About

What Is the LSS ?

The LSS is not just a typical symposium.

 

With a multistakeholder approach, we combine quality, forward-thinking content in a high-energy collaborative setting that will leave you wanting to take the next step.

For Who?

The LSS is for change makers from across the globe who are looking to heal the planet and feed the world.

Farmers, engaged citizens, scientists, agronomists, community organizers, entrepreneurs and decision makers gather to bring their diverse perspectives to the table with a shared objective: regenerating our soils for the future of life on Earth.

We consider it is crucial to learn from and follow the lead of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) land stewards if we want to regenerate soil, restore water cycles and biodiversity, and help to shape a healthy and just food system. Our event strives to give space for these voices and viewpoints that have often been overlooked or underrepresented in regenerative agriculture.

Discover

We facilitate collaborative and stimulating opportunities for participants to learn about the science, practices and community surrounding the most innovative solutions related to soil regeneration. The LSS is not only about learning from inspiring speakers, but also from one another.

Connect

We’ve created fertile conditions where participants from across sectors will connect through one on one meaningful conversations, engaging group discussions, and fun networking opportunities leading to fruitful collaborations.

Engage

We’ve curated a very unique gathering, where inspiration leads to collective action, and where participants discover their role within the soil regeneration movement. Guests leave the LSS ready to take the next step.

Experience

Inspiring talks and panels

We’ve curated a rich, informational and interactive program with forward-thinking experts bringing diverse perspectives on soil regeneration.

Campfire conversations

Guests love exchanging with speakers and other participants around one of our “campfires” to have more intimate, in-depth conversations.

Virtual experience, real connections

Going virtual doesn't exclude connecting with your fellow Symposium participants. Participants are invited to download our event app to connect with others, to set up a virtual meetup and discuss topics related to sessions or potential collaborations, as well as access the program and get the latest event updates.

A Bilingual Event

Bilingualism is part of our identity at Regeneration Canada. It is therefore essential for us to be able to reach as many Canadians as possible to talk about soil regeneration, in both English and French. Participants at Living Soils Symposium can therefore listen to live online sessions in the language of their choice, thanks to a simultaneous translation tool and the work of our amazing interpreters.

Justice, Equity, Inclusion

Our program wishes to honour the historical contributions of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) in regenerative agriculture. We recognize the need to learn from and follow the lead of BIPOC communities if we want to regenerate soil, restore water cycles and biodiversity, and help to shape a healthy and just food system.

Social hours

Developing new relationships amongst participants is a valued part of the LSS. Along with the event app, our social hours will hold space for informally connecting with other attendees, while having a bit of fun and reflecting on the sessions of the day.

The Team

Gabrielle Bastien

Event Director

Gabrielle’s life mission is to promote regenerative land management as a way to mitigate climate change and foster healthy food systems. This passion arose while obtaining her Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University, completed in 2016, where she realized that soil regeneration presents the greatest opportunity to simultaneously alleviate the food, climate, water and biodiversity crises.

Interested in diving in deeper in the practical aspects of permaculture, Gabrielle did an apprenticeship on Ben Falk’s Whole Systems Design farm in Vermont in 2015 and focused her Master’s thesis on the economic viability of permaculture-inspired farms in Quebec.

Prior to her graduate studies, she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at HEC Montréal and gathered years of work experience in communications, project management and event planning.

Gabrielle led the team that launched the Living Soils Symposium Montreal in 2017 and founded Regeneration Canada.

Antonious Petro

Scientific Director

Antonious Petro is a biologist and a certified permaculture designer whose vision of an ideal society would be a symbiotic collaboration of permaculture principles, circular economy and social justice. He has a Bachelor's degree in Biology From Minia University, Egypt and a graduate degree in Community Economic Development from Concordia University. He is passionate about soil regeneration, social innovation and bike mechanics. Since his arrival in Montreal in 2013, he has gathered a vast experience in project coordination in sustainability, food security, business development and ecological land management. At Regeneration Canada, Antonious coordinates the soil education program and is the administrative assistant.

Sarah Barsalou

Assistant Director


Sarah is a trained lawyer and holds Bachelor degrees in both International Studies and in Law. For several years, she practiced as a lawyer in the non-profit sector. When she realized the urgency of the state of our planet, she knew she had to work towards finding solutions to combat climate change. She has always been passionate about cooking and sustainable food systems and first started to get involved by volunteering with organisations whose missions relate to food security and sustainable agriculture.

After traveling the world and working on a farm in Italy that integrated many regenerative practices, Sarah joined Regeneration Canada in October 2018 as the Network Coordinator. Sarah helped launch the organization’s membership program and is in charge of managing the community of members, creating partnerships as well as expanding its network of leaders in soil regeneration across sectors. Sarah was appointed Assistant Director in July 2019 and continues to develop relationships with leaders in the regenerative movement across the country, as well as leads and develops many of the organization's projects.

Ananda Fitzsimmons

Consultant – Program & Content

Ananda Lynn Fitzsimmons is an out-of-the-box thinker, visionary and environmentalist, with a passion for soil and growing food. She has had lifelong interest in sustainable food production and land management as well as social change and personal empowerment. She spent many years experimenting with microbial potions based on naturally occurring microbes extracted from plants, composts and soil. In 2008, she teamed up with Dr. Margaret Bywater Ekegard and they founded Inocucor Technologies. The company, now called Concentric, commercializes products for agriculture based on consortia of naturally occurring beneficial microorganisms. She now works as a consultant promoting soil health and regenerative land management practices.

Alix Tabet

Project Manager

Alix is a farmer and organizer. With a B.A in Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University, she is passionate about activating social change through food and regenerative farming. Prior to joining the Regeneration Canada team, she was coordinating an organic transition program at Canadian Organic Growers. She has a background in event organizing, project management, and facilitation. After developing an avidness for agriculture, working on regenerative farms in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, she started a farm with her partner in 2019. They grow no-till certified organic vegetables and cut-flowers on rented land on unceded Algonquin territory in L’Ange-Gardien, QC. At Regeneration Canada, she is coordinating the 2021 edition of the Living Soils Symposium.

Simrin Desai

Project Manager

Simrin is a calm and curious being with an insatiable fascination for the soil and plant world and its innumerable lessons. She has followed a winding career path, but one that ultimately led to her passion in regenerative agriculture, where she has been working happily for the past five years.

Following the completion of her studies in chemical engineering in 2015, she turned towards permaculture in search of a simpler and more circular life, which follows – instead of counters – the cycles of nature.

In 2016, she completed a permaculture design certificate (PDC) from Hale Akua Organic Farm in Hawai’i, and in 2020, a DEP in horticulture from l’École de Métiers de l’Horticulture de Montréal. She is currently completing studies in ecological agriculture at McGill and on the path to becoming an agronomist, specialized in regenerative agricultural practices. At Régénération Canada, Simrin is coordinating our Regenerative Farm Map.