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