Art Bomke

Art Bomke

Art was raised on a small farm in Illinois, did his university education in that state at Southern Illinois University (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.) and immigrated to British Columbia

almost four decades ago.

Art’s educational background is in Agronomy, specifically soil and crop management; and he taught courses and conducted research on soil fertility and management throughout his UBC career. Art has also had opportunities to explore social dimensions of agricultural systems through his teaching in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems’ Land, Food and Community core curriculum.

Since coming to UBC, he has conducted research on both inorganic and organic fertilization, nitrogen cycling, on-farm composting, agroecology and cropping systems. The latter subject included two studies of small grain management within vegetable rotations.

Most of his work has been done in partnership with farmers and other participants in food systems. Art officially retired to Associate Professor Emeritus status in 2011 and continues to pursue interests in sustainable soil management and supporting farmers and farm communities.

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Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen

Jennifer worked in the wireless industry for over 15 years in executive marketing and strategy roles at Rogers and launched Canada’s newest wireless provider, chatr wireless. Most recently, she was

VP Marketing at LYFE Kitchen (now Luvo), a brand focused on making good-for-you food affordable and accessible. Jennifer is now working on launching her mobile technology start-up, and balancing time for the other important things in life!

Farming and food security are key passions and Jennifer brings to Fresh Roots a business perspective from her corporate experience, as well as a farming perspective from her family experience as growers for BC Hothouse.

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Matt Breech

Matt Breech

Matt Breech is the Co-Founder and CEO of TallGrass, one of Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors of natural health and beauty products. Founded in 1997, TallGrass sells supplies health food

stores across Canada with a variety of brands and products including Botanica, Host Defense and MegaFood. A recent winner of the CHFA Supplier of Excellence award and Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 award, Matt is committed to building a successful business with the goal of growing personal, community and planetary wellness.

In addition to running TallGrass, Matt also serves on the Board of the Vancouver Dance Centre and the Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, and recently served two terms on the Board of the Canadian Health Food Association, chairing the Government Relations committee. Matt lives in Vancouver with his wife Shino, daughter Emma and Milo the wonder dog.

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Elizabeth Liu

Elizabeth Liu

Elizabeth’s combination of over 20 years of legal and management experience led her to develop LINK Business Law Group, a firm which addresses the business needs of companies by providing strategic

and legal risk management advice as well as general counsel services.

Elizabeth practised civil litigation at Basham Thompson & Liu LLP (now part of Owen Bird) where she also assumed the role of managing partner. Elizabeth has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the BC Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada on numerous occasions.

Elizabeth’s passion for the business side of things and her interest in health and wellness led her to “hang up her robes” and join the Flora Group of Companies as its Vice-President & General Counsel where she held a senior management role and was involved in all aspects of the company’s operations. Elizabeth is thrilled to be part of the Fresh Roots team and brings a unique combination of corporate and legal experience to the table.

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Scott Hughes

Scott Hughes

Scott is a leading social finance practitioner combining 20 years of banking and finance experience in the application of conventional tools of finance to social sector organizations. Scott assists in overcoming

the organizational challenges of financial management and scarce capital to increase financial resilience. In addition to experience in the conventional banking stream, Scott lead a team of funding practitioners at Vancity Credit Union, providing a range of financial services and tools to charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises and cooperatives. A charismatic people leader with highly effective communication skills, Scott has a track record of successfully leading teams and building collaborative internal and external partnerships to achieve strong results.
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Amanda Reaume

Amanda Reaume

Amanda Reaume has been fundraising since she was 13 years old when she helped her mom organize a fundraiser for breast cancer support services. Currently, she works as a Development Officer for the

UBC Farm. In the past, she has been an Executive Director of a small feminist non-profit, published a zine aimed at trying to get more young women involved in leadership and politics, and worked for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ BC Office.

Passionate about food and social justice, Amanda loves cooking and making jam. In her spare time, she works as a freelance writer who focuses on personal finance advice for Millennials and runs the blog MillennialPersonalFinance.com. She’s been published on Time.com, USAToday.com, Forbes.com, and Yahoo.com and wrote the book Money is Everything: Personal Finance for the Brave New Economy.

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Zach Berman

Zach Berman

Meet Zach Berman. Zach grew up in Richmond, BC and studied Painting at Emily Carr University. Zach is the Co Founder of The Juice Truck. Canada’s first Cold Pressed Juice Bar. The Juice Truck launched in 2011

and has been a community leader for health and wellness in Vancouver. Zach speaks avidly on the connection between food choices and their affect on environment.

When not working, Zach spends a lot of time hiking and enjoying nature.

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