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.
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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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Meet the core team of people who contribute to the strategy and management behind Regeneration Canada.
Gabrielle’s life mission is to promote regenerative land management as a way to mitigate climate change and foster healthy food systems. This passion arose while obtaining her Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University, completed in 2016, where she realized that soil regeneration presents the greatest opportunity to simultaneously alleviate the food, climate, water and biodiversity crises.
Interested in diving in deeper in the practical aspects of permaculture, Gabrielle did an apprenticeship on Ben Falk’s Whole Systems Design farm in Vermont in 2015 and focused her Master’s thesis on the economic viability of permaculture-inspired farms in Quebec.
Prior to her graduate studies, she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at HEC Montréal and gathered years of work experience in communications, project management and event planning.
Gabrielle led the team that launched the Living Soils Symposium Montreal in 2017 and founded Regeneration Canada.
Sarah has over 8 years of experience in the community sector, where she worked as a lawyer and community organizer. She is a Université de Montréal graduate with a bachelor’s both in Law and International Studies, the latter being a multidisciplinary program where she focused on international law and politics. Over the years, Sarah has been involved with many organizations in food security, sustainable agriculture and social justice. Since 2019, she sits on the board of directors of the GAIHST, a non-profit organization that protects and defends women’s rights in the workplace. A mother and a passionate cook, she is inspired by the broader regenerative principles that tie food, health and climate to building positive organizational cultures and creating resilient communities.
Antonious Petro is Co-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.
Joanna’s interest in sustainable food systems and regenerative agriculture stems from working as a relief aid worker in war-torn zones. While she experienced disasters, epidemics, and widespread sufferings, she also witnessed the devastation of Nature. She soon realized to what extent our health and wellbeing and the planet’s are interconnected. Since then she has been a fervent advocate of Regenerative Health, the intersection of Human and Nature’s health.
Joanna has completed a Masters Degree in International Relations and Political Science, an MBA in Sustainability Management and has worked internationally her entire life. She loves to tell stories in a compelling and profoundly human way and is notoriously passionate about wildlife and biodiversity.
During her spare time she completed a Permaculture Design course and a Regenerative Farming course in Europe, applying her learning to her own garden. As a Kiss the Ground Soil Health Advocate, she organizes workshops whenever she gets the chance. She also coaches people to be healthy and aligned with nature thanks to her training as an Integrative Nutrition and Functional Medicine Coach.
Jade is a new mom completing her Master’s in Environmental Impact Assessment at Concordia University. She previously studied Neuroscience at McGill and Design at Concordia and considers herself a research geek with high aesthetic standards. Her professional experience is heavily rooted in startup culture and she feels most accomplished streamlining an organization’s operations. Her passion for soil health sprouted while attaining a permaculture design certificate from Earth Activist Training in Northern California where she was inspired by role models such as Doniga Markegaard and Ed Tunheim who opened her eyes to land stewardship as a real, tangible, and timely solution to climate change. As a first-generation settler to Turtle Island, striving to constantly become a better co-conspirator and improving rather than depleting the land is of utmost importance for her. Alongside her soil advocacy, she has been striving toward a Zero-Waste lifestyle since 2014. Her other love is surf and she and her husband roamed the coast between Vancouver and Guatemala in a Westy for almost two years.
Chelsea is a settler originating from a mountain town nestled between the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Interior Salish First Nations and adjacent to small-scale farming towns. Her homelands taught a holistic view of a food system where people are in relation to the food, the cultivators and the land.
Chelsea (she/her) has a B.A. in environment & urban social geography at McGill University and has been working in community-based food systems for six years. She’s a farmer, having coordinated a collective garden for three years, worked two seasons on small-scale ecological and organic farms, and has supported a team of agronomists in agroenvironmental farm planning. Since 2016, she has been training and adapting her engagement approach to include core principles of accessibility, equity, inclusion, anti-oppression, and harm-reduction.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. Throughout her career, she has worked for non-profit organizations as well as federal and provincial government agencies. In that time, Sarah accumulated years of experience in administrative, financial, and operations management, as well as project management, meeting and event planning, and volunteer management. Sarah has a passion for learning about the ongoing effects of colonialism and her role and responsibilities as a settler in Canada. She also seeks to integrate human rights principles into her personal and professional lives and to educate others on how those principles impact society on both individual and collective levels. Sarah is new to the field of regenerative agriculture as she has spent the majority of her career working for organizations that either provide services for people living with serious health conditions and diseases or that focus on funding health-related research and education. She is excited to learn about and to bring her skills and experience to the regenerative movement. When she’s not working or studying, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband. She and her husband also love birds and recently adopted a sweet budgie from a parrot rescue. They are both passionate about giving him a loving home and a second chance at a happy life.
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.
Celeste Smith is the Founder of Cultural Seeds and Founder/Director of Ga Gitigemi Gamik – We Will Plant Lodge. She is from the Wolf Clan and is Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As an intergenerational trauma survivor, she has made it her life’s mission to help Women/Gender Diverse People rebuild their connections to the land and their lifeways. Celeste is a seed steward, traditional agriculturalist and former professor of Traditional Ecological Knowledge at Niagara College. Her Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) comes from a strong connection to her family’s agricultural traditions and 30 years of personal/community gardening experience. She is a committed Indigenous Rights and food justice activist and is involved in multiple projects. Celeste’s academic experience was at Niagara College (Social Sciences), Brock University (Sociology/Indigenous Education) and Columbia University NYC (Indigenous Rights and Policy). Her current work centres around Indigenous food sovereignty, land access and Indigenous Human Rights. She is the owner/founder of Cultural Seeds (culturalseeds.com) which is a seed store/seed repatriation project and Ga Gitigemi Gamik (We Will Plant Lodge) which is envisioned as an ecological centre on a permanent Indigenous stewarded site, where women and 2SLGBTTQQIA+ persons can (RE)learn ancestral agricultural methods lost to colonization.
Tiffany is a (non-status) Secwépemc farmer, land and seed steward, language learner, and food sovereignty advocate. Her passion for feeding people and firm belief in the right to healthy, culturally-appropriate foods for all, drive her work. Tiffany has served as a volunteer Advisory Council member with the Community Seed Network, and currently sits as a Member at Large on the Board of Directors for SeedChange, as well on the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for Farmers for Climate Solutions and is a Council member (Mountain Forests Biome), for Indigenous Climate Action’s Indigenous-led decolonizing climate policy Advisory Council. Tiffany engages with stakeholders, partners, and rural residents through her work as a Wildfire Assistant with the BC Wildfire Service, to help present education around wildfire prevention and mitigation, as well as encourage autonomy for land stewardship within Indigenous communities. Her hope is to continue being a ‘Weaver’, advocating to create better access to resources and increase our collective seed and food security and sovereignty.
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.
Brenda is a seasoned and energetic agribusiness professional, with broad expertise across the food sector in Canada and internationally. She is currently launching Prairie Routes, a marketing and distribution company that sells ecologically conscious, farm-branded food boxes to customers in the Winnipeg region. Her business also offers soil health education and strategic planning for organizations seeking to implement regenerative principles.
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!
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.