Amberley T. Ruetz

PhD Candidate in Geography and Arrell Food Scholar, University of Guelph

Informed by her time working for the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, Amberley's research examines school-based food and local food ‘farm-to-school’ programs. Specifically, her work explores the possibility of these programs to expand the scope and sustainability of local/regional food production via scaled-up programming and sales to elementary and high school-based breakfast, snack and lunch programs. Nationally, Amberley's work examines school food models across the country, and the broader movement that is calling for a National School Food Program as Canada is the only G7 country without such a program. Collectively, her research aims to capture the social and economic return on investment of school food programs to move the dial on health and well-being in Canada while supporting the Canadian economy.

For media interviews please feel free to contact myself [] in addition to the National Coordinator of the Coalition for Healthy School Food, Debbie Field [].


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Geography , University of Guelph


  • 2014 
    McMaster University , MA in Globalization and the Human Condition
  • 2013 
    King's University College at Western Univeristy, BA in Political Science and Social Justice and Peace Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Linking Farm and School in New Regional Agri-Food Value Chains
    PhD Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs