Apply to be an OFPC Member – Deadline extended to October 14

Ottawa Food Policy Council is seeking new members!  

Deadline for application: October 14, 2015

The Ottawa Food Policy Council (OFPC) is seeking new members. This is a volunteer opportunity. The OFPC was established as an independent body in October 2012 as a result of the Food For All Project, a collaborative, community-based food research and action project between 2009-2012, which was led by Just Food and the University of Ottawa.

The mission of the Ottawa Food Policy Council (OFPC) is to work towards a food system in Ottawa that emphasizes social and economic viability, and environmental sustainability through the entire food cycle, and in which food is celebrated and enjoyed. The OFPC recommends food policies to various constituencies (including municipal, provincial, federal, business, public sector, community and households) and works to enable their implementation. The OFPC is a volunteer organization that operates under a working group structure to enable wider participation across our communities.

The OFPC selection committee is seeking individuals who will bring a variety of backgrounds and interests, with a particular emphasis on the following areas of expertise:

  • Communications: including social media, media training – i.e. comfortable presenting to different audiences (radio, individual meetings, public presentations);
  • Event planning;
  • Local Food policy (local food procurement);
  • Economics and policy;
  • Legal issues;
  • Food industry (e.g. micro processing, retail);
  • Urban/Rural planning.

Candidates must have:

  • Time to work on policy development, including connecting with other networks who are working on food and farming issues in the Ottawa region;
  • Interest and passion for local food issues and local food economy.

Time commitment required for this position

Volunteering 6-8 hrs/month for tasks such as:

  • Monthly meetings (2hr each)
  • Reading documents/prep of files prior to meetings (1-2 hr/month)
  • Involvement in subcommittee (3-4 hr/ month).

When selecting new members, the OFPC will consider as an asset the following types of diversity (i.e. the individual has expertise or lived experience):

  • Geographic: including suburban, urban, peri-urban and rural
  • Demographic: including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Francophone, newcomers to Canada, low-income communities, and youth (under 25 years of age)

The selected candidates will be expected to join the OFPC for a three-year term, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. During that time, members of the OFPC will be expected to attend at least six times regular meetings a year. Additional time required for working groups and research is based on the workplan as set out by the OFPC as a whole.

The OFPC is also looking for advisors who will offer knowledge, expertise, and guidance as required, without a requirement to participate in meetings or decision-making processes.

Please note this is a volunteer board.

Deadline for expression of interest: October 14, 2015. Everyone will be contacted and shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an in-person interview.

Please include the following in your expression of interest:

  • Letter detailing relevant experience and why you are interested in joining the OFPC
  • CV or resume
  • Contact information for three references.

For further information or questions, or to submit an application, please contact the OFPC Selection Committee at