NB Humanitarian

Roxanne Fairweather headshotRoxanne Fairweather

Roxanne Fairweather is a driving force for early childhood literacy, anti-poverty and gender parity in New Brunswick. Her tireless volunteering, community leadership and mentorship have spanned decades, earning accolades as both a humanitarian and business executive.

She is co-CEO and co-owner of Innovatia Inc., a global knowledge management company headquartered in Saint John, NB.  She has led Innovatia since 2001 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications and knowledge management industries.

She is a strong believer in the community, serving on a number of local and national boards and committees.  Her passion for education led to a partnership between Innovatia and the Elementary Literacy Friends Program, a collaboration focused on increasing literacy throughout New Brunswick by providing volunteer tutors to Grade 2 students.

She was a director of Elementary Literacy Inc. and is co-chair of Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John. She also serves as co-chair for the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to poverty reduction in Saint John and is a member of Living SJ, an organization aimed at ending generational poverty.

She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Brunswick since 2003. She became the second woman in UNB’s 150-history to serve as board chair from 2010-2012 and was Governor Emeritus for 2016. Much of her focus resolved around access to post-secondary education for vulnerable populations and bringing gender issues, specifically women’s issues, to the forefront. UNB has honoured her with an honorary Doctor of Letters.

She is co-chair and a founding member of Women for 50%, a group aimed at gender-balanced politics in New Brunswick, and supports many other community organizations including the YMCA-YWCA, Cathedral Heritage Foundation, United Way, Canadian Red Cross, Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John, Elementary Literacy Inc. and BCAPI.

She was inducted to the Order of New Brunswick in 2014 in recognition of her contributions to business, the advancement of research and innovation in the province, and support of community programs to increase literacy. The same year, she was inducted by Junior Achievement into its New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. She was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013 and has been included several times among Atlantic Business Magazine’s 50 most accomplished business executives.