About us

Calgary EATS! is a multi-stakeholder group with representation from the various sectors within the food system: production, processing, distribution, access, consumption, and waste recovery. Our vision is to achieve a sustainable and resilient food system for the Calgary region and to ensure that the principles outlined in the Food System Assessment and Action Plan are met, i.e., a food system that is local, accessible, secure, environmentally sustainable, healthy and contributes to community development.

History:
The Calgary EATS! Food Assessment and Action Plan (2012) was developed in response to a City Council direction that was driven by a growing citizen demand and community awareness of the value of a sustainable food system. The Food System Assessment and Action Plan was the result of an extensive process of engagement and consultation. This document contains key recommendations to move toward our vision of realizing a sustainable and resilient food system for the Calgary region and to help achieve related imagineCALGARY targets.

If you are passionate about our food system and want to make a difference, participation in the Calgary EATS! Stewardship Group is an opportunity for you to contribute to achieving the vision and targets.

Our Mandate and Initiatives:
The overall mandate for the Calgary EATS! Stewardship Group is to:

Build partnerships and catalyze action within and between Action Teams and in alignment with the Action Plan, and
Support and monitor the progress of action items identified within the Action Plan; and
Monitor progress on achieving the food vision and principles within the context of imagineCALGARY food-related targets.
In addition, in 2015 the Calgary EATS! Stewardship Group will implement a number of specific actions items. These include:

Strategic planning to shape the direction of the organization. Calgary EATS! will be evaluating and implementing strategies to broaden the partnership’s organizational capacity and effectiveness.
Identify, develop and implement a food-related project that showcases and advances the principles of a sustainable food system
PLEASE NOTE: Calgary EATS! has identified Food Waste as the focus for 2016
Increase marketing and communications in the community to expand Calgary EATS! reach
Organize and host our annual community food event that aligns with the thematic focus (Food Waste)
Identify and develop grants and other funding sources
Identify and develop policy initiatives and position papers to advance the achievement of a sustainable, healthy, and just food system in Calgary
Time Commitment:
If you are interested in joining the Calgary EATS! Stewardship Group you will need to commit to seven to eight meetings per year. In addition, members will be expected to participate in one or more Action Teams (to carry out a particular action item or target), and to contribute to the planning and implementation of our yearly events and project(s). Calgary EATS! Stewardship Group members serve for a period of one year, but can reapply to serve in the following year (to a maximum of 3 years).

If you are a successful applicant to the Stewardship Group, please be available for a meeting on November 16th 3:00-5:00pm.

Calgary EATS! Membership Criteria:
We seeks a diverse selection of people from the food system representing the key components of that system: production, processing, distribution, access, consumption, and waste recovery as well as related education programs, community development/programs, regulation & legislation, and initiatives advancing environmental sustainability and health in the food system.

In addition, we are looking for members who have expertise and interest in the areas of (i) marketing and communications (ii) governance & organizational development, and (iii) grant writing & fund development.

Member selection is based on level of experience and involvement in the food system, specific sector expertise, and alignment with Calgary EATS! vision and principles (see Selection Criteria Matrix). It is critical that members bring expertise and contribute a broad perspective rather than acting solely as a representative of their organization or business. Members will strive to cultivate relationships across stakeholder groups and populations within Calgary.

Other Key Qualifications:
Leadership skills
Strong networking skills and the ability to initiate dialogue
The ability to collaborate and align with diverse perspectives
The ability to be respectful and sensitive to diverse groups of people