VegOttawa Association Volunteer Board of Directors (2020)

David Edelstein – Director, President

Very excited to be back with the VegOttawa team representing the growing number of amazing and supportive VO members.  Passionate about helping create and maintain local plant-based connections, David is a long time resident of Ottawa working with plant-based and vegan businesses as well as animal rescue and rights organizations. David is proud of what VegOttawa Association was able to accomplish during his first year on the board as secretary and membership coordinator, and is looking forward to helping the Association continue with the established structure, and progress towards a fun and successful future.

David has been following a plant-based diet and living a vegan lifestyle since 2012 (vegetarian since 2008) and is enthused about the opportunity to continue working with like-minded individuals in helping and supporting those interested in making more compassionate choices.

A graduate of Carleton University with a degree in Economics & Business, studied Business Information Systems at Algonquin College.


Mark Petersen – Director, Vice President

Mark is a licensed Financial Professional with a passion for educating and helping families to achieve their financial goals and personal dreams. Mark has a particular focus on Socially Responsible Investments, a method for families to invest and build wealth for themselves while making sure their money is only invested in companies that go through a vigorous screening on environmental impact and sustainability. He made his decision to switch to a vegan lifestyle just over two years ago. Mark is now looking to help others do the same and investing his time into VegOttawa (NCVA)  because of the impact that the Ottawa Veg community has made on him.


Susan Macfarlane – Director, Head of Public Relations, Social Media

Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2011. Since then, she has worked in many diverse community settings, including the Saskatoon Tribal Council, the Arnprior & District Family Health Team, and most recently, the Bariatric Medical Institute. Susan has also served as a media spokesperson and nutrition resource to the Loblaw Companies Limited in-store dietitian program prior to pursuing an applied MSc in Human Nutrition in 2013, where she specialized in the nutritional management of eating disorders and disordered eating.

Susan is passionate about leading an active lifestyle fueled by a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Her fitness regime includes everything from weight-training and swimming to yoga and Ultimate Frisbee. Susan also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with raw desserts, and regularly volunteers with local organizations, including VegOttawa Association.

To learn more about Susan, visit her at: susanmacfarlanenutrition.com


Dean Tester – Director, Secretary


Adam Nephin – Director, Treasurer


Karen Fairholm – Director, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator


Marie-Pierre Theoret – Director, Sponsorship & Fundraising




2019 Volunteer Board of Directors

Krista Collins – VegOttawa Association Board of Directors (2019) President

Rob McLeod – VegOttawa Association Board of Directors (2019) Vice President

David Edelstein – VegOttawa Association Board of Directors (2019) Secretary

Mark Petersen – VegOttawa Association Board of Directors (2019) Treasurer

Dee Campbell – VegOttawa Association Board of Directors (2019) Events Coordinator

An Ottawa Vegan & Vegetarian Web Resource

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