Our People

Our People

Our Network is about people: what they know, what they learn together and what they create communitygarden_kids5through partnerships. Our strength lies in the ever-growing knowledge base we accumulate through the collective efforts of the people involved in the Network.

Our members include Lakehead University faculty, researchers, students, community partners and the FSRN’s team of dedicated staff.

Faculty Engagement

The innovative approach of using Community Service Learning focused on food security has attracted a diverse group of multi-disciplinary faculty and resulted in a comprehensive approach to food security, including issues of production, distribution, processing and marketing, social justice issues of fair income for producers and fair accessibility for consumers. Numerous faculty have been engaged in an interdisciplinary theme-based service learning initiative focusing on food security.

Informed by Complexity Theory, our Contextual Fluidity partnership model links community partners, students, and researchers in the co-evolution of knowledge for social impact in food security.

Faculty currently involved in FSRN include:

Dr. Rob Stewart – Geography
Dr. Brad Wilson – Geography
Dr. W. Wilson – Geography
Dr. Scott Pound – English
Dr. Peter Lee – Biology
Dr. Kristen Burnett – Indigenous Learning
Dr. Barbara Parker – Sociology
Dr. Chander Shahi – Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Dr. Julie Rosenthal – Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Dr. Harvey Lemellin – Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Dr. Olf Runesson – Natural Resources Management
Dr. Rebecca Schiff – Health Sciences
Dr. Mirella Stroink – Psychology
Dr. Connie Nelson – Social Work

Research Partners

The FSRN is pleased to work with the following Research Partners:

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)

Sustain Ontario

Nordik Institute

FoodNet Ontario

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its subsidiary the Growing Connection

Funders: The Food Security Research Network would like to acknowledge the following Funders for their support
Agricultural Adaptation Council

Master of Public Health Professional Development Fund

Bay Credit Union Ltd.

Matawa First Nations Employment and Training

Canadian Council on Learning

Ministry of Research and Innovation

Farm Credit Canada

Northern Ontario Development Corporation


Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Ginoogaming First Nation Timber Claim Trust

Northern Studies – Lakehead University

Health Canada

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Ontario Work Study Plan

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Thunder Bay Ventures

J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Wilderness North