Brendan and his wife Marcelle Paulin own Sleepy G Farm along the north shore of Lake Superior near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Brendan is the current president of NFU Local 333, which represents NFU members across all of Northern Ontario.
A strong advocate of developing regional food systems, Brendan has spent 15 years building a highly productive farm in a region with significant climate limitations and a modest agricultural history. Brendan built an on-farm winter vegetable storage facility that enables the farm to wholesale and direct market certified organic vegetables to local consumers nearly year-round. Brendan asserts that farming is a professional occupation, and that robust regional food systems are only possible when farmers can realize financial success with their farm businesses. Brendan believes that climate change poses both challenges and opportunities for agriculture, and the key to food security in the future is to get more farmers in the field now.