Cameron Walsh, Division Manager, Solid Waste Resources, City of Guelph

Alison Springate Guelph Smart City Office • 2 March 2021

Cameron Walsh has waited his whole career for an opportunity to participate in a project as groundbreaking as the Our Food Future initiative.

As Division Manager of Solid Waste Resources at the City of Guelph, Cam is responsible for creating policies and working with the community to divert as much waste from landfill as possible. When the Smart Cities Office was looking for a co-chair for the project’s Waste as a Resource workstream, he felt it was a natural fit.

"For years we’ve been making changes toward a circular economy in our solid waste management policies. This project is an opportunity to be at the forefront of significant change in how we do business as a society and to move toward a more sustainable future."

“It’s a very interesting time to be involved in the environment sector,” he says, noting that with 150 stakeholders participating, the project can touch on all aspects of the food system and lead significant change.

“That is a really impressive collaboration that shows this project resonates with the community on many levels. Personally, this has been a great opportunity to learn and grow my understanding by working with others,” says Cam. For example, he says, participating in another workstream, Nutritious Foods, has been a great opportunity to learn about systemic access issues such as food swamps and mirages, and to explore how we can make connections to remove barriers for people.

Another advantage of this project, he believes, is it will help consumers make informed decisions. “With the proper information and understanding of the environmental cost of food production, and our options when it comes to waste and nutrition, consumers can define their own ‘carbon bank’ and spend accordingly.”

Five questions with Cam

  1. What’s the best advice you ever received?

    "Success is when opportunity and good planning meet.” Louis Comerton, an early mentor.
     
  2. What was your first job, and what one thing did it teach you?

    I was a dishwasher and it taught me that bleach wrecks shirts.
     
  3. What recipe or food dish do you absolutely rock at making?

    Tawa chicken. I won’t take all the credit – this is a great video recipe.
     
  4. Favourite animated movie?

    Ratatouille – it teaches us that anyone can cook.
     
  5. Favourite childhood candy or snack?

    Halloween kisses.

Connect with Cam

Email: cameron.walsh@guelph.ca

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