Arjan Stephens is propelling the organic movement forward as the Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for Nature’s Path Foods. In his role, Arjan is responsible for leading Nature’s Path’s strategic direction in regards to product development, communications, sales, advertising, and packaging. In addition to the invaluable life-lessons learned from his grandfather, organic farmer Rupert Stephens, and his parents Arran and Ratana Stephens (founders of Nature’s Path), Arjan holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Looking to champion Nature’s Path as a trusted name in quality organic foods, Arjan has led his team through integrated consumer awareness campaigns, grassroots organic gardening programs, an expansion into the European market, and the acquisition of Que Pasa Mexican Foods. This is in addition to wider issue-related projects such as the presenting sponsorship of the award winning documentary GMO OMG, and backing of mandatory GMO labeling initiatives at the state and National levels. In support of the belief that everyone has the right to quality organic foods Arjan and his wife Rimjhim spearheaded Nature’s Path’s “Bite4Bite” initiative, through which for every bag of Love Crunch granola purchased another is donated to Food Banks, up to $1million annually. In 2012 Arjan was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40.
In his spare time Arjan volunteers at a local meditation and ecology center where he leads a team of volunteers as a garden coordinator in an effort to feed an average of about 80 people in the community every week.