By 2025, demand for tourism workers in Toronto is expected to increase by 45%.

Come to tomorrow’s TFPC meeting to learn more about a unique hospitality training program that also supports local and sustainable farmers.

The Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC) is a non-profit organization working in Toronto’s hospitality and food service industries. The HWTC provides free of cost training for employment and career development.

The HWTC operates a restaurant in downtown Toronto – Hawthorne Food and Drink. This is a social enterprise and full-service training restaurant, serving “Farm-to-Fork City Food” using local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. (Bonus: There will be food to sample!)

Join us to hear the HWTC’s Program director Phil Johnson talk about the centre and its work.

Also on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting: Climate Change is shaping up to be one of the biggest challenges facing cities. It will test the core physical and social infrastructure of cities, and leave many people vulnerable to food insecurity. Taryn Ridsdale of Toronto Public Health will present the recently-released report “Resilient Food Systems, Resilient Cities: A High-Level Vulnerability Assessment of Toronto’s Food System”.

The Toronto Food Policy Council meets on Wednesday, November 14th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 4.

Director of Operations

Phil has expertise in the areas of organizational development and people and change management. He began his career working in Food Services and Restaurants and has worked in retail for Canada’s largest grocery store operator. In this role as Director of Operations he oversees operations of the organization including the recruitment and selection, training, placement and employment of participants. In his spare time Phil is a community volunteer having served as President of youth football club and as a community member on the Ajax Recreation Advisory Committee. He currently serves as a Board Member of Carea Community Health Centre and is a Grant Reviewer for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Phil is a collaborator who is continually looking for opportunities to bring people and organizations together. Phil has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from York University in Toronto and has recently been awarded a Fellowship in the Aspen Institute, through its affiliation with the Metcalf Foundation and the Toronto Sector Skills Academy. Phil has 3 kids and resides in Ajax, Ontario.

Taryn is a Health Research Specialist working in Healthy Public Policy for Toronto Public Health. She previously worked with community health centres across the province. Taryn holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Alberta.