Canadian Fairtrade Awards

The Canadian Fairtrade Awards recognize exceptional Fairtrade supporters, partners and allies, including retailers, traders, towns and campuses. Celebrate with us best-in-class Fairtrade performance! 


The Canadian Fairtrade Awards takes place annually with a formal ceremony where trophies are awarded by an independent panel of judges to celebrate noteworthy contributions of Fairtrade stakeholders across Canada.

We are excited to announce that the Canadian Fairtrade Awards will take place on Saturday 25th February 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is the first time the event will take place in Atlantic Canada. The event will coincide with the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) 5th National Conference which is scheduled to take place on 24-26 February 2017 in the same city.

General Eligibility

Thank you for your interest. The deadline for applications for the 2016 Canadian Fairtrade Awards was October 31, 2016, so we are unable to accept any further applications. If you have any questions please contact Read the Rules for full details on the Awards process.

2016 Award categories

  • Licensee of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year
  • Trader of the Year
  • Product of the Year
  • New Product of the Year
  • Excellence in Consumer Education
  • Excellence in Merchandising
  • Excellence in Public Outreach
  • Fairtrade All Star
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (judged jointly by Fairtrade Canada CEO and the Canadian Fairtrade Awards Committee)
  • Campus of the Year
  • Town of the Year
  • School of the Year
  • Event of the Year 
  • Workplace of the Year
  • Faith Group of the Year



Holly Bond

Holly Bond brings more than 25 years of experience to her role as VP, Regional Sales Canada Bullfrog Power, Canada’s 100% green energy company. Holly joined Bullfrog Power in 2009 and helped successfully launch Bullfrog on the East Coast. Bullfrog offers three products: green electricity, green natural gas and green fuel.

Prior to joining Bullfrog Power, Holly founded the Bulldog Interactive Fitness Inc.® franchise where she combined interactive video games with exercise to make fitness fun for kids.  The franchise spread across Canada and was successfully acquired by DHX Media in 2008.     


Jennifer Alldred

Jennifer Alldred leads Integrated Marketing at Oxfam Canada, working with a team of social justice activists to mobilize the power of people against poverty with a focus on women’s rights. Prior to Oxfam, she was Marketing Communications Director and worker-owner of Camino, Canada’s leading brand of fair trade organic coffee and cocoa. Having seen first-hand the lasting benefits of fair trade on the livelihoods of small-scale family farmers, Jennifer continues to advocate for ethical purchasing and the social economy.


Lisa Zentner

Lisa is Head of Communications & Digital Mobilization for Greenpeace Canada and was formerly the Director of Marketing & Communications for Fairtrade Canada. Lisa brings a unique combination of marketing, branding and environmental experience from her work in consumer products, IT, aerospace, and third-party certification. Throughout her career that spans North America, Germany, and South Africa, Lisa has led the development of go-to-market strategies and communications plans, built and staffed marketing and branding divisions, and created departments to respond to environmental and energy efficiency programs. Her work in energy efficiency and conservation has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S., National Resources Canada, and the BC Hydro Power Smart program.


Tia Loftsgard

Tia Loftsgard is the Executive Director of Canada Organic Trade Association. With extensive experience working in the organic food industry, Tia co-founded Camino (La Siembra Co-operative) in 1999, going on to become the organic and Fairtrade cocoa company’s Director of Sales until 2009, when she joined Fairtrade Canada. As its Business Development and Licensing Director, she led strategy, building the not-for-profit’s membership base and encouraging sustainable and ethical sourcing standards in North America. In 2013, she moved over to Fairtrade America, where as its Chief Operating Officer, she successfully developed advocacy initiatives and grew U.S. market opportunities for small farmers via the Fairtrade model.

Passionate about sustainable agriculture, government policy, trade and ethical business models, Tia is dedicated to promoting the growth of organic and fair trade practices that benefit consumers, growers and the environment. For Tia, organic is more than a way of life—it’s about creating a just and sustainable world.

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