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Keynote Speaker

Lenore Newman

Writer & Urban Geographer, Fraser Valley University, B.C

Dr. Lenore Newman is a writer and urban geographer. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment, and is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Lenore studies culinary geographies, and is currently completing a book on Canadian cuisine. She also researches food security, with a particular focus on farmland preservation, the dynamics of the rural-urban edge, and agri-urban landscapes. Lenore is the Director of the Agri-urban Research Centre at the University of the Fraser Valley, and heads a research team looking at issues relating to peri-urban farming and tensions between residential and agricultural land uses.

In 2014, Lenore was inducted into the inaugural cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. She also received the 2014 Devorah Kahn Award for Leadership in Food Security. For her research into agriculture on the peri-urban edge, as well as her advocacy in defence of BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve, Lenore was the recipient of the University of the Fraser Valley’s 2015 Research Excellence Award.

Lenore lives in Vancouver, Canada. She sits on the board of the Vancouver Farmers Markets society, and can often be found volunteering at the Trout Lake Farmers Market. She is passionate about food, and is happiest when cooking, eating, drinking, or sharing meals with friends. In her spare time she enjoys writing, pattern-hunting, and drinking coffee on Commercial Drive. She plays the piano, and keeps trying to find time to learn to play the cello.