Future of Food: unWasted

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The Archery

470 Alabama St

San Francisco, CA 94110

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Authentic brands taking collective action in the fight against climate change

Join us for our next Future of Food program on Nov 8! The evening will feature inspiring conversations with visionary leaders from the modern food movement as they share the evolution of their climate beneficial businesses. Speakers include Mathieu Senard (Alter Eco), Patrick Wyman (Whole Foods), Amy Kirtland (KeHE), Timothy Childs (Treasure 8), Daniel Kurzrock (ReGrained), and Reyna Bryan (Elk Packaging). We’ll hear personal stories of struggle and perseverance around utilizing biodegradable and/or highly recyclable, non-petroleum-based packaging, and reducing food waste by addressing upstream and downstream by-product utilization.

To kick off the evening, we’ll hear updates from the recently launched Climate Collaborative, a community of businesses joining forces to create pathways to action, to connect companies to resources, and to work together to create climate beneficial solutions.

The program will be led by Lara Dickinson, CoFounder and Executive Director of OSC2.

Reyna Bryan, Director of Strategy, Elk Packaging
Timothy Childs, CEO, Treasure 8
Amy Kirtland, Senior Vice President Natural Channel, KeHE
Daniel Kurzrock, CoFounder & CEO, ReGrained
Edouard Rollet, CoFounder & CEO, Alter Eco
Patrick Wyman - Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods NorCal/Reno

Note: 6pm Doors & Elbow Rubbing / 7pm Program Begins

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About the Speakers

Lara Dickinson, Co-Founder & Executive Director of OSC2 & Founder Pluot Consulting

Lara co-founded OSC2 (One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community), to work with mission drive leaders toward regenerative food and agriculture solutions. In this capacity, she launched the Compostable Packaging Collaborative, the Climate Collaborative and Climate Day for the Natural Foods industry. She also runs Pluot Consulting where she deploys her 20 plus years of natural products experience to work on executive level marketing, sales, and strategic planning with some of the most mission driven food companies in the world.

Lara was the CEO of LightFull Foods, VP Marketing & Retail sales at Numi Organic Tea, and VP of Marketing at the Balance Bar Company leading up to it’s acquisition by a major CPG company.

Lara received an MBA from Cornell, a BS in Finance from the University of Southern California and completed graduate work at Oxford. She lives in Piedmont, CA with her husband, three young children and 10 chickens

Reyna Bryan - Director of Strategy, Elk Packaging

Reyna Bryan is an entrepreneur, inventor and business strategist dedicated to the development of green business solutions. She is the Director of Strategy for Elk Packaging, a company specializing in sustainable packaging solutions for food products. Elk is a leader in commercializing fully compostable, highly functional flexible film food packaging.

Reyna has an educational background in mechanical engineering and engineering management.

She has worked across several different industries, from oil & gas, aerospace, consumer products, sheet goods, manufacturing, packaging, and management consulting. She is passionate about material management, circular economy development and breaking down value chain silos to create innovative solutions that improve the health of humans, communities and the planet.

Timothy Childs, Co-Founder and CEO of Treasure8

Timothy Childs is a parallel entrepreneur, super­taster and award­winning innovator whose personal approach to creative disruption champions the deployment of new systems to update archaic industries.

A pioneer in the food+technology space, Timothy is co­founder and CEO of Treasure8, a San Francisco­based food innovation and technology company on a mission to solve the nutritional challenges and environmental stresses of a growing global population. Timothy and his team develop, patent and deploy game­changing, delicious food ingredients, processes and products that are healthier for people and the planet with a keen focus on creating nutritionally dense foods from agricultural and food production remnants.

In 2006, Timothy founded TCHO Chocolate in San Francisco and was the driving and creative force behind the company’s vision and strategy and including TCHO’s flavor­driven approach to chocolate making and TCHOSource, an innovative project to improve farmers’ livelihoods and generate prosperity throughout the cocoa value chain. Working in partnership with USAID, TCHOSource has become a model for sustainably focused programs in South America and beyond.

Timothy is a participant in the Google Innovation Lab for Food Experiences, a global collaborative network for leading thinkers and doers in the food space who apply their knowledge and passion towards imagining and shaping the future of food. He also is the founder of World Headquarters, a 73,000 ­square­ foot curated design, art and food innovation lab on Treasure Island and home of Treasure8 and the Future Food Center.

Before he brought his Silicon Valley start­up mentality to the food industry, Timothy founded a company that developed machine­vision systems for NASA’s Space Shuttle program. His background in technology is deeply rooted in the pre­web internet and early real­time computer graphics fields. Timothy was directly involved in many early stage internet/computer graphics and virtual reality companies, and co­founded the non­profit, community­building organizations VeRGe (Virtual Reality Education Foundation in 1991) and the infamous Web3D RoundUP. He continues to embrace advanced visualization tools in all his businesses.

Timothy is a founding member of the board of Illuminate the Arts—presenting organization of The Bay Lights—and a founding member of other advisory boards, such as OSC2. He is an internationally sought­after speaker and has been featured in hundreds of print, broadcast and online stories by major media outlets, including The Economist, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wired, Time and NPR

Amy Kirtland, Senior Vice President Natural Channel, KeHE Distributors (KeHE)

Amy has over twenty years of experience in the natural and specialty food industry. KeHE provides Natural & Organic, Specialty and Fresh products to natural food stores, chain grocery stores, independent grocery stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America. KeHE is, one of the largest, trusted B Corp Certified and employee-owned company with over 4000 CareholdersTM in the U.S. and Canada. KeHE trucks are within 5 hours of 95% of the US population; spreading healthy eating, sustainable living, and responsible business with integrity.

KeHE is a member and Amy is a participant of the FMI Sustainability Executive Committee, The Organic Trade Association, and The Climate Collaborative. Amy was one of the founding members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA). Amy also serves on the Board for Food Lifeline in Seattle, WA – A Feeding America Hunger Relief Agency.

Daniel Kurzrock, Founder & CEO, ReGrained

Dan Kurzrock is the co-founder and Chief Grain Officer of ReGrained. Dan founded ReGrained out of his hobby for homebrewing beer, where he first discovered that "spent" grain could be given a delicious second life. He is now obsessed with the impact edible upcycling and closing nutrient loops can have on our food system. As Chief Grain Officer, Dan is “Mr. Outside” for ReGrained, handling all elements of growing the business. Dan holds an Economics degree from UCLA and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.

Edouard Rollet, CoFounder & CoCEO, Alter Eco Americas

Edouard is the Co-Founder and CoCEO of Alter Eco Americas, a pioneering Fair Trade & Organic food brand distributed in stores across the US and Canada. A passionate advocate for social justice, child protection, development, and issues that pertain to the inequalities between the North and the South, Edouard has traveled extensively in developing countries and has been involved in several development organizations in South East Asia. He also consulted for the communications department of the UNICEF in Dakar, Senegal.

Prior to launching ALTER ECO in the U.S., Edouard was a Senior Trade Attaché at the French Embassy in New York. He specialized in foreign investment, new ventures setup, media, marketing, and mass retail. Edouard holds an MBA from The European Institute of Business and a MA in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. Born in Lyon, France, he has been a U.S. resident for 15 years. Edouard lives in Mill Valley and is married to Ilse Keijzer, founder of Alter Eco Pacific (Alter Eco in Australia & New Zealand). They have a four year old daughter, Luna, and another child on the way.

Patrick Wyman, Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods NorCal/Reno

Patrick Wyman has 25 years of experience in the natural foods industry, and 15 with Whole Foods Market. He started with the company in a store support role for the grocery department, moved through grocery leadership, and now oversees the Northern California region’s local purchasing program and local vendor partnerships. In this role Patrick helps guide vendors through the logistics of bringing a product to market including topics like packaging, distribution, financing, and compliance with company and governmental standards. He’s passionate about the environment; professionally he participates in Whole Foods Market’s Green Mission leadership team, and spends plenty of time off work hiking and skiing.

  • Reyna Bryan

    Reyna Bryan

    Director of Strategy

    Elk Packaging

  • Timothy Childs

    Timothy Childs


    CoFounder and CEO

  • Lara Dickinson

    Lara Dickinson


    CoFounder & Executive Director

  • Amy Kirtland

    Amy Kirtland


    SVP Natural Channel

  • Daniel Kurzrock

    Daniel Kurzrock


    CoFounder & CEO

  • Edouard Rollet

    Edouard Rollet

    Alter Eco

    CoFounder & CoCEO

  • Patrick Wyman

    Patrick Wyman

    Whole Foods, NorCal/Reno

    Local Purchasing Coordinator

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