Posted  26 Feb, 2020 
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The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Organic Leadership awards.  Awards are presented annually to acknowledge the Canadian heroes who are advancing the Canadian organic movement and industry.  Awards were presented during the 4th annual Organic Leadership Awards Gala held in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, February 19th.

With $6.6 billion in annual sales and the status of being the 6th largest organic market in the world, Canada is regarded worldwide as a market leader.   The advancements and unique accomplishments of the Canadian sector would not be possible without the significant efforts of these organic leaders who have cultivated and built the positive reputation of the Canada Organic brand.  Each of these leaders have advanced the collective organic principles of health, ecology, fairness and care.  Winners include organic pioneers who have devoted their lives to reforming Canada’s food system, organic farmers who are carving the path for more farmers to enter the organic chain, organic retailers who have trailblazed bringing organic to market and organic innovators who are ensuring that organic continues its path forward.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Organic Champion of the Year – J. Wallace Hamm
Leadership in Organic Science – Dr. Ralph Martin
Organic Retailer of the Year – Whole Foods Market
Organic Supplier of the Year – Fruit d’Or
Organic Innovator of the Year – Riverside Natural Foods
Organic Farmer of the Year – The Green Organic Dutchman

L to R: David Bernard-Perron (TGOD), J. Wallace Hamm (Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.), Alli Bearinger (accepting on behalf of Dr. Ralph Martin), Tia Loftsgard (Executive Director at COTA), Nima Fotovat (Riverside Natural Foods), Marie-Michele Le Moine (Fruit d’Or), Elaine Arrowsmith (Whole Foods Market)

The evening proved to be filled with celebration, a delicious organic menu, and an air of optimism for what the rest of 2020 has in store for the organic sector.  “The outstanding work being done by these industry leaders in the last year has propelled organic into the spotlight – something that is invaluable to the sector as a whole as we continue to strive for social change,” said Tia Loftsgard, executive director of the Canada Organic Trade Association. “A collective voice is key to continue strengthening and sustaining the organic movement in Canada.”


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