Green Festival Speakers
Arran & Jyoti Stephens
Arran Stephens has been at the leading edge of the sustainability movement for most of his life, and is the founder and CEO of Natures Path North Americas largest organic breakfast foods company with facilities in BC, Ontario, Washington and Wisconsin, with sales to over 40 countries. Natures Path is proudly independent and familyrun. Arran has a background in Fine Arts, married to Ratana Stephens in 1969 (Ratana is Natures Paths COO), father of four children, two of whom are involved in the family business, and grandfather of four.
1967: Started Canadas first natural foods restaurant with $7 starting capital
19711981: Founder/President, Lifestream Natural Foods in Canada
1985: Founded, with wife Natures Path Foods
1995: Purchased Lifestream from Kraft Foods
1999: Author, Journey to the Luminous, Elton Wolf Publishers
2002: The Canadian Health Food Association bestowed its first Organic Award of Excellence for Arrans outstanding commitment to organic and sustainable food production.
2002: Ernst ; Youngs Entrepreneur of The Year, Pacific Region.
20022004: Board Member, Organic Trade Association (OTA)
2005: Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) Hall of Fame Award
20045 ; 6: Canadas Best 100 Employers (MacLeans Magazine)
2005present: Chair of the nonprofit S.O.S. Ecology Centre, Richmond, B.C.
2007: Processor of the Year, BC Food Technology Institute
2007: Schumacher Sustainability Award, nominated by the Green Party
2007: Board Member, The NonGMO Project
2008: Natures Path purchased 2,400 acres of fertile Saskatchewan farmland while partnering with local organic farmers on a cooperative cropshare basisan initiative to increase organic cropland and support family farms
2008: July 16: Natures Path opens its 230,000 sq. ft. stateoftheart breakfast foods facility in Sussex, Wisconsin
2008: Advisory Board, Sustain.org
2008: Elected to the Board of Directors, the Rodale Institute headquartered in Pennsylvania.
Natures Path has raised and donated nearly $1,000,000 to nonprofit organizations that protect endangered species and habitats (see: www.envirokidz.com), sponsors organic garden projects in innercity schools and the SOS Ecology Centre, Richmond, BC.
Natures Path was the first cereal company to become certified organic (1990), first to sign on to the Corporate Climate Protection Agreement and is a founderparticipant of the NonGMO Project, along with Whole Foods Markets, UNFI, Lundberg Family Farms, and others.
Jyoti Stephens, who received her MBA in sustainable business, is the companys Sustainability and Stewardship Leader, and is a firm believer that change begins with inspired and empowered people. Jyoti has taken up the green baton to help transition Natures Path into the future, while maintaining the triplebottom line: social responsibility, environmental sustainability and financial viability. The family realizes its commitment to its stakeholders: customers, staff, farmers and our fragile planet.