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.
Joanna Salsberg: Farmland Protection Program Coordinator
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 Securement and Stewardship Committee, and supporting policy research and analysis for farmland protection in Ontario.
Matthew Colley: Farmland Protection Program Assistant
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 will be working with OFT to support the expansion of our farmland protection programs across Ontario, identify key farmland for protection, steward our protected sites, work with the Policy & Education Committee to support our policy research and analysis, and coordinate meetings and actively participate with OFT’s Stewardship Committee.