Meet the team This fierce group has worked through raindrizzleandfog, short timelines, and long grocery aisles. They broker partnerships, comb through data, ask the big questions, and seek practical solutions. They promote healthy populations through evidence-informed policy, and cultivate social and economic equity every day in their communities.
Jillian first worked with the Food Policy Lab in May 2018 through a partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College Advanced GIS program. The study used GIS to model a business decision-making process for locating a new grocery retailer, and addressed the shortcomings of the process in terms of public health and accessibility. She joined the lab as a Research Analyst in August 2018. Jillian also has a BSc in biology from St. Francis Xavier University and is passionate about health promoting GIS applications. She is interested in strengthening food distribution policies and reducing food insecurity among Indigenous communities in Canada.
Julie worked in the Food Policy Lab as a Master of Public Health practicum student in 2013, as part of a small group of students working on the PROOF project. She examined the way that food insecurity was framed politically in Ontario in relation to income inequality. She most enjoyed the synergy of teamwork and friendship that took place over good food and fun. She continues to work in health policy at the provincial government in Ontario, and is interested in finding innovative ways to address social determinants of health, merging disciplines such as design and adult education.