Alison Blay-Palmer is the Centre for International Governance Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also the founding Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, and an Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research and teaching combine her passions for sustainable food systems and community viability through civil society engagement and innovative governance. Her research is funded by OMAFRA, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Carasso Foundation, and the International Social Sciences Council. Alison collaborates with academics and practitioners across Canada and the United States as well internationally including partners in Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, and The Netherlands. This work gained national recognition in 2012 when her partnership was one of three nominees for a SSHRC Partnership Impact Award. In November 2016, Alison will be inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College for New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She received the Public Service award from the Canadian Association for Food Studies in 2016.