Host organizations

The conference was hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Farm to Cafeteria Canada and Équiterre. It was also brought to you by the partners of the Nourishing School Communities initiative.

Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. Our vision is a world where Canadians live healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke.

Through our work with schools, families, communities and partners, today’s kids will grow up healthier, effectively turning the tables on the epidemic of risk factors like obesity and high blood pressure that are increasingly affecting Canadian youth and the generations that follow. Instilling healthy behaviours at a young age will ultimately reduce the risk of developing heart disease or stroke in Canadians of all ages.

Farm to Cafeteria Canada

Established in 2011, Farm to Cafeteria Canada is a pan-Canadian network comprised of diverse regional and sub-regional agencies who are working together to educate, build capacity, strengthen partnerships, and influence policy to bring local, healthy, and sustainable foods into all public institutions.  Farm to school, farm to campus, and farm to healthcare are  all a part of the national farm to cafeteria dialogue. Together, we are amplifying efforts right across Canada to realize vibrant and sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, place and planet.

Farm to Cafeteria Canada is the lead national agency championing Canada’s  Farm to School strategy.  This strategy aims to get more healthy, local, and sustainable foods in the minds  and on the plates of all students, by increasing school procurement and provision of such foods, and by enriching student connections with their foods and their land.

Équiterre

Équiterre helps build a social movement by encouraging individuals, organizations and governments to make ecological and equitable choices, in a spirit of solidarity. Our awareness-raising, research  and  consulting projects offer concrete solutions to promote human and environmental health, social justice and community development at home and abroad. We see the everyday choices we all make - food, transportation, housing, gardening, shopping - as an opportunity to change the world, one step at a time.        

In accordance with its strategic plan, Équiterre seeks to reduce the environmental impact of the agricultural and food industries. Équiterre considers that local food purchasing is the first step towards a sustainable food sector. Organic food should also gradually makes its way on the plates of Quebeckers.