Student Applied Researchers

 Abdullah is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Jewish Studies from McGill University. Although his research looks at relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the medieval Mediterranean, Abdullah became interested in sustainable and ethical food practices after the birth of his daughters. He now enjoys teaching his young charges about how and where food is produced and the many steps food takes to get to our tables. He has just recently begun volunteering with Meal Exchange through the University of Toronto’s Community-Engaged Learning program, and is interested in how current food policy, access to healthy food, and economic issues, might affect young adults and future generations. When not busy with his family or cats, he spends his time reading and boardgaming.

Abdullah is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Jewish Studies from McGill University. Although his research looks at relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the medieval Mediterranean, Abdullah became interested in sustainable and ethical food practices after the birth of his daughters. He now enjoys teaching his young charges about how and where food is produced and the many steps food takes to get to our tables. He has just recently begun volunteering with Meal Exchange through the University of Toronto’s Community-Engaged Learning program, and is interested in how current food policy, access to healthy food, and economic issues, might affect young adults and future generations. When not busy with his family or cats, he spends his time reading and boardgaming.

Abdullah Farooqi

 Andrea is a student at the University of Toronto completing a practicum placement with Meal Exchange. She is passionate about the rights of precarious workers and will be conducting research designed to assist in better understanding the issues that Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers face in Canada while they grow the food that is served and consumed on post-secondary campuses.

Andrea is a student at the University of Toronto completing a practicum placement with Meal Exchange. She is passionate about the rights of precarious workers and will be conducting research designed to assist in better understanding the issues that Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers face in Canada while they grow the food that is served and consumed on post-secondary campuses.

Andrea Dimiskovska

 Farhana is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto and is involved with Meal Exchange as a student researcher. She is passionate about creating more socially-just food systems and will be conducting research that will assist in better understanding the impact of provincial laws on the conditions and needs of temporary foreign migrant workers in Canada.

Farhana is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto and is involved with Meal Exchange as a student researcher. She is passionate about creating more socially-just food systems and will be conducting research that will assist in better understanding the impact of provincial laws on the conditions and needs of temporary foreign migrant workers in Canada.

Farhana Islam

 
 Megha is PhD candidate in Department of Medical Biophysics at University of Toronto. She is a passionate individual that contributes her time to many causes; amongst them is Meal Exchange Program. She became involved with the initiative as Community Engaged Learner in 2017 and continues to support the initiative.  

Megha is PhD candidate in Department of Medical Biophysics at University of Toronto. She is a passionate individual that contributes her time to many causes; amongst them is Meal Exchange Program. She became involved with the initiative as Community Engaged Learner in 2017 and continues to support the initiative.  

Megha Kumar

 Christopher is an International Business Management student at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He participated in a Research Project for Meal Exchange when spending a year studying at St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia. The opportunity arose as part of a community service learning project. He works as part of an international team, in order to provide Meal Exchange with insight into how other countries approached food policy in comparison to Canada.

Christopher is an International Business Management student at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He participated in a Research Project for Meal Exchange when spending a year studying at St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia. The opportunity arose as part of a community service learning project. He works as part of an international team, in order to provide Meal Exchange with insight into how other countries approached food policy in comparison to Canada.

Christopher Robertson

 I currently work as the Student Development Coordinator at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) within the University of British Columbia and am still searching for ways to stay connected with Canada’s food movement.     During my time with Meal Exchange I was a graduate student in the department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Within this program my research interests were twofold:  1.  analyzing retail food cooperatives and their ability to contribute to an alternative food system;     2.  the potential for collaboration between academia and non-profits to drive food system change, specifically seen through Community Service Learning courses.     My time spent with Meal Exchange really opened my eyes to the strength of the food movement in Canada and the importance of bringing a wide range of actors to the table. I am so excited by the potential of the Good Food Challenge to create real and lasting change within the Canadian food system and beyond. Thank you so much to the full-time staff and volunteers I had the pleasure of working with at Meal Exchange and the ones that continue to drive this project forward. Your work is important!

I currently work as the Student Development Coordinator at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) within the University of British Columbia and am still searching for ways to stay connected with Canada’s food movement.

 

During my time with Meal Exchange I was a graduate student in the department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Within this program my research interests were twofold:

1.  analyzing retail food cooperatives and their ability to contribute to an alternative food system;

 

2.  the potential for collaboration between academia and non-profits to drive food system change, specifically seen through Community Service Learning courses.

 

My time spent with Meal Exchange really opened my eyes to the strength of the food movement in Canada and the importance of bringing a wide range of actors to the table. I am so excited by the potential of the Good Food Challenge to create real and lasting change within the Canadian food system and beyond. Thank you so much to the full-time staff and volunteers I had the pleasure of working with at Meal Exchange and the ones that continue to drive this project forward. Your work is important!

Simon Erlich

 Angel Espat Is a third-year International student from Belize pursuing a degree in Accounting at  St. Francis Xavier University. He became involved with Meal Exchange due to the the service  learning project that has been implemented in the Business curriculum. Angel aspires to  achieve his goal of becoming a CPA thus returning back to Belize and take over the family  business. In addition to business, Angel has another goal in mind that happens to be the main  reason he gravitated towards this specific research: sustainable food development. Angel wants  to do much more than just taking over a business when he returns to his home country, he  wants to make an impact in every school at every level, food wise. End hunger and achieve food security and nutrition starting with students. Hopefully as time progresses he will be able to  promote sustainable agriculture in his country.

Angel Espat Is a third-year International student from Belize pursuing a degree in Accounting at

St. Francis Xavier University. He became involved with Meal Exchange due to the the service

learning project that has been implemented in the Business curriculum. Angel aspires to

achieve his goal of becoming a CPA thus returning back to Belize and take over the family

business. In addition to business, Angel has another goal in mind that happens to be the main

reason he gravitated towards this specific research: sustainable food development. Angel wants

to do much more than just taking over a business when he returns to his home country, he

wants to make an impact in every school at every level, food wise. End hunger and achieve food security and nutrition starting with students. Hopefully as time progresses he will be able to

promote sustainable agriculture in his country.

Angel Espat

 Yasmin is a visual artist and academic. Both her research and projects focus on the intersection of art, education and social justice. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Toronto where she conducts research and teaches courses on contemporary literature and film. She is an active participant in community engaged learning programs at the university and is currently conducting research for Meal Exchange on labor conditions for Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers in Canada. The work with Meal Exchange has already inspired her new art project on land and new ideas for a community engaged syllabus with a focus on food and food justice. Community Arts have led Yasmin to the Regent Park Film Festival where she is a current member of the 2017 programing committee.

Yasmin is a visual artist and academic. Both her research and projects focus on the intersection of art, education and social justice. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Toronto where she conducts research and teaches courses on contemporary literature and film. She is an active participant in community engaged learning programs at the university and is currently conducting research for Meal Exchange on labor conditions for Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers in Canada. The work with Meal Exchange has already inspired her new art project on land and new ideas for a community engaged syllabus with a focus on food and food justice. Community Arts have led Yasmin to the Regent Park Film Festival where she is a current member of the 2017 programing committee.

Yasmin Aly

 My name is Miguel Alvarez and I am originally from Mexico, a business student, I am currently doing an exchange at St. Francis Xavier University, one of my goals is to know different cultures to learn the best of them to take them to my country to improve it, in my country recently founded my own artisan liquor company, in which I seek to support the national product of my country, as well as the people who work the land. I believe that we should all look for a positive impact towards our environment, and through the innovation and creation of strategies that seek to improve or end the problems that exist in our country, we can achieve it.

My name is Miguel Alvarez and I am originally from Mexico, a business student, I am currently doing an exchange at St. Francis Xavier University, one of my goals is to know different cultures to learn the best of them to take them to my country to improve it, in my country recently founded my own artisan liquor company, in which I seek to support the national product of my country, as well as the people who work the land. I believe that we should all look for a positive impact towards our environment, and through the innovation and creation of strategies that seek to improve or end the problems that exist in our country, we can achieve it.

Miguel Alvarez