Eric Levitan-Reid was born and raised in Cape Breton. He has worked as a community organizer and researcher on a wide range of issues including poverty, housing, transportation, youth development and food(!), among others. While working in other parts of Canada, Eric had the opportunity to participate in a number of local food initiatives, such as food councils and community gardens. After returning to Cape Breton in 2010, Eric became aware of the wide range of interesting food initiativeshappening locally and joined with others to convene discussions among many of the people involved, particularly in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. These conversations were the early roots of what has now become the Island Food Network. Eric works for New Dawn Enterprises as Facilitator, Community Engagement and Collaboration. He and family love to eat local and are supporters of the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub!