Staff

Cassandra Rizzotto
Acting Executive Director

Cassandra joined OCO in November 2019 and brings over a decade of experience in business, finance, and innovation in Ontario’s local food and agricultural sectors. She is a Founding Member and Co-Owner of Earth + City, a plant-based prepared food company established in 2010 and partnered with over 40 regional suppliers, vendors, and farmers. She was a Board Director and Treasurer of the former West End Food Co-op, and much of her experience has been on the entrepreneurial and processing side of food production in both for-profit and non-profit cooperative settings.

Cassandra holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE at the University of Toronto, specializing in transformative learning for social and ecological change. After completing her first year of law school at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, she is back home in Toronto and is eager about championing for an Ontario organic regulation and advocating for a healthier and more resilient food and agricultural system in our province. 

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Carolyn Young
Executive Director (on leave)

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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Laura Northey
Communications & Membership Manager

Laura joined OCO in September of 2016. She comes from a rural background and has a wide range of experience in agriculture, administration, and non-profit communications. Some of this experience included apprenticing as a farmer and then running her own market garden -- before realizing that contributing her communication skills to the good food movement was a better use of her talents! 

Laura has a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University and a Graduate Certification in Corporate Communications from Seneca College. She lives in Toronto and originally hails from the world-famous municipality of Tweed, Ontario.

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Meg Roberts
Special Projects Manager

Meg joined OCO in early 2020 and is passionate about sustainability and food security. With a background in vegetable, livestock, and dairy farming she hopes to bring a farmer's viewpoint to the team. She has additional experience in event planning, leading workshops, and community outreach, and she looks forward to working with the members of OCO.

Meg has a postgraduate certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, as well as Environmental Enforcement and Inspection. She has completed courses in herbalism and is currently training to become an organic inspector.