Staff

Sean McHugh - Executive Director
Sean McHugh

Sean is the founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN). Sean’s passion for global sustainability, grew out of international travel (2004-2009) and time spent working in Kenya. Sean moved back to Vancouver in 2009, and got involved with Fair Trade Vancouver, helping the city become Canada’s 11th Fair Trade Designated Town. Sean later became the organizations Executive Director, where his work included working with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in their becoming Canada’s 1st and 2nd Fair Trade Designated Campuses. 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, has led the planning of six national conferences, and developed and grown the organizations bi-annual publication, Fair Trade Magazine. Sean represents Canada on the International Fair Trade Towns Committee, and sits on the Good Food Challenge Advisory Committee.


Sarah Heim - National Program Manager

SarahSarah is the National Programs Manager with the CFTN, taking care of program designations and supporting the growth of the network. She did her BA in International Studies at SFU, where she was President of the departmental student union and deeply embedded in questions of civic and social engagement amongst millennials. As part of the SFU Fair Trade Campus program, Sarah participated in the 2016 Origin Trip to Costa Rica, gaining insights into fairtrade on the ground. Her passion for municipal politics led her to develop an award-winning prototype that counters social isolation in cities. Besides her involvement in Vancouver, Sarah has worked as Distribution Coordinator for Help Refugees in Calais, France – an experience that strengthened her understanding of the connections between exploitative labour and international migration. Prior to coming to Canada, she lived two years in Bosnia-Herzegovina and spent a year travelling around South America. In her free time you can find her going for a run or playing the occasional tennis game.


Erik Johnson - Editor, Designer, Fair Trade Magazine Lead

erik

Erik is a self-employed writer, editor, and print designer whose love for fair trade coffee helps fuel his contributions to a variety of print and online publishing projects. His diverse editing experience includes working with plays, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, ad copy, technical reports, and magazines. For Fair Trade Magazine, Erik was involved from the outset, copy-editing and proofreading the first issue. Since, he has enjoyed seeing his role expand, taking on a gamut of production tasks, from feature writing to page layout and everything in between.

 


Nichole DeMichelis - Fundraising Coordinator

NicholeNichole is a librarian whose background in political economy pokes its way into everything she does. During her Political Science BA at SFU, she worked with the local Fair Trade chapter to bring more ethical dining options onto campus. She continues to work in ethical production as an organizer for the Vancouver Sustainable Fashion Designers association. Her main role at CFTN is preparing documents for grant proposals and other material related to fundraising.

 

 


Jackie Suggitt - Project Manager, Sustainable Procurement Network 

JackieJackie Suggitt currently serves as Multistakeholder Initiatives Director for ReFED, a data and economics-driven organization leading the charge to reduce U.S. food waste at scale. In this role, Jackie works with a diverse set of industry leaders to tackle complex food waste issues, including standardized date labeling, food waste prevention packaging, and company-specific food waste reduction analytics. Before joining ReFED, Jackie worked as Senior Manager of Sustainability at Walmart where she led a number of sustainable food and nutrition programs for Walmart’s global and private brand business. This work was foundational in developing and launching Walmart’s public 2025 Sustainability strategy. Jackie currently lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband, both Ironman triathletes and avid consumers of the local ramen.  


Bryce Tarling - Editor
Bryce Tarling
Bryce Tarling is a writer and editor with experience working with non-profit organizations and magazines. As an advocate for social sustainability, he has spent several years working with Fair Trade Vancouver, promoting education and awareness of fair trade products in the Lower Mainland. He has also spent time in Mexico living and working with members of an organic farming co-operative. He holds a diploma in professional writing and editing, a BA in English and sociology, and a BEd in secondary English education.