Transitions 2017

Transitions 2017

Transitions 2017: A Food Movement Conference
PRESENTED BY: The Concordia Food Coalition, The Concordia Student Union

Transitions is a student conference on urban agriculture, alternative economics, and the massive potential for change within the Concordia university food system!   #concordiatransitions

Every February, students, faculty, social entrepreneurs, local change-makers, and activists come together to share knowledge and food, and collaborate around how to build a food-system that answers directly to the needs of the Concordia University community – students, workers, teachers, the farmers we depend on, and our community at large.

Since 2014, Transitions has been the catalyst for a myriad of initiatives, projects, and campaigns towards sustainable, democratic, and resilient local food systems. Little by little, we empower students, build capacity, collaboratively shape our food system, and most importantly begin to see ourselves in it.


Transitions 2017

February 3rd and 4th, 2017

1455 BLVD De Maisonneuve (Rooms H-763 & H-767)

Student Food Movement Panel & Community Mixer

+ Full day of talks and Workshops & Food!

10$, PWYC for students


**Tickets on sale as of Tuesday January 17th, 2017 – pick-up at the CSU (H-711) between 10 to 6 Mon-Fri or find us in the Mezz outside the Hive Cafe 11 to 3 Mon-Thurs**  

Feb 3rd

Opening Event 5 à 9

Student Food Movement Panel & Community Mixer


Join us for a special evening of conversations, networking, and food! We’ve invited students from across Montreal campuses working in food security to come and share their stories and help us build a strong community campus food movement.  This lovely panel discussion will be followed by a Community Mixer where both campus and broader Montreal organizations will be able to step to the mic and tell us what they’re all about. This will be an invaluable opportunity to help grow our collective movement, network, and outreach for volunteers. Community organizations interested in participating are strongly encouraged to sign-up early, as spaces are limited!

During the mixer we will be offering a variety alcoholic and non-alcoholic of drinks from a specially prepared menu that aims to make our bar as sustainable as possible. Locally inspired cocktails, regional ciders, and homemade kombucha are just a few of the options we’ll have! Since we love food and we love supporting local growers and fair-trade farmers, so we’ve also prepared a full vegan menu of inspired appetizers that will be self-catered especially for the mixer. We hope our menu will not only inspire folks to eat differently but that it will inspire conversations about where our food comes from and how it gets from the farm to the fork!


Feb 4th

Full day of talks and Workshops

Registration will begin at 9AM and folks will be welcome to grab a hot cup of coffee or tea and a

9AM – Registration & Breakfast

10- Opening Keynote: Fred M. Wiseman, PhD, Director, Seeds of Renewal Project

11 – BREAK


  1. Get Your Grains
  2. Divest Your Plate
  3. The Hive Cafe

12:30 – Lunch Catered by the Hive Cafe

1:30 – Food Justice Panel

2:30 – BREAK


  1.       a) DIY Tempeh and Tofu
  2.       b) Season Jars
  3.       c) Pending

4:05 – Closing Keynote: Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Bio: Dr. A. Breeze Harper is a senior diversity and inclusion strategist for Critical Diversity Solutions, a seasoned speaker, and author of books and articles related to critical race feminism, intersectional anti-racism, and ethical consumption. As a writer, she is best known as the creator and editor of the groundbreaking anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern Books 2010).



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Concordia Transitions 2016
PRESENTED BY: Concordia Food Coalition and the Concordia Student Union

Date: Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Location: Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., Room H-767 |  5 a 7 to follow at the Hive Solidarity Cafe Co-op, H-200
Time: Breakfast at 8:00 AM | Conference 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (see full schedule below!) | Closing Mingle & Munch 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Cost: $5 ~no one will be turned away~

Accessibility Information:

**Food will be vegetarian & vegan friendly with at least one gluten-free option**
**If you require child care in order to attend the conference, let us know & we will try to set it up**
**The space is wheelchair accessible (automatic doors & elevators)**
**Let us know if you have other accessibility needs & we will do our best to accommodate**


From as little as a few class speeches, to as much as you want to do, we need help of all kinds to pull this conference off!
Email us at:, with VOLUNTEER as the subject line, to let us know that you are interested in volunteering.



Come to Concordia Transitions to experience an enriching and interactive conference on urban agriculture and alternative economics that will help us build a vibrant and sustainable food system on campus for students — by students.

This is an exciting full day event with international and local change-makers, student leaders, social entrepreneurs, delicious food, and great ideas!



Tickets are 5$ available at the CSU office (H-711) from 10am to 6pm, or receive a free solidarity ticket by volunteering with the conference. Please contact us at with the title VOLUNTEERING if you are interested in helping with the conference.


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Concordia Transitions Conference (2014)

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The Concordia Food Coalition, The Concordia Greenhouse and the CSU hosted a conference on Urban Agriculture, Alternative Economics and the massive potential for change within the Concordia university Food-system on February 8th, 2014. It was a day full of student panelists, good food, social entrepreneurs, local change-makers, activists, great speakers and great ideas! #ConcordiaTransitions

This conference was to build a community food-system at Concordia that is:

1) outside of the pursuit of private financial profit; 
2) constituted and grounded in inclusivity & cooperation (not hierarchy & competition);
3) structured in a way that innovates on successful alternative models;
4) committed to being affordable, nutritious, and sensitive to cultural needs;
5) approaches food sovereignty/security from a critical perspective;
6) built to apply and integrate research in urban farming techniques, and other parts 

of the food-cycle, like waste; 

But most importantly, this conference was to build a food-system that answers directly to the needs of the Concordia University community – students, workers, teachers, the farmers we depend on, and pretty much everyone else.




1) Curtis Stone
A start-from-scratch entrepreneur and farmer at Green City Acres, a 4 acre farm in Kelowna BC that rents the use of neighbourhood backyards for the purposes of growing vegetables to distribute to the local community — how do they pay the rent? In fresh produce straight from the backyard farm during the grow season. 

2) Marguerite Mendell
The recent winner of Quebec’s highest honour, the Prix du Quebec, for

her decades of work in the social economy of Quebec, and previous principal of the School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University.

3) Ben Flanner
The head farmer and president of the Brooklyn Grange, New York City, the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the U.S, operating the world’s largest rooftop soil farms. (They also operate New York’s largest apiary!)