About Peter

Peter Ladner at the Vancouver City Farmer garden with Maria Keating and helper

Peter Ladner is a public speaker and author of The Urban Food Revolution, Changing the Way We Feed Cities, published by New Society in Nov., 2011. He is a former member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

From 2009-2011 he was a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, working on a project called Planning Cities as if Food Matters. It  involved teaching in the SFU Semester in Dialogue, researching his book and organizing public events, including an evening with urban farmer Will Allen that attracted more than 700 people. He is currently an Associate at the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development.

He is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver board vice-chair,  business owner and is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper.

Peter is a frequent speaker on food issues, urban farming and urban agriculture. In the past he has given hundreds of talks to business, community, academic and professional organizations and in the media.

He has a lifelong interest in urban farming in his own gardens. As a city councilor and member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council he initiated the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. That move was copied by the City of London for its 2012 Olympics.

He is Chair of the Board of The David Suzuki Foundation and former Chair of the Board of The Natural Step Canada, an organization that accelerates our transition to a truly sustainable society.