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Renée Lavallée, was born and raised in Shawville, Quebec. She left home at an early age to attend George Brown College in Toronto. After over twenty crazy years in the business, including many stints in restaurants around the world, Renée now calls Nova Scotia home.

After a brief hiatus to raise her family, Renée jumped back into the ring to open The Canteen – an award-winning sandwich shop in Downtown Dartmouth. After less than three busy years The Canteen opened up a brand new full-service restaurant only two blocks from its original location.

Renée has a long list of professional accolades and has been the spokesperson for a number culinary brands and organizations including Taste of Nova ScotiaSelect Nova ScotiaCommunity Food Centres CanadaDairy Farmers’ of Canada and more.

Renée is an ardent supporter of local farmers, fishers and various other types of food producers. She can often be spotted at any number of local farmers’ markets with her husband Doug, daughter Zoe and son Philippe in tow.