Laurel Schut

Co-Director of FOUND Forgotten Food


Laurel Schut is the Co-Director of FOUND Forgotten Food (, a social business enterprise that strives to reduce food waste by gathering and sharing forgotten fruits and vegetables in Nova Scotia. Laurel holds an BSocSc with a focus on food security and small-scale production, and an MES with a specialization in pollination and food systems. Through her passions for sustainable community development, food systems and food security, and experiential education, Laurel has worked with a range of groups, including Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia, The Otesha Project, Amnesty International, Hidden Harvest Ottawa, and Big Sisters Ottawa. In addition to FOUND, Laurel is currently assisting in the delivery of undergraduate programming at Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability.


  • To encourage participants to think about the different ways to tackle food security in Canada.
  • To create a stimulating and exciting exchange of ideas. 

From the supply chain to the dinner table, more than a third of the food produced is wasted. As global pressures on food production increases to keep up with the growing global population, some countries, like France have started tackling food waste. Should Canada follow suit? If so, how should this be done? Which sectors should be regulated, and how would this change Canadian's relationship to food? 

Food Regulation: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread or Just Plain Nuts!


  • Dean Sylvain Charlebois as moderator
  • Scott Lougheed
  • Laurel Schut

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois
Dean, Dalhousie Faculty of Management


​Scott is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston. Before starting his PhD he received a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) in Sociology from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Queen’s University. His research is centred on the themes of governance, risk, and the role of science and technology in society. His dissertation examines the relationship between food safety governance and the production or avoidance of food waste. In the course of this work he has observed numerous challenges associated with identifying and responding to food safety hazards, and how waste can be minimized in the face of threats to public health. He has also studied public engagement and participation in municipal waste management politics. Scott has moonlighted as a sound engineer and musician. He also likes to bike in the summer, cross-country ski in the winter, and is an enthusiastic cooker and eater of food every day. ​

ACPA Panel On Food Security

Dr. Charlebois is the Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. He is also a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculty of Agriculture. From 2010 to 2016, we was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, which he co-founded. While at the University of Guelph, he was also the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Business and Economics. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Regina in Regina, Canada. He also served as the Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Regina Campus). His current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety, and has published four books and many peer-reviewed journal articles in several publications. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed and scientific publications in his career. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Globe & Mail, and the National Post. He is currently writing a fifth book on global food systems, to be published later in 2016 by Wiley. He conducts policy analysis, evaluation, and demonstration projects for government agencies and major foundations focusing on agricultural policies and community development both in Canada and in development settings. 

Scott​ Lougheed
PhD Candidate, School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University

On Thursday, January 26th, 2017 join us for a discussion on