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Celebrating Excellence in the Natural Health & Organics Industry

The CHFA Industry Achievement Awards celebrate excellence in the natural health and organics industry. Recognize the hard work of others and share the successes of this industry by nominating a CHFA member today for one of our nine awards that will be presented at CHFA Connect, September 14 & 15, 2021.

Why Enter the CHFA Industry Achievement Awards

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Build Your Brand

The CHFA Industry Achievement Awards

Woman of Influence Award

Congratulations, Alicja!

In 2002, Alicja established dicentra, a contract research organization and professional consulting firm that specializes in addressing all matters related to safety, quality and compliance for all product categories in the life sciences and food industries. Through Alicja’s leadership, her team provides services to over 1,200 companies worldwide. Throughout her career, Alicja has mentored numerous women within her own business and the industry at large. Alicja is noted by those she has guided as being passionate, innovative, brave, fearless, a visionary. She encourages her community to be honest, bold and unafraid of speaking the truth – to challenge the status quo, shape our industry for the better, and make a difference in the world, all while acknowledging the importance of balancing career and business with community and family life.

CHFA Award for Excellence in Retail Sales

Congratulations, Syed!

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Syed Rizvi is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Healthy Planet. In this role, he guides the vision and strategic direction for the company’s operations. He serves on the advisory board of the company and is valued by his colleagues for his business acumen. He has launched a number of significant transformative strategic business initiative while working in numerous leadership areas of the company, including sales strategies, operations, marketing, and e-commerce.

Syed began his career at Healthy Planet almost a decade ago and has been at the forefront of the company’s growth from 4 to 30 stores. He has been instrumental in the rebranding of the company and its adoption of an omni channel approach to retailing.

His influence has been instrumental in driving an exceptional in-store, curbside and home delivery service, that is focused on building long-term relationships with customers. He is a leader with exceptional standards, and extraordinary work ethic. He is always at the ready, to work with his team to accomplish the impossible.

Syed’s ability to envision successful market trends and capitalize on it is what sets him apart from his peers. His constant collaboration with over 200 vendors and distributors have had an indelible impact on their success.

Syed is a long time champion of Healthy Planet’s customers, its associates and the company’s culture, he believes that every individual has something to offer and he is always willing to learn and improve in this ever-evolving industry.

CHFA Award for Excellence in Sales

Congratulations, Sarah!

Sarah has a passion for people, and a love for the natural health industry. Relationships are a huge component in building any business, and this is where Sarah thrives. From health food store accounts, to pivoting to ecommerce, meaningful professional relationships have always been the focus. She is forever grateful to the incredible store owners, managers, buyers and staff that make everything so worthwhile. They impact the world daily with their dedication to improving the health of their customers.

Over the last 2 ½ years she has loved working on such a collaborative team, learning from both her peers and management. She is driven by targets, and is motivated to overachieve on all sales goals.

She is so thankful for the mentorship she has received at Genuine Health which has given her the opportunity to grow.

CHFA Celebrating Diversity Award

Congratulations, Living Green!

CHFA One to Watch Award

Congratulations, Amanda!

Amanda’s interest in Natural Health stemmed from her curiosity of getting to the root cause of a health issue and making a difference in people’s lives through natural practices. Her experience in Sales and Marketing, paired with her passion for Natural Health, gives her a strong ability to efficiently work under pressure and go outside her role parameters to deliver positive results and exceed client expectations. She has built strong relationships with a number of Purity Life’s customers and vendor partners.

In under a year, she quickly progressed into a Key Accounts role and now manages two of the company’s largest customer portfolios. She maintains a positive attitude and is always willing to help her colleagues. Amanda always takes initiative to educate herself; seeking ways to strategically enhance internal efficiencies. She believes there is no progress in stagnation and always looks for opportunities to improve practices to mutually benefit her customer’s businesses and Purity Life’s. She is extremely excited and grateful to be nominated for this new award with the CHFA!

CHFA Brand Impact Award

Congratulations, Healthology!

At Healthology it means an uncompromising pursuit to create the best products. Every ingredient is chosen with purpose – based on potency, purity, and efficacy. Our products meet and exceed Health Canada GMP standards and every lot is fully tested to ensure what is on the label is exactly what is in the bottle. Our commitment is to you – our customer. Your health is our sole purpose and we will do whatever it takes to help you reach your goals. Our motto is ‘Building A Healthier You’ and that is exactly what we plan to do.

Retail Innovation Award

Congratulations, Healthy Planet!

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Established in 1995, Healthy Planet has come a long way in a short time and expanded to over 23 locations and counting. Our first focus was to build associations with our brand partners and to raise awareness to our customers to live life healthy. Since its foundation, we have and always will thrive to provide consumers’ best quality natural and organic food, supplements,sports nutrition and beauty care products while keeping our prices fair. We are committed to deliver to our customers the best overall shopping experience through excellent customer service and a huge selection of products provided at our stores to satisfy all needs.

At Healthy Planet, we like to value and please our customers and business partners. We are passionate about “serving our communities to live life healthy”. Today, the Healthy Planet brand enjoys a growing premium image that we will continue to build upon as we enter our next and most exciting phase: going from well known to well respected and, soon, to well loved.

Agent of Change Award

Congratulations, Michelle!

Michelle has supported her community as a inaugural member of the City’s Anti-Racism Task Force. In this role Michelle is a Co-Chair of the Task Forces Governance & Leadership Committee.

As the CEO of her own Not for Profit Michelle launched an initiative called Movement for Change; a vehicle to engage underrepresented youth-adults in to meaningful engagement into her business through her Not for Profit as an onboarding vehicle to her group of companies.

CHFA Launch Pad

Congratulations to Sperri by Novagevity Incorporated!

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Sperri is the first Canadian made plant-based meal replacement beverage that is organic, non-gmo, free of common allergens, easily digestible, and highly nutritious. Sperri uses hemp and pea protein, local maple syrup, hemp seed oil, DHA algal oil, broccoli sprout powder and is a good source of 21 vitamins and minerals.

CHFA Organics Achievement Award

Congratulations, Ian!

Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!

CHFA Organics Achievement Award

The CHFA Organics Achievement Award is presented to an individual in the Canadian natural products and organics industry for outstanding contributions to the development and growth of the organics industry.

NEW CHFA Brand Impact Award

This award is presented to a brand that has executed a best-in-class marketing campaign within the past 12-months. This may cover PR, out of home (OOH), digital, direct or integrated campaigns.

NEW Retail Innovation Award

This award is presented to a retailer that has demonstrated innovation and creativity in retail within the past 12-months. This may include original in-store design, best in class consumer experience for online or omnichannel shopping, or creativity in digital advertising or communications.

CHFA Award for Excellence in Sales

This award is presented to a sales representative who exemplifies leadership and exceptional service. Nominees must be employed by a CHFA Supplier member in good standing. A regional award, nominees must be based in Eastern Canada (ON/QC/NL/NS/NB/PE). The recipient is also presented with a monetary award.

CHFA Excellence in Retail Sales Award

This award is presented to an individual working in retail sales who exemplifies leadership through outstanding customer service and product knowledge, merchandising skills and encouragement of suppliers in the health food industry. Nominees must be employed by a CHFA Retailer member in good standing. A regional award, nominees must be based in Eastern Canada (ON/QC/NL/NS/NB/PE).

CHFA Celebrating Diversity Award

This award acknowledges and celebrates organizations engaged in efforts that create a more inclusive institutional culture that promotes diversity and equity.

One to Watch Award

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated key initiatives implemented that measurably contributed to a company’s success or impacted the natural health industry in Canada.

NEW Agent of Change Award

The Agent of Change Award acknowledges the presence of dedicated advocates and activists within our community. Presented to a CHFA Member company or individual that has made substantial contributions through their social justice advocacy work and who are champions of social justice and change.

NEW Woman of Influence Award

The Women of Influence Award celebrates a female leader who plays a vital role in building a better and more prosperous business and industry.

The Entry Process

CHFA Membership Required

The CHFA Industry Achievement Awards are a way for CHFA Members to recognize and celebrate achievement within our industry. Only members are eligible to nominate, vote and receive awards. A non-member can be nominated and win the Organics Achievement category.

Important Deadlines

Deadlines for nominations is Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Voting is open July 26 - August 2, 2021

Check the Criteria

To view the criteria for each award, please click here.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact CHFA Awards at awards@chfa.ca or 1.800.661.4510 ext. 239.

Submit Your Nomination

To submit your nomination, please click here.

Please note that self-nominations are not allowed for the following awards:

  • CHFA Woman of Influence
  • CHFA Excellence in Sales
  • CHFA Award for Excellence in Retail Sales
  • CHFA Organic Achievement Awards
  • CHFA One to Watch

Celebrate & Promote

Your work, if nominated, may be shared across CHFA social media, email and websites. We encourage all nominees to share their nominations with their communities.* Be sure to tag us at @cahealthfood.

*Only CHFA Members can vote. 1 vote per member company.