Program Applications Director
@ Action Edge
- Strong Business Development, Communication & Marketing Skills
- Sustainability Award from the City of Calgary
- Business Degree (University of Victoria)
Upon completion of a business degree from the University of Victoria, Janet Henderson started her career working for the Alberta Government rewriting the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act allowing for designation of occupations and creating the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) to allow high school students to start on their journeyman certificate while at school.
While working at the Government of Alberta, she attended Grant McEwan University to study international business. Upon completion, she went to Purdue University to study agriculture. At Purdue her goal was simple, to follow a life-long passion of working globally to make food more accessible to all, through community development and strategic planning. She traveled extensively and lived in the UK, Australia and Japan in her pursuit.
Upon returning from Purdue, she took a job as the Vice-President of Business Development for the Alberta Food Processors Association, where she spearheaded business strategy, human resources development and training for over 500 member companies. She pioneered entrepreneurial, literacy and essential skills programs for manufacturing and retail workers across North America. Her work is published and is still used today.
This work lead to strategic relationships among policy makers, educators, farmers, scientists, engineers, and restaurateurs to bring about a system of agriculture and a way of eating that reflects strong communities, integrity of place, region and season. She was honored to serve as President of Slow Food Canada working with Slow Food International and the FAO of the United Nations as well as serve as the President of Slow Food Calgary.
She has spent a decade in communication, event planning and marketing roles. Her lifetime of experience in public relations, entrepreneurship and systems thinking brought her to the role of General Manager at 7K Ranch that serves to reconnect people to the land by offering farm to table experiences for those who visit the Ranch and a host of agricultural programs supporting not-for-profit organizations like the Alex Food Centre, offering accessible health and social services to Calgary’s most vulnerable.
Janet has been honored with several awards recognizing her efforts in adult education, sustainability and entrepreneurship including a Sustainability Award from the City of Calgary; being a Jamie Oliver Ambassador; and, being chosen to attend the New York Times Food for Thought conference at Stone Barns, NY.