AdilaAdila Cokar is a media-acclaimed, award-winning serial entrepreneur and author of the recently released book, Source My Garment – The Insider’s Guide to Responsible Offshore Manufacturing. She has worked closely with offshore factories and partnered with and built businesses within the fashion industry. Her expertise includes sustainable product development, offshore manufacturing processes, end-to-end management, and business strategy. Prior to founding Source My Garment, Adila founded two other apparel companies: Shortstak Childrenswear Inc and Pure Blanks Organic Fashion. This year she has launched The Good Tee and made it her mission to educate consumers on the importance of Fairtrade and Fairtrade Cotton.


ahmedAhmed Nassrat immigrated to Canada in 2004 from the Middle East. He completed his Bachelor of Management Degree at Dalhousie University in 2008 and received his Chartered Professional Accounting Designation in 2017. In 2011 Ahmed joined Sobeys in store management before shifting his career to finance. He continued with Sobeys as a Financial Analyst on their Atlantic Finance team, a Retail Accountant on their Atlantic Finance team, and a Financial Analyst on their National Budgeting Team. Ahmed left Sobeys in 2018 to join Just Us! Coffee Roasters as Financial Controller.


alessandraAlessandra Chan is a second-year university student at the University of Calgary. She has been heavily involved in student activism on campus where she holds a number of leadership positions in multiple clubs and is working towards building education initiatives for topics on mental health, homelessness, and fair trade. Alessandra has a passion for reducing inequalities through preventative action and quality education and aims to spread awareness that transcends her campus.


bevBev Toews lives in Olds, Alberta, and is the UNESCO Associated Schools Network Coordinator at École Olds High School. Bev was instrumental in École Olds High School becoming a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network and a Fair Trade School. She has been exploring, researching, and supporting fair trade for the past 40 years. Under Bev’s guidance École Olds hosted the 2015 Alberta Student Leadership Conference as a Fair Trade Event, winning the Event of the Year from Fairtrade Canada. This year was Bev’s 6th year as an Alberta representative on the Board of the CFTN.


brittanyBrittany Maguire is the Good Food Campus Lead for Central and Eastern Canada at Meal Exchange. She is passionate about environmental and climate justice, biodiversity, and food systems that are good for people and the planet. She has a BSc in Environmental Science and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University. She has experience working on sustainable food procurement at Dalhousie University’s Office of Sustainability, as well as directly with producers at the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN). Brittany believes in the power of students to push their campuses to lead the change we want to see in our food system at large.


carlaCarla Heim is Senior Advisor, Social Entrepreneurship at the BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), the only bank in Canada dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. She works to help grow the national movement of certified Beneficial corporations (B Corps). She also helps BDC’s efforts to support more women entrepreneurs. Carla has thirty-plus years’ experience in managing, advising and financing businesses. She brings rich, hands-on expertise and insights that helps these socially innovative and women entrepreneurs succeed.


cecileDr. Cécile Rozuel is an Assistant Professor within the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON. She has over a decade of experience researching ethical issues in organizations, imagination, and workplace well-being. Her work draws upon Jungian psychology to understand how individuals, leaders, and communities can foster well-being and sustainable development in creative, meaningful, and (ideally!) playful ways.



chrisAs Executive Director of Fair Trade Federation, Chris manages strategy, administration, and programs. Chris has dedicated much of his career to strengthening fair trade businesses and advancing the goals of the fair trade movement. Chris has helped shape member education programs, led the coordination and planning for FTF conferences, and represented FTF at events across the US and Canada. He has developed relationships with fair trade professionals from all over the world, including travels to India and Nepal, where he saw the impact of fair trade first hand. In September 2019, Chris was elected as Pacific Representative on the WFTO’s Global Board for a four-year term.


darrenDarren E. Lund, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, where his research examines social justice activism in schools, communities, and professional education programs. Darren was a high school teacher for 16 years, and formed the award-winning Students and Teachers Opposing Prejudice (STOP) program. Darren has published over 350 articles, books, and book chapters, and is the Editor of the award-winning International Handbook of Service-Learning for Social Justice (Wiley Publishers). He co-founded the Service-Learning for Diversity Program, winner of the national 2012 Award of Excellence in Education from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.


pilarDon Pilar Emilio Ramirez is a Dominican agronomist with wide-ranging expertise in tropical agriculture. For 20 years he worked in various managerial positions at Dole Fresh Fruit Company in Central America and the Dominican Republic. For the last 10 years he has been working as a private consultant, implementing organic farming projects in the Caribbean Region and other Latin American countries. As a dedicated organic farmer he manages a family-owned organic cacao farm.


eileenA recent grad of Environmental Science at the University of Windsor, Eileen lives fair trade one cup of coffee at a time! She is currently enrolled in Environmental Management and Assessment at Niagara College. Eileen first became involved with the fair trade movement when she joined Engineers without Borders at her alma mater. When Fair Trade gained its own club, she worked closely with the rest of the team on acquiring Fair Trade designation for UWindsor. She now strives to do the same for Niagara College.


farheenFarheen Khan is the Principal consultant of her firm FSK Associates, which focuses on capacity building for charitable organizations. At present, she is the interim Executive Director of Meal Exchange, a national organization focused on empowering students to end hunger and food insecurity on campuses. Farheen comes from humble beginnings and has experienced poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity firsthand. She has worked at several charitable organizations with a focus on anti-poverty, housing, and homelessness as well as anti-violence. Farheen has run for federal politics, is an author, has been a TV broadcaster and is currently co-founder and Imama of the Women’s Mosque of Canada, a board member with the Azeeza for Women, and the lead coach of Ascension of Women.


frankFrank Sarro has worked with Community Natural Foods since 1998. He is currently the Produce Category Manager. Frank has long involvement in the industry and in general development of organics. In late 1990s He was on the board of directors with the Sustainable Agriculture Association, which provided industry support and organic certification services in Alberta. He was involved in the forming of the Alberta Organic Association, which has since evolved into the Organic Alberta Network. He served on their various boards for about 14 years. Frank spends time each year on farm visits locally and regionally. He continues to work directly with producers and industry from near and far to facilitate goods from field to market.


gabyGaby is Fairtrade Canada’s Content Manager. Whether you are subscribed to Fairtrade Canada’s newsletter or follow them on social media, chances are, you are hearing from her! When she is not busy crafting the organization’s communication and marketing content, Gaby actively participates in community efforts. She is a documentary filmmaker and activist for social and climate justice, and lives on the traditional Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory (known as Ottawa). Her work seeks to deconstruct the concept of multiculturalism to instead make room for discussions around anti-racism.


garineGariné Aintablian joined Fairtrade Canada in 2017. Currently she is the coffee account manager supporting Canadian companies in communicating the impact they have on coffee communities through their purchases under Fairtrade terms.




gavinGavin Fridell is Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, and the author of numerous books and articles on fair trade and free trade, including his latest book Coffee (Polity Press). He is a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada and is on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN). His latest research explores the political economy and the ideological politics of global trade, with a focus on North America and the Caribbean.


giadaSince 2016, Giada Simone has been working as a marketing coordinator at Tootsi Impex, a Montreal-based food distributor. She contributed to make the company become a designated Fair Trade workplace in 2017 and a Fairtrade licensee last month. Passionate about trade justice and human rights, Giada has always been very involved in the local community, in Italy as well as in Montreal. Since she joined the Fair Trade Ambassador program in 2016, she has organized several Fair Trade designated events, in-store Fairtrade chocolate tastings, workshops and public conferences on fair trade in schools and universities. She received the Fair Trade All-Star Award in 2019 and is an active member of the managing board of the Association Québécoise du Commerce Équitable.


helenHelen Reimer, Director of Business Development at Fairtrade Canada, has been involved in the Fairtrade movement as a consumer since it started in the UK. She is passionate about social justice and sustainable poverty relief, so much so that she moved to Canada in 2013 to pioneer Christians Against Poverty. This charity works with churches to tackle poverty in local communities across Canada. It was in Canada that she met her husband, Mark, and in 2016 she moved to Ottawa and was excited to find a job with Fairtrade Canada. Helen now works with businesses across Canada to create and develop new opportunities to drive sales for Fairtrade products.


janeAs a social and fair trade entrepreneur Jane has built four businesses. She studied and worked in international development for over a decade, living in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Nepal. When people of the Global South asked for “more trade, not aid” she built and managed a fair trade business for 13 years. Women’s empowerment and the creation of a dynamic, cooperative system of ethical and sustainable global trade are her biggest passions. Jane is now teaching a 10-week online business course and will be organizing weekend intensives in the near future.


JaqsJaqs Gallos Aquines is a podcaster with the Unlearning Channel, inspiring critical awareness of white supremacy by challenging, recontextualizing, and broadening perceptions of race, identity, culture, and diaspora. Jaqs also has another podcast, called Kapwa Calling, which addresses awareness of positionality in the FilipinX diaspora. They are also a co-founder of Bahaghari, a growing grassroots group of FilipinX 2SLGBTQIA+ & Chosen Allies building inclusion through an intersectional lens. They have just released a book called Home is in the Body: LGBTQ2SIA+ FilipinX Femme, North of the 49th Parallel that addresses community, identity, self, and love while decolonizing gender through portraits, interviews, and an anthology of contributor submissions. Jaqs is committed to anti-racism and community building as a consultant, forequity.ca.


JessJess Schellennerg is the Good Food Campus Lead for Western Canada at Meal Exchange, where she coordinates campuses in Western Canada participating in the Good Food Challenge. She started her journey with the organization as a researcher and chapter coordinator at UVic, where she hosted workshops, audited the campus’ food purchasing, and helped secure a commitment by the UVic Student Society to increase just and sustainable food. She also has urban farming experience and currently sits on the Victoria Urban Food Table, as well as the CRFAIR’s Good Food Network leadership table.


joeyJoey Pittoello has played almost every role in the food value chain. A former organic farmer, Joey has been a baker, chocolatier, coffee roaster, Director of Coffee, and most recently General Manager of the worker co-operative Just Us! Coffee in Nova Scotia, Canada. In his current role Joey is responsible for producer relationships. In his spare time he still grows organic produce on his farm in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.



johnJohn has worked in the private sector for over 15 years with a number of major international corporations in sales leadership, channel and key account management roles. Having joined Fairtrade Canada in 2014, he is now the Director of Commercial Relations. His role focuses on B2B engagement with major grocery retailers, food distributors, and key foodservice providers to support the expansion of Fairtrade products. Originally from Ireland, he is now based in Ottawa. John is delighted to be attending his sixth annual Fair Trade conference in Calgary. He is looking forward to the opportunity to share experiences and ways of collaboration to expand the awareness of Fairtrade in the year ahead.


jonathonHaving officially started his coffee career twelve years ago, Jonathan extended the family tradition, becoming the third generation of Gabbay coffee merchants. Starting in the coffee lab and working his way up to the trading desk, Jonathan is now helping manage one of North America’s largest independent green coffee importers that services almost every major North American market. Today RGC Coffee is one of the leading companies in the coffee industry when it comes to sustainability at origin, working with co-ops and NGOs on the ground to build meaningful and measurable projects. Jonathan has a Finance degree from Montreal’s McGill University. 


julieJulie’s passion sits at the crossroad of sustainability, international development and trade. That’s an ideal spot from which to lead Fairtrade Canada as Executive Director. She’s worked with farmer coops, brands, traders, millers, factories, unions, governments, and everyone in between in 13 different countries. Her work on climate change mitigation, labour rights, and social compliance in coffee, cocoa, bananas, mango, wine, cotton, and sugar shaped her. She has also focused on South-South trade and the role of governments in enabling systemic changes in terms of trade, human rights, sustainable urban planning, and poverty reduction. Julie knows hands-on that sustainable supply chains and empowering farmers and workers is messy hard work that often fails. But she has also seen success and is adamant to help others scale up that impact.


kimKim joined Equifruit as Sales Manager in late 2014. After nearly 15 years of sales experience in marketing, advertising, and catering, she wanted to be more connected on a social justice level. She loves the challenge of convincing Canadian customers to put farmers first. Kim brings to the table relentless optimism, contagious enthusiasm, and an irrevocable passion for fair trade.


kinyaKinya Baker is a registered social worker in the area of governance and community development. Kinya describes herself as is a social justice and change advocate. Kinya’s educational background is in psychology, and she completed her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Calgary. Originally from Kenya, she can relate to the experience of many immigrants who moved to Canada as adults, and uses these experiences to support those in their integration journey. Kinya recently started her own consulting company called Shades of Humanity that seeks to provide education on inclusion and community development to community groups and companies.


lindsayLindsay Colley is a sustainability professional with extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, facilitation and education, and sustainability reporting. She currently teaches corporate social responsibility at York University’s Schulich School of Business and is engaged in research about impact measurement. She also recently completed the prestigious year-long Action Canada fellowship where she was one of 16 Canadians selected to work on public policy recommendations regarding Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. Lindsay has previously worked in sustainability roles at Tim Hortons and Ernst & Young and sat on the Canadian Accountability Board. She currently sits on the board of Fairtrade Canada.


ludovicLudovic Duran was raised in the French countryside on an organic farm. Sustainability may seem fashionable and trendsetting now, but for Ludovic it was just the way his parents went about their daily lives—repairing, reusing, recycling, and doing more with less. Ludovic joined tentree in 2017, leading their product team to take their material and product sustainability standards to levels that matched tentree’s passion of protecting our natural environment and minimizing our footprint. Today Ludovic is the Director of tentree’s Product Commercialization where he utilizes his industry wisdom, respect for our planet, and values for ethical manufacturing to lead his team in all channels of development, sourcing, and production.


ludyLudy Laynes is a producer of high-quality coffee and member of ISMAM (Organization of Small Producers and Exporters of Certified Organic High- Altitude Coffee). She is the daughter of a founding member of ISMAM. She is currently a delegate of the Nuevo Amatenango zone in Chiapas, Mexico, representing a group of producers at ISMAM’s ordinary assemblies. She believes that “the creation of this SPP initiative was and is very necessary because it identifies us as small producers. We are always seeking fair payment for our product and recognition for our work. Consumers should join this model for the well-being of our families. Also, as an organization we will always be promoting and seeking out customers who give us better prices for the coffee we produce.”


madisonMadison Hopper has a Master’s in Business and the Environment from York University/Schulich School of Business. During this time, she specialized in various market intervention strategies for social entrepreneurs that emphasize sustainable practices, particularly focusing on issues of trade justice. Madison now works as the Marketing Manager for Equifruit and teaches an undergraduate course on the business of fair trade. She is a member of the York University fair trade steering committee, a committee that is currently working on their Fair Trade Designation and in the midst of designing fair trade procurement policies for the university’s franchisee vendors.


marianneMarianne Pemberton is Climate Smart’s Client Advisor and Training Manager, where she works directly with small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to measure their carbon emissions and leverage their opportunities to achieve deep reductions—many for the first time. Having worked in social and environmental sustainability with B Corps and values-driven organizations in Canada for over eight years, Marianne is passionate about embedding ethics and positive impact into business operations. At Climate Smart, Marianne regularly sees how the individual efforts of businesses can add up to big opportunity for reductions in Canada, to the tune of 200 million tonnes of CO2e.


markMark, a chartered accountant by profession, considers himself a community builder, a sustainability advocate, somewhat fearless, and tries to inspire students to be entrepreneurial, to do good, and dream big. He is a member of the Fairtrade Canada Board of Directors, acting as their Treasurer. Mark helped Simon Fraser University (SFU) achieve its Fair Trade Campus designation and he led SFU’s push to convince Starbucks to serve fair trade coffee on Canadian campuses. For these efforts, SFU was recognized as the inaugural winner of the Fairtrade Canada Campus of the Year in 2014. Mark is currently leading SFU’s Re-Use for Good initiative to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics and products on campus. Next on the list is to leverage SFU’s purchasing power to help social and indigenous enterprise in Vancouver’s DTES.


meganMegan Hardman works at Bow Valley College in Calgary as a Sustainability Engagement Assistant. Megan works to deepen awareness of sustainability in general, and fair trade in particular, among students and staff, through planning events, coordinating volunteers, and pursuing Fair Trade Campus designation.




michaelMichael came to Aramark in 2008 with a background in finance and administration. In 2011, he accepted a newly created role meant to establish sustainability as a permanent part of Aramark’s supply chain and strategic planning. Since that time Michael has had the opportunity to bring better foods to public and private institutions alike across the country by influencing change in the way products are sourced, purchased, and distributed by international foodservice organizations.


monikaMonika Firl, Director of Sustainability, has worked in the Coop Coffees Montreal office since 2002. Prior to Coop Coffees, Monika worked with a variety of locally based development projects, while living in Central America and Mexico from 1991 to 2000. Her experiences range from founding and directing a center in El Salvador for the exchange of information on alternative technology to coordinating a regional Campesino a Campesino learning program promoting organic practices and market alternatives with farmer groups in Mexico and Central America. Monika holds a Master’s degree in journalism as well as a BA in international relations and German.


nelsonA producer of high-quality organic specialty coffee for over 20 years, Nelson has managed small-producer coffee co-ops in Colombia, invested time in the Latin American fair trade networks, and managed the growth of high-quality organic coffee production in the region. Currently, Nelson holds the position of President on the Board of SPP Global, an intercontinental network of small-producer organizations, committed buyers, and consumers that fight for the recognition of small producers’ work, high quality products, dignified life, and care for the environment.


philPhil Robertson co-founded P&S in 2007, and his obsession from the beginning has been improving coffee quality from seed to cup. Leveraging his engineering past, he has written custom roasting control software and modified numerous pieces of coffee making equipment. Among his duties, he manages the roasting operation and travels to Africa to buy green coffee. His wife, Jenna, and three young children support him every step of the way.



pippaPippa Rogers is Director of Marketing and Communications at Fairtrade Canada. She has a passion for H2H experiences, storytelling, and facilitating value-driven exchanges that help build relationships within and amongst communities. With experience leading communications and marketing projects in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, Pippa has developed a collaborative, humancentric approach to her work that focuses on empowering the voices of the community she is engaged with. She is deeply devoted to sustainability and living a life that is mindful of the planet and people who inhabit it.


rodolfoRodolfo Peñalba is a third-generation coffee farmer and the manager of the COMSA cooperative in Honduras. Founded in 2001, COMSA is over 1,200 members strong, and a leader in creating and instructing innovative organic practices. Through 18 years of conducting sustainable business, Rodolfo understands that the concept of responsibility—which features in COMSA’s motto—implies responsibility with everything: the environment, producers, financial sources, and customers.


sarahSarah de Lange is part of the Guarantee System team and enjoys helping mission-led organizations in Asia and the Pacific become members of WFTO. As part of her studies in International Crimes and Criminology, Sarah became interested in how fair trade enterprises were able to do business while protecting human rights above all. In her spare time, Sarah runs, swims, bakes cookies, and looks after other peoples’ pets while they’re on holiday.



Sarah Holden comes from 7+ years in the marketing agency world and has experience across beverage, CPG and consulting clients. She’s experienced in both on- and offline marketing, with her specialty being digital media and data-driven targeting in the digital shopper space. Sarah joined the University of Toronto Mississauga Hospitality & Retail Services team one year ago. In addition to marketing initiatives, she has spearheaded the Fair Trade program at UTM and has lead the school to become the first Silver Fair Trade Campus in Canada.


scottScott Sinclair is a senior research fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), where he directs the centre’s Trade and Investment Research Project. Before joining CCPA he was a senior trade policy advisor to the Government of British Columbia. He has written widely on trade policy, specializing in the impacts on public services and public interest regulation. His most recent publication, co-edited with Ethan Earle and Manuel Pérez-Rocha, is Beyond NAFTA 2.0: A Trade Agenda for People and Planet.


seanSean McHugh is the founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN). Sean’s passion for global sustainability grew out of international travel and time spent working in Kenya. When Sean moved back to Vancouver, he got involved with Fair Trade Vancouver, helping the city become Canada’s 11th Fair Trade Town. Sean later became the organization’s Executive Director, where he worked with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University as they earned Canada’s 1st and 2nd Fair Trade Campus designations. In 2011, Sean founded the Canadian Fair Trade Network, as an effort to build a stronger, more organized social movement in Canada. Sean has overseen the expansion of numerous programs and has led eight national conferences. Sean represents Canada on the international Fair Trade Towns Committee.


simonSimon Soni is the Director of Catering Services with WestJet. He has worked in the hospitality industry for many years and at some of the world’s leading airlines in the UK and Middle East. He is now working in Canada with WestJet where he is leading the development of its onboard catering offer as it introduces its new cabins and international services. A move towards the use of more sustainable food options is something Simon has championed throughout his career.



spiritSpirit River Striped Wolf is from the Piikani Nation (Aapatohsipikani), part of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksikaitsitapi). His Blackfoot name is Iyimakoyiomahka, which describes an enduring running wolf. Spirit River has dedicated his life to improving the conditions of Indigenous peoples through advocacy, activism, volunteering, and leadership initiatives since his adolescence. He currently attends Mount Royal University, undertaking his BA in Policy Studies. He serves a social organization called Voices, which advocates for Two-Spirit and racialized LGBTQIA+. He, along with a professor, co-founded a social enterprise called Otahpiaaki which focuses on supporting and empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs. Spirit River is a public speaker, a workshop facilitator for Indigenization and Decolonization, as well as for anti-racism training.


stefanStefan Misse has worked at Discovery Organics for the past 17 years in various capacities including a three-year farming stint on 24 acres of certified organic land growing ground crops for Discovery back in the mid 2000s. Currently he is the President of Discovery and has been leading the purchasing department for the past few years while doing most of the fruit buying. Currently Discovery purchases fair trade bananas year round and a number of other fair trade certified fruits and vegetables whenever they are seasonally possible.


stedanStefan Rasporich got started in social justice through an Arusha and Calgary Dollars grant to fund a cross-cultural experience for Syrian refugee families and students at Calgary Arts Academy (CAA), a public charter school where Stefan has taught for over 15 years. Stefan helped CAA become Calgary’s first Fair Trade School, and has worked with students in the Global Leadership Club. As a game designer, Stefan has led designs for an AR-enhanced Reconciliation Bench, which highlights original student songs and individual painted tiles. For this conference, he’s very excited to share his latest iteration of the Fair Trade Game and explore how it can be used as a tool to raise awareness and engagement around fair trade products.