Posted  16 Sep, 2019 
In: Articles

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) announced the winners of this year’s Organic Leadership awards, presented during the 10th anniversary Organic Week Celebration in Toronto on September 11th, 2019. Congratulations to this year’s winners! If you know a company, farm, scientist, or association who exemplifies the principles of organic, keep them in mind for when next year’s nominations open!

Organic Innovator of the Year

Awarded to Cha’s Organics

Cha’s Organics was created by Chanaka and Marise, two people who come from opposite sides of the world and are no strangers to diversity and all that it has to offer. This love of diversity and staying true to one’s roots is reflected in the sourcing of Cha’s Organics spices and coconuts, which are all grown on biodiverse, small and medium scale family-owned organic farms. Cha’s believes in offering customers food choices that are both nourishing and delicious and maintains commitments to customers and producer partners driven by a love of good food and a passion for making good things happen.


Organic Supplier of the Year

Awarded to Fromagerie L’Ancêtre

Driven by core values of organic farming and outstanding product quality, L’Ancêtre strives to make a meaningful difference in the areas of environmental preservation, animal welfare, and consumer health. As the leader in the production and marketing of certified organic cheese and butter in Canada, L’Ancêtre has and continues to be a trailblazer in helping consumers switch to healthier and more environmentally friendly food.


Organic Retailer of the Year

Awarded to Organic Garage

Organic Garage is focused on food but covers every category. The produce department is 100 per cent certified organic – that means the company does not carry any conventional produce. Organic Garage’s main point of difference is its value proposition. At 18 to 24 per cent cheaper than Whole Foods and 8 to 15 per cent cheaper than any conventional grocer, the stores’ main focus is on price point – making organics and all-natural products more affordable for customers every day with aggressive pricing.


Leadership in Organic Science

Awarded to Dr. Martin Entz

Martin Entz in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba works on sustainable agricultural systems. Together with fellow researchers, students, technicians, farmers, and interested citizens, Martin has involved Canadian organic farmers directly in the development of crop varieties for organic production in partnership with USC Canada and Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. Martin is part of Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a group of 60 Canadian scholars who propose evidence-based climate solutions and actions.


Organic Farmer of the Year

Awarded to L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)

The UPA is a professional farmers’ union whose purpose and actions are based on certain values: respect for people, solidarity, collective action, social justice, fairness, and democracy. By staying in tune with Quebec society as a whole, the UPA also helps improve social, economic, and cultural life in rural communities.


Organic Champion of the Year

Awarded to Vincent Breton of duBreton

Three years ago, duBreton made the decision to produce an additional 300,000 crate-free pigs at their Quebec Farms. This decision represented an estimated private investment of more than $30 million, strengthening duBreton’s position as a leader in organic and Certified Humane Raised and Handled® pork production in North America. duBreton’s unique production and management model for best practices is based on animal welfare and GMO-free organic farming and working with recognized and credible certification standards such as the Canada Organic Trade Association, Certified Humane® and GAP 5-step program.

 

 

Awarded to Cha’s Organics

Cha’s Organics was created by Chanaka and Marise, two people who come from opposite sides of the world and are no strangers to diversity and all that it has to offer. This love of diversity and staying true to one’s roots is reflected in the sourcing of Cha’s Organics spices and coconuts, which are all grown on biodiverse, small and medium scale family-owned organic farms. Cha’s believes in offering customers food choices that are both nourishing and delicious and maintains commitments to customers and producer partners driven by a love of good food and a passion for making good things happen.

Organic Supplier of the YearAwarded to Fromagerie L’Ancêtre

Driven by core values of organic farming and outstanding product quality, L’Ancêtre strives to make a meaningful difference in the areas of environmental preservation, animal welfare, and consumer health. As the leader in the production and marketing of certified organic cheese and butter in Canada, L’Ancêtre has and continues to be a trailblazer in helping consumers switch to healthier and more environmentally friendly food.

Organic Retailer of the YearAwarded to Organic Garage

Organic Garage is focused on food but covers every category. The produce department is 100 per cent certified organic – that means the company does not carry any conventional produce. Organic Garage’s main point of difference is its value proposition. At 18 to 24 per cent cheaper than Whole Foods and 8 to 15 per cent cheaper than any conventional grocer, the stores’ main focus is on price point – making organics and all-natural products more affordable for customers every day with aggressive pricing.

Leadership in Organic ScienceAwarded to Dr. Martin Entz

Martin Entz in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba works on sustainable agricultural systems. Together with fellow researchers, students, technicians, farmers, and interested citizens, Martin has involved Canadian organic farmers directly in the development of crop varieties for organic production in partnership with USC Canada and Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. Martin is part of Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a group of 60 Canadian scholars who propose evidence-based climate solutions and actions.

Organic Farmer of the Year Awarded to L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)
The UPA is a professional farmers’ union whose purpose and actions are based on certain values: respect for people, solidarity, collective action, social justice, fairness, and democracy. By staying in tune with Quebec society as a whole, the UPA also helps improve social, economic, and cultural life in rural communities.
Organic Champion of the Year

Awarded to Vincent Breton of duBreton
Three years ago, duBreton made the decision to produce an additional 300,000 crate-free pigs at their Quebec Farms. This decision represented an estimated private investment of more than $30 million, strengthening duBreton’s position as a leader in organic and Certified Humane Raised and Handled® pork production in North America. duBreton’s unique production and management model for best practices is based on animal welfare and GMO-free organic farming and working with recognized and credible certification standards such as the Canada Organic Trade Association, Certified Humane® and GAP 5-step program.

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