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Steering Committee Members

Tom Rudge, Operator Aurora Mountain Farm (Chair, CBAN Steering Committee). Tom raises heritage pigs, cows, organic chickens, organic cereal and hay crops and household vegetables on 160 acres in the Yukon. His family also operates the Government owned mobile abattoir. Tom has a BSc in Agriculture and is a founding member of the local Fireweed Community Market and a member of Growers of Organic Food Yukon. He has also volunteered with Food Secure Canada and Slow Food. He is a food advocate and communicates locally and regionally with other food security agencies and territorial government branches.

Eric Chaurette, Program Manager, Inter Pares, Ottawa. Eric is a Program Manager with the international development organization Inter Pares based in Ottawa.

Devlin Kuyek, Researcher, GRAIN. Devlin is a researcher based in Montreal, Quebec, who has worked with the international organization GRAIN since 2003. He is the author of The Real Board of Directors: The construction of biotechnology policy in Canada, 1980-2002 and Good Crop, Bad Crop: Seed Politics and the Future of Food in Canada, published by Between the Lines Press November 2007.

Ann Slater, Farmer, Ontario. Ann is an organic farmer who is active in the National Farmers Union (a CBAN member group) and the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) (a CBAN member group). She is a member of the EFAO’s GMO Committee and is a past Vice-President of Policy for the National Farmers Union. Ann has worked closely with CBAN for many years including through her work with the NFU where she was a vital part of developing and implementing the strategy to Stop GM Alfalfa. Ann has spoken at CBAN events and on panels with CBAN staff. She has assisted CBAN’s research and assisted partnerships in CBAN’s campaigns. Ann is an organic market gardener from just south of St. Marys in Oxford County, Ontario and farms on a small corner of her brother’s organic dairy farm, on a farm that has been farmed by successive generations of Slater’s since about 1860.

Maureen Kirkpatrick, Retailer, Toronto. Maureen is the Standards Coordinator at The Big Carrot in Toronto, a worker owned grocery store that has been advocating against GMOs in our food system since 1999. Maureen has worked closely with CBAN for many years in her role at The Big Carrot, particularly through participation in the campaign to Stop GM Alfalfa but also in supporting other campaign education work with CBAN. In her role at the Big Carrot, Maureen participates in many food and retailer industry conferences. Maureen serves on the Board of the Non-GMO Project, of which The Big Carrot is a founding member and is on the board of the Canada Organic Trade Association.

Abra Brynne has worked since the mid 1990s on providing education and resources to both ends of the food production chain – farmers and consumers. She has extensive experience in environmental and social standards development and conformity assessment, on a regional, provincial, national and international level. Abra is based in Nelson in the West Kootenays and sits on many committees and boards at various geographical levels, all connected to food and agriculture.


Past Steering Committee Members