Our Team

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Director

Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Director of the Sustainable Food Systems Lab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University

Students, Researchers and Postdoctoral Fellows

Jessica is a member of the Long Lake 58 First Nation and grew up in Nakina, Ontario, she is an executive member with the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy, where she collaboratively assisted in the establishment of the Indigenous Food Circle.

Courtney is an educator and program development practitioner who has worked with First Nation communities in Northern Ontario over the last decade in youth programming, education, and strategic program development.

Rhonda Ferguson is a postdoctoral fellow with Lakehead University, working in partnership with Food Secure Canada

Dr. Julia Laforge is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Lakehead University, working in partnership with USC Canada

Veronica Paredes, PhD Candidate (Forest Sciences). She has carried out interdisciplinary work in the fields of national identity, intangible heritage and Visual Culture.

Michaela Bohunicky is a Registered Dietitian and Master of Health Sciences candidate in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University.

Vikki Schembri is a Master of Health Sciences candidate in the Department of Health Science at Lakehead University

Darya Parzei is a Master of Education candidate in the department of Education at Lakehead University.  Her  research examines the impacts of Ontario school nutrition programs on student well-being. She has an interested in community-based research, social justice education, and environmental and sustainability projects.

Alexander Duncan is a Masters of Science in Foresty candidate in the faculty of Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University. His research is concerned with Indigenous fisheries governance. He has a history of fisheries, archaeology, and natural resource work with his home community, the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation in southwestern Ontario.

Faculty

Dr. Mirella Stroink is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Lakehead University

Dr. Rebecca Schiff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University

Dr. Lindsay Gallaway is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University

Dr. Connie Nelson is a Professor Emeritus at Lakehead University and Director of the Food Security Research Network

Dr. Amanda Wilson is an Assistant Professor at St Paul University

Dr. Kristen Lowitt is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University