Spencer Sandor - President & Board Chair: 2016-Present
Spencer Sandor is a passionate public servant and community volunteer. In his role as a Municipal Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing he provides support to municipal staff, elected officials and residents. In addition to serving as Chair of Growing Chefs! Ontario, Spencer volunteers with a number of non-profit and professional organizations in London.
In 2013, Spencer received a Master of Public Administration from Western University’s Local Government Program where he serves as Director of the Local Government Alumni Association as well as Secretary of the planning committee for the annual Local Government Conference.
For the past five years he has served on the Board of the London Employment Help Centre – an agency that provides employment and advocacy services – and currently sits as Vice-Chair.
Spencer serves as Secretary of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s (IPAC) Southwest Ontario Regional Chapter Board of Directors and sits on the national IPAC New Professionals’ Committee.
Spencer has also filled various roles with United Way London and Middlesex including previous involvement with the Young Leaders program, the New Beginnings and Transitions Impact Council, and current involvement with the new Innovation Committee.
Jim Hunking – Treasurer: 2013 - Present
Jim recently retired after a 33 year career in the Direct Selling industry. For the last 16 years of his career he was the Managing Director of Amway, responsible for Canada and the Caribbean. He was also twice Chairman of the Canadian Direct Selling Association and spent 9 years on the Advisory Council of the World Federation of Direct Selling.
Originally from Montreal, Jim and his wife Carole moved to London in 1977 to start his career at Amway and to complete his studies at the University of Western Ontario as a Certified Management Accountant. Believing strongly in the importance of giving back to the community, Jim has previously been the Board Chair for Goodwill Industries, helped with various United Way campaigns and is currently the Chair of the London Humane Society.
Jim is passionate about nutrition and the health of our younger generations and is committed to the vision and programmes of Growing Chefs! Ontario. He loves to cook and experiment with new recipes. To keep fit Jim enjoys golf, hockey and regular visits to the gym.
Elsa Rose Eastabrook - Co-Founder B.O.D: 2008-Present
Elsa Rose co-founded Growing Chefs! Ontario along with Andrew Fleet in 2008 and currently is a member of the board of directors.
She is the mother of two girls, who are the inspiration for her work with children and food. She has worked with children for six years and in the food industry for 10 years. She is a yoga teacher and a doula.
Elsa Rose is passionate about family, community, food, health and life.
Jordan Hypes - B.O.D: 2016-Present
Jordan is an analyst with Libro Credit Union working primarily in the agriculture and commercial services sector. Prior to joining Libro Jordan led a number of community economic development projects, bringing together farmers, entrepreneurs, industry and government representatives in an effort to expand and enhance local food systems throughout much of Ontario.
Jordan attended the University of Waterloo, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Masters of Applied Environmental Studies. He has since returned to his hometown of London where he enjoys playing baseball, biking and cooking with his wife and young son.
Andrew Wolwowicz - B.O.D: 2010-Present
Andrew is a twenty year veteran of the food service industry; Chef Andrew enjoys the challenges and demands of a service orientated career. As Stratford Chefs School graduate, his experience in restaurant kitchen’s include hands-on training with distinguished professionals including Jamie Kennedy, Rob Feenie and Norman Apris.
With regards to his extra-curricular cooking activities, Andrew and two other Toronto chefs were invited a couple years back to cook at the Ontario Wine Awards in the Distillery District which was a great honour and experience. As well, Andrew has presented several talks on behalf of the O.F.I. on Food Trends and other Kitchen and restaurant issues. He does consulting cooking with a Major food Distribution company in Canada; and just recently, has had the pleasure of preparing lunch for the Prime Minister of Canada while on his visit to London.
Andrew believes his style, energy and hospitable demeanour are source of pride. He promises to uphold these characteristics. He works to enjoy a record of excellence with catering to the guests needs and surpassing their dining expectations.
Malcom Scott - B.O.D: 2012-Present
Malcolm Scott is a civil litigation lawyer and a partner with the law firm Brown Beattie O’Donovan LLP, focussing on personal injury and insurance matters.
Hailing from Eastern Ontario, Malcolm moved to London in 1995 to attend the University of Western Ontario where he obtained a degree in history and law. London has been his home ever since.
Malcolm is a musician in the band The Early Morning and is a father of 3. He is passionate about cooking and food. Malcolm loves to roast, bake, bbq, smoke, broil, boil, marinade, saute, and pickle homemade dinners.
Prior to joining Growing Chefs! Ontario, Malcolm was on the board of directors for LUSO Community Services, a multicultural non-profit assisting newcomers to London with employment, literacy, and community skills.
Katie Van Den Berg - B.O.D: 2016-Present
Morgan Liberatore - B.O.D: 2016-Present
Perry Esler - B.O.D: 2017-Present