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


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
  • 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.


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 2017 will serve until November 4, 2018.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.


  • Nikoo Boroumand, Member-at-Large
  • Damien Bryan, Processing and Distribution
  • Claire Cullen, Production
  • Caitlin Dorward, Processing and Distribution
  • Zsuzsi Fodor, Access and Consumption
  • Dirk Gibbs, Waste Management
  • Kimberley Hodgson, Retail
  • Kevin Huang, Access and Consumption
  • Sharnelle Jenkins-Thompson, Member-at-Large
  • Stephanie Lim, Access and Consumption
  • Brianna Miller, Member-at-Large
  • Stefan Misse, Processing and Distribution
  • Tara Moreau, Member-at-large
  • Jessica Pautsch, Waste Management
  • Aditi Rudra, Production
  • Mark Schutzbank, Production
  • David Speight, Retail
  • Georgia Stanley, Retail
  • Jesse Veenstra, Member-at-Large
  • Chantile Viaud, Member-at-Large


  • City Council: Councillor Adriane Carr
  • City Council: Councillor Heather Deal
  • Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe
  • School Board: Trustee Joy Alexander
  • City staff: Mary Clare Zak, Social Policy
  • City staff: Sarah Carten, 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.

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Minutes
January 31, 2018 Minutes PDF file (150 KB)
February 28, 2018 Minutes PDF file (170 KB)
March 28, 2018 CANCELLED
April 25, 2018 Minutes PDF file (208 KB)
May 23, 2018 Minutes  (216 KB)
June 20, 2018 (Committee Room 1) Minutes
July 18, 2018 Minutes  (164 KB)
September 12, 2018 (Committee Room 1) Minutes
October 24, 2018 Minutes
November 21, 2018  

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Minutes
January 18, 2017 Minutes  (1 MB)
February 15, 2017 N/A
March 22, 2017 (Committee Room 1) Minutes  (179 KB) 
April 12, 2017 Minutes PDF file (130 KB)
May 17, 2017 (Committee Room 1) Minutes PDF file (279 KB)
June 21, 2017 Minutes PDF file (139 KB)
July 19, 2017 Minutes PDF file (233 KB)
September 13, 2017 (Woodwards Building -111 West Hastings, 5th Floor) Minutes PDF file (214 KB)
October 11, 2017 Minutes PDF file (173 KB)
November 22, 2017  Cancelled

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

2017 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2017 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on October 12, 2017.

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.

Contact Food Policy

Vancouver Food Policy Council:

Staff Liaison:


Resources for advisory committee members