Canadian Fairtrade Awards

The Canadian Fairtrade Awards recognize exceptional Fairtrade supporters, partners and allies, including retailers, traders, towns and campuses. Celebrate with us best-in-class Fairtrade performance! 


The Canadian Fairtrade Awards takes place annually with a formal ceremony where trophies are awarded by an independent panel of judges to celebrate noteworthy contributions of Fairtrade stakeholders across Canada. We’re delighted to let you know that the Canadian Fairtrade Awards 2017 will take place on Saturday March 3 2018 in conjunction with the national fair trade conference in Vancouver organised by the Canadian Fair Trade Network. Tickets for the event are now available here.

General Eligibility

Thank you for your interest. The deadline for applications for the 2017 Canadian Fairtrade Awards was October 15, 2017, so we are unable to accept any further applications. We invite you to consult the rules to find out more about the Canadian Fairtrade Awards process. You can also contact us at with any questions. We will inform applicants by the month of December and of course the winners will be shared with the wider public during our reception night on March 3, save the date!

Categories of Awards

  • Ambassador of the Year
  • Campus of the Year
  • Event of the Year
  • Excellence in Producer Partnership
  • Excellence in Public Outreach
  • Fairtrade All Star
  • Faith Group of the Year
  • Licensee of the Year

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • New Product of the Year
  • Product of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year
  • School of the Year
  • Town of the Year
  • Trader of the Year
  • Workplace of the Year

2017 Judges


UlulaVera Belazelkoska directs programs at Ulula - a software and analytics platform that helps organizations monitor human rights abuses across global supply chains. Leveraging accessible digital technologies, Ulula amplifies worker voices to enable more transparent, responsible and ethical sourcing worldwide. Prior to Ulula, Vera worked in international development, including microfinance and fair trade cooperative development, in parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America. Vera holds a Masters in Political Economy of International Development from the University of Toronto.


CPAB-CCRCLindsay Colley

is a sustainability professional and CPA, CA with a keen interest in impact measurement. She is currently a Director in the Thought Leadership group at the Canadian Public Accountability Board, an independent oversight organization created to protect the integrity of financial reporting in Canada.  She is passionate about improving the lives of Canadians and in addition to her professional pursuits is Vice-Chair for the Toronto Public Library Board, teaches corporate social responsibility to university business students, and is a member of the Social Issues Committee of the Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Territory.  As an Action Canada Your Energy Future fellow, Lindsay is currently exploring the question "What must Canada do as a country to prepare our industries, our communities and our people for a low-carbon future?"


OCICKimberly Gibbons has been the Executive Director of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) since 2005. Kimberly is actively engaged in efforts to increase the enabling environment for civil society organizations and serves as a volunteer on the Humber College International Programs Advisory Committee. Kimberly has worked in many education settings with youth and adults of diverse backgrounds in Asia, Central America, Europe and Canada, and is passionate about increasing collaborative spaces and cooperation as a means to end global poverty and inequality. She notably holds a Masters of Education in Adult Education and Transformative Learning and studied human rights at the graduate level in England.