Our core team consists of a small group very passionate and hard-working people. Here is a little information about the directors that lead the organization.
Lia is a founding member of FTOÉ, having held a leadership role since the start of the Ottawa Fair Trade Town campaign! She’s done countless presentations and workshops on fair trade and served on the original board of the Canadian Fair Trade Network. She jokingly calls herself the FTOÉ Grandma, and is always happy to help out wherever she’s needed. During the day, she’s a marketing consultant, graphic designer and fair trade business owner. When she has a little free time, she enjoys cooking, farming, reading and doing all things creative!
Kenneth currently works as the Government Relations Coordinator with Engineers Without Borders Canada and is completing a Masters in International Affairs and African Studies. Kenneth got involved with fair trade in 2012 when he joined the Engineers Without Borders chapter at Carleton University. For him, fair trade offered a truly unique opportunity to work on an issue that sought to empower people around the world. In 2013, Kenneth founded Fair Trade Carleton University and worked with the community and school administration to make Carleton a Fair Trade Campus. In the coming years, Kenneth is interested in how he can blend a background in public policy with his passion for the goals of the fair trade movement.
Education & Outreach
Emanuel has been involved in the fair trade movement since late 2017, when he visited Costa Rica as a volunteer and participated in the development of fair trade coffee farms. Emanuel is the leader of the environmental committee at his school, as well as the movement that got his school the first Fair Trade School designation in Ottawa! In early 2019, he was elected to the board of the Canadian Fair Trade Network, making him the youngest person ever to hold this position.
Nick works as a deployment officer at an Ottawa-based humanitarian administration agency that supports various UN missions. He recently completed his Master’s in History at Queen’s where he focused on private organizations and international development in the Global South. As Business Outreach Director, he hopes to expand the number of Ottawa retailers and organizations that proudly support fair trade products.
In 2015, Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from the University of Guelph. Throughout her undergrad, she was involved with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), where she led several campaigns as Chair and co-Events coordinator. Her most rewarding experience was her involvement in the Student Refugee Program (SRP), as she was able to help students from Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps settle into life in Canada. She uses her skills from these experiences to onboard new volunteers and raise awareness about the Fair Trade Town Campaign in Ottawa.
Cathy is the newest board member for FTOÉ. She is currently in her final year of her undergraduate degree in Communications and Media Studies at Carleton University. She also works at Global Affairs Canada where she works on policy and communications projects. Cathy became interested in the fair trade movement when she visited rural Nicaragua in February 2018 through Carleton University’s Alternative Spring Break program. While in Nicaragua, she worked on a project within a small community, and was able to meet farmers who produce fair trade certified goods. In coming months, Cathy is hoping to increase awareness of FTOÉ and encourage more people to be involved with the fair trade movement.
Tate is an Analyst working for the Government of Canada. She has an academic and professional background in human rights. This formed a natural transition into interest for the Fair Trade movement, which she first learned about through a friend in 2017. As Treasurer, Tate will keep FTOÉ as financially responsible as possible.