the Soil Not Oil International conference; previously he organized 4 editions of the “Justice Begins with
Seeds Conference”. He has founded several organizations and launched countless campaigns of great
social impact, during his continuous involvement in various social struggles related to globalization,
democracy, human/immigrant rights and environmental and food justice. He is a very well know activist
throughout the Latino/social justice networks in California and other states where he has been invited to
present in conferences & community events about his work. He was the field organizer for Spanish
speakers in 2012 during the historic Prop. 37 campaign in California, in which Latino vote in support of
GMO Labeling reached 61%, the highest in the vote preferences by ethnicities. He is a strong supporter of
the moratorium to prevent planting Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico. For years he hosted a weekly
educational radio program in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the greater Bay
Area in which he educated about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues.
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She coordinated The Ecotourism in Ontario Conference & the 10th Annual Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Conference with Fleming College and The Ontario Ecotourism Society. As Event Coordinator at The International Ecotourism Society she organized the 1st ever Ecotourism in the U.S. Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine and a 'Celebration of Ecotourism' fundraising event in Washington D.C.
Chris specializes in hotel management, capacity building and event coordination and has been an advisor and coordinator on International ecotourism and community development projects in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Dominica and has worked with The Northern Edge Algonquin, Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, Rosalie Bay Resort, USAID and Solimar International.
She is currently volunteering on several permaculture and organic gardening projects and makes her home in Ontario, Canada and Chiapas, Mexico. This will be her second year working with Soil Not Oil Coalition.