Patricia Chuey, MSc., RD, FDC (Moderator)
If needing context on food and nutrition issues, Patricia will provide it in a commonsense way. She is a speaker, author, mentor, recipe creator and award-winner for excellence in nutrition communication who has appeared extensively in the media over the past 3 decades supporting Canadians with their well-being goals. Originally from Saskatchewan, she and her family currently live on Vancouver Island. She can be reached on social media @PatriciaChuey.
Frank Mitloehner, PhD
Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. As such, he shares his knowledge and research, both domestically and abroad, with students, scientists, farmers and ranchers, policy makers, and the public at large. Frank is also director of the CLEAR Center, which has two cores – research and communications. The CLEAR Center brings clarity to the intersection of animal agriculture and the environment, helping our global community understand the environmental and human health impacts of livestock, so we can make informed decisions about the foods we eat and while reducing environmental impacts.
Frank is committed to making a difference for generations to come. He is passionate about understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations, as well as studying the implications of these emissions on the health of farm workers and neighbouring communities. In addition, he is focusing on the food production challenge that will become a global issue as the world’s population grows to nearly 10 billion by 2050.
Frank received a Master of Science degree in animal science and agricultural engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a doctoral degree in animal science from Texas Tech University. Frank was recruited by UC Davis in 2002, to fill its first-ever position focusing on the relationship between livestock and air quality.
Ravi and Gurinder Cheema
Ravi and Gurinder Cheema are the proud owners of Creekside Hothouse Ltd., a greenhouse operation located in Surrey (15 acres) and Abbotsford (5 acres), British Columbia. In their facilities they are growing several specialty tomato varieties including tomato gems, cherry tomatoes, tomato on the vine, roma tomato, as well as bell peppers and eggplants.
Ravi and Gurinder are advocates for the agriculture industry and by leading school, university, and public tours several times/year, they hope to educate more people about the 'food story'. Especially when considering the greenhouse industry, they notice many misconceptions from the general public about growing practices and the quality of food. They feel it is very important for youth and the general public to re-connect with their food and be aware of where their food comes from, how it was produced, and who produced it.
Werner Stump is a second generation rancher and a Professional Forester from the North Okanagan. He is a director of the BC Cattlemen’s Association and chairman of the BCCA Land Stewardship Committee. Werner and his wife Jody are active on several crown range tenures and have designed and managed numerous projects focused on growing forage, while sustainably supporting a host of other resource values, such as timber, wildlife, water quality, fish habitat and community protection.
David van Keulen
David van Keulen is one of three brothers who own and operate Donia Farms. Donia Farms is a 3rd generation larger dairy farm located in Surrey, BC, and the farm is unique in that they have a brand on the retail shelf. They wanted to put a brand on the shelf as a way to connect shoppers to the farm again. The belief was that the disconnect has created a lot of misconceptions vilifying agriculture and especially animal agriculture. Climate change is an area where consumers have misconceptions. Modern farms are always pushing for efficiency and efficiency is one of the best ways to be more sustainable.