40 Under Forty Awards


Leblanc, Joseph (36)

Leblanc, Joseph (36)

Joseph LeBlanc is passionate about social justice and actionism. He is the proud father of three boys and spends his personal time homesteading with his wife Serena and volunteering with Food Secure Canada as well as the Indigenous Circle on Food Sovereignty. Before joining the Social Planning Council of Sudbury in 2015, he worked throughout the region of Northern Ontario with a diverse range of organizations, including academic institutions, non-profits, and Aboriginal non-profit governance corporations. He holds an honours bachelor of environmental studies degree in Forest Conservation and a PhD in Forest Sciences. Joseph is a member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

Q: What’s the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: Someday I would like to write and publish a book on household food sovereignty and home economics.

Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
A: Completing my PhD while working full time, starting a family, and volunteering within the food system.

Q: What are 3 things you can’t live without?
A: Food, water, and my family

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: “Overstand” by Dead Prez

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Working together with people to make a positive impact in our community.