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Foodlink Staff

Anna Contini, Manager


Anna joined the Foodlink team in 2007 as Project Coordinator and became Manager in 2011.  She is responsible for day-to-day operations and overseeing the organization's projects and services. This includes planning and organizing Foodlink’s annual Taste Local! Taste Fresh! event, co-ordinating the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map as well as a variety of communications, marketing and public relations activities. She is a communications graduate and brings a diverse array of work experience in writing, project management and event planning.  Anna lives in Fergus with her husband where she enjoys cycling, running, fitness, healthy local eating and the great outdoors.


Foodlink Board of Directors

Jessica Gerber, Chair (October 2015-present)

Jessica works full time for her parents at their on farm meat store Oakridge Acres (, outside of Ayr.  She is a farm girl at heart and has a passion for local food, farming and the outdoors. Jess enjoys working with animals and has added a dog(Ruby), cat (Jack) & two pot bellied pigs (Gus & Maximus) to the menagerie of animals at the farm. Jess also loves playing soccer, year round.  Jessica enjoys farming and helps with chores at the organic family farm where they raise pure bred Black Angus cattle and grass fed bison. Jessica's parents have been part of the Foodlink family since the beginning and Jessica is continuing this tradition.  After years of being part of the Taste Local! Taste Fresh! event, Jessica is excited to join the Foodlink Board.

Keirra Reid Vice-Chair (May 2016-present)

Keirra is the lead banquet chef at Westmount Golf and Country Club. Her passion for local food is expressed through her cooking and many connections in the community including local farmers. In her free time, Keirra enjoys adventures seeking out local markets and getting to know our farmers, producers and restaurateurs. She is passionate about local food and showcasing our amazing region one bite at a time. 

Dale Stevanus, Treasurer (2012-present)

Dale and his wife Linda own and operate Stevanus Family Farm and CSA in Bloomingdale. Dale began growing produce more than 30 years ago as a part-time venture while working full time at the University of Guelph's Purchasing Services Dept. The Stevanus' originally sold their produce at the Waterloo and Kitchener Farmers Market but switched their focus to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in 2006. Today, their CSA continues to thrive and they also enjoy selling their produce to fine food establishments in Waterloo Region. 

Cole Jones (May 2016-present)

Cole is the founder & CEO at Local Line (, an online marketplace for wholesale food businesses. Cole started Local Line in Waterloo Region in 2014. Today the company remains in the region with headquarters in Kitchener and a team that supports hundreds of customers across multiple provinces and states. Cole is actively involved in Waterloo Region's startup culture and frequently spends time speaking with youth entrepreneurs helping them develop their businesses. Whenever he gets the chance Cole's favourite work-related activity is spending time on customers' farms.

Joel Knight (May 2016-present)

Joel lives at Steckle Heritage Homestead in Kitchener where he operates a small market garden and teaches workshops on gardening & butchery and frequently gives tours to visitors to the farm.  He is the COO of 365Local, a company based out of Whitby that specializes in local food research, indoor food production and aquaponics. Joel is the chair of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable and can often be found giving talks on local food and food production in Waterloo Region. 

Lauren Weber (May 2017-present)

Growing up in New Hamburg surrounded by agriculture, Lauren was able to see firsthand the importance of local food and the local food industry. Lauren currently works at Ten Thousand Villages. One of the biggest rewards of her job is being able to meet “makers” from all over the world and learning how fair trade can impact lives around the world.  In her spare time, Lauren loves to cook and try out Waterloo region's many restaurants in her monthly Dinner club.  Lauren also loves to travel and is always looking forward to her next trip.

Graham Spence (May 2017-present)

Graham is one of the founding partners of Block Three Brewing Company, a microbrewery in St. Jacobs that opened in 2013. Graham comes from an accounting background and lives in Kitchener. He is an ardent hockey fan and loves all things local.

Karina Flores (May 2017-present)

Karina is an energetic, creative, and passionate individual who rises to every challenge through her ambitious and hard working personality. As a young professional, Karina seeks new opportunities that enrich her knowledge and expand her expertise. Her passion for gastronomy, travel, and social media has motivated her to start her own website to express her creativity with design and love for diverse food experiences. An extensive background in marketing and customer service have proven to be beneficial in understanding the Millennial generation and an asset in any field pursuit.

Theresa Ashton (May 2017-present)

Theresa is a Territory Manager at Flanagan Foodservice in the Kitchener Waterloo Region. She began in the Foodservice industry at a very young age starting as a hostess at working her way through many positions within the many different types of restaurants.  At 19 she held her first management position at Café 13 and then General Manager of The Riverbank Steakhouse. She moved on to fine dining and spent the next 10 years learning the different levels of the service industry and what was and is important to customers and chefs alike.  At Flanagan's local products are a huge focus for her customer base and to herself personally.