Dartmouth—Cole Harbour

Lil MacPherson was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and is the founder and co-owner of The Wooden Monkey restaurants in Halifax and Dartmouth. Serving food with a conscience is the restaurant's mission and many awards have recognized their commitment to quality and sustainability. Lil believes that her business is the most powerful way to express her values, share her vision, serve her community and contribute to help create a healthier world.

Lil is a trained presenter for Al Gore's Climate Change Project, and has attended United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen, Cancun, and Paris. She has traveled the world, from the Slow Food International Conference in Italy to a Chalice sponsor site in Africa, but her passion remains on local issues concerning food sustainability and supporting Nova Scotia farmers. Lil was also a Mayoral candidate in the 2016 municipal elections, the sole challenger to the incumbent Mayor, garnering over 30% of the vote. Lil has been busy these past fifteen years!

Lil is humbled to receive and accept countless invitations to speak on local food, health and environmental issues every year. Some of her most fond memories include serving as an opening panellist at the Power of Green Conference in Halifax, and presenting the convocation address to the Millwood High School graduating class of 2009 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Lil is the recipient of the Halifax Chamber Best New Business of the Year award, and was the first woman to be recognized by the Chamber as Business Person of the Year. The Wooden Monkey is also a winner of the Better Business Bureau Maritimes Ethics award. Lil was also the founding chair of BALLE-NS, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and spoke on their behalf for three years.

Lil believes that we need to confront issues like climate change and food insecurity with a sense of urgency, but that we should always maintain our sense of humour and community too. One of her favourite things to do in her spare time is retreat to her mountain hideaway, hop on her tractor, and enjoy time reconnecting with nature.

Lil looks forward to meeting even more of her neighbours as she works with the constituents of Dartmouth—Cole Harbour in 2019 and beyond.