Barbara Swartzentruber

City of Guelf

Barbara Swartzentruber is currently the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at the City of Guelph. As winners’ of the Canada’s Smart City Challenge, the City and County of Wellington, are collaborating with public and private sector partners to build a circular, regenerative regional food system.


Building on the principles of a circular economy and leveraging the power of data, they are re-imagining a sustainable regional food system that increases access to affordable, nutritious food and finds new opportunities for waste reduction and recovery. Together they created COIL (Circular Opportunities Innovation Launchpad), an innovation platform helps create, prove, and scale circular food & environment solutions across southern Ontario.


Barbara is a public sector innovator with experience at the local, provincial, and national levels in the areas of public policy, smart cities, community development, systems change. She has taught public policy, community development and advocacy at several Canadian universities and was appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Circular Economy in Canada.


    Barbara Swartzentruber
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