Vancouver Food Policy Council

The Vancouver Food Policy Council works to help improve food sustainability in Vancouver, where food is:

  • Safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate
  • Affordable, available, and accessible to all
  • Produced, processed, marketed, consumed, and waste products reused or managed in a manner that is:
    • Financially viable
    • Protects the health and dignity of people
    • Minimally impacting the environment

Terms of reference

Policy advice

The Policy Council:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the Policy Council by City Council or staff
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the Policy Council
  • Advises Council and staff on the Vancouver Food Strategy as it is developed, implemented and updated

Collaboration

The Policy Council:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events

Awareness and outreach

The Policy Council:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities
  • Supports groups developing projects to enhance the food system

Planning and reporting

The Policy Council:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with City Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to City Council and civic departments for
    information
  • Submits an annual report to City Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the Policy Council has responded

Meeting frequency

The Policy Council meets at least four times a year, but not more than 10 times a year. It does not meet in August.

Currently, the Policy Council meets on either the second or third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Town Hall Room, Main Floor, City Hall.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings.

Time commitment

Outside of meetings, members should expect to spend at least 2 hours on email and other correspondence, report writing, and inspection rides. Preparation time for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the Policy Council. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.

Membership

The council has a maximum of 21 voting members (11 is quorum), including 15 from the following food system areas (three members from each area):

  • Production
  • Processing and Distribution
  • Retail
  • Access and Consumption
  • Waste Management

The council also has six members-at-large.

Committee members are selected through the City of Vancouver's Civic Committee public selection process.

The Committee Chair is selected by the members at the first meeting for the Council term of the Committee.

Committee members appointed in 2015 will serve until February 28, 2017.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Members

  • Veronik Campbell, Member-at-large
  • Anna Cavouras, Access and Consumption
  • Rebecca Cuttler, Production
  • Caitlin Dorward, Processing and Distribution
  • Zsuzsi Fodor, Member-at-large
  • Antonietta Gesualdi, Access and Consumption
  • Dirk Gibbs, Waste Management
  • Chashma Heinze, Production
  • Kimberley Hodgson, Member-at-large
  • Will Jung, Waste Management
  • Gabrielle Kissinger, Member-at-large
  • Ilana Labow, Production
  • Pat McCarthy, Retail
  • Tara Moreau, Member-at-large
  • Saber Miresmailli, Member-at-large
  • David Speight, Retail
  • Colin Stansfield, Processing and Distribution

Liaisons

  • City Council: Councillor Adriane Carr
  • City Council: Councillor Heather Deal
  • Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe
  • School Board: Trustee Janet Fraser
  • City staff: Mary Clare Zak, Social Policy
  • City staff: James O'Neill, Social Policy

Meetings typically take place in the Town Hall meeting room of City Hall from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Minutes
January 18, 2017  
February 15, 2017  
March 22, 2017 (Committee Room 1)  
April 12, 2017  
May 17, 2017 (Committee Room 1)  
June 21, 2017  
July 19, 2017  
September 13, 2017  
October 11, 2017  
November 22, 2017  

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Minutes
January 20, 2016 Minutes PDF file (95 KB)
February 17, 2016 Minutes PDF file (132 KB)
March 16, 2016 Minutes PDF file (189 KB)
April 13, 2016 N/A
May 11, 2016 Minutes PDF file (240 KB)
June 22, 2016 Minutes PDF file (137 KB)
July 20, 2016 Minutes PDF file (232 KB)
September 14, 2016 N/A
October 12, 2016 Minutes PDF file (223 KB)
November 23, 2016  

Note In place of the regular meeting in April, the Vancouver Food Policy Council and the City of Vancouver Food Policy co-hosted a Celebration of Food Policy in the City.

Past meetings

Visit the Council's blog to learn about their latest work External website

2016 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

2012-2014 Term in Review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Summer 2011 to Spring 2012

The Vancouver Food Policy Council worked closely with staff on a public engagement process under the slogan, "Talk food with us". More than 2,200 people took part. Feedback was gathered through roundtable discussions, storytelling-themed public events, health and education fairs, targeted outreach to ethno-cultural communities, and social media.

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Find and contact us

Contact the Food Policy Council

foodpolicy@vancouver.ca

 

Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw  (156 kb)

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy  (145 kb)