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Conference Delegates
A total of 170 delegates filled the Prestige Inn in Nelson for the second day of speakers and workshops.

"I was so inspired by the Future of Food Conference that you have been airing parts of on your show that we are starting to plan for a state-wide conference here in Vermont along those lines. Your show is quite inspiring!"
- Warren, VT

Final Report

Conference Report

Executive Summary

In November 2007, Deconstructing Dinner attended one of the first regional food security conferences ever held in Canada. With a population of less than 10,000 people, the City of Nelson, British Columbia, hosted over 250 people for the first evening of keynote speakers. With an equally impressive 170 in attendance on the second day of keynote speakers and workshops, the conference acts as an example for other Canadian communities wishing to begin organizing themselves to take greater control over the food available to them.

Deconstructing Dinner hopes the raw recordings, shows, and resources presented on this page will aid groups across the country looking to ensure the presence of a socially and environmentally responsible local food system that benefits local economies.

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Tuesday Keynote Speakers

Richard Balfour (Vancouver) - Architect, Director of Metro Vancouver Planning Coalition, Director New City Institute

Herb Barbolet (Vancouver) - Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University. Co-Founder of FarmFolk/CityFolk

Ione Smith (Vancouver) - Special Projects Coordinator, SmartGrowth BC

Justin Roller (Vancouver) - Fuel Cell Engineer, Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, National Research Council Canada

George Penfold (Castlegar) - Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, West Kootenay/Boundary Region, Selkirk College

Wednesday Keynote Speakers

Abra Brynne (Salmo) - BC Food Systems Network

Jon Steinman (Nelson) - Deconstructing Dinner CJLY

Don Low (Creston) - Agricultural Economist, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands


Technical Aspects of Farming
labour, gene pool, seeds, storage, processing, education

LISTEN (1:19:32)

Community Development
community gardens, CSAs, eco-villages, co-operatives

LISTEN (1:04:46)

land use, planning, zoning, taxation, inspection

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marketing, distribution, prices

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Workshops Wrap-up

LISTEN (11:16)

Russell Precious (Conference Organizer)
Gord McAdams (Nelson City Councillor)
Herb Barbolet (Simon Fraser University)
Geroge Penfold (Selkirk College)

Final Comments

Corky Evans - MLA Nelson-Creston, NDP Agriculture Critic
LISTEN (7:56)


Part I: Overcoming Denial - December 6, 2007

Part II: Rebuilding Local Food Systems - December 13, 2007

Part III: Workshops - February 7, 2008

Raw Recordings & Presentations

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

John Dooley Mayor, City of Nelson - Welcome Address
LISTEN (2:47)

Nadine Steele & Andre Piver Future of Food Conference Collaborative - Introductions
LISTEN (6:39)

Justin Roller National Research Council Canada - Canada and the Coming Energy Transition
LISTEN (16:00)
PDF Presentation

Richard Balfour Metro Vancouver Planning Coalition - "The West Kootenay, Facing a Much Changed Future"
LISTEN (32:37)
PDF Presentation

Ione Smith SmartGrowth BC - "Planning for Food: Smarter Growth for Farmland Protection"
LISTEN (26:45)
PPT Presentation

George Penfold - Selkirk College - "Planning for Local Agriculture"
LISTEN (13:56)
PPT Presentation

Herb Barbolet - Simon Fraser University - "Real Food for Now and the Future"
LISTEN (32:25)
PPT Presentation

Q&A Evening Session
LISTEN (30:12)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Marilyn James - Sinixt Nation Spokesperson - "Welcome"
LISTEN (2:55)
NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the first half of this recording is not included.

Abra Brynne - Founding Member of the BC Food Systems Network - "Food Citizenship"
LISTEN (25:06)

Jon Steinman - Deconstructing Dinner CJLY - "Update on the 100-Mile Diet Challenge and Results of Community Food Matters Forum"
LISTEN (25:27)
PPT Presentation

Don Low - BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands - "Local Food Production. Can We Afford It?"
LISTEN (20:22)
PPT Presentation

Q&A Daytime Session
LISTEN (5:37)

Alex Atamanenko - MP for BC Southern Interior, NDP Agriculture Critic - "Welcome"
LISTEN (12:08)


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