Civil society in food system governance webinar: Comparing Canada, the United States, and Australia

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: May 16, 2022

Categories: GoodFoodBites / Webinars

How are civil society organizations in Canada, the United States, and Australia working collaboratively to influence food system policy change and decision making?

Join this webinar and interactive conversation hosted by the University of Sydney:

  • Ottawa, Canada – Thursday, June 2, 7 – 9 p.m. (EDT)
  • Baltimore, United States -Thursday, June 2, 7 – 9 p.m (EDT)
  • Melbourne/Sydney, Australia: Friday, June 3, 9 – 11 a.m. (AEST)

The webinar will include a dialogue between civil society representatives and researchers from Canada, the US and Australia, exploring the role of civil society organizations in food system governance. The events will unpack the motivations, opportunities, challenges, and lessons learnt from collaborative forms of food system governance. It will also reflect on lessons learnt from the various models of collaborative food system governance, such as food policy councils and networks, across the three countries.


  • Moe Garahan, Executive Director, Just Food, Ottawa
  • Karen Bassarab, Senior Program Officer, John Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future
  • Dr. Nick Rose, Executive Director, Sustain: The Australian Food Network
  • Dr. Belinda Reeve, Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Dr. Charles Levkoe, Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University
  • Dr. Jill Clark, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Professor Peter Andrée, Department of Political Science, Carleton University


7-7:05pm (EDT) – Welcome and land acknowledgement
7:05-7:30pm – Panel presentation and Q&A featuring: Moe Garahan, Karen Bassarab, and Nick Rose
7:30-7:45pm – Presentation of research on the role of civil society organisations in food system governance in Australia: Belinda Reeve, in conversation with Charles Levkoe, and Jill Clark
7:45-7:55pm – Q&A moderated by Peter Andrée
7:55-8:05pm – Break
8:05-8:45pm – Breakout rooms with guiding questions
8:45-8:55pm – Report back from breakout rooms
8:55-9pm – Close

Learn more and register online here.