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.
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Gail’s dedication to, and unflagging belief in, the natural products industry has led to the continued growth of not only Indigo which, today, manages many of the premium brands in the industry, but also the growth of the organic industry. The company also continues to be recognized as a national leader in organic trade development.
Kim De Lallo
Kim is a dedicated co-op practitioner with a passionate focus on sustainable food systems. As veteran at Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC), Kim has been engaged in many different ways at ONFC, the co-operative sector, and sustainability as a whole.
Mary Forstbauer is the embodiment of Organics in B.C. Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm began in 1977 when Mary and Hans bought a seven-acre farm on the Matsqui Prairies (near Abbotsford). In addition to her farm, Mary sits on the Board of Directors of the Bio-Dynamic Agricultural Society of British Columbia.
Hermann Grauer founded Nature’s Farm™ and Nature’s Pasta™. Hermann’s farm was among the first in Canada to bring omega-3 eggs to market. Hermann’s love for organic farming and his company are second to none. The members of CHFA are grateful for his commitment to the environment and the health of Canadians.
This year's recipient of the CHFA Organics Achievement Award is Rochelle Eisen, Resilient Solutions Consulting. Rochelle was recognized for her 26 years of contributing, in various capacities, to the development, growth and promotion of the organics industry.
Julie Daniluk, is the bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation, and has helped thousands of people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great and assist the body in the healing process. She is also the co-host of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that highlights the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition.View the Video
Ralph Martin, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada
Dr. Ralph Martin is the driving force behind organic research in Canada. Ralph is the founding director and current director of the Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC). Through his dedication to research and to the sector, he has furthered the growth of the organic industry in Canada.
Mike is a dedicated organic agriculture pioneer who has been actively promoting sustainable hemp since the 1990s. Mike was introduced him to hemp foods which restored his vitality. These “superfoods” gave him the energy to implement a healthy weight and lifestyle for over 12 years now. Today Mike is the CEO and Co-founder of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food and Oils.
As president and CEO of Naturally Nova Scotia, Nancy uses her 25 years of business and herbal expertise to effectively promote her company and organic production. A recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws from St. Mary’s University, Nancy has been saluted nationally as a role model for entrepreneurs, an advocate of academic research and a dedicated champion of organic agriculture and production.
Frank Sarro has worked with Community Natural Foods since 1998. Frank also oversees the development of the Community Naturals private label line. He was on the Board of Directors with the Sustainable Agriculture Association that provided organic certification services in Alberta. Frank was involved in forming the Alberta Organic Association which has evolved into the Going Organic Network (GO).
A visionary, passionate herbalist, and a pioneer of traditional herbalism in Quebec, Marie founded the herb seller La Clef des Champs in 1978. A founding member of La Guilde des Herboristes, Marie chaired its Board of Directors for 11 years before retiring in 2006. A founding member of La Table Filière des Plantes Médicinales Biologiques, Maire has served on its Board of Directors since 1999 and as its Chair since 2007.
Ted Zettel is a pioneer in the organic farming field achieving certification in 1986. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Organic Meadow Inc., the marketing subsidiary of Organic Meadows Cooperative and is employed in the effort to unite organic dairy farmers across Canada in a cooperative marketing venture. He serves as the Organic Council of Ontario’s delegate to the Organic Federation of Canada and was elected President of the OFC in 2008.
Hired in 1989, Dag was the first inspector for Island Organic Producers Association on Vancouver Island. A 14-year career as an inspector of organic farms and complex processors for multiple certification agencies in Western Canada and the U.S. Since 2003 Dag has held the position of organic program manager for Nature’s Path Food Inc, North America’s largest organic breakfast cereal producer.
Gunta’s long-standing commitment to organics is fueled by her personal goal to make organic food accessible to all, while ensuring a sustainable future for producers. As Vice President of Marketing for Pro Organics, Gunta has been working closely with Canadian, U.S., and international organic growers and suppliers.
During the 1980’s Eric started Perth Foods which later merged with Eco Farms Distributing. Eric was also involved during the 1980’s as a board member of OCIA, an organic farm certifying organization. Eric was a recipient of the Ontario Ethics Award, and Gentle Rain Natural Foods was runner-up for the 2009 Green Party of Ontario Business Award.
Robert entered the real word through rural development logistics in Africa, which broadened his understanding of the basics of agriculture. Back in Quebec, he started organic grain farming in 1977 and was also a founding member in 1985 of the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA); From 1995 to 2005, he was strongly involved in regulatory development both in Quebec and in Canada presiding La Table Filiere Biologique du Quebec.
Paddy founded Dragon Mountain Farm and along with two partners, Paddy developed the organic vegetable and sheep farm from 1979 until 2008, when he took fulltime work with the ISEAL Alliance as Credibility Tools Manager. While operating a commercial organic farm, Paddy held many posts within the Canadian and international organic movement:
Randy joined ONFC in 1988, becoming General Manager in 1991 and has held that position since. He joined the CHFA Board of Directors in 1999, becoming the first Chair of the Organic Caucus, eventually serving as the Treasurer for two years. He has since continued in an active role on the Organic Council of CHFA. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Organic Council of Ontario from 2006-2008 and remains an active member of OTA Canada.
Deb has taken on a seasonal support role with SunOpta Grocery West overseeing Organic Certification. In 2008 Deb completed the IOIA training for Basic Farm Inspection, and has since upgraded her training to the Canada Standard.
Debra Boyle, Founder of Pro Organics, is a true pioneer of the organic movement in Canada. Armed with little more than sheer determination and a passion for organic food and people, she quickly grew her one-woman business into a national leader, sourcing and distributing organic food to Canadians across the country.
Having spent almost 35 years of very diverse activity in the organic foods market sector, Mr. Nimmo cites several personal milestones which also became those points at which organics appeared to take hold in Canadian agriculture. With Mr. Nimmo as general manager, the Guelph Organic Conference started to gain momentum by the early and mid-part of the 2000s. This organic event was started in 1982 by visionary students. Now in its 28th year, this has grown into an annual gathering point in Canada for grassroots organic marketers, regulatory personnel and, motivated consumers.
Ineke Booy and Martin De Groot
Organic achievement is a way of life for Mapleton’s Organic Farm. Since receiving organic certification in 1989 for the crops and animals, Martin and Ineke decided to go a step further and turn the milk into yogurt and ice cream in 1999. A Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) has been added.
Jennifer opened Harmony Whole Foods Market in 1978, in Orangeville, Ontario. The store has moved and expanded three times within the community over the last 30 years. Jennifer is dedicated in her promotion of certified organic products and has been instrumental in working within the organic community to ensure the new Organic Regulations is implemented appropriately to assist in the continued growth of the Organic Sector.
Arran Stephens has been at the leading edge of the organic and vegetarian food movements for most of his 65+ years. He and wife Ratana, co-founded Nature’s Path Organic Foods in 1985. Arran has an enduring commitment to community, sustainability, corporate excellence and compassion. He serves on several non-profit boards.