Paul Michael Taylor

Nonprofit leader & anti-poverty activist



Paul M. Taylor is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto. FoodShare is the largest food security organization in Canada, with a budget of just under $7 million and over 100 staff.

From 2012-2017 Paul was the Executive Director of Gordon Neighbourhood House, a nonprofit 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 Shelter in 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 the former Vice-Chair of Food Secure Canada.

Paul has long been a champion of social justice and anti-poverty activism through leadership and has impacted various communities, both during his time in Vancouver, British 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.

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Volunteer/Civic Appointments


  • 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 –November 2018)
  • 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 –- April 2017)
  • 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 –- April 2017)
  • 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.
  • 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.