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Julie Cayley

Executive Director

Severn Sound Environmental Association

Julie Cayley B.Sc., P.Ag.,  is the Executive Director of the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) in Port McNicoll Ontario, back to her roots in Great Lakes water quality.   Julie has a significant background in creating successful connections within Government, Industry and the Agriculture, Conservation and Environmental Communities and has worked for Government (OMAFRA) and NGOs (Ducks Unlimited Canada) as well as running her own consulting business. She specializes in Environment, Conservation with agriculture and rural municipal partnerships and is a Government and Industry relations expert. She is a Professional Agrologist, has a B.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Science from Trent University and is a graduate of Class 8 of Ontario’s Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP).  Julie was recently appointed by Minister Yurek to the Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group.  Julie was the first woman to Chair the North East Agriculture and Biological Engineering Community and has a passion for developing opportunities for leadership in her communities. She enjoys her time with her family and horses on their farm in Oro-Medonte.

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Dr. Will Valley

Associate Professor of Teaching

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

The University of British Columbia

Will Valley is a senior instructor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and the academic director of the core curricula in the faculty, the Land, Food, and Community Series. This series focuses on food security and the sustainability of urban and rural food systems, with an aim to encourage students to become citizens, professionals, and leaders who understand the opportunities and obstacles to creating food systems that are ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable. His research focuses on sustainable food system education, K-12 food systems, food literacy development, urban agriculture, and community-engaged scholarship. He is also co-director of Inner City Farms, an urban farming non-profit in Vancouver, BC. 


Will holds a Bachelor of Science in General Biology, a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Sciences, and a PhD in Sustainable Food System Education from the University of British Columbia.