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Director –  Philip Groff, Ph.D.

Phone: (647) 588-2336

Phil has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto with a specialty in Human Problem Solving, Neuropsychology and Cognition. He has been a course instructor in the psychology departments of the University of Toronto, York University and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Phil is also a credentialed evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society.

From 2001 through 2010, Phil served as Director of Research & Evaluation for SMARTRISK, a national not for profit dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. After more than nine years in that role, Phil was appointed President and CEO, responsible for overseeing all of SMARTRISK’s operations. After leading the amalgamation of SMARTRISK with three other national NGOs into Parachute, July 1, 2012, Phil stayed on as Vice President, Programs of the new organization. He left to launch his own consulting firm Creative Development Unlimited in November 2013, in which capacity he has helped many not for profit organizations with issues in leadership development, governance, strategic and operational planning, and program evaluation.

Previous research appointments involved work on Urban Health, and on a Conceptual Analysis of Risk Management, Safety and Injury Prevention at both the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit and Health and Everything. He also worked on a multi-year project on the History and Future of Canadian Health Policy and the Concept of Health with the Health Network at Canadian Policy Research Networks.


Program and Communications Coordinator – Jenn Kucharczyk

Jenn joined the Sustain team in September 2012 as a volunteer intern, supporting the membership development project as well as providing on-going communications and design support. She took on a new role in January as the Digital Media & Communications Intern, a position made possible by the YMCA’s Digital Skills Youth Internship Program, which evolved into her current role. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in Digital Media Skills at OCADU to better enable the development of Sustain’s web and print material. Jenn received an Honours Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto, majoring in historical and cultural geography, where she was involved with the Hart House Good Ideas Fund and local food-focused community cafes, Hot Yam! and Harvest Noon Cafe.


Events Coordinator – Katie Baikie

Katie brings over 5 years of event coordination experience to her work coordinating the Bring Food Home Conference. She has played key roles in such events as the “Grow for the Stop” concert series at the New Farm in Creemore, Foodstock and community Feast of Fields events. Additionally, as the owner and operator of Small Holdings Farm and a community lead with her local food coop, Katie’s passion and dedication to sustainable food makes her a perfect fit for coordinator of the Bring Food Home 2013 planning team.


Ontario Edible Education Network Coordinator – Carolyn Webb – on maternity leave

Phone: 613.852.7709

Carolyn Webb (not to be confused with Carolyn Young) comes to the position of Coordinator for the Ontario Edible Education Network (formerly the Children, Youth and Food Network) with over six years of environmental policy experience and almost a decade of experience building a network.  Prior to Sustain Ontario, Carolyn worked as Programmes Manager and Chief Administrative Officer for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), where her roles including project management, fundraising, volunteer and intern coordination, communications, and strategic and operational planning.  Alongside these efforts, Carolyn co-founded InterChange: International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding, a network that supports peacebuilders to build relationships, share knowledge, skills and experiences, collaborate on educational and research projects, and support one another with the aim of nurturing and developing dynamic, durable and positive peace.  Carolyn studied Environmental Science at the University of Guelph and received her Masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE.  Her new role will involve weaving together the individuals, systems and processes needed to bring the Edible Education Network to life.

Please contact Meredith Hayes, Acting Coordinator for the Edible Education Network, at


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Accessibility Policy

As a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society, Sustain Ontario is committed to the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity. We believe that helping to create a country, and an organization, where every person can fully participate benefits our people, our partners and our communities.

Tides Canada’s Accessibility Policy and Plan outline the various considerations our staff, volunteers and contractors need to take into account when communicating with an individual with a disability. They also outline our guidelines regarding training, what to do in the case of a temporary disruption and how we accept feedback regarding the way Tides Canada has interacted with a person with a disability.

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