CHFA Industry Achievement Awards

The CHFA Industry Achievement Awards are presented to companies in the natural health and organic products industry for outstanding achievements. These awards are presented at each of our trade shows, CHFA East, CHFA West, and CHFA Quebec. Nominations are submitted and votes are cast by CHFA Members in good standing.

To learn more about our awards process, click here.

Janet Jacks

Janet Jacks

Janet Jacks has been passionate about the food-health connection for over 40 years, beginning when her husband was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and she set out to find natural ways to heal the body and prevent disease.

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Claude Chevalier

Claude Chevalier

Mr. Claude Chevalier is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Bio-K Plus International Inc. and Bio-K Plus Pharma. He worked tirelessly to bring a better understanding and awareness of probiotics and its efficacy to Canada.

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Drs. Evan and Wilfrid Shute

Drs. Evan and Wilfrid Shute

Drs. Evan and Wilfrid Shute were early exponents of supplementation and critics of what they saw as the excessive industrial processing of food.

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Alfred Vogel

Alfred Vogel

Alfred left the world a legacy of knowledge in naturopathic and herbal medicine, and his philosophy to live by nature’s example - through balance.

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Charlie Fox

Charlie Fox

Over 45 years ago Charlie Fox became one of the world’s biggest advocates of healthy living. He could not sing enough praises about nature's wonderful herb, garlic, and other foods from nature's bountiful pharmacy.

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Percy Schmeiser

Percy Schmeiser

Percy has been recognized for facing a lawsuit with Monsanto over the presence of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready canola that had contaminated his fields. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada where the court ruled in his favour.

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Rick Monahan

Rick Monahan

Rick Monahan has been involved in Canada’s natural health industry for over 30 years and is the founder and owner of Nature’s Fare Markets.

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Michèle Boisvert

Michèle Boisvert

Michèle Boisvert is the founder and President of Homeocan Inc. She is an expert on the subject of homeopathy and supports the ideals and mission of the Canadian Health Food Association as a member since its early years.

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Bill Gregory

Bill Gregory

Bill Gregory was one of many who were involved with the Canadian Health Food Association in its early years. His support of the ideals and mission of CHFA has helped to shape the natural health products industry.

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Thomas Greither

Thomas Greither

A true champion of the organic movement, Mr. Greither was one of the founders of writing the organic definitions for Canada. Over the years, he has lobbied Ottawa as a tireless advocate for natural health products.

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John Holtmann

John Holtmann

John has been a true leader and inspiration to many on both the retailer and the supplier sides of the natural health industry. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Health Food Association and has been an active participant in CHFA's government issues initiatives.

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Benjamin (Ben) Banky

Benjamin (Ben) Banky

Ben is a passionate advocate of the ideals of the natural health and organic industry. He has organized several industry events, bringing suppliers and retailers together to discuss industry issues and concerns.

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Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe

Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe

Lorna Vanderhaeghe is a women’s health expert who has been researching the subject of nutritional medicine for over 25 years. She has been educating people on how to achieve optimal wellness for several decades.

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Johanne Dion

Johanne Dion

Johanne Dion is the founder and President of TRANS-HERBe Inc., one of the country’s largest contract tea-makers for a growing range of grocery stores, pharmacies and health food chains.

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Donna Herringer

Donna Herringer

Donna has passionately served the industry since 1983, as a manufacturer, retailer and as the first female President & CEO of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA).

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Dr. Leo Schafer

Dr. Leo Schafer

In his 43 years in the health food industry, Dr. Leo Schafer has helped hundreds of people find the road back to good health. He has become a revered source of education for practicing colleagues from different parts of the world.

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Lyse Boivin-Matton

Lyse Boivin-Matton

Lyse Boivin-Matton is the President and founder of Aliments de Santé Laurier, in Quebec. She has been honoured on many occasions for being a pioneer in natural health in Quebec.

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Aldo Dominguez

Aldo Dominguez

Aldo Dominguez helped pioneer the industry in Canada and went on to build the country’s largest franchised health food chain. The company he helped found generated great awareness for the industry and helped bring it to the forefront.

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David Chapman

David Chapman

David laboured tirelessly as part of the CHFA Board of Directors on the NHPD regulations, ensuring that the industry's voice was heard loud and clear in the halls of the federal government.

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Michael Theodor

Michael Theodor

Michael Theodore Brokerage Inc. (MTB) is one of the largest natural food brokerage houses in Canada, representing numerous American and Canadian premier natural and organic food, skin and hair care lines.

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Harlan Lahti

Harlan Lahti

In 1972, Harlan Lahti opened Finlandia Pharmacy and dedicated his life to a mission - keeping the elderly comfortable without the use of large doses of pharmaceuticals. He is now widely recognized as the nation’s expert in natural health medicine.

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Arran Stephens

Arran Stephens

Arran Stephens, is the President, CEO and co-founder of Nature’s Path Foods. Nature’s Path, EnviroKidz and LifeStream’s award-winning organic cereals, energy bars, baked goods, waffles and pastas are sold throughout Canada, USA and 29 other countries.

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Udo Erasmus

Udo Erasmus

Udo Erasmus is an international authority on fats, oils, cholesterol and human health. His contribution to the fields of health and nutrition, and his pioneering work to establish standards of quality for oil manufacturers will continue to benefit many generations.

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Rolf Zimmermann

Rolf Zimmermann

When Rolf Zimmermann immigrated to Canada in 1952, many natural foods and traditional European remedies were unheard of. It became his goal to be a leading authority on health products, and to make these products available to Canadians.

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Elly Boersema

Elly Boersema

In 1970, Elly Boersema decided to start selling natural products. Through word of mouth, her business increased. Her success reflects many years of learning and sharing her wealth of knowledge with others.

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Dr. Daniel Crisafi

Dr. Daniel Crisafi

Dr. Crisafi is widely recognized for his contribution towards the advancement of naturopathy. He was vice chair of CHFA's Board of Directors and has been a consultant for the health food and natural supplement industry for over thirty years.

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Jean-Marc Brunet

Jean-Marc Brunet

Dr. Jean-Marc Brunet may very well be called one of the most active and effective freedom fighters for citizens’ rights of health care choices in our country.

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Eric S. Margolis

Eric S. Margolis

As chairman of Jamieson Laboratories, Eric Margolis is no stranger to the Canadian health food industry and is one of those intrepid souls who took on the government of the day that seemed determined to eradicate our fledgling industry.

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Sloan Alma (Al) Smith

Sloan Alma (Al) Smith

Al Smith can truly be considered one of the Association’s leaders who, through his devotion and accomplishments, contributed greatly to the survival of this Association into maturity. He was made a Lifetime Honorary President in 1971.

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Elsie Czember

Elsie Czember

Elsie's integrity, love for people, profound knowledge of natural healing, and her passion to teach and heal others through health products, have earned her an immense reputation in her community and across the country.

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Roland Gahler

Roland Gahler

Roland is the chairman and owner of Natural Factors, his company unites the proponents of science and nature without alienating doctors, scientists, retailers and consumers, but brings them all to the conclusion that natural health products are essential to a lifetime of health and wellness.

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Sam Graci

Sam Graci

Sam was the creator of nutritional formulae and has worked with many of the leading physicians of orthomolecular medicine of our time.

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Dr. David F. Horrobin

Dr. David F. Horrobin

Dr. Horrobin was the creator of the product Efamol and founded one of the first biotech companies to produce it.

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Dr. R. H. Rogers

Dr. R. H. Rogers

Dr. Rogers is recognized for being a Canadian leader in Integrative Medicine.

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Lise Colley

Lise Colley

Lise Colley's clients came from near and far places in their quest to get well. Her advice was, simply put: "If you are what you eat and you’re not feeling well, change what you eat and see how you feel then!”

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Judy Nelson

Judy Nelson

Judy’s commitment to CHFA dates back to the Association's very beginning. She has faithfully served this organization in the BC Chapter.

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Mary Lou Morgan

Mary Lou Morgan

Mary Lou’s aim and motivation has always been to ensure that all Torontonians have access to affordable health food – from farm to table.

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Gerhard W. Seier

Gerhard W. Seier

Gerhard was a true pioneer of the Canadian health food industry whose contribution spans five decades.

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Gordon Storie

Gordon Storie

Gordon played an active role as Vice-chair West on CHFA's Board of Directors and represented our industry’s interests on Health Canada’s Advisory Panel on natural health products.

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Barrie Carlsen

Barrie Carlsen

Barrie’s vision, dedication to health and his pioneering spirit have created a legacy in the industry; setting the standards for quality, Canadian-made product.

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Lionel Pasen

Lionel Pasen

Lionel's work, much of it behind the scenes, has made a tremendous difference for our industry. An educator and strong industry supporter, Lionel has been a spokesperson for CHFA with the federal and provincial governments in Ontario.

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Dr. Abram Hoffer

Dr. Abram Hoffer

Dr. Hoffer is a Canadian pioneer in complementary medicine.

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Terry Willard

Terry Willard

Recognized as one of North American’s leading clinical herbalists, Terry was a member of the Canadian federal government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Herbs and Botanical Preparations.

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Siegfried Gursche

Siegfried Gursche

Long acknowledged as the “father of the health food movement in Canada”, Siegfried was the creator of alive Magazine. Today alive Magazine has a circulation of 235,000.

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Willie Pelzer

Willie Pelzer

As long term president of CHFA, Willie worked tirelessly for the industry. His commitment included extensive financial support for the Association and on-going lobbying for regulatory change. Willie is the “Granola King” of our industry.

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