Leslie is a food justice advocate with a background in tropical agroecology and community food security. While completing degrees in International Development Studies and Environmental Science, Leslie spent a year managing a farm and working in Northern Thailand. This inspired him to pursue a Master’s Degree in Geography, focusing on the social and ecological aspects of food systems. He returned overseas, spending two years teaching agriculture in Indonesia, and two years working in agricultural research and training in Ethiopia. Leslie returned to Canada excited to engage with food issues more locally.
Leslie now works as senior coordinator of special projects for FoodShare Toronto, supporting community-led food access initiatives, research, and advocacy. This work seeks to broaden conversations about food insecurity to include discussions of the many systems of oppression that hold it in place — systems like colonialism, capitalism, systemic racism, and patriarchy. Leslie is also a Director of the Board of MakeWay (formerly Tides Canada), sits on the Program Advisory Committee for the George Brown College Bachelor of Food Studies program, and works as a food systems EDI consultant. He believes strongly in the power of community, and that those most impacted by poverty and food insecurity issues should lead the solution-finding process.