Laura Northey
Acting Executive Director

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! 

Since joining OCO, Laura has become keenly aware of the diverse issues and opportunities facing the organic sector. She is concerned with prioritizing the integrity of the organic brand. Laura wants to ensure that the opportunity that organic represents, both as a climate change solution and a forward-thinking business decision, is clearly understood by all members of the food and farming sector.

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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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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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. 

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.