Meet Our Staff

Staff Team

Our office is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In addition to the core staff team, students from a wide variety of programs complete practicums and internships at Food Matters and they are an important asset to our work.

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Rob is a settler Canadian with Franco-Manitoban and Acadian roots; he was born and raised and currently lives in Winnipeg, in Treaty 1 Territory. Rob has a unique skillset and well-rounded background in the food movement, including experience working in locally-sourced cuisine, community food security programs, non-profit management, food systems research and public policy. Rob values equity and inclusion, advocates for decolonizing, anti-oppressive, and body-positive approaches to food security work, and excels at projects that engage multi-sector stakeholders in food systems assessment, planning, and program development, using best available evidence and participatory design.

Rob has co-authored community-based municipal and provincial food security strategies, facilitated food asset mapping projects in urban and rural communities, and has been a key informant in the development of food councils in Winnipeg and Brandon.

As Executive Director of Food Matters Manitoba, Rob works with local governments, organizations, civil society, and community members to develop and sustain initiatives that enhance food security throughout Manitoba.  

Executive Director

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Amalia entered Canada as international student with her family and received a Master’s degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba.  For more than two years, she was trained in sensory and instrumental evaluation of foods as well as on testing the functionality of their bioactive compounds.  Amalia is a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian in the Philippines and worked in various areas including academia, public health, and food industry.  As a Nutritionist, she is passionate about sharing the goodness of food, which plays an important part in her culture.  It is a way to celebrate events, welcome new family members and friends, and to make the mood enchanting.  Partaking in foods with her family is the best way to start and end her day.  Amalia was already actively involved in promoting sound nutrition to various sectors in the Philippines and in Winnipeg, when she started working as a facilitator for Food Matters Manitoba.  She has helped to introduce nutrition, food safety, and western ways of food selection and preparation to newcomers and immigrants.  In her role at Food Matters Manitoba, she is eager to reach more communities where the importance of proper nutrition can be shared.

Evaluation Coordinator


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Demian is driven by the Inninwuk (Swampy Cree) teachings to provide for his community of Fox Lake. Learning all he can from the land and the Elders, he spends much of his time harvesting from the land as dictated by the seasons. Demian has been committed to passing on these lessons and skills to the next generations, doing work with his community’s youth and the schools to achieve this goal. Now with Food Matters Manitoba, Demian is focused on helping other communities share their knowledge with their youth.

Program Manager, Northern Partnerships


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Ever since she was little, Myreille has been passionate about food and how it brings everyone together. She is from Quebec but for the last decade has lived overseas and in Winnipeg, where she completed a BSc in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba.  The work that Myreille does at Food Matters  is very dear to her as she is eager to help others develop a positive relationship with food, whether it is through increased access and availability of food, or through increased access to the information that people need to have a more balanced and nutritious diet.

Program Manager, Social Innovation & Food Action Hub


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Yoni recently graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science. During his time at school, he served as the Food Science Representative on the agriculture student council and also helped establish the new University of Manitoba Dairy Club. Yoni focused his university research project on improving water sustainability of the dairy industry with an exploration on whey fermentation, and hopes to build upon these efforts in the future. During his education, Yoni also worked for a non-profit STEM organization called WISE Kid-Netic Energy, where he travelled to communities around the entire province leading week-long day camps for children aged 8-13.

Coming from his recent participation in the Manitoba Legislative Internship Program last year, Yoni also gained insight into how policies are legislated and how government systems can function. Yoni hopes to use all these combined experiences to aid in expanding access to food security information and resources to support our community partners and organizations. In his free time, Yoni also loves to cook and bake, tend to his small herb garden, and play the violin.

Social Innovation Coordinator


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In this role Arista (a settler, originally from Treaty 6 Territory; Edmonton and Jasper, Alberta), seeks to remain respectfully curious, keen to learn, and to pursue, support, and engage in difficult (necessary) conversations.

In previous work, those conversations have involved: seeking to de-centre whiteness in community-driven initiatives, societal and institutional size discrimination, sexual, genital, and reproductive health(care), disordered eating and diet culture, medical and social constructions of sex and gender, disability and mental illness, sizeism and food/body neutrality, re-thinking gender, and community safety and accountability.

Living rurally on Treaty One, just a five minute walk from the extraordinary prairie ocean that is Lake Winnipeg, Arista has a belly full of saskatoons, a mind full of questions, soup stock on the stove, and lots to learn.

Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator


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Katie works with an energetic and community-minded approach to building relationships.

For over a decade she’s been involved in community program development, grant writing and communications focused on community food security and food and nutrition literacy. Her curious career path has taken her from community kitchens to academic writing, up a million apple trees, to the pastry kitchen and back.

Katie’s well-rounded approach and dedication to community-driven food programming is put to good use in this Development Manager role.

Development Manager


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Having come to Canada as a child and Winnipeg as an adult, her experience and relationship with food is diverse.

She has been involved with a number of non profits over the years as both a volunteer and at the management level and understands our connection to food as both a fuel and a manner of sharing and celebration.

Debby is excited to be working with Food Matters to improve food security for all people living in Manitoba.

Administration & Program Support