Our team is ready to help farmers, grain buyers, food companies, industry organizations and others to grow and stabilize.
Brenda Tjaden, Founder and CEO
Brenda Tjaden has a long history helping western Canadian farms respond to emerging profit opportunities in growing and marketing their crops. In the process of founding Sustainable Grain, Brenda spent the past 3 years researching sustainability protocols and the organic value chain, their opportunities and vulnerabilities. She also pursued an education in soil health and regenerative agriculture and continues to build out her network in this field.
Previously, Brenda worked as a professional grain marketing and policy analyst, educator and farm management expert. Brenda has always been an active volunteer in her local community, a nature enthusiast and a keen follower of global economic trends. Brenda is dedicating the next chapter of her career to the positive stories in farming, reuniting commercial agriculture with environmental consciousness, and helping to create a safe, nutritious supply of food for all.
Tamara has been falling in love with causes and companies since 2005. And if you give her anytime at all, she'll tell you about "the moment her life changed" in Ottawa when she saw John Wood (author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World) speak at a conference. Since that moment she has volunteered in Africa, India and Central America. She currently c0-leads a charity called Her International to empower women and girls in Nepal and spends every spare minute outside in nature.
She spent the early years of her career learning about marketing and communications in a wide variety of businesses and became the Vice President of a small marketing agency at 23. After volunteering in the bankenvelds of Africa, a slum in India, and the fields of El Salvador, she realized a true passion for humanity and is on a mission to use her storytelling skills for good. With over 300 hours of training in mindfulness practices, she thinks the long term environmental movement is helping others to see themselves in nature and to work with the earth to create a world that has enough for all of us.
Alongside her company’s mission of protecting wild spaces, Wild Breath, Tamara has joined forces with Brenda to protect the expansive Prairies by supporting long-standing stewards of the land - farmers.