Kathryn Enders: Executive Director
Kathryn Enders has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Brock University, and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo. She recently completed a certificate in Management and Leadership at Laurier University. 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. In 2008 she was hired as a Program Coordinator, and in 2013 she was promoted to Executive Director. She spent two years as a board member with 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 become part of this movement.
Matt Setzkorn: Manager, Land Programs and Policy
Matt has a B.Sc. (Agr.) degree in Agroecology from the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. Matt has served in a number of roles with OFT over the past seven years, always focused on strengthening partnerships and seeking new and more strategic ways to integrate OFT’s direct farmland protection work with support for improved public land use policy in Ontario. Matt works hands-on with farmers and communities to facilitate and advance tangible and lasting farmland protection projects, like farmland easements. Matt brings experience from the U.S. to OFT, having lived in Pennsylvania for many years and engaged with the state’s leading farmland preservation initiatives; where land trusts and government have partnered to deliver robust farmland protection programs that invest millions in local agriculture and land conservation annually.
Keith Wright: Development Director
Keith is supporting OFT’s $1 million Farmland Forever campaign. Keith has played a fundraising leadership role with a wide range of nonprofit organizations from Halifax to Vancouver over the past 30 years, representing education, healthcare, the arts, churches, and land conservation organizations. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, he is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, and has taught fundraising principles and practices at Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management Program as well as in The Media Studies Program at University of Guelph-Humber. Keith is also a passionate community volunteer and committed to helping protect farmland and the environment.
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 in evolving roles, most recently as the Agricultural Easement Innovation Project Coordinator. Since wrapping up that project she has taken on the role of Program Manager, helping to expand OFT’s farmland protection program across 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.
Joanna Salsberg: Farmland Protection Program Assistant
Joanna has completed a master’s degree at Queen’s University in Urban and Regional Planning (M.PL.). She has also obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honours) in Geography with a minor in Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Analysis from the University of Guelph in 2014. Her interests lie in the environmental and social intersections of regional, urban, and rural planning. Joanna will be working with the OFT to support the expansion of our farmland protection program across Ontario, including assisting in identifying farmlands for protection in key communities across Ontario, developing environmental stewardship recommendations for protected sites, coordinating meetings and updates with OFT’s volunteer Land Preservation and Stewardship Committee, and supporting policy research and analysis for farmland protection in Ontario.
Matthew Colley: OFT Volunteer
Matthew has a Bachelors of Art (BA) in Geography from the University of Guelph, and is currently in the Rural Planning and Development Master’s program (MSc.) at Guelph. His research interests focus on land use planning, farmland preservation, and environmental management. Matthew is working with OFT as their office volunteer. After completing his position as Communications and Outreach Summer Student, we are pleased that Matt is staying with OFT and volunteering one day per week to help support the Farmland Forum planning and growing our social media presence. He is passionate about the growing need to protect valued farmland and wants to help OFT effectively build on its success and contribute to the continued growth of its core programs.