Agri-food Movers and Shakers: Urban Food Hubs and Food Policy Councils

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Agri-food Movers and Shakers: Urban Food Hubs and Food Policy Councils

In this webinar, we’ll learn more about how cities, in all their shapes and forms, influence and impact food systems. The discussion will highlight important roles and groups within urban areas and communities across Canada, including the importance of Food Hubs and Food Policy Councils. A regional food hub is a business or organization that collects and distributes local food products (source-identified food products) to larger markets. Food Hubs strengthen local and regional producers’ ability to bring products to consumers. When small and medium-sized farms aggregate their food products, they may collectively produce enough volume to supply large institutions, such as retirement homes, schools, and daycares.

In these discussions, the City is viewed as a policy agent, a connector, an economic enabler/booster, a gatekeeper, and a leverage point. How do the community and the city administration work together for better food systems? What roles do Food Policy Councils (FPCs) play here? How have FPCs found support, mobilized it, and acted to change or address challenges?

Join us to learn about initiatives for feeding urban populations, a topic in public policy that affects everyone.


  • John Bailey, CEO, Regina Food Bank
  • Prof. Laurette Dubé, Founding Chair and Scientific Director, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE)
  • Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office (Guelph)


  • Elena Vinco, Policy Analyst, Simpson Centre, The School of Public Policy

There is no cost to register. The Webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues that may be interested.

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The School of Public Policy and the Simpson Centre for Food and Agricultural Policy are pleased to host the Simpson Centre Public Education Series, sponsored by UFA Co-operative Ltd. and UFA’s Rural Communities Foundation.