Staff and Board


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Gisèle Yasmeen

Executive Director

Gisèle joined Food Secure Canada as Executive Director in May 2019 and has 20 years of leadership experience in knowledge organizations having served as a not-for-profit and government executive including Vice-President of Research and Partnerships at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Senior Director of Outreach, Communications and Research at Elections Canada and founding Regional Director for British Columbia and the Yukon of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada. Gisèle brings a deep food systems lens to her work and started working on agri-food issues in both Asia and Canada in the early 1990s and has published widely in the field including two books, several scholarly articles and media commentary in both English and French. She has held faculty appointments at the University of British Columbia, Royal Roads University and Dawson College in Montreal. Gisèle has a PhD from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree from McGill and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from University of Ottawa. Gisèle has also advised numerous organizations including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, “The Big Picnic” (a European-Union funded project on food security involving botanical gardens), the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. Gisèle is currently a member of the scientific committee of CityFood project at New York University. She has also served on four boards of directors of Canadian not-for-profit organizations over the course of her career.

Gisèle’s diverse skills and experience will help Food Secure Canada to strengthen, advance and support the needs of Canada’s growing and diverse food movement in a rapidly evolving global context. Gisèle is fluent in English and French and has studied Thai, Urdu/Hindi, Spanish and Mandarin. She loves to participate in the performing arts in her free time.



Amélie Lévesque

office manager

Amélie has been working for FSC since 2014. She has held various positions, both as an employee and as a contractor. Currently working as the office manager, she wears many hats, from administration to translation, database management and many more. She has also been a professional translator for over 10 years and has even made a brief foray into the world of social dance. An interesting career, but oh so precarious. Prior to joining FSC, Amélie completed a Master's degree in International Studies where she focused on human rights, specifically the right to food and food sovereignty.

Amélie is interested in languages. Apart from French and English, she studied Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin. When she's not in the office, she can be found riding a bike or walking through the Marché Jean-Talon, one of her favorite places in Montreal.



Debbie Field

coalition for healthy school food coordinator

Debbie has been involved in promoting and improving school food programs for decades, starting when she was a child growing up in New York City where she participated in a free lunch program and loved the mash potatoes and meatloaf but hated the stigma of eating in the “free lunch” cafeteria.  When her children entered grade school she was instrumental as a parent activist in organizing a healthy hot lunch program at her children’s school and then advocating to the City of Toronto to fund student nutrition programs. Over her years as the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto she and her colleagues were involved in developing innovative and sustainable student nutrition and school food literacy programs and the creation of the Coalition for Healthy School Food.

A social activist and globally recognized leader in the creation of a more socially just and environmentally sustainable food systems, Debbie is currently also a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner with the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. Debbie’s passion for collective action and policy change is informed by her experiences as a community college instructor, union organizer and leadership in a variety of social movements.

Debbie’s accomplishments and influence in Canada’s food movement are well known to us at Food Secure Canada. Her leadership and nurturing of innovative solutions to food systems challenges through community-based approaches are rooted in recognition of progressive policy change.  



Susan Alexander


Susan Alexander is a policy adviser at Food Secure Canada. As an international communications specialist, she has worked with NGOs, think tanks and news agencies.

Currently putting down roots in the Montreal food movement, Susan volunteers with Santropol Roulant and is a member of a collective garden in her neighborhood.




Omar Elsharkawy

PROGRAM manager

Omar is a program manager, and focal point for equitable access to healthy, sustainable food at Food Secure Canada. At FSC, he is working on a collective, and participatory process to identify, analyse and document food systems approaches and innovations.

Omar holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies (MES) in food system planning from York University, researching systematic, health and sustainability focused food system interventions. Prior to joining FSC, Omar has worked in both public and non-profit sectors in organizations ranging from local farmers’ markets to international agencies.

Omar is first generation immigrant to Canada. He lives in Toronto on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.



Isabelle Groc

communications manager

Isabelle is an award-winning writer, conservation photographer, documentary filmmaker, and children’s book author, with a passion for creating stories that inspire community-driven, long-lasting change in the environmental and social justice sectors. She is an experienced communications and public engagement professional and has led numerous storytelling-driven campaigns to create impact and raise awareness on behalf of various non-profit organisations. She has been involved in projects related to women experiencing violence, vulnerable elders, wheelchair users and accessible housing, endangered species, and climate action.

Isabelle holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She grew up in France, has family roots in Spain, and now shares her time between Vancouver and Salt Spring Island. She is a fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Societies of Canada and the UK.

In her free time, Isabelle photographs wildlife close to home, tortures her family with baking experiments, attempts to swim in cold British Columbia lakes, and is learning cat language.


Gustave Le


Gustave is the Communications Coordinator of the Coalition for Healthy School Food. He completed a DEC in Media and Communications at LaSalle College and a Bachelor of Art in International Relations. He is an interdisciplinary media creator who specializes in creating a variety of media content using the Adobe Suite, including press releases, graphics design, and videos. He has worked with various non-profits in communications advocating for equality, human rights and social justice.

In his free time, he can often be found at museums, art exhibitions, and at the theatre doing improvisation during the weekend.




Juliette Clochard

Communications Assistant

Juliette is the Communications Assistant for Food Secure Canada. Passionate about psychology and, more specifically, child psychology, she has been teaching young children since the age of 15. Over the years, Juliette has learned to adapt her communication style to the different personalities she meets and, in doing so, has discovered a passion for communication and finding ways to make crucial concepts easier to grasp. She completed a major in international business at Concordia University before working for several nonprofits and social impact companies. Juliette's major enabled her to pinpoint the values she seeks to advocate throughout her career. She has since worked and continues to work for organizations directly or indirectly linked to the development of the well-being of current and future generations. 

Juliette loves to lose herself in novels and comic books, discover different food combinations that produce unusual dishes and go rock climbing on the walls of Montreal.


Danie Martin

Project officer

Danie is a project officer for the communications team and the Coalition for Healthy School Food, among others.

She completed a major in Communications at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) followed by a certificate in Community Action at Université de Montréal. Since pre-university college, where she was the Greenhouse activity leader, Danie has always been a firm believer that food is the center of human interactions. Her work as a community development officer in New-Brunswick ignited her interest for community based work and citizen initiatives. While at university, she was involved in grassroots student-lead projects around local food and social ecology with the Public Interest Research Group, which led her to work as co-coordinator of UQAM's Farmers Market. 

Fairly new to the food movement across Canada, she has endless appetite to discover more initiatives and projects. Cyclist amateur, Danie is an outdoor lover.



Gorana Govedarica

Project manager

Gorana is a consultant, project manager at FSC.

She holds an MSc in Social Innovation from HEC Montréal where she focused her thesis on a topic that she is passionate about, sustainable food systems transition. Gorana has a business background with ten years of financial services and digital transformation consulting experience. She has been working in the field of Social Innovation and Sustainable Food Systems over the past five years.  Gorana is passionate about cross-fertilization between different sectors to bring forth innovative solutions for complex issues in food systems.

In her free time, Gorana practices yoga, contemplates with nature and loves to write poems.