What Is Fairtrade?

Meet the Fairtrade Canada team

Fairtrade Canada is part of the global Fairtrade system that encompasses Fairtrade International, our parent organization, along with 3 regional producer networks, and other national organizations like ours in countries all over the world.

What We Do

We are a Canadian not-for-profit corporation. We are governed by our membership, which consists of Fairtrade licensees and civil society organizations which support the fair trade movement. Our volunteer board of directors meets regularly to oversee the corporation and provide strategic guidance. Our AGM is held in June and allows the membership to receive updates on the operations of the organization, and vote on important matters. Our Annual Reports and Financial Statements can be found in our Resources section.

Our Mission

To support the principles of trade justice and sustainable development by:

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Increasing the sales of Fairtrade certified products in Canada

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Maximizing the benefits of Fairtrade to farmers and workers 

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Supporting the work of others to advance our vision

Meet The Team


Our small (but mighty!) team is based in Ottawa. We are dedicated to making a fairer world, through supporting our business, NGO and campaigner partners, advocating with governments, and promoting the fair trade movement to Canadians who want to shop with their values in mind. You can call us at +1 (613) 563-3351.

Gariné Aintablian

Coffee Account Manager

Helen Reimer

Director of Business Development

Ian Brown

Digital Manager

Idir Fenek

Coffee Account Manager

Janet Riehm

Director of Finance and Administration

John Marron

Director of Commercial Relations

John Young

Director of Mark Integrity

Julie Francoeur

Executive Director

Pippa Rogers

Director of Marketing & Communications

Rob Desson

Account Manager, Other Commodities

Stilyana Stoimenova

Licensing Manager

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is composed of representatives from our business partners and like-minded civil society organizations, along with directors-at-large from other backgrounds. The Board provides input on leadership, strategic planning, vision, and policy development.

Eugene Ellmen


Bill Barrett

Past Chair (Licensee - Planet Bean)

Mark McLaughlin

Treasurer (CSO - Simon Fraser University)

Valantina Amalraj

Secretary (CSO - Fair Trade Toronto)

Lindsay Colley


Zack Gross

Director (CSO - MCIC)

Imran Kaderdina

Director (Licensee - Camino)

Mike Yarymowich


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