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Sustain Ontario – the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming

New Address! 301-253 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON  M4K 1N2

New Phone!  416-461-3444

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Director –  Philip Groff, Ph.D.

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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 – Alena Cawthorne

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Alena joined Sustain Ontario in September 2014 as the Food Policy Intern supporting research on local food procurement.  Since then, she has had various roles including Municipal Food Policy Assistant for the Municipal Regional Food Policy Network to advance food and farming research and networking across Ontario.  She is currently pursuing a Master in Environmental Studies with a focus on institutional procurement and its potential role in building sustainable and just food systems.  Alena is an avid gardener.  She spent time WWOOFing in Quebec, farming on Ryerson University’s rooftop, and managing her own front yard garden.


Ontario Edible Education Network Coordinator – Carolyn Webb

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Phone: 613.852.7709

Carolyn Webb comes to the position of Ontario Edible Education Network Coordinator 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 included 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 peace builders in fostering relationships, sharing knowledge, skills and experiences, collaborating on educational and research projects, and supporting one another to nurture and develop 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, University of Toronto.


Program and Administrative Assistant – Alice Schuda

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Alice came to Sustain Ontario in October of 2015 to fill this completely new support role.  She brings many years experience in not-for-profit and education program administration along with a passion for healthy food systems.  Alice is an urban food producer and advocate who has organized community garden projects with seniors, helped find markets for local foods, and promoted healthy snacks in schools.  Before coming to Canada, Alice worked with the Center for Global Education directing its Sustainable Development and Social Change semester program in Central America.


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