Board members

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Denise Bolduc is an arts and cultural leader and is recognized forĀ her involvement with numerous national and international multi-disciplinary activities. She has an extensive background across artistic disciplines including roles as an artistic director, presenter, producer, researcher, educator, and consultant. She is presently also a board member with Forbes Wild Foods, REEL Canada and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Denise is a member of the Batchewana First Nation.

 

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Michael Nelson is a member of the Mississauga Blind River First Nation and was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He grew up in Wawa and at the Sturgeon River Camp on the Namewaminikon River, in Northwestern Ontario. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, and subsequently travelled and worked throughout Western Europe and Asia Minor before returning to Canada. His primary occupation for the last thirty years has been as woodworker and scenic carpenter and is also a published author. In 2006, he started Nipigon Forage with the intent of harvesting wild foods with local (to Lake Nipigon) Aboriginals and transport to southern markets. In 2009, he began to investigate the possibility of getting fresh lake fish caught by native fisherman to southern markets.

 

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JonathanĀ Forbes lives in the Noisy River Valley, 2 hours northwest of Toronto, where he has been foraging wild foods for over 50 years. He founded the Development Education Centre in 1972 and his working life has been spent largely on economic and cultural development issues with a focus on community based policy. He has been at various times, a policy adviser to three provincial cabinet ministers, worked on the boards of non-profit agencies from OXFAM Canada at the international level, a large housing co-op, two food-co-ops to local environmental groups. He started Forbes Wild Foods in 1998 to reacquaint people with indigenous foods that have largely been forgotten and currently spends his time writing, training and helping build awareness for a sustainable and ecologically sound approach to non-timber forest products.