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The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems hosts a variety of events throughout the year on various topics related to sustainable food systems.

Upcoming Events

UNESCO Chair in Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies Launch Event

January 28, 2020, 7-9pm
Balsillie School of International Affairs 
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Wilfrid Laurier University Professor and Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems Director Alison Blay-Palmer has been named United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies. Led in Canada by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the prestigious UNESCO Chairs program promotes international inter-university cooperation in key priority areas for the agency.

The launch will include remarks from Sébastien Goupil, secretary-general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Deborah MacLatchy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, Jonathan Newman, Vice-President Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director BSIA and Chairholder Blay-Palmer. Remarks will be followed by a reception.


Past Events

Regenerating the Forest: Agroecological Erva-Mate Production in Brazil

Nov 4, 2019
Watch the research seminar

Join Eve Nimmo, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Ponta Grossa State University, and André Lacerda, Researcher from Embrapa Forestry, for this research seminar on Brazil's agroecological erva-mate production. This seminar will explore the contemporary and historical context of Brazil's agroecological erva-mate production and explain how it is helping to regenetrate the Brazilian forest.

Food Metrics 3.0: Unearthing Hidden Data

March 14, 2019
Watch the guest lecture

Dr. Nevin Cohen, Associate Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health, and Research Director of CUNY’s Urban Food Policy Institute, joined us for a guest lecture on hidden food metrics and what they can tell us about our food system. The talk was followed by a Q&A led by Barbara Emanuel, Manager of the Toronto Food Strategy.

Levers for Food System Change: A Panel Discussion on Urban Food Security, Food Justice, and International Agreements

Oct. 23, 2018
Watch the panel discussion

During this panel discussion moderated by Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer, food system experts Dr. Patricia Ballamingie (Carleton), Barbara Emanuel (Toronto Public Health), and Dr. Theresa Schumilas (Wilfrid Laurier University), explore how we can use the New Urban Agenda and other international agreements (SDGs and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact) as levers for changing the food system.

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