Staff

Carolyn Young
Executive Director

Since joining OCO in early 2016, Carolyn has placed renewed emphasis on serving members' needs and campaigning for an Ontario organic regulation. Prior to joining OCO, Carolyn worked as the Director of Sustain Ontario, the alliance for healthy food and farming.  Together with member organizations, she advocated for the support of healthier food systems through education, network development and collaborative action.  

Before Sustain, Carolyn had extensive experience in food security, farming and environmental policy issues through her Masters research focused on farmers' markets and her time at the Stop Community Food Centre. She has worked on farms and farming issues in four provinces in addition to visiting farms across Canada and abroad as an Independent Organic Inspector. 

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Stuart Oke
Communications and Membership Manager

Stuart joined OCO in 2020 and is a passionate proponent of organics, regionalized food systems and food sovereignty. He has spent the past decade as an organic farmer,  organizer, and advocate. He is the current Youth President for the National Farmers Union (NFU) a position that enables him to advocate solutions to the problems facing new farmers today. He is also a board and executive committee member for the national organic organization Canadian Organic Growers (COG) a registered charity focused on training, supporting and advocating for organic farmers in Canada. 

He is excited to bring his experience to the OCO team and help continue the critical work OCO undertakes on behalf of organic producers, processors, and retailers in Ontario. When Stuart isn't working for OCO you can find him on his farm Rooted Oak Farm newly relocated to Eastern Ontario. 

Kelly Ray
Content and Data Coordinator

Kelly joined OCO in January and is passionate about conservation and environmental science with her favourite project being the identification of different plants in Southern Ontario through the creation of an Herbarium. Her interest in organics stems from the positive environmental impact organics has on the Earth.

Kelly has a BSc in Biology (ecology specialization) and Philosophy and is looking forward to bringing her perspective towards supporting OCO in content development, publication, and data management.