Paul M. Taylor is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto. FoodShare is the largest food security organization in Canada, with a budget of $7 million and over 100 staff.
From 2012-2017 Paul was the Executive Director of Gordon Neighbourhood House, a not-for-profit organization that emerged as a leader in operating community-based food initiatives under Paul’s leadership. Paul’s previous work experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House and prior to that as Executive Director at Second Base Youth Shelterin Scarborough, Ontario. He has served on the board of the Metro Vancouver Alliance, is the founder of the Vancouver Food Summit, was Chair of BC’s Poverty Reduction Coalition and is currently the Vice-Chair of Food Secure Canada.
Paul has long been a champion of social justice through leadership and has impacted various communities, both during his time in Vancouver, Bristish Columbia and in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario.
Paul uses strategic thinking, humour and creativity to inspire and connect with his colleagues, volunteers and everyone that he meets. When asked about his most influential experiences, he talks about growing up materially poor and how those experiences have inspired much of Paul’s activism. He is a tireless anti-poverty and right to food advocate.
Paul’s impact reaches far beyond regional or provincial boundaries. His leadership journey first began as a teacher in Toronto, then as a Vice Principal and a Business Administration Instructor.
Connect with Paul on Twitter @paulm_taylor
- Toronto Star, John Tory, Phylicia George and other Star readers share their treasured holiday traditions. By Megan Ogilvie on December 8, 2017.
- Globe and Mail, “How a Strip of Warehouses Became a Community Hub” by Daniel Rotsztain on November 23, 2017
- Ontario Farmer, “FoodShare Toronto to Connect Local Farmers with Northern Communities” by Diana Martin in the December 2017 edition.
- Toronto Sun “Salad Days at Inner-city School” by Kevin Connor on October 15, 2017.
- Edible Toronto on FoodShare’s programs featured in the September-October 2017 issue.
- Globe & Mail article on School Food and Growing Programs on September 11, 2017 “Dirty Hands, Happy Students” by Julie Van Rosendaal
- Keynote presentation at the South-Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation for Local Food Recognition Day Symposium in Norfolk County on September 8, 2017.
- Moderator for panel on Indigenous Food Systems at the FLEdGE (Food Locally Embedded and Globally Engaged) Conference at Wilfred Laurier on September 7, 2017
- Breakfast Television on FoodShare’s Student Nutrition Program on August 14, 2017
- BC Poverty Free Action Team’s Talking Poverty (Podcast) Interview on February 7, 2017. http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/2017/02/talking-poverty-ep2-talking-food-security-with-paul-taylor/
- Roundhouse Radio interview on the Impact that Paul M. Taylor has had on Vancouver on March 27, 2017 http://bit.ly/2nZgFYE
- Beatroute Magazine interview on Gordon Neighbourhood House’s 75th Anniversary – March 2016. http://beatroute.ca/2017/03/10/gordon-neighbourhood-house-celebrates-75-years-community/
- CBC online article on panel on Food Banks, Poverty and Policy on November 16, 2016. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/food-banks-bc-1.3852923?cmp=rss&utm_content=bufferc3e09&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
- Vancouver on November 15, 2016 on the Poverty Reduction and Living Wage Summit (Keynote Address) http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/11/15/healthy-affordable-food-linked-to-anti-poverty-efforts.html
- CBC Online article on Food Banks, Poverty and Policy on November 15, 2016 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cbc-food-bank-1.3850697
- Forum Panelist on Food Banks, Poverty and Policy hosted by the CBC and aired on CBC Radio 1 on November 15, 2016. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/programs/onthecoast/rising-food-bank-use-leads-to-call-for-b-c-poverty-reduction-strategy-1.3852939
- Keynote Presenter, BC Poverty Reduction – Living Wage Summit hosted by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and the Living Wage Campaign for Families on November 15, 2016.
- Keynote Presenter, Changemaker Showcase/Conference hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Community Engaged Learning on November 3, 2016.
- Keynote Presenter, BOSS (non-profit leadership) Conference hosted by Vantage Point on October 27 2016
- Moderator, City Council Town hall on the 2016 Welfare Food Challenge hosted by Raise the Rates BC on October 23, 2016.
- Food Secure Canada Assembly, Opening Plenary Presentation on a National Food Policy for Canada on October 14, 2016 (Toronto).
- Roundhouse Radio (98.3FM), September 22, 2016 on poverty, social justice and racism in the food system http://cirh.streamon.fm/listen-pl-5105
- Metro (Vancouver), September 15, 2016 on Gordon Neighbourhood House’s West End Food Festival http://www.metronews.ca/news/
vancouver/2016/09/15/food- festival-sprouts-community- food-security-conversations. html
- Westender, September 15, 2016 on Gordon Neighbourhood House’s West End Food Festival http://www.westender.com/eat-
- CBC Vancouver TV, June 12, 2016 on the Gordon Neighbourhood House Community Herb Garden Project https://www.facebook.com/
- Westender, May 26, 2016. “Feeding the Community: Paul Taylor and Gordon Neighbourhood House connect the West End with Food”: http://www.westender.com/news-
- Vancouver Sun, April 27, 2016 “Five Things to Hash Over at the Vancouver Food Summit” by Randy Shore: http://vancouversun.com/news/
local-news/five-things-to- hash-over-at-the-vancouver- food-summit
- Featured as one of Canada’s 37 Good Food Champions in “Goodness: Recipes and Stories”, produced by the Neal Brothers. November 2015.
- Vancouver Magazine. “How to Win the Hunger Game”. December 2015
- La Presse, December 2, 2016: http://plus.lapresse.ca/
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- Panellist: November 2, 2016 “Vancouver a City of Growing Inequality” hosted by the Vancouver Planning Commission and the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue.
- BC Civil Liberties Association “Right to Food” Panellist: Carnegie Community Centre, June 24, 2015.
- Interview: Documentary on Hunger in Canada, May 15, 2015 http://www.fairchildtv.com/
newsarchive_detail.php?n=27& topic=399&episode=767 (Fairchild TV)
- Film on the City of Vancouver Food Strategy https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=QGjKPcBz9YM (January 2015: viral)
- Co-host/Editorialist: Foodline Radio: Vancouver Co-op Radio (October 2013 –)
- Poor People’s Radio: Vancouver Media Co-op: Food Bank Users Call for Justice, Not Charity. (December 12, 2012).
- The Tyee. “Officials “Need the Pressure’ to Raise Welfare Rates : Food Advocates” – interviewed by Collen Kimmett (October 23rd, 2012).
- CBC Radio (Victoria, BC) “On the Island” interviewed by Gregor Craigie on The Problem With Food Banks (December 14, 2012)
- Radio Canada (Quebec)“$26 Welfare Food Challenge” – interviewed by Pierre Martineau (October 23rd, 2012) – French
- Radio Canada (Quebec)“$26 Welfare Food Challenge” – interviewed by Pierre Martineau (October 16th, 2012) – French
- Rabble.ca/Vancouver Media Coop Radio: Red Eye “Eating for a week on $26” on the BC Welfare Food Challenge (October 13th, 2012)
- The Tyee. ”Try Eating on $26 a Week, Challenges Anti-poverty Group” Interview and article by Colleen Kimmett (September 25th, 2012)
- Radio Interview with Nicole Savage on Right to Food and the DTES Neighbourhood House on “Making Contact” – Evolution 107.9 Vancouver, BC. (September 18, 2012)
- Author of feature article in two publications. The article “Our Right to Food” was printed in the Carnegie Newspaper (June 15 2012) and the Downtown Eastside Right to Food Zine (August 2012).
- Radio Interview on Food Justice “The Bill Good Show” – CKNW AM 980 Vancouver (April 30th, 2012)
- The Tyee, “The Problem with Food Banks” Interview and article by Colleen Kimmett (April 25th, 2012)
- Keynote Address at Simon Fraser University on “Right to Food: Moving from Charity to Justice” for SFU’s annual speaker’s series.
- Vancouver Co-op Radio, “Justice not Charity” Roundtable discussion hosted by Aiyanas Ormand on moving to a model of socio-economic justice as opposed to charity. December 21st, 2011.
- The Toronto Star, “Recipe for Saving Lives: Milk, cookies, fresh paint”, by Jennifer Bain on Second Base Youth Shelter’s innovative milk program (November 28th, 2009).
- CBC RADIO – Interviewed by Matt Galloway on “Here and Now” on Suburban Homelessness (December 8 2009).
- Rogers TV – “Toronto Cares” on Youth Homelessness (March 26th, 2009).
- Global News Hour – “Making a Difference” on Education for Homeless and Street-involved youth (June 10th, 2009).
- Innovation Inside Blog, Profiled as an innovative leader by Daneal Charney – Founder and CFO of Leadership Reframed (November 2nd, 2009).
- Caribbean Headline News on Leadership (May 8th, 2010)
- The Scarborough Mirror (2011 on youth homelessness), and The Toronto Observer (2011 on youth homelessness).
- Member, Grant Review Committee Metcalf Foundation, Opportunities Fund (September 2017 –)
- Chair, Finance Committee, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (January 2016 – April 2017)
- Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Food Secure Canada (October 2016 –)
- Director, Board of Directors, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC office (September 2016 – April 2017)
- Chair, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (March 2016 – April 2017)
- Member, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Steering Committee (March 2012 – April 2017)
- Founder, Vancouver Food Summit (2016)
- Langara College Advisory Committee: Sustainable Healthy Food Systems/Food Policy (January 2015 –)
- Chair, Metro Vancouver Alliance – Poverty Research Action Team (November 2014 – January 2016)
- Appointed by the Province of British Columbia as a special advisor to support the development of a BC Healthy Eating Strategy 2015-2018.
- Member, Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force – appointed by Vancouver’s City Council (November 2012 –-)
- Member, Vancouver Food Policy Council – appointed by Vancouver’s City Council (March 2012 –- December 2014)
- Chair, Vancity Community Project Grants Committee. Region: Vancouver (March 2012 –- December 2012)
- Member, Advisory Committee for Young Ones – an organization dedicated to assisting youth who struggle with mental illness, concurrent disorders and addictions achieve better mental health, January 2010 –.
- Volunteer, Outreach Worker with Jenn’s Kitchen – an organization providing nutritional outreach and referral support to survival sex trade workers in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, January 2012 –-
- Member, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Constituency Board, March 2011 – January 2012
- Creative Institute’s City Leaders Program Mentor, 2010. This program is a partnership between the United Way of Greater Toronto and the University of Toronto’s faculty of Social Work.
- United Way of Ontario: Symposium Panellist. Subject: Community of Practice on Youth Educational Attainment, May 2010
- Board of Directors, Daily Bread Food Bank – Toronto, September 2008 to January 2010.
- Chair, Sue Cox Community Action Fund Allocation Committee, September 2008 to January 2010.
- Symposium Steering Committee, the United Way [GTA] – Forum on Youth Educational Attainment, 2008 – 2009.
- Board of Directors (Vice Chair), Fudger House – for the Aged, 2000 – 2005.