Matt Breech is the Co-Founder and CEO of TallGrass, one of Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors of natural health and beauty products.
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.
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
Tracy has over 15 years of experience in education philanthropy. Her commitment to sustainable food systems was cultivated during her five years as the Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement, with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at The University of British Columbia.
Heather Kelsall is a senior governance analyst at WATSON, supporting clients through comprehensive governance reviews and board, CEO and Peer evaluations. She leads projects throughout all stages of the client lifecycle from survey and interview design, interviewing, recommendation development, and report writing.
Heather holds a Master of Science in Global Governance and Ethics from University College London and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. As part of her MSc program, Heather completed advanced courses in qualitative and quantitative methods and wrote a comprehensive research-based dissertation.
Prior to joining WATSON, Heather worked in the marketing department of a large global engineering firm. Heather interned with Amnesty International and was the content lead for the Bridging the Gap conference on international development at Engineers Without Borders. Heather grew up in Oakville, Ontario and has studied on three continents
Zahra is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Vantage Point. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years with experience in international development, housing and homelessness, community development, youth entrepreneurship, fundraising, and microfinance. Zahra was the first Executive Director of the Marpole Neighbourhood House, which opened under her leadership in 2019.
A working parent, Zahra is mother to a vivacious and curious school-age daughter who has been lucky enough to participate in a Fresh Roots summer camp. Though she lacks a green thumb, Zahra is passionate about food security, equity, and capacity building and is very excited to be part of the Fresh Roots board!
Lainey Martin is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University earning a Bachelor of Environment. Through her degree, she majored in Global Environmental Systems, with a minor in Indigenous Studies and a certificate in Urban Studies. Her interests lie at the intersection of her studies, as she wants to understand how to create more sustainable and equitable cities. She is looking forward to eventually pursuing these interests at a graduate level
In her spare time, she enjoys keeping up with and contributing to various social justice causes. When it comes time to slow down, she enjoys gardening, baking bread from scratch, and bird watching.
A passionate believer in the power of Canadian entrepreneurs, Kristi focuses every day on driving and delivering positive change.
Ari is the Education Program Assistant and one of the lead instructors at the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School. Prior to joining the TFNFS team, Ari completed a Bachelor of Horticulture Science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where their studies focused on integrated pest management and sustainable crop production.
Rosalind is a long-time school farm enthusiast! Her journey with Fresh Roots began way back in 2013, when she volunteered during the David Thompson school farm build. She didn’t want to lettuce go and ended up working with Fresh Roots from 2014 to 2018.