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CEP Presents: Sustainable Food

  • 14 Jun 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Duke of York; 39 Prince Arthur Ave

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CEP Presents: Sustainable Food - A Panel and Discussion


Come out for a night of conversation about food!


Our panelists will work to promote and understand the use of alternative and innovative ways to increase sustainability when it comes to our food consumption. Explore and discuss solutions with us that are currently being implemented in Canada and worldwide, and learned about actions that the audience can take in their personal lives to reduce their individual impact.


Our event will consist of a 1-1.5 hour panel with time to network at the end with our speakers and other attendees.


Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:30PM
Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Location: Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave

Speaker Bios

Lori - Nikkel; second harvest

Lori is a vocal and passionate champion of environmental and social justice issues related to food and is sought after for her expertise internationally

Lori advised on the development of the provincial Food and Organic Waste Framework with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and

is currently the Co-chair of the Food Working Group at the National Zero Waste Council – a leadership initiative that brings together governments, businesses and organizations to advance waste prevention in Canada.

As the Director of Programs for Second Harvest -Canada’s largest Foodrescue organization- she ensures that over 12 million lbs of nutrient dense surplus food is diverted to social service agencies.  Her current project is www.Foodrescue.ca,  a web-based platform that takes a local and technology approach to rescuing and delivering food


Dan Novak; Crickstart

Daniel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Crickstart, a Montreal-based company that makes organic food products with Ontario farmed cricket powder. Crickstart was founded in 2016 with the mission of introducing crickets as a nutritious and sustainable food source to mainstream consumers. Their products now sell in over 500 stores across Canada and the US.

Daniel is a health nut without being a party pooper (he claims), he previously worked in investment banking and developed a specialty in financing renewable power projects, he’s known to be a bit of an eagle-eyed recycling and composting enforcement officer among his family and friends and is frequently reminded by his partners not to eat all of Crickstart’s products.


Conner Tidd; Just Vertical

I’ve led an exciting life: TV chef, Chinese game show participant, speaking at the United Nations, living around the world from Geneva to Toronto, and as an entrepreneur. But what I have enjoyed most has been identifying opportunities and creating the necessary change, products, and strategies to capture those opportunities. Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have been recognized for my work creating change as a Clean50 emerging leader and a top 30 under 30 sustainability and human rights leader.

I love busting through problems, finding innovative solutions, developing a strategy to get it done, aligning a team, and executing on that plan. There is something so intrinsically satisfying of being able to sit back at the end of the day and say, “wow, look at what we created”.

It is a shame that so many people and businesses never get the chance to experience that feeling of being the leader of the pack, the ones creating change instead of just adjusting to it, creating true innovation. I have made it my mission to make sure everyone I work with gets to experience this feeling of leading change, both for themselves and for the bottom line.

Just Vertical: Bring the healthy, fresh, and unique tastes of a backyard garden into your home with our vertical growing system that doubles as living art. Give farm-to-table a new meaning by growing your own nutritious food inches from your table without any dirt, bugs, or mess while saving time and money.


Saqib Siddiqi; Cavaleiro Farms

A techie and a foodie who started in racecar engineering but found himself applying his skills to the future of local food.
Saqib is using his experience in technology and agro-ecology to make communities food-secure and sovereign. Over the course of a 10-year career, Saqib has solved practical business and technological challenges for startups and fortune 500 corporations. As a Partner of Cavaleiro Farms, he uses principles of holistic management to develop technology and processes for smarter, community-oriented agriculture. 

This includes business consults, zero food waste programs, seed savings, automation, actionable data acquisition and digital media content for the local and organic food sector.


Moderator: Kim Rapagna

Kim Rapagna is a veteran CSR and Sustainability practitioner who is passionate about sustainable food systems and eradicating hunger in Canada.

Most recently, she was head of Corporate Responsibility for Metro Inc.

Prior to joining Metro, Kim has had an extensive career in CSR and Sustainability, working with leading multinationals such as Target Canada, TD Bank, Mondelez International (Kraft Foods) as well as in the non-profit sector, with the global conservation organization World Wildlife Fund.

Kim serves as co-Chair of PACNext, is the First Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of PAC and serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations across Canada.

Kim has a BA in Political Science and Public and Community Affairs from Concordia University in Montreal.














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