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Rod MacRae

Rod MacRae


Rod MacRae, PhD, is a food policy analyst with 35 years of experience examining the transition to a sustainable and health-promoting food system for Canada.

Following doctoral studies at McGill University, he coordinated the Toronto Food Policy Council for 10 years, helping to establish it as one of North America’s leading municipal food policy agencies.  He then worked for 10 years as a consultant to governments, businesses and NGOs on projects to advance sustainable food systems in Canada.

He’s currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and continues to consult on food system matters and contributes regularly to media coverage of food issues. With more than 150 publications, his analysis is frequently used to design policies, programmes and NGO and business strategies. His approach to food system change is widely applied in many organizations that employ the 100 graduate students whose degrees have been completed under his supervision.  MacRae’s current research focus is the design and implementation of a national food policy for Canada.