Leader, Green Party of Ontario
Green Party Candidate for Guelph MPP
Mike Schreiner is your Green Party Candidate for Guelph MPP in the 2018 Provincial Election
A successful entrepreneur and small business owner, Mike Schreiner is a leading advocate for small businesses, local food and sustainable communities. Mike is well known for his leadership in co-founding the award-winning Local Food Plus organization and for his successful Guelph-based small businesses, WOW Foods and Earthdance Organics.
Mike Schreiner was elected leader of the Green Party of Ontario on November 14, 2009. Under Mike’s leadership, the GPO has experienced substantial growth in its voters, fundraising, staff, volunteers and media exposure.
Since 2009 Mike has regularly attended Queen’s Park providing leadership on issues such as campaign finance reform, as well as advocating for the Guelph community on matters such as protecting Guelph’s drinking water from local quarries. He has led successful policy campaigns to push the provincial government to fund the Experimental Lakes Area, protect local food supplies by restricting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, support small business by increasing market access for local craft breweries and fight climate change by putting a price on carbon pollution.
Mike has served as a volunteer on boards and committees such as the Lakeside Hope House Fundraising Committee, the Board of Directors of the Guelph based FarmStart, the Brewer’s Plate Steering Committee, Green Enterprise Ontario Steering Committee, a governor for the Canadian International Peace Project, Treasurer and Board member of Campus Coop Daycare, the Toronto Food Policy Council, among others.
Family and community are important to Mike. His wife Sandy and their two daughters are active, spending their free time gardening, hiking, fishing, cycling and volunteering in community activities—such as the Guelph Rotary Tree Planting, Hillside Music Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph Community Clean up, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation, Democracy Guelph, among others.
Mike in Action
2009-present – Leader of the Ontario Green Party, where he worked across party lines to:
- Secure provincial funding for the Experimental Lakes Area (2013)
- Gather support for reducing the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (2014)
- Launch a campaign to ban on fracking in Ontario (2015)
- Gather support for provincial organic food regulations (2017)
- Lead the charge on the campaign to protect water at the Dolime Quarry (2013-2015)
2012-2017 – Contributor to Huffington Post Canada, where he wrote articles on water protection, healthy food systems, recycling, climate change, clean tech, transit, energy and carbon pricing.
2005-2009 – Co-Founder and Vice-President of Local Food Plus, a non-profit that connects farmers and consumers to promote financially, socially and environmentally sustainable local food systems
- Won Canadian Environment Award for Sustainable Living
- Won Green Toronto Awards of Excellence
- Won NOW Magazine’s Award for best new environmental initiative
2000s – Served on the board of various agricultural and environmental organizations such as FarmStart, Rotary Guelph Environment Committee, Green Enterprise Toronto, and the Toronto Food Policy Council.
1996-2005 – Co-Founder and Manager of WOW Foods, an award-winning local organic food distribution company that connected local farmers with consumers in the GTA and Guelph
- Won Toronto Food Policy Council’s Local Food Hero Award