Keep your friends close, keep your farmers closer.

Hi, I'm Megan!

Born and raised in beautiful Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, I took an interest in food and nutrition at a young age. What started off as reading nutrition labels and enjoying a surplus of fresh fruits and vegetables picked from the yard developed into a degree in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. 

Having completed my BSc, I have since been able to apply my nutritional knowledge and expertise in a multitude of areas.

Teaching and facilitating nutrition education, creating daily multi-course Eco-resort menus, and working in community research, has only deepened my love for everything nutrition.

These experiences enabled me to develop a conscious mind about how food impacts myself and my surroundings. The term "you are what you eat" was something that really resonated with me, from a nutritional perspective. And due to this new heightened awareness I became intensely keen on discovering where my food came from, how it was grown, raised, and processed, and what the consequences and rewards are of my food choices; both internally and externally. 

I began to value and prioritize locally grown foods and ethically became more inclined to focus on a plant based diet, rather than one centred around animal products. 

This, combined with the philosophy of health being holistic and truly a mind-body-spirit package, has provided the foundation for my life, and now, for our business. The Collective Raw gives me the opportunity and platform to extend that philosophy and passion to others. 

I'm Ali. 

I like to make things. Videos, photos, and now websites too. I'm the other half of The Collective Raw. 

I grew up near the majestic Rocky Mountains in Alberta and met Megan shortly after finishing Broadcast Television school in Edmonton. 

For the past two years I've been living in Toronto as a freelance videographer/photographer and travelling as much as possible. Wherever I find myself, I also find a camera. But, my interests stretch in many directions. I'm an animal lover, nature enthusiast, and developing foodie. After meeting Megan I was introduced to foods and cooking styles that let me enjoy what I eat without compromising my values. 

Cooking with Megan means each recipe comes with a lesson on nutrition, digestion, and healthy living. Together we have explored the varieties of Canadian grown foods and have come to learn the potential of these treasures are unlimited. With abundances of ethically produced nourishment sprouting in the backyards of our cities, we are making it our mission to see that regional farms are given justice against a market saturated with imports. 

Along with Megan's delightful food creations, we are excited to employ sustainable initiatives that naturally conjoin with eating locally produced plant based foods. We want to create a community where everyone can feel proud about their day-to-day choices, support one another, and promote positive social change.