Building a Community for Good Food:

A Conversation with Nick Saul, led by Pay Chen


We invite you to join interviewer Pay Chen as she sits down with Order of Canada Appointee, Nick Saul. In an intimate conversation the pair will delve into issues surrounding Canadian poverty and food insecurity drawing on Nick’s extensive work as co-founder, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. By sharing stories of hope, community and how lives can be changed through food you’ll leave feeling inspired and empowered.


Nick Saul

Nick Saul is co-founder and President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that builds and supports vibrant, food-focused community centres in low-income neighbourhoods across the country. These centres are based on the idea that good food is a powerful force for greater health, belonging and justice. Nick is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs Prize, as well as the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and has an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University. Born in Tanzania and raised in Canada, Nick studied at University of Toronto and Warwick University in the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar. His bestselling book, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, written with his wife, Andrea Curtis, was nominated for the Toronto Book Award and won several other awards. It is published in Canada, the US and U.K. Nick lives in Toronto and is the proud father of two boys.


Pay Chen

Pay Chen is an experienced TV host, writer and producer with a passion for food, fitness, dogs and travel. She is a big fan of pastries and dairy products (cheese and ice cream rank high on this list.)  Pay is frequently seen on morning shows and national daytime programs as a guest expert, brand spokesperson or guest host.

Pay contributes food, travel, health and other lifestyle content to various publications including: The Globe and Mail, National Post and Canadian Living magazine. She has also written extensively for live-action and animated television series.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Nova Scotia, Pay is good at clam digging, cracking lobsters, skipping rope and is a proud former member of an elementary school ukulele club.


Community Food Centres Canada

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) builds health, belonging, and social justice in low-income neighbourhoods through the power of food. They build and support Community Food Centres and programs that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all.They inspire and empower almost 140 Good Food Organizations to offer respectful and responsive food programs in their communities and become leaders in the good food movement. And they speak out for policies that reduce poverty, food insecurity, and poor health, and create opportunities for our communities and concerned citizens to take action.

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is a proud charity partner of the Toronto Food Film Fest 2019.

SAT, Oct 5


Location: The Super Wonder Gallery

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