We have assembled a strong Board of Directors to guide the Centre’s work.They include both people who bring expertise in food security and social change and Maple Leaf leaders.
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Professor Fraser is the Director of the University of Guelph Food Institute, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and is also a professor of Geography. Professor Fraser is the Director of the University of Guelph Food Institute, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and is also a professor of Geography.
Professor Fraser received degrees in Forestry, Anthropology and Agriculture at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.
We are seeking to raise the profile of this pressing social issue; advocate for critical policies and invest in programs required to make sustainable improvements.
Through significant financial and in-kind support, the Centre will work with innovative food-based programs that advance the capacity of people and communities to achieve sustainable food security and have the potential to build scale and impact.
The income gap in Canada has widened over the past three decades according to UNICEF, and food experts believe one-third of food we produce is wasted.
Regardless of the underlying causes, the outcome is devastating: There are no easy solutions for this daunting issue, but there are actions we can take.There is increasing knowledge sharing and collaboration.We need to tackle this chronic social issue with heightened urgency, recognizing the intersection of poverty, nutrition, culture and community and individual empowerment to improve food security.Together, the Board works to advance sustainable food security to achieve the Centre’s mandate: investing in research and innovation, advancing collaboration and learning among stakeholders, and working with other organizations, all levels of government and industry to advance programs and policies.The Board is responsible for approving grants delivered under the Innovation Fund and Learning Hub.To support this vital work, Maple Leaf is committed to contributing 1% of pre-tax profits annually to support the Centre and other community investments.