About ELEVATE - Our People - Heather Canon (Franzese)

Heather Canon

Vice President, Capacity Building, ELEVATE

Heather leads ELEVATE’s Capacity Building team from the company’s Hong Kong headquarters. In this role, Heather directs four business lines: Worker Engagement, Factory Services, eLearning and MCSR (Program Support) services.

Earlier, Heather co-founded and led the social enterprise that developed the award-winning Laborlink mobile platform. Leveraging new technologies, Laborlink innovates to meet the diverse needs of workers by providing anonymous and unfiltered worker insights to companies and their suppliers. In 2017, ELEVATE acquired Laborlink and integrated this technology with assessments in a scalable and cost-effective way.

Previously, Heather launched the Fair Trade Certified™ Apparel & Linens program in the US, a new way to help consumers make informed purchases and support ethical business. She brings together industry experience with Columbia Sportswear Company and field experience working with small-scale farmers in West Africa.

Heather has a Master’s degree in Economic Development from Harvard Kennedy School and is a Purpose Economy 100 (PE 100) global changemaker.

Contributed blogs and insights


Hierarchy of needs: What stands in the way of women’s empowerment?

Removing structural and systemic barriers to women’s empowerment…

  • 28 June 2019
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The Evolution of Audits

How analyzing multiple data sources is shifting the social compliance paradigm towards a more comprehensive assessment. …

  • 21 June 2018
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White Papers News and Media - Laborlink Detects Risk of Forced Labor - Featured

Laborlink detects risk of forced labor

Target, Amnesty International and Vodafone are pioneering a new model of forced labor detection and prevention using…

  • 23 March 2018
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