Kat Rendek holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Arts from York University, specializing in Health Policy and Equity with a focus on sustainable and resilient local food systems.
Since graduating, Kat has immersed herself in the Ontario local food movement. In 2014, she moved from Toronto to rural Eastern Ontario to become the Coordinator for the All Things Food Community Food Network. The move has provided her with the opportunity to experience and compare urban vs rural food systems, and to explore the various opportunities and strategies for community and alternative food system development.
Key accomplishments in Eastern Ontario include initiating and coordinating the Local Food Challenge of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russel, and Cornwall; organizing the Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival; increasing local food procurement by local restaurants, community programs, and food banks; and facilitated tours with high schools to promote youth entrepreneurship in agri-food business.