Tekle, Co-Founder, Dispatch Goods
  • Chad Kolesnik, Co-Founder & CEO, Sunspring Farms
  • Panel Host: Joe Lake, CEO, Canadian Food Innovation Network


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