Linda

Linda Bottier

She/Her   |   Founding Partner + Director of Business Development

“Soil health restores ecosystems and determines the success of our future food systems and life on earth.”

Linda started Agency in 2012 with a clear intention to partner with a mindfully-curated group of brands whose “why” and deliciousness deserve to be shared (and devoured) widely. Her conviction to use Agency as a force for good is why every change-making, high-achieving human below chooses to give their time and talent to our team and clients. She inspires us all to cultivate change. And we’re doing it.

“Hope and curiosity is where the magic is,” she says. “Hope keeps us believing we’re not too small to make a difference. Curiosity keeps us exploring, pushing boundaries, learning and growing.” With hope and curiosity (and a healthy dose of kimchi sriracha on just about everything), Linda leads our team toward our ultimate goal: “creating a lasting impact on our food system by leaving our grocery shelves and the entire supply chain better than we found them.”

Kurstin

Kurstin Leith

She/Her   |   CEO + VP Brand Management

“Every bite of food has an impact on the world we live in.”

Kurstin is equal parts eternal optimist and deeply driven progressive change maker. She believes that anything is possible and uses this deep belief to fuel the momentum of her impactful work at Agency. “Ultimately, I believe in cultivating change, making a contribution, and leaving a smaller footprint,” she says. And she does just that—at Agency and in life.

Kurstin feels that one of our greatest opportunities for creating lasting change in our food system is to “focus on where our food is coming from and how its being grown, harvested, and processed.” She makes decisions in her daily life to support this—choosing to purchase the most sustainable, B Corp Certified brands. “I am determined to be better tomorrow than I am today,” she says. And we can vouch for that. We’ve worked with Kurstin for ## years and counting and she is an inspiring evolution.

Brad

Brad Bouchard

He/Him   |   Key Account Manager

“Food choices directly affect the environment, society, and personal wellbeing.”

Brad loves an engaged conversation rooted in a common goal or two (or ten). So working with our progressive brand clients is kind of a dream. “I'm inspired by the visions and journeys of our brand partners.” Like many of our clients, Brad believes in regenerative farming, soil health, and predominantly plant-based diets. He also believes that being a part of the change can start with a seemingly small effort. “Just start by participating in a clean-up—beach clean-up, neighbourhood clean-up, park clean-up,” he suggests. Action precedes change.

When it comes to action, you bet Brad takes it. He’s on a mission to eliminate his own plastic usage, to reduce his overall consumption, and to share his knowledge about food sustainability with friends, family and community to inspire more change. (Hello, domino effect of good things.)

Cameron

Cameron Lloyd-Jones

He/Him   |   Key Account Manager

“I want the earth to be a nurturing place for my kids to grow up.”

Cameron believes that learning is never ever done—especially in the food industry. “You can never know all the things about food,” he says. This untapped chasm of knowledge—as well as the expertise and innovation of our clients who are changing the way people shop for food—keeps him enthusiastically engaged. It also inspires him to share his key learning regarding food sustainability with the masses—without mincing words: “We need to shift the way food is grown and processed to slow climate change. If we don’t, the world is in trouble.”

“I’m concerned for the health of my children and grandchildren,” says Cameron. So it’s no surprise that his advocacy starts at home where he eats clean and reduces plastic use. He learns then he takes action. A role model for being alive, we’d say.

Heather

Heather Doherty

she/her   |   Key Account Manager

Heather is all about cultivating healthy relationships from the ground up—literally. She believes impact and business work together to nurture sustainable systems that benefit not just the bottom line, but farmers to consumers, and everyone in between.

Her love for people and planet is just one of the reasons why she’s a natural fit here at Agency.

When she’s not connecting over coffee or saving the world one tea at a time, you can find Heather at home with family, riding horses with her kids, practicing self care with her tribe at the wellness centre, or in nature getting lost in the trees.

Hollman

Hollman Lozano

he/him   |   Brand Manager

Along with over fifteen years of wearing many hats, Hollman brings a deep love of learning and excitement for the fast-paced, innovative nature of the grocery industry. For Hollman, one of the best perks of the job is when someone finds a cool, quirky way to solve, adapt, or answer a challenge.

“Education is the guiding light towards informed food-system-wide changes that will spark conscious standards for grocery shelves and everyday living.”

“Quality education is at the center of all the goals because without an education based on equity and inclusivity, sustainability and integrity, the 17 Global Goals overall are harder to attain. We need to be able to educate people everywhere about the consequences of the choices we make and the ways in which we can make a meaningful impact by choosing otherwise than we have done hitherto”.

Holly

Holly Wakeman

she/her   |   Director of Sales

“Ensuring sustainable and healthy food sources is essential for our survival.”

Holly is an all-in kind of woman. When she’s not growing her own organic food at home, playing the saxophone, or learning something new, she can be found passionately working to move things forward in the natural foods industry as our Director of Sales.

With a deep appreciation for health and wellness, she sees the pivotal role that progressive food brands play in our future: “Ensuring sustainable and healthy food sources is essential for our survival. It’s so important that we look after our planet and ecosystems for our current and future generations”.

Holly is a natural listener and loves working with other passionate people “who care about the planet and what we nourish our bodies with.” She also sponsors a single mother every year at Christmastime to anonymously recreate “the immense joy of receiving gifts” that she remembers as a child growing up with a single Mom — how wonderful is that? She’s a force for good and we love her for it.

Position

Position Open

Key Account Manager- GTA

We’re seeking a positive, passionate, and detail-oriented experienced Key Account Manager to lead our Loblaw business and join our Eastern sales team in the Toronto/ Greater Toronto Area. You will develop strategic business partnerships and proactively manage assigned accounts to achieve business plan objectives on sales and trade spend while contributing to the overall growth of Agency Brand Management.

This position will work from home.

Submission:

Please send resume with cover letter to cultivatechange@agencybrands.ca We look forward to hearing from you! Please note we will only reach out to the candidates being considered.

Janice

Janice Yao Bouchard

She/Her   |   Brand Manager

“It’s unrealistic to expect people to care about the state of the world if their basic needs are not being met.”

Janice never stops learning. When we asked her what she loves most, she exclaimed “Learning!” like it was chocolate ice cream and she was a seven-year-old kid. The woman loves to learn and our team and clients are better for it. “Realizing that I don’t know everything inspires me to be curious and open to new ideas,” she says.

Janice devours podcasts, documentaries, and books. And she stands up for what she believes in. We never expect Janice to stay quiet; she participates in the discussion 100% of the time—thoughtfully. Regarding food sustainability specifically, she believes that “Ensuring everyone is above the poverty line and has food to eat is the first step in tackling all 17 global goals.”

Julia

Julia Hendra

she/her   |   Brand Manager

“I believe that we can exercise our values through where we choose to spend our dollars, and the easiest way to do this is through the food we purchase.”

Julia is a people person. A natural connector, she loves working alongside other passionate people to innovate and transform the status quo in the natural foods industry. Like all of us at Agency, she gets excited to see progressive brands grow.

She also has strong values and stands behind them: “I really care about the food I buy, farmers, and local economies I can support with my dollars…We have an opportunity every time we enter a store or market to vote with our dollars to reflect our values, and we get to make this choice weekly, if not, daily. Ensuring that products and brands that reflect my own values are able to grow successfully is why I love working in this industry.”

With a wealth of experience in growth management for Canadian and US brands across both countries, Julia has seen brands grow from the ground up. In her own words, “working directly with founders is exciting, as their passion for what they do is so evident and being able to see a brand grow as a result of your support gets me super excited!”

Needless to say, she’s an inspiring force on our team as Brand Manager and we are thrilled to have her!

Quinn

Quinn Buchanan

she/her   |   Business & Finance Manager

“The future of food is inextricably linked to climate change.”

Quinn is a purpose-driven woman who thrives on the culture, people, and innovation that come with working in the progressive grocery industry.

Having started working with natural foods businesses 25 years ago, she clearly sees the link between progressive food production and its positive impact on the environment: “Growth in the industry means growth in processes and products that nourish both the consumer and the earth. It promotes sustaining our natural resources, reducing greenhouse gasses, and preserves biodiversity.”

A creative, focused, and resourceful addition to our team, Quinn is always up for a new and exciting challenge! Her love of learning and appreciation of the entrepreneurial spirit means she gets our clients and our shared purpose to create positive change, whether it's filling grocery store shelves with progressive natural foods brands or advocating for climate change.

“By advocating for climate action, we are upholding the importance for creating new technologies, green jobs, cleaner aid, and the more efficient use of resources and processes.”

Elizabeth

Elizabeth George

she/her   |   Account Manager

“Food should just not be food. It should be good food, ethically made and good for the health of the consumers.”

Elizabeth is a force for change wherever she is, whether it’s working to make healthy food more accessible to consumers in the grocery industry, or inspiring women to find beauty in strength training as a fitness influencer.

She’s determined and she’s a winner, which means she won’t stop knocking on doors until they open. Her goal? “Prioritizing healthier food standards. The health of consumers should be at the forefront of creating a health food system.”

She spent 5 years working in key roles in the grocery industry in Nigeria before joining us here at Agency. As a Nigerian woman, she is passionate about the fight for gender equality and brings her care and commitment to helping those around her in her role as Account Manager.

In her own words, “I am always inspired to help those around me by lending a hand when necessary and also helping those around me make better food choices.”

Katie

Katie Salvador

She/Her   |   Brand Manager

“Food is the centre of all human and cultural connection.”

Every day Katie works with brands that are changing the grocery landscape in North America and for a woman who is obsessively interested in food system innovation, this makes her day-to-day pretty darn enjoyable. “I love the satisfaction I get from helping progressive brands get on shelf and into people’s hands!” she says with an enthusiasm that really warrants at least three more exclamation marks.

For Katie, climate change and food sustainability are directly linked. If we combat climate change, we can improve food sustainability. She does her part by actively contributing to Community Supported Agriculture through a program that her husband founded. A fondness for food sustainability runs in the family.

Sabrina

Sabrina Hanna

She/Her   |   Assistant Brand Manager

“Local food sources should be well-balanced to supply local populations.”

Sabrina is a details woman. We’re talking down-to-the-minutia kinda of details. Nothing falls through the cracks with Sabrina because there are no cracks to fall through. She’s proactive and passionate. A one-two punch for our brands. Someone who asks hard questions and creates smart solutions. “If we analyzed areas that can produce more localized food in our communities, we could reduce shipping and warehouse costs and increase the accessibility of food for all,” she says.

Sabrina is passing on the importance of food sustainability to her children. “We’re raising our kids to be conscientious about their health and the products they consume and to be aware of the environment and that their actions have an impact.” We think the next generation is in good hands.

Sakshi

Sakshi Sharma

She/Her   |   Data Manager

“Food is not only essential for survival but also preserves our traditional culinary culture.”

Sakshi is, at her core, a problem solver. She’s a numbers woman and an analytical powerhouse who uses data to inform her decisions. When she has an idea, we listen. And she has a lot of great ideas. “I love that Agency wants my voice,” she says. “I can innovate here.” And innovate she does.

Sakshi appreciates the privilege of being able to make a difference in people’s lives. It inspires her to cultivate change in all aspects of her life. “I commit to goals. I persevere. I collaborate well. And I love feedback; that’s how we learn and grow,” she says. We can attest to all of these. Sakshi is a colleague is driven to transform the most challenging and complex data into powerful insights to help our agents work smarter, not harder.

Shelagh

Shelagh Cluff

She/Her   |   Sales Representative

“We’ve gotta get back to food as fuel.”

Shelagh has a big heart, a focused mind, and a passion for the uncomplicated. She’s an unwavering optimist—we attribute this characteristic to her ability to always be the last car on the ferry! She’s an advocate for less packaging—“It’s a simple thing that food brands can focus on to ensure healthy food systems in the future.” She also leads by example: “I recycle and reuse everyday packaging.”

In her role at Agency, Shelagh is a connector in the deepest, truest sense. This woman breeds connection and we are here for it (and so are our retailers). “When I visit with my retailers, their personalities come forth. We share stories and experiences which typically delights us both and enhances the whole sales experience, making the time spent at Agency less about sales and more about the relationship.”

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