A global ecosystem of healthy, thriving communities in which regenerative land management cools the planet, feeds the world, and promotes public health, prosperity, and peace.
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Regeneration Canada is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting soil regeneration in order to mitigate climate change, restore biodiversity, improve water cycles, and support a healthy food system.
We strive towards this goal by creating spaces for farmers, landowners, scientists, agronomists, businesses, community organizations, governments, and citizens to learn, connect and take action to regenerate soils.
We are building an interdisciplinary network of soil and climate passionates.
Through our membership platform we create the place to share knowledge and resources, have conversations and make connections with others in the regenerative movement.
For more information on becoming a member, please see here.
We organize local events such as film screenings, festivals and workshops to raise awareness about regenerative land management and to connect local communities.
If you would like to partner with Regeneration Canada to organize an event in your region, get in touch with us!
We offer workshops for elementary school, high school, and university students, as well as for farmers and business representatives, on soil science and regenerative land management principles.
If you would like us to give a workshop in your organization, academic institution or farm, please contact Antonious Petro.
The Living Soils Symposium gathers hundreds of participants from across Canada and the world. Participants are invited to live a creative and meaningful experience over several days.
We host leaders and pioneers of the regenerative movement to discuss the promising solutions that soil provides for climate change and food sovereignty.
We discuss the science, the methodology, the policy, the business and the art of regeneration.
This event is the cauldron in which the shared knowledge of the movement pioneers shapes the emerging landscape of the Canadian regenerative movement.
Throughout our website and website blog, social media, newsletter, web series, member platform and in collaboration with our partners, we raise awareness about regenerative land management and connect with the various stakeholders of the movement.
We welcome collaborations with other regenerative initiatives to spread the word together.
Please contact us if you have an idea or a service to communicate.
We give presentations on soil regeneration, regenerative land management and building a movement for soil regeneration at various types of events.
Please contact us if you would like one of our team members to speak at your event.
Regeneration Canada started as a grassroots initiative. A handful of Montrealers with a mutual passion for living soils met up in the fall of 2016 and were inspired to organize an event on this topic in their hometown. While the regenerative movement was already thriving in the United States, it seemed crucial to start spreading the word in Canada. Montreal seemed like the perfect place for such an initiative, at the junction between the U.S., Canada and francophone countries. The Living Soils Symposium Montreal was born.
In light of the incredible level of interest and engagement around the Symposium, Gabrielle Bastien founded Regeneration Canada in May 2017 to pioneer the regenerative movement in Canada beyond the event.
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We are committed to leading a regenerative transition of land management and of our food systems that confronts systemic barriers to inclusion, full participation and access to resources for historically and currently excluded communities, such as women, BIPOC, newcomers and immigrants, people with disabilities, and/or 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. We fundamentally recognize that regenerative practices and approaches are based on Indigenous Peoples’ traditional stewardship, Black farming models and innovation, as well as practices of campesinx and peasant farmer communities.
We are committed to continuously doing the work needed to break down and not replicate these systemic barriers and foster meaningful relationships and change. Much like regenerative agriculture, this work asks of us to adopt a mindset towards remediating foundations, openness to constant change and learning, and a holistic approach. This statement is meant to be a living one which will change over time: Through relationships, new understandings, and changing contexts, the nature of our equity work is also meant to deepen and grow.
At this time, equity at Regeneration Canada means not only making sure to incorporate the expertise, priorities and values of excluded groups in our educational programming but also in our decision-making entities, such as our team, Board of Directors and consultative committees. As well, we integrate and regularly update equity practices that guide our hiring and human resources policies. In our communications to our members and sharing of relevant social media, events, and research, we ensure to highlight and promote a diversity of sources and interests centering a multi-stakeholder approach. Last but certainly not least, we recognize
This refers to groups that have historically and ongoingly been excluded through discrimination and systemic barriers from access to resources and participation.
Systemic barriers refer to beliefs, attitudes, policies, practices and/or social systems (ex. racism, sexism, colonialism) that lead to unequal access to resources, such as land, and participation, such as in the agricultural sector.
Acronym used in North American contexts to refer to Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.
Acronym used to refer to Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and other sexual and gender minorities.
Referring to all persons with disabilities, including short and long-term physical, mental, intellectual and/or sensory disabilities, who face barriers to participation in society and discrimination due to ableism.
Refers to immigrants, refugees, and seasonal workers.
peasant farmers and laborers of Latin America, usually in rural areas.
Regenerative transition is the systemic shift towards regenerative agriculture, a holistic approach that enhances soil ecosystems, improves soil, water, and air quality, and includes socio-economic considerations such as fairness, transparency, economic sustainability, agronomic and economic resilience and the health and wellbeing of the entire ecosystem (FAO and ITPS, 2021)
FAO and ITPS. 2021. Recarbonizing global soils: A technical manual of recommended management practices. Volume 3: Cropland,Grassland,Integrated systems and farming approaches– Practices overview.Rome, FAO. https://doi.org/10.4060/cb6595en
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Meet the core team of people who contribute to the strategy and management behind Regeneration Canada.
Antonious Petro is director at Regeneration Canada and a Master’s candidate in soil sciences at UQAT. He has an Undergraduate Degree in biology and a Graduate Diploma in community economic development. Antonious is interested in soil carbon sequestration in agricultural soils and in the ecological services of urban soils. He specializes in simplifying and making scientific concepts more accessible, and focuses on ecology, agri-food ecology, sustainability project management, and citizen mobilization around climate change.
Sara has always been curious, creative and driven by the search for meaning. It is this awareness of transformative possibilities that led her to study international development and cultural studies at McGill. Sara completed internships in social economy and urban agriculture in Peru, and then worked in community housing and early childhood education. Sara’s interest in the food system and its environmental and social impacts blossomed after attending Concordia University’s City Farm School, which allowed her to combine her interest in pedagogy and vegetable gardening. This experience led her to co-found the organization On sème, which develops local seasonal markets and an urban ecological gardening program. From the first Living Soils Symposium, Sara was inspired by Regeneration Canada’s interdisciplinary and multistakeholder approach to regenerative agriculture as a means to climate change mitigation and sustainability. Outside of the professional sphere, Sara likes to garden with her partner while their dog protects the tomatoes from squirrels and groundhogs; and when not gardening, she likes to escape into the Boreal forest wonderland to connect with nature and contemplate its beauty.
Geneviève Leblanc is the Digital Communications Manager at Regeneration Canada. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at McGill University with a focus in Neuroscience, then studied Sexology at UQÀM where she specialized in gender studies. In past years, she has worked as a research assistant, a project coordinator in textbook editing, and a communications manager in the video games industry.
In the face of the intensifying global climate emergency, Geneviève was drawn to Regeneration Canada’s mission as a way to be part of the solution and to live according to her personal values of mindful collaboration with one another and with nature. A strong believer in the power of communities to enact transformative change, she’s driven to help connect actors in the regenerative agriculture movement, with an eye toward diversity and inclusion.
Paige is originally from rural Ontario and now lives near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her passion for agriculture and community-building through food goes back as long as she can remember. She chose to pursue a career with Regeneration Canada because she appreciates the way that all stakeholders are considered and included in the organization’s approach to soil regeneration.
Paige obtained her B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and completed her MSc. in Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. She also holds an Agronomy Certificate from Olds College and is an Articling Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. In the past, she has worked on dairy cattle operations, pursued agronomic internships, and worked in an academic research position. Paige and her fiancé are involved with the family beef operation and, in her free time, Paige enjoys fishing, camping, and hiking with her dog, Angus.
Pamela Fillion completed a Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Studies and Anthropology at McGill University with a focus on settler colonialism and Indigenous realities. She holds a Masters of Arts in Anthropology from Concordia University for which she received a Sustainability Research Award. Pamela has a diversified work background which includes teaching, management, coordination, and administration of food justice and gender advocacy collectives, educational non profits, arts & media productions, higher education institutions, and national foundations.
As part of a deep commitment to environmental and social justice, Pamela was drawn to Regeneration Canada’s solution-based focus anchored in transforming food systems and relationships with human and non-human beings, including the microscopic. In her non work hours, Pamela is a community herbalist who teaches radical home economics including urban gardening. She is roommates with two small parrots and four tarantulas.
Alieska comes from a family of chefs and artists and, from a young age, frequented local farms, busy kitchens, galleries, and museums. After living in two countries, obtaining three professional degrees, and gaining experience in five career paths including computer science, marketing, film production, photography and yoga, Alieska moved to Canada and found her calling in helping others preserve their legacy in print. In 2017, she founded a boutique publishing studio devoted to bringing people together through books and sharing wisdom with future generations. Her work reflects a deep admiration for farmers, cooks and artisans with a penchant for childhood memories, food stories, sustainability, well-being and time spent with Mother Nature.
A storyteller and community-builder at heart, Alieska is convinced that well-told stories have the power to inspire, teach, comfort, heal and move society forward. Inspired by Regeneration Canada’s mission to mitigate climate change through regenerative agriculture, Alieska joined the team as a Project Manager to lead a national awareness campaign focused on celebrating Canadian farmers while nurturing a sense of love and respect for the land in which we live and for the people sharing the journey with us.
Though born on an organic dairy farm, Caroline was not necessarily headed for a career in agriculture. She completed a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in public communication and political science at Laval University. During her ten-year stay in Australia, she worked in socio-professional reintegration, which allowed her to develop skills in coaching and human relations. It is during this stay that she developed a strong interest in gardening, food autonomy, biodiversity preservation and permaculture. Today, living in the Rimouski region, she is developing several diversified agricultural production projects on the property she acquired with her husband and two children. For the past two years, she has worked for the MAPAQ regional office in Bas-St-Laurent as a program management and succession advisor, in addition to participating in the drafting and implementation of the regional action plan for sustainable agriculture. And for more than a year, she has been back to her roots by getting involved on the family dairy farm with her brother and mother. She is developing agri-environmental projects, as well as performing herd management tasks.
Caroline is passionate about dairy production as well as soil regeneration through improved animal production management techniques. She is particularly interested in the human aspect of changing agricultural practices. She joined the Regeneration Canada team to contribute to the Dedicated Dairy Farms project.
Alix is a first-generation farmer and organizer. With a B.A in Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University, she is passionate about activating social change through food and regenerative agriculture. She has a background in event organizing, project management, and facilitation. Uncovering the interconnections between climate change, soil health and the health of communities continues to be the underlying motivation for the work she does on and off the farm. Some of her interests include agroecology, equitable land access, seasonal eating, and no-till vegetable and cut-flower production. She has been involved with Regeneration Canada since 2018 and supports the organization on a seasonal basis.
Rosina is a Content Writer, an advocate for regenerative food systems, and a former farmer. Her passion for growing food ecologically and climate action led her to earn her bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at KPU, where her research thesis focused on local, renewable alternatives to peat as a seed starting medium for small-scale farmers. After graduating, she started a regenerative no-till farm in the Similkameen Valley with her partner.
Rosina also holds certificates in Digital Marketing and Permaculture Design.
Through regenerative farming and digital marketing, she seeks to spread the message of regenerative climate solutions and work towards a more just and regenerative food system.
Olivier is a full-stack developer with more than 15 years of experience, an entrepreneur and web 3.0 strategist who is passionate about green techs and agricultural solutions.
By creating tailor-made web platforms, he helps in responding efficiently to some of the challenges of our era with innovative digital solutions which have a tangible impact powered by the latest technologies and an artistic eye. Complex big data analytics and Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithms are at the core of his current work.
Since the first Living Soils Symposium in 2017, Olivier is responsible for all web programming and internet infrastructure for Regeneration Canada.
Meagan is a regenerative grazier who produces and direct-markets grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chicken and eggs on land that her family has called home for generations, in Brome QC. She studied education and has been teaching since 2008 and has been growing the farm business since 2013.
In 2017, Meagan teamed up with 8 other ecological farmers in the Brome-Missisquoi area to found la Cooperative le Terroir Solidaire, an organization that aims to help small-scale farmers and food transformers reach a common market and coordinate their activities together under a banner of ecology and transparency. The coop currently sells its members’ products via an online platform and has now reached a membership of nearly 30 entrepreneurs.
Meagan believes in life-long learning and hones her skills and abilities through self-directed learning, courses and exchanges with peers and mentors. She now leads the first peer-directed grazing group in her area, where participating farmers host regular meetings throughout the growing season to discuss and exchange with each other.
Because nobody understands farming as farmers do, Meagan advocates for farmer-driven solutions to environmental sustainability issues in agriculture.
Our board of directors is comprised of passionate soil enthusiasts from various sectors who bring a diversity of perspectives to the organization.
Ananda Lynn Fitzsimmons is an out-of-the-box thinker, visionary and environmentalist, with a passion for soil and growing food. She has had lifelong interest in sustainable food production and land management as well as social change and personal empowerment. She spent many years experimenting with microbial potions based on naturally occurring microbes extracted from plants, composts and soil. In 2008, she teamed up with Dr. Margaret Bywater Ekegard and they founded Inocucor Technologies. The company, now called Concentric, commercializes products for agriculture based on consortia of naturally occurring beneficial microorganisms. She now works as a consultant promoting soil health and regenerative land management practices.
Brianne is a marine biologist turned social entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change through inspiring collective climate action. Having seen firsthand the impacts of our current food system on the oceans, Brianne is committed to revolutionizing the food system across the supply chain so that future generations can continue to enjoy and benefit from the world’s oceans. Brianne is the founder of Nada, a certified B-Corporation and carbon-negative package-free grocery store & delivery service on a mission to connect people to a more equitable, just, and regenerative food system. Brianne is a United Nations #notwasting food ambassador, a 2018 SheEO Venture, UBC Land & Food Systems mentor, and a former member of Vancouver Food Policy Council. Her food systems work has been featured widely in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes and Nada was most recently recognized as 1% for the Planet’s Business Changemaker of the Year.
Leading proponent of regenerative organic agriculture, Av is engaged in food security and natural medicine projects across six continents. He serves as the Senior Agronomist at Gaia Green Organics; the Chief Agricultural Scientist with Green Gorilla; the Director of Cultivation atECO Canadian Organic; the Chief Soil Scientist at CaliCann (Colombia); Chief Operating Officer at Atlas Hemp (Malawi), and Quality Assurance Person for several cannabis facilities including his own Wildwood Flower. A long-time member of the Canadian Organic Growers and the National Farmers’ Union. More recently a member of Régénération Canada and the Canadian Psychedelic Association. Av is also a faculty member at Earth University (www.navdanya.org) in India where he delivers courses on agroecology and organic farming and a faculty member at the Nova Scotia Community College delivering a course on cannabis production. Av is proud and privileged to be a settler in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw, and constantly seeks to better understand his responsibilities in adhering to the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed by the sovereign Nations.
James and his family practice regenerative agriculture through their farm working with 50 beef cow calf pairs, 80 acres of pasture, and 300 acres of cropland in Ontario. James is fascinated in the regenerative powers of cattle, humans and pasture. Outside of farming, James works as an Account Manager for TD Bank’s Agriculture Services looking after the financing for 100 industry diverse farmers. James is also the Co-initiator for the Perspectives Potluck which is a symposium style event that brings together decision makers with vastly different perspectives to find commonality and build a more resilient food system.
Amanda is a resilient food systems specialist with 10+ years of experience in urban & rural global agri-food value chains. She has worked from seed to palate in value chains and all across different sectors including government, not-for-profit, academia and the private sector experience with the many sides of our food ecosystems. Amanda has lived with and learned from communities around the world. She has supported the development of resilience in livelihood strategies through years of research and work with thousands of smallholder farming families in Cameroon, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Malawi, France and Canada. She is currently pursuing a PhD focusing on the decolonization of food systems. She believes that food has the power to change our common future and she is driven to be part of helping it create a healthier tomorrow.
Ross Macdonald is a student of improved stockmanship, horsemanship, grazing management, of selection for low maintenance cattle and long-term resilience whose practice is rooted in grassland ecology. He owns and operates 98 Ranch Inc in Saskatchewan, located on Treaty 4 Territory, with his wife, Christine Peters. The ranch is a cow/calf/yearling and grassfed operation built on a foundation of rangeland health and low-input cattle selection. The cattle generate profit through grazing and converting forages into beef while facilitating grassland ecological function including soil health, increasing effective precipitation, grassland resilience, wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Ross is an advocate for conservation-based land use, regenerative agricultural production system and always strives to be better!
Tannis grew up on a farm in Southern Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Regina and received her Bachelor of Education majoring in Biology. After a short teaching career, Tannis married and moved to Minton to farm with her husband. As third-generation farmers on Axten Farms, Tannis and her husband, Derek, soon realized that their most valuable resource is their soil. With regenerative farming methods such as increased crop diversity, cover crops, controlled traffic farming, and composting, the family farm works to improve the health of their soil. These innovative practices have revived their optimism for farming and made farming a lot more fun. Her two children, Kate (17) and Brock (15), help with marketing and day-to-day operations.
Tannis enjoys using the microscope to study microbiology in the soil and has made it Axten Farms’focus to be “Loyal to the Soil”. Every action taken on the farm considers the impact it will have on the microorganism living in the soil. Every year has new obstacles, and Tannis enjoys sharing their farm’s journey.
Tannis and Derek were honoured to be named Saskatchewan and Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers
in 2017, and to receive the L.B. Thompson Conservation Award in 2018.
Alice Irene Whittaker is a writer and environmental leader. She is the Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa, and the creator and host of Reseed, a podcast about repairing our relationship to nature. She has been published in national and international publications, and is currently working on a memoir about unraveling perfectionism from environmentalism and finding home. In 2021, she received a literary grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and was longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Alice Irene is the mother of three beautiful young children, and a keeper of cats, dogs, and chickens. She lives with her family in a cabin in the woods in Québec.
Over the last few years, Buthaina has been deeply involved in applied agricultural research in Alberta, with a particular focus on forage and soil health. Her collaborative efforts with local farmers in implementing Best Management Practices have allowed her to witness the tangible benefits of regenerative approaches firsthand. Having grown up in the Middle East, Buthaina possesses a profound understanding of the power of food sovereignty and the harmony that can be achieved by working with the land.
She deeply resonates with Regeneration Canada’s advocacy for regenerative farm practices and recognizes the pivotal role of connecting farmers, scientists, and consumers. Buthaina holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Statistics and continues to expand her knowledge by pursuing a soil science certificate with the University of Alberta. Beyond her professional pursuits, Buthaina indulges her passion for the outdoors through activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and wildlife photography.
Regeneration Canada's main office is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka are recognized as the custodians of these lands and waters. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is known as a historic gathering place for many Indigenous peoples.
Regeneration Canada is committed to taking action to regenerate land and water while acknowledging and respecting Indigenous knowledge that ensures thriving for all beings.
We are dedicated to continuously educating ourselves and the communities we serve about the true history of this place.