Wendi spoke at DesignJam's BigTent Waterloo, where she helped tackle the task of improving food and housing security in the Waterloo region. She is the Executive Director at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, one of Ontario's largest food banks. Wendi has been an Executive Member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks Board of Directors and also sat on the Board of the Canadian Association of Food Banks. Wendi assists community food programs enhance their service delivery and their capacity to ensure that the needs of economically disadvantaged are being met. She plays an active role in mentoring & educating food bank partners about trends in the food industry and their effects on services provided by grassroots programs. Wendi's passion for collaborative partnerships has resulted in significant change, outcomes & community impact not only in Waterloo Region but across Canada. 


DesignJam Waterloo Region – a day-long innovation jamboree – guided more than a hundred design leaders & design learners, sharing ideas, tools & perspectives, to better understand & address a complex problem.


Nicknamed “Food&HousingJam,” DesignJam Waterloo gathered young leaders, mentors, teams & aspiring entrepreneurs to conceive innovative user experiences & activate ideas to improve food & housing security in the Kitchener & Waterloo Region through design thinking, innovation & entrepreneurship.