Opening Plenary - Welcome to Quebec

November 13th | Opening Plenary - Welcome to Quebec

November 13th 2015 | 08:30 - 09:30

Changing the Menu, the first-ever national school food conference in Canada will launch with inspirational speakers and an introduction to the city of Montreal and the province of Quebec. As our master of ceremonies, Isabelle St-Germain, Senior Director from Équiterre will welcome our diverse audience from coast to coast.  

The conference will begin with an opening prayer lead by Elder Joe McGregor, sub-chief of the Turtle Clan from Kahnawake Territory. This session will also feature two speakers; David Jones and Steve Manske, who will present on partnerships and strengthening connections to catalyze for action in getting healthy, local and sustainable food into the minds and onto the plates of students.

Download the Changing the Menu general presentation.
Download the Changing the Menu pre-conference survey.

Isabelle St-Germain

Senior Director, Équiterre

Isabelle has been actively participating in the development of Équiterre since 1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. Isabelle coordinated the development and implementation of all of Équiterre’s education and demonstration projects. She has notably initiated and developed awareness campaigns, led environmental demonstration projects and coordinated the production of many reference documents. Parallel to these projects, Isabelle acts as spokesperson for Équiterre promoting the organisation, seeking funding opportunities and developing new projects and strategic partnerships.

Elder Joe McGregor

Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory
Joe McGregor is sub-chief of the Turtle Clan from Kahnawà:ke Territory. Joe is a husband, father and grandfather; he as been a small scale farmer much of his life, and he is a Kahnawà:ke community radio personality, specifically speaking in the Mohawk language. Joe is viewed by many as healer and seer who has also worked with other communities to provide knowledge of the traditional teachings.

David Jones

MD, MHSc, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Board member
David Jones, MD,  was Canada’s first chief public health officer from 2004 to 2014. He is a researcher as well as a professor in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine and the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. From 1995 to 2002, David was chief medical health officer and executive director of the Population Health and Primary Health Services Branches for the Province of Saskatchewan.

In 2010, David was the recipient of the Robert Davies Defries Award, the highest honour presented by the Canadian Public Health Association, recognizing outstanding contributions in the field of public health. In August 2014, he received the Canadian Medical Association’s Medal of Service and in September 2014, the Public health Agency of Canada announced the creation of a Leadership Award in Public Health in his honour.

Steve Manske

PhD, Senior Scientist, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact

Steve Manske is a Senior Scientist at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. Steve partners closely with policy, practice and research leaders to reduce chronic disease. He gathers evidence to support the implementation and spread of population interventions for nutrition and physical activity. His work includes a special focus on healthy school communities.