Better Business With Fairtrade Coffee Panel

Presented by Fairtrade.

The Third-place remains the ideal contact point to raise awareness of coffee production challenges and the impact ethical consumption has on the life of millions of small-scale farmers worldwide.

In this session, food service professionals from Fairtrade-certified companies will discuss how they operate thriving businesses around their engagement for sustainability. Our guests will share their knowledge of the Fairtrade system, their privileged partnerships with coffee producers, and the benefits of Fairtrade for their brands, employees, and final consumers. This session will also be the opportunity to discuss the profitability of sustainability initiatives, such as Fairtrade, and the challenges operators face during their implementation.

Moderated by Emily Robinson, Food Education Manager & Academic Advisor, School of Hospitality at the University of Guelph


  • Kate Burnett, President, Bridgehead Coffee
  • Christine Cruz-Clarke, CEO, Balzac’s Coffee
  • Sevan Istanboulian, CEO, Café Mystique Coffee
  • Bill Barrett, Board Member – Fairtrade International & Fairtrade Canada, Planet Bean Coffee


  • Time : 10:15 am - 11:00 am (America/Toronto)
  • Venue : Learning Lounge