Wayne Roberts is a Canadian food policy analyst and writer, widely respected for his role as the manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council, a citizen body of 30 food activists and experts that is widely recognized for its innovative approach to food security, from 2000-2010.

As a leading member of the City of Toronto’s Environmental Task Force, he helped develop a number of official plans for the city, including the Environmental Plan and Food Charter, adopted by Toronto City Council in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Many ideas and projects of the TFPC are featured in Roberts’ book The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food (2008).

Tammara Soma Ph.D. is an urban planning scholar and public speaker who has spent over a decade working on integrating food system consideration to build a sustainable, resilient, urban closed loop food system. At the University of Toronto, she teaches and conducts research on issues around food waste and food security.

She has extensive involvement in the food sector, as founding member of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, and Co-Founder of the International Food Loss and Food Waste Studies (foodwastestudies.com). Tammara is also Co-Founder and Director of Research with the Food Systems Lab (the 1st food waste social innovation lab in Canada).

Ken Brown is National Director of the GWA - The Association for Garden Communicators. He is a frequent speaker at gardening events and garden club meetings. He has lived and gardened in the area around Toronto Canada for most of his life and although it is located in the cool temperate section of Eastern North America, he has spent most of his professional life working with tropical and sub tropical plants.

Ken’s accumulated expertise in Indoor gardening led to 20+ years of operating an interior landscaping firm and an even greater knowledge of how to keep houseplants alive, and with a little luck, actually flourishing.

Steven Biggs has worked in horticulture and agriculture for more than 25 years. Along with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, he has worked in greenhouse and nursery production, plant propagation, biological controls, horticultural supplies, and farm marketing. Steven is also:

  • An author: he writes gardening books that are fun and practical.
  • Freelance Journalist: he writes about the food chain: farms, farm business, food, food processing, and gardening.
  • Professional Speaker: he speaks about a range of gardening topics.
  • Radio Host: He tell the stories of gardeners who push boundaries.