Public Speaking


Wayne Roberts is Canada’s best-known speaker and writer on issues connecting food to health, the
environment, job creation and community development. He speaks on a wide variety of topics to a wide
range of audiences, and is frequently invited to keynote meetings of academics, city planners, health
professionals, farmers and community economic developers.

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Wayne is known for being funny, empowering, practical and cutting edge – all in the same speech.
Wayne shapes all his talks to meet the needs of particular groups, but here are the topics he’s best
known for.

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Why the Hubbub About Foods Hubs: Keys To 21st Century Social Technology

Will Work for Food: Explore the Wide Open World of Fulfilling Food Careers

Why Local Jerome Bettis Authentic Jersey and Sustainable Food is the Big Issue of the Decade

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Food Organizers

Why Food Policy Councils Win Friends and Influence Food Policy

Can We Feed the World with Local and Sustainable Food?

How Food Strategy Creates Cities Most Likely to Succeed

Eating Your Words: How to Talk like a Foodie who Knows What They’re Talking About

Wayne speaks internationally on food, jobs, health and environment.

Wayne has given about 500 talks over the past decade. In alphabetical order, here’s a shortlist of Jerome Bettis Womens Jersey places
he’s been to and groups that have hosted him.

Atlanta, invited by Community Food Security Coalition

Baltimore, invited by city planners and Johns Hopkins Centre for a Livable Future

Bristol, England, invited by City Council

Boston, invited by Community Food Security Coalition

Calgary, Alberta, invited by Arusha Centre

Cardiff, Wales, invited by Cardiff University

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, invited by CanAdapt

Chennai, India, invited by University of Madras

Chicago, invited by International Association of Clinical Nutritionists

Cleveland, Ohio, invited by Case State University

Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, invited by Memorial University

Cornwall, Ontario, invited by Eco Farm Day Conference

Detroit, invited by City Council and Wayne State University

Dublin, Ireland, invited by Feasta

Edmonton, Alberta, invited by University of Alberta Hospital

Ganges, Salt Spring Island, invited by Island Council

Guelph, invited by Transition Guelph and Guelph Organic Conference

Hamilton, invited by McMaster University and Slow Food Hamilton

Ithaca, New York, invited by Cornell University

Kingston, Ontario, invited by Food down the Road, Queen’s University

London, Ontario, invited by Ontario Public Health Association

London, England, invited by City University of London

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, invited by Food Secure Saskatchewan

Milwaukee, invited by Community Food Security Coalition

Minneapolis, invited by American Planning Association, Institute for Agricultural Trade and Policy

Montreal, invited by Montreal Public Health, Montreal Community Foundation

New Orleans, invited by Community Food Security Coalition

New York, New York, invited by Earth Day New York

Oaxaca, Mexico, invited by Universidad de la Tierra

Ottawa, invited by Canadian Association of Food Studies, Unitarian Service Committee

Penn State, Pennsylvania, invited by Association for the Study of Food and Society

Philadelphia, invited by University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Portland, Oregon, invited by Community Food Security Coalition

Quebec City, invited by Sante Publique de Quebec

Red Deer, Alberta, invited by Pathways to Sustainability

Santa Cruz, invited by center for Agro Ecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, invited by Child Hunger and Education Program

Seattle, invited by Seattle Acting Food Policy Council

Seoul, Korea, invited by Agenda 21

Smithers, British Columbia, invited by Northern Health

St John’s, Newfoundland, invited by Canadian Organic Growers

Sudbury, Ontario, invited by Sudbury Social Planning Council

Toledo, Ohio, invited by Toledo Grows

Toronto, invited by Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine,
Premier’s Summit on Agricultural Innovation

Vancouver, invited by Farm Folk, City Folk, Vancouver Social Planning Department

Victoria, British Columbia, invited by International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements

Waterloo, Ontario, invited by Canadian Association of Food Studies, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Winnipeg, invite by City planning department, Food Matters Manitoba

Yellowknife, North West Territories, invited by Territorial Farmers Association