Abigail SlaterCo-Vice Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, External Affairs Committee
Abigail Slater joined the FoodShare board of directors in 2011 as a partner with Social Venture Partners. FoodShare's work allows her to pursue a keen interest in food justice and social justice. Having worked for many years in the foodservice industry, Abigail currently uses her entrepreneurial experience in the field of social enterprise and investment management by helping organizations reach sustainability.
Her board involvement has included service as treasurer for several non-profit boards, as well as working on board governance, development, strategy and policy. In 2013, she was elected as Chair of Social Venture Partners' Leadership Committee. In 1994, Abigail co-founded, with her sister, Eat to the Beat for Willow. This unique food event, featuring only women chefs, has raised over $3M for Willow. For her work at Willow, she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Abigail has a Masters in Business Administration from Schulich School of Business and is part of the MaRS/SIG Advisory Services Group in the social enterprise sector. She is a mentor and advisor to SheEO, promoting women in entrepreneurship.
FoodShare's approach to Good Healthy Food for All and its focus on food literacy and issues of equity appeal to Abigail's strong sense of social justice. Having been raised in a household that stressed fairness, equity, civil rights and civic engagement, FoodShare provides an outlet for Abigail to use her private sector experience in a way to further the mission and to create systemic change in how society addresses growing inequality.
Abigail and her husband are proud parents of two daughters, both of whom are currently working in the non-profit sector, continuing a strong family commitment to making the world a better place!