Board of Directors
A seven member Board of Directors, representing Vendors and Supporters of the Market, govern the Yellowknife Farmers Market. The Board represents a cross-section of community interests supporting the development of local food systems. They include farmers, agriculturalists, strategic planning and communication professionals and small business owners.
France Benoit, Chairperson (Vendor)
France is a policy advisor turned filmmaker who then decided to become a farmer. She is one of the founding members of the Yellowknife Farmers Market. She is also a vendor at the Market, selling fresh produce and homemade cheese from her farm, Le Refuge.
Lise Picard, Vice-Chairperson
Lise has been a Yellowknife resident since 1981. She operates a large garden and greenhouse on Grace Lake on the outskirts of Yellowknife. She is a trained dietitian and believes in applied nutrition. She is interested in the evolution of eating habits and how it affects local markets. She comes to the board with experience in grant management. She is an avid proponent of child literacy and volunteers at a local school supporting children learning to read. She enjoys the outdoors and home-grown meals with family and friends.
Caroline Lafontaine, Secretary (Vendor)
Caroline made the north her home 1992 and since lived in many communities of the Dehcho and Akaitcho regions. She has a degree in agriculture; trained with the Northern Farming Training Institute (NFTI) and also obtained her permaculture design certificate from Geoff Lawton Permaculture Institute. She’s worked as an agriculturalist and supported the development of gardens in the NWT. Currently, she gives soap making workshops to kids and supports the fundraising activities of Charles Tetcho School kids in Sambaa K'e (Trout Lake).
Renee Thomas, Director (Vendor)
Renée came to Yellowknife at age 7 from a farming community in Alberta. She has a keen interest in sustainable living and food security due to her childhood spent growing/raising/harvesting food and being part of a community that ensures everyone has what they need to survive. She has been a vendor in the Yellowknife Farmers Market from the beginning selling homemade ice cream, and believes in the potential the market offers as a small business incubator. She has experience in event coordination through past work with the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, and is excited to learn more and aid in the Market’s continued growth and development.
Jesse Reid, Communications Director (Vendor)
Growing up in an Ontario farming community, Jesse developed a love for food from a young age. It wasn’t until she moved to the North in 2010 that she found a passion for the ingredients and flavours natural to Canada. Training for two years in Paris, Jesse returned to the North, bringing with her the lessons of French cuisine and pastry. As well as being on the board of the YKFM, Jesse runs Cloudberry, specializing in French pastries and confectionaries with flavours that have a distinct northern twist.
Maxime Carpentier, Treasurer (Supporter)
Kimberly Fairman, Director (Supporter)
Kimberly Fairman is an Inuk woman, born in Inuvik and raised in Yellowknife. The NWT is home to her, her husband, Fraser, and their 4 children and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, bike riding, running and reading (not at the same time). She is very happy to be serving on the Yellowknife Farmers Market Board for her first term. She is committed to building community and likes hard work and is looking forward to working with likeminded people and sharing her unique perspective to advance the goals of the YKFM.
Before her recent move to Yellowknife, Emma worked on farms in canada and around the world, where she fell in love with rubber boots, yarn, goats, and kohlrabi. She has a degree in outdoor and experiential education, and focused her studies on connecting youth with the land. Emma is passionate about local food, education, and community building, and looks forward to putting all of those interests into action through her work with Yellowknife's schools and the YKFM this year.
Jordee Reid is a born and raised Yellowknifer. She comes from a Chipewyan family that instilled in her the Aboriginal teachings of taking only what you need, giving back to the land, and being grateful for all it has to offer. For this reason, she finds herself continually drawn towards the sustainable food system movement. Food security in the NWT is one particular issue close to Jordee’s heart; And as a lifelong Northerner, she has a comprehensive understanding of the problems we face and a vested interest in doing something about it.