Kathryn Enders: Executive Director
Kathryn Enders is the Executive Director of the Ontario Farmland Trust. She completed a Masters of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and a Certificate in Management and Leadership at Laurier University. Prior to her role at the Trust, she spent eight years working for Green Venture in Hamilton, a not-for-profit organization that teaches others how to live more sustainably every day. She has volunteered as a board member for both Community CarShare and Green Communities Canada. She believes protecting farmland is one of the most important and pressing environmental issues of our time, and she is excited to be part of this movement.
Krista Long: Program Manager
Krista has a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from the University of Guelph, and a Masters of Environmental Design (MEDes) from the University of Calgary. Krista has worked with a number of local food organizations, including the Canadian Organic Growers and the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable, where she lead research projects on the viability of local food systems. Krista has been working with the OFT since July 2014. As Program Manager, she leads projects to help expand OFT’s farmland protection program across Ontario and communicate about the importance of farmland protection in Ontario. She has a passion for building community around local food, and having grown up in a rural community knows the value of protecting farmland for the viability of a local food system.
Matthew Colley: Farmland Protection Coordinator
Matthew has a Master’s Degree in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. He also has an Undergraduate degree in Geography (Honours) with a minor in History from the University of Guelph. Matthew comes to OFT with experience in municipal planning. He coordinates OFT’s policy research and analysis, supports the expansion of OFT’s farmland protection programs across Ontario, coordinates the stewardship of OFT’s protected sites, and works with the Policy & Education and Land Securement & Stewardship committees.