Joel Salatin

Farmer, Polyface Farm


Joel Salatin, 61, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world. He is also a lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain't Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley.

Jean-Martin Fortier

Farmer, Ferme des Quatre-Temps and Author, The Market Gardener

Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, educator and award-winning author of best-seller "The Market Gardener". A recognized authority on small-scale organic vegetable production, he has inspired hundreds of thousands to embrace a vision of agriculture that is human-scale, ecological and profitable.

Calla Rose Ostrander

Climate Change Policy, Science Communications and Strategy Advisor

Calla Rose Ostrander is a Climate Change Innovations Advisor to individuals and organizations dedicated to stabilizing Earth’s climate. From 2008-2016 she was the Climate Change Projects Manager for the City & County of San Francisco where she created and managed the City’s internal agency sustainability reporting, local offset program and lead community wide climate planning under mayors Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee. Calla Rose grew up in Colorado and before moving to California in 2008 co-authored of the City of Aspen’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plans and was a communications fellow for Rocky Mountain Institute. She studied ecological economics with David Batker of Earth Economics and holds a degree in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound.

Jackie Milne

President, Northern Farm Training Institute; Market gardener


Jackie Milne, the President and founder of the Northern Farm Training Institute, is a local Hay River Métis woman with over 25 years of successful market gardening. She created and executed the vision for building this holistic farm and educational centre to genuinely empower people to transform their lives. NFTI farm campus is designed for feeding 200 people in a remote northern community and supports a vibrant regenerative landscape while empowering northerners to build productive local farms and thriving, healthy resilient communities. Jackie is also the leader of the first Canadian Savory Hub, which is a global network of regenerative agriculture teachers committed to Holistic Management.

Diana Rodgers

Dietician living on a working farm and Owner, Sustainable Dish

Diana Rodgers, RD, is a “real food” nutritionist living on a working organic farm near Boston, Massachusetts that runs a vegetable and meat CSA. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks and runs a clinical nutrition practice. Diana writes and speaks about the intersection of optimal human nutrition, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and social justice. She is also the producer of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, interviewing experts in regenerative agriculture and human health. Her new film project, Sacred Cow, examines the environmental, nutritional and ethical case for “better meat’. She can be found at www.sustainabledish.com

Marie-Élise Samson

Agronomist and Ph. D. Candidate in soil conservation, Université Laval

Marie-Elise Samson is trying to determine the best agricultural practices to put in place to store carbon in agricultural soils, and fight against climate change. An agronomist by training, she is passionate about fertility and soil health, which in turn can reduce our dependence on synthetic fertilizers.

Louis Robert


Louis Robert is an agronomist and former employee of the MAPAQ.

David Bernard-Perron

Vice-President of Growing Operations, The Green Organic Dutchman


Starting work in greenhouse production in 2001, David has spent almost two decades continuously refining his skills in plant science. During that time, he graduated from McGill University with a Master of Science in Plant Sciences, and worked in the Greenhouses and Horticultural Research Center on campus for several seasons. From there, he went on to become the lead agrologist at Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation, designing the certified organic growing program on site and helping the company to become the first fully certified organic licensed producer in Canada.

David’s current role is Vice President of Growing Operations at The Green Organic Dutchman, Canada’s (and the world’s) largest organic licensed producer with 12 acres of greenhouses.

Finian Makepeace

Co-founder, Kiss the Ground

Finian Makepeace is the co-founder of Kiss the Ground, a recording artist, and a lifelong activist. Upon discovering that humanity can live regeneratively (that we could rebuild and regenerate soil), he was compelled to make it his mission to get this idea to the masses. He resides in Los Angeles, CA and recently became a father. He is most excited about training people to be empowered Soil Advocates.

Didi Pershouse

Author and Founder, Center for Sustainable Medicine

Didi Pershouse grew up in a family of high-tech medical pioneers working in radiation and brain surgery. Seeing the often destructive effects of their work first-hand led Pershouse to pioneering work of her own: she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring health to people as well as the social and ecological systems around them. She has written The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities, and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function.

Ethan Soloviev

Executive Vice President of Research, HowGood Inc

Ethan Soloviev is a farmer and the Executive Vice President of Research at HowGood.com, where he manages the world’s largest sustainability database on food, beauty, and cleaning products. His work with Fortune 100 retail and CPG companies combines on-the-ground agricultural expertise with sustainability-driven market insights. Ethan farms apples and sheep in upstate NY and is the author of "Levels of Regenerative Agriculture" and "Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance." You can read his latest latest articles at ethansoloviev.com.

Nathan de Baets

Agronomist-engineer at the Polytechnic University of Ghent, Responsible for the forest-wood sector at CoopCarbone

Mr. De Baets has 12 years of experience as a climate change mitigation project manager in the agriculture and forestry sectors in Canada and internationally. He is a private advisor for businesses wishing to reduce their GHG emissions, and for Canadian and Quebec government authorities. He is an external consultant for ÉcoRessources and CoopCarbone, the leaders in Eastern Canada in the field of the carbon market and the valuation of offset credits. He has participated in multiple projects of inventories and implementation of low carbon rural development strategies in both sectors. He is an agronomist-engineer at the Polytechnic University of Ghent with a specialization in tropical and subtropical agriculture. He also holds a Master of Science in Agroforestry and a D.E.S.S. Graduate degree specialized in integrated rural development at Laval University. He has also been awarded a Canadian Forest Sector Carbon Model Certificate (CBM-CFS3) from the Canadian Forest Service. For CoopCarbone, he is responsible for the forest-wood sector.

Claudia Goyer

Soil Microbiologist, Fredericton Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Claudia Goyer has obtained her PhD at the University of Sherbrooke, Québec. She was awarded the Alexander von Humbold fellowship for a postdoctoral position at the Max-Planck Institute on Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. Dr. Goyer was hired at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Fredericton in 1999. Her research program focuses on understanding the importance of diversity of soil microbial communities on plant disease, and soil ecosystem functioning including nitrogen cycling and crop productivity. Dr. Goyer is investigating how agricultural practices and environmental conditions influence the diversity of microbial communities and soil ecosystem functioning.

David Johnson

Molecular biologist, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University

David is a molecular biologist conducting research at the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University and an Adjunct Professor in the Regenerative Agricultural Initiative at California State University, Chico. He works with growers, Arizona State University, Texas A&M, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Globetrotter Foundation and the Thornburg Foundation exploring paths to improve food security, reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and increase farm and rangeland productivity and profitability through the development of beneficial soil microbial communities.

Derek Lynch

Professor of Agronomy & Agroecology, University of Dalhousie


Derek Lynch is Professor of Agronomy and Agroecology at Dalhousie University. His academic training is in agronomy (McGill University) and soil science (University of Guelph) and from 2005-2015 held the position as Canada Research Chair in Organic Agriculture. He has also served for many years on the executive of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, including as president from 2014-15. Derek teaches on soil and field crop management and agroecology at the undergraduate and graduate level at Dalhousie. His research program, much of it conducted directly in partnership with participating farms, focuses on cropping and farming system influence on productivity, soil carbon and nutrient dynamics, and soil health and biodiversity.

Becky Porlier

Co-founder and Director, Upper Canada Fibreshed

Becky is the co-founder and director of the Upper Canada Fibreshed. She has over eight years of experience in the local food and textile movement, that began while working as an urban farmer in Guelph, ON. She has an MSc in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph (2012) and a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from Wilfrid Laurier University (2007).

Jenny Lester Moffitt

Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Jenny Lester Moffitt is a 5th generation California farmer and Undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where she was Deputy Secretary from January 2015 – February 2018. Appointed to these positions by Governor Jerry Brown, Jenny works to engage stakeholders on issues that affect ranchers and farmers, including climate change, land use, water policy, and food security. As a farmer and policymaker, Jenny believes that agriculture is critically important to sustaining our environment and economy.

Claire Chenu

Professor of Soil science, biogeochemistry, organic matter, AgroParisTech

Claire Chenu is Head of the Scientific council of the GESSOL program, the research program of the French Ministry of Environment on soils. She is also member of the steering committee of Swiss National Science Foundation on Soils as a sustainable resource and was nominated Special Ambassador for the International Year of Soils by the FAO in 2015. She is Vice chair of the International Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per 1000 initiative "Soils for food security and climate" launched at the Climate COP21.

Michelle Holliday

Consultant and author

Michelle Holliday is a consultant, facilitator, author and researcher. Her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic, self-organizing living systems. With this understanding, we recognize that we can create the fertile conditions for life to thrive at every level – for individuals, for organizations as living ecosystems, for customers, community and biosphere. With this as her guide, Michelle brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully and effectively through their collective action. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World.

François D'Aoust

Farmer, Les Bontés de la vallée

François is a great lover of nature. He is concerned about the impact of agriculture on the environment and experimented with natural agriculture for 25 years. With his sweetheart, he has been managing his vegetable farm Les Bontés de la Vallée, located in Havelock, for 12 years. Not coming from a farming background, François chose this job to understand the ecological challenges of agriculture. These questions brought him to develop an eco-systemic approach that gives a large place to wild environments. Masanobu Fukuoka and Émilia Hazelip were his first inspirations. The last few years have been very influenced by the principles of the American Soil Health movement. He is passionate about re-hatching what has been found with a nursery of tree and shrub species, including native fruits and nuts. He hopes to inspire his entourage and help us find our place in nature.

Alain-Olivier Desbois


Alain-Olivier Desbois is a results-oriented intra-entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of impact investing and venture capital, and support for creation, strategic development and the financing of start-ups and private equity funds. Alain-Olivier is passionate about impact investing. As a Co-Founder of Espace-inc, Head of impact investing at l’Esplanade and Senior Director of the SVX crowdfunding platform in Quebec, he is building communities of coaches and investors willing to contribute to the growth of innovative start-ups, efficient and sustainable so that they become actors of change.

Beth Hunter

Program Director at McConnell Foundation

Beth Hunter is Program Director at the McConnell Foundation where she leads the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative. A co-founder of Equiterre, she previously led Greenpeace Canada's Oceans campaign and holds a master’s in rural economics from Laval University. She sits on the boards of the Academy for Systems Change and the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security, and is co-chair the Low-Carbon Funders’ Group at the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network.

Stéphanie Carrière

Chef R&D, Moulins de Soulanges

Stéphanie Carrière has been passionate about science and food since childhood. She is a graduate of McGill University in Food Science and Technology and has since covered several food sectors. Her experience in this field, as well as in the molecular biology of the international, allows her to put in place a rule and scientific awareness with the team, in fact since 2008. She is now coordinator of research and development for Moulins de Soulanges and its role of supporting its technical and financial research operations.

Erin Crampton

Prairie Pasture Hub


Erin grew up on a mixed farm in Manitoba in the 1980’s and has spent the last 20 years working on the periphery of agriculture through her store Crampton's Market. She is passionate about both conservation and farm advocacy, and believes the two naturally go hand in hand. Working with hundreds of farmers she started to see a subset of producers making their farms more efficient rather than bigger, layering enterprises to make space for the next generation to stay, creating life and vitality in their rural communities, and diversity and abundance on their land and local ecosystems. These farmers were achieving amazing results by practicing Holistic Management.

She has recently sold her store to focus on blending her conservation and farm advocacy work into decentralized Savory Hubs.

Raphaël Goulet

Director general, Mille-Îles watershed council (COBAMIL)


Mr. Raphael has a Master's degree in biology from McGill University and has nearly 10 years of experience in the field of environment, including the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq). After serving on COBAMIL's Board of Directors for more than 4 years, he joined the tenure as Executive Director in June 2018.

Brooks & Jen White

Farmers at Borderland Agriculture

At Borderland, we focus on Regenerative Agriculture by incorporating bison production into a highly diverse cropping system. Our bison are the key component to our vison of improving soil health. We utilize their natural hardiness in our #graze365 program. With this vision, we were recently recognized in the 2018 Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program.

Arnaud Mayet

Biodynamic vegetable gardener, Cadet Roussel Farm

Arnaud is the co-owner and chef of culture of the Cadet Roussel farm established in Mont Saint Gregoire for over 40 years, organic since 1985 and biodynamic since 1990. A neo-farmer, in 2005, it was his training as a natural space manager and his ambition to change the world that pushed him to agriculture. In the constant effort to do better and with a sharp overall vision, soil regeneration is one of the few major challenges with which it must deal.

Isabelle Grégoire


Lucie Grenon and Isabelle Grégoire are responsible for the educational programs of the Quebec Association of Soil Science Specialists (AQSSS). Since 2015, they have been teaching the Sol'ERE program on soil health in Quebec's elementary and secondary schools, as well as organizing soil excursions for citizens. Isabelle has a master's degree in environment and geography and specializes in teaching environmental science and eco-citizenship

Thorsten Arnold

Food system analyst and value chain consultant, Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology

Dr. Thorsten Arnold moved to Canada from Germany in 2009. He co-owns the biointensive Persephone Market Garden operated by his wife Kristine Hammel. With academic background in global environmental change and agricultural economics, Thorsten works as a food system analyst and value chain consultant with the Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology. A recent project was the design and establishment Eat Local Grey Bruce Co-op, a farmer-driven online farmers market. Thorsten is a board member of the Organic Council of Ontario and worked with EFAO. He is currently working on establishing a value-chain partnership for regenerative beef.

Lucie Grenon


Lucie Grenon and Isabelle Grégoire are responsible for the educational programs of the Quebec Association of Soil Science Specialists (AQSSS). Since 2015, they have been teaching the Sol'ERE program on soil health in Quebec's elementary and secondary schools, as well as organizing soil excursions for citizens. Lucie is a retired agrologist and soil scientist. She worked for 35 years at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Jean-François Gross


Jean-François Gross, originally from Switzerland and a lover of Quebec for almost 40 years, is a large-scale agricultural producer. Farmer and researcher, he has since 2015 been trying to work in organic production on permanent covers and living soil.

Andrew Gordon

Professor and researcher, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph

Andrew M. Gordon investigates of ecosystem-level processes in both agricultural and temperate/boreal forest systems. He has worked in the boreal forest since 1978, and has directed a number of research projects looking at long-term plantation productivity. He has spent considerable time developing and promoting agroforestry systems in temperate regions for their ameliorative and restorative properties, including both intercropping and riparian systems to investigate reduced nutrient loadings to streams and other water systems. He has a strong interest in the interaction of terrestrial and aquatic systems, stemming from his senior undergraduate research on Narrows Mountain Brook in central New Brunswick.

Harry Greene

Co-founder and Head of Farm Development, Propagate Ventures


Harry is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Propagate Ventures. Propagate is establishing the financial and legal infrastructure required to add profitable, functional tree crops to working farms. Bringing together investment capital, consumer brands, and land managers, Propagate fosters agroforestry-inclusive landscapes and supply chains. Crops with momentum include berries, pomme fruit, chestnuts, short-rotation timber silvopasture, and holistically managed cattle.

Headquartered in Hudson, New York, Propagate’s ethos centers on growing soil while strengthening rural economies in the cold humid climates of North America.

Harry originally hails from Massachusetts, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Vermont. Agroforestry research and consulting has brought Harry and Propagate to Argentina, Brazil, The Dominican Republic, Spain, Québec, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, Oregon, California, Tennessee, Maryland, and much of New England and New York. Harry enjoys running in the forest and and cooking in his free time.

Luis Salgado

Technical Director, Ecotierra


Ka'nahsohon Kevin Deer

Mohawk Elder and Faithkeeper

Ka’nahsohon Kevin Deer is from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. For the last 30 years, he has been involved in Mohawk Language retention and revitalization. He is also a Faithkeeper at the Mohawk Trail Longhouse, which involves knowing and guiding sacred songs, dances and rituals. He enjoys discussing and presenting the Iroquoian world views, history and philosophy.

Vincent Poirier

LIEU - Sols urbains and Professor of Soil Science and Carbon Storage, UQAT


Vincent Poirier is Professor of Soil Science and Carbon Storage at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) where he is Scientific Director of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Research and Development Unit. He is also the Research Director of the Urban Ecological Integration Laboratory (LIEU) in Montreal, a non-profit organization promoting ecological services rendered by urban soils.

Christophe Jospe

Chief development officer, Nori

Christophe Jospe is an analyst, story-teller, marketer, and fundraiser for any solution that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. At Nori, he leads the business development for establishing a new marketplace for pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, starting with enabling payments to food producers who can add carbon dioxide to their soils. He is also a co-host on the Reversing Climate Change podcast. He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Ruth Knight

Project Lead, Soil Health Coalition


Ruth is an advisor, mentor and facilitator, to farmers, land managers and communities for understanding and connecting soil first solutions. Ruth completed a BSc. in Agriculture and MSc. in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. Growing up in rural southwestern Ontario, and having owned a mixed livestock farm with a former partner for 20 years, Ruth has developed strong connections to agriculture. In 2005, Ruth established her independent consultancy company and has provided services to a diversity of farms, businesses, and researchers with a focus on organic systems. Ruth has a passion for soil health and the power of regenerative agriculture to create a future worth gifting to our grandchildren. In 2017, Ruth cofounded an emergent soil health project with farmers, community members, and citizen scientists in Erin, Ontario. The work of the Soil Health Coalition offers a framework for the transformation and regeneration of our landscapes, people, and communities.

Serge Loubier

Director of Business Development and New Product Development for Englobe's Soil and Biofuels Treatment Team

Mr. Loubier has a degree in biology from Université de Sherbrooke and a graduate degree from the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Since 1994, he has worked in various Englobe divisions; He worked as a technician, project manager, director of the document processing center and then director of business development for the Water Air Soil Solution division. In recent years, Mr. Loubier was the Sales Manager for the Waste Management Division at Englobe. He is currently the Director of Business Development and New Product Development for Englobe's Soil and Biofuels Treatment Team.

Jocelyn Michon

Farmer, Ferme Jocelyn Michon

Jocelyn started farming in 1974. He quickly started working to reduce the number interventions in field crops. Concerned about improving soil health, for the last 25 years he has managed to implement an efficient system of culture no tillage (direct seeding), combined with the use of cover crops. The the ultimate goal being to cover the ground permanently. This has allowed him to share his experience with thousands of farmers from here, from France and from Ukraine.

Hugues Morand

Acting Deputy Director, Environment Policy Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Hugues Morand has been with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada since 2003. He is currently Acting Deputy Director within the Environment Policy Division and negotiator for agriculture as part of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) where he contributed to the establishment of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture in 2017. An outdoor enthusiast, Hugues grew up close to apple orchards in Mont-Saint-Hilaire and holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from McGill University - Macdonald Campus.

Pierre Pujos

Organic farmer from the Gers

Holder of a master's degree in biology, Pierre began a professional career at the Ministry of Agriculture as a phytosanitary products homologist and then a teacher in agricultural high school. He then worked as an organic grain farmer in southwestern France in 1998 with the objective of producing without degrading the environment. The fight against erosion and the search for resilience have been the drivers his change of practices. Today Pierre is organic farmer on 210 ha, and has been polyculture breeding without fertilizers or pesticides for twenty years, with 10 to 12 different crops and a herd of transhumant sheep.

Sylvain Maestracci

Agricultural Counselor, Embassy of France in the United States


Sylvain Maestracci has been the Agricultural Counselor at the Embassy of France in the United States, with regional competence over Canada, since March 2017. From 2014 to 2017, he was in the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food in charge of the subsidies allocation policy to farmers in the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union as project leader and Deputy to the Director of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies management. He handled negotiations on European agriculture, sanitary and food policies, as Inter-ministerial Coordinator (office of the Prime Minister) for these policies between 2011 and 2014, and as head of the European Union unit at the Ministry of Agriculture between 2007 and 2010.

Previously, he worked in the French Ministry of Finance, where he was in charge of economic analysis of agricultural and environmental policies, then of budgetary monitoring of European policies regarding agriculture, food and the environment.

Frédéric Pitre

Associate Professor, University of Montreal and Botanist Researcher, Botanical Garden of Montreal

Frédéric Pitre is a researcher at the Montreal Botanical Garden and Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal. He leads the Environmental Biology Laboratory and his work focuses on developing green approaches to solving environmental problems using genomics.

Paul Slomp

Farmer, Grazing Days

Paul Slomp was raised on his family’s dairy farms, first in the Netherlands, then in Alberta—farms that were at the forefront of the grass-based dairy movement. His love of mathematics and science led him to study engineering at the University of Alberta. After volunteering near the Zambia-Malawi border with Engineers without borders for four years, he returned to Canada to work in Canadian food policy and later to start his own farm to develop and showcase the ability of alternative models of agriculture to produce food for people in a way that regenerates soil and rejuvenates ecosystems while being economically viable with the aim of providing a different model on which to base agricultural development. Paul, his partner Josée and two kids are currently breathing new life into the abused soil of a recently acquired farm in St-André-Avellin, QC. Their farm is called Grazing Days and they mob graze a herd of 200 bovines and a sounder of 70 pigs on 370 acres and market the meat from 70 cattle and 70 pigs per year directly to households in the Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal areas.

Pierre Dumas

Network manager, REPEX

Pierre Dumas is president of REPEX, an NPO working with and for the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake. Doing so, Pierre helps to implement the First Nations eco-agriculture strategy through project management, infrastructure development, alliances, technical, economic and logistic support.

Marco Allard

Agricultural Environment Coordinator, Consolidation of Quebec Watershed Organizations (ROBVQ)

Marco Allard has been involved in agricultural watershed projects since November 2010. In this capacity, he assists coordinators, promoters and partners in the implementation of their projects. Following studies in administration, he worked in the agri-food economic development sector (CLD), and later joined the provincial coordination of Agriconseils networks. Always active on the family farm and now a field crop producer, he is well aware of the challenges and concerns facing farmers.