Lori Stahlbrand is one of Canada’s leading food policy analysts, known for her wide-ranging experience as an academic (currently as Professor of Food Studies at George Brown College), a food policy specialist with the City of Toronto, and a non-profit leader. Lori has worked extensively with businesses along the food chain – from farmers and processors to chefs, foodservice managers and retailers. Her areas of expertise include local and sustainable food systems, food procurement, food and cities, food and equity, food policy councils and sustainable food policy.
While a non-profit leader, Lori was key in implementing the first and largest local and sustainable food purchasing program at a Canadian university, at the University of Toronto. Lori is experienced in working collaboratively with many stakeholders, providing strategic analysis and policy advice. She was invited to be a member of the Ontario Minister of Agriculture’s Strategic Advisory Committee in 2006 and was honoured for her contributions to the hospitality industry by being inducted as a Fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute in 2012.
Her PhD dissertation on operationalizing local and sustainable food procurement won the Governor General’s Medal of Academic Excellence. Prior to engaging with food issues, Lori was a nationally-recognized CBC Radio broadcaster. She speaks and consults on food policy issues around the world.