FoodMesh was created in response to a desire to solve a global problem:
Avoidable food waste and food insecurity
The journey began in October 2015 after co-Founders Jessica and Francisco came across photos of beautiful edible produce headed to waste streams because they were too ripe for retail.
Unable to shake these images, they dedicated the next 6 months to investigate the root causes and scale of the food waste problem. It became clear that the problem is efficient re-distribution for unpredictable off spec product.
This led to the seeding of FoodMesh – a solution to power the circular economy for surplus food using network effects.
Starting in 2017 with a self-serve marketplace designed to simplify food re-distribution by matching demand and supply in a more efficient and intelligent way, today, FoodMesh has successfully provided hundreds of thousands of meals to people and has saved over a million dollars in food value by companies using our apps and services.
In 2019 FoodMeshstarted a Food Recovery Program where Retailers divert 100% of their surplus daily to charities, then farmers for animal feed. To read more about this program, go to our page: Retail Food Recovery Program.
FoodMesh is now building Regional Food Recovery Networks in partnership with Municipalities and Cities. To learn more, click here.
CEO & Co-Founder
Operations & Technical Director
Account Manager & Community Engagement
Chair, Business Advisor
Social Impact Advisor
CEO and Founder
Jessica is a 4x entrepreneur, a certified B Corp consultant, public speaker, and strategist for social enterprise development. For 12 years, Jessica has consulted for Fortune 500 corporations, start ups, non profits, and all levels of government, including the United Nations, in areas of community economic development and sustainability.
Since 2007, Jessica has served as the Vice-Chair of KASOW, a Kenyan based charity focusing on entrepreneurial pursuits in areas of food security, health and education. And locally, Jessica serves on the Vancouver Food Policy Council, while also supporting the development of a dozen social enterprises, including her own: EcoTrek Tours, Social Impact Technology Accelerator (SITA) and Food Mesh. She loves food, DIY projects, and exploring the great outdoors.
Operations & Technical Director
With over 15 years in Vancouver’s tech industry, James is an experienced business leader, project manager and engineer focused on helping companies ensure that their technology solutions serve their business strategy.
With his entrepreneurial experience as a startup co-founder and a broad range of knowledge and skills in new process development, change management, project management, and technical leadership, James is covering many of the areas FoodMesh needs to build our business.
Community Engagement & Account Manager
Maria is interested in environmental protection and food justice which sparked her desire to tackle the problem of wasted food. An experienced Account Manager with a long history of working in the food & beverage industry, Maria is responsible for building the bridge between the food industry and consumers.
Maria’s goal is to improve the usability, ease of use, and pleasure in the interaction between FoodMesh and our customers. At home she strives for zero waste, cooks, and practices Shinrin yoku – otherwise known as forest bathing.
Retail Diversion Program Manager
Clea joined the FoodMesh team in May 2019 to manage the new Retail Diversion program. She was inspired to work for a team focusing on sustainability and community impact. Clea is responsible for helping food hubs become operationally ready, regional launches and ongoing operational support. Her aim is to ensure the program is implemented smoothly for all involved.
Clea holds a law degree, and has 10 years professional experience in legal operations management, paralegal and administration roles, procurement and hospitality.
She has a keen interest in nutrition, fitness, outdoor adventures, wellness, Spanish and travel.
Stuart is a senior software engineer with decades of experience
building teams and systems, both large and small. His background is
focused on decisions making systems and solutions for high
availability applications ranging from insurance to aerospace.
He has led small, agile teams through tight timelines as well as
headed up multi-year, multi-million dollar efforts with technical
teams of over 80 people. He brings his expertise to both the granular
architectural details and the high level user experience that FoodMesh
is applying to solve the problem of food waste.
Teddie has over eight years of experience working in environmental conservation leading the scientific direction of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program, Canada’s leading sustainable seafood program. Her interest in sustainable food systems lead her to complete the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at UBC farm, where she witnessed firsthand wasted food at the farm level. She is excited to be working with Food Mesh to help divert edible food that would otherwise be wasted to those in need of food.
In her spare time, she is a board member with the Cedar Cottage Food Network which is dedicated to creating sustainable and just food systems at the neighbourhood level. Teddie has a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of Toronto.
Food Recovery Program Trainer
Bill has spent the last 7 years working closely with Food Banks Canada and Food Banks BC to improve the quantity and quality of the food being utilized by the Food Banks in northern BC. He has spent much of his time over the last two years building the Food Recovery Program in Prince George BC. Bill has also contributed to the National Food Sharing Guiding Committee as well as the Working Group for Improved Food Sharing in BC.
Now joining with Food Mesh, he is helping to grow a Zero Food Waste mentality is Grocery Retailers across Canada! Bill is excited to help provide more nutrition to those in need and help reduce (or eliminate) the massive food waste problem in Canada.
As President, CEO and Director of a publicly-traded technology company, David more than doubled revenue in two years, expanded their asset base fourfold and increased cash flow twelvefold.
Early in his career, David was Sales Manager of the Year for three consecutive years at Baxter Corporation. David has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies but, since 2000, has dedicated himself to local early-stage technology companies. Since then, David has been a Director at AceTech, EiR at Wavefront and Mentor at BC Innovation Council. He’s been working with FoodMesh since its inception (April 2016) and is the Chair of its Board.
Social Impact Advisor
With over 15 years experience as a leader in technology centric businesses, Keith has accelerated the growth of both small and large companies, launched new products, and raised over $20m in angel investment and venture capital.
He has an unparalleled ability to collaborate with entrepreneurs, employees, and investors to deliver amazing products to the market. Keith is passionate about creating opportunities that previously did not exist for people and co-founded Spring to bring that into the social venture space.
Tom is the founder of Agribusiness Advisors and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of British Columbia. Tom has worked in the agriculture and start-up world for more than 25 years.
His experience includes working with large, established companies including E.I. DuPont de Nemours and as the CEO of the early-stage forestry genetics company, CellFor. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.