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Dear Canadian Fair Traders,
We would like to invite you to the first annual general meeting of the emerging and unofficially named Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade (former working names include “Canadian Platform on Fair Trade” and “Fair Trade Association of Canada”). The meeting will take place Friday October 31st at 5 pm to Sunday November 2nd at 1 pm in Ottawa. The meeting will be bilingual (French and English) with simultaneous translation provided.
The meeting agenda will include:
· Presentations and networking around current projects of participating Fair Trade businesses, educators and advocates.
· Discussion and decision-making on the mission, vision and overarching functions of the Coalition, mechanisms for participation, definition of Fair Trade and a final name.
· Identifying priorities and activities for collective action for the upcoming year and electing a Coordinating Committee for the Coalition.
Attached you will find a proposal for the Coalition’s structure, including the mission, vision functions, and mechanisms of participation. This proposal has been drafted by the Coalition’s current Coordinating Committee based on the discussions of the three regional strategic planning meetings in Saskatoon, Montreal and Vancouver. The proposal will serve as a starting point for discussion in Ottawa. In preparation for the AGM and to collect feedback from those who will not be able to attend, we have designed a survey on the proposal: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=qeY5thPryl057p4sOLVFhA_3d_3d. We would ask you to please complete the survey by October 20th so that your opinion can be represented in the final discussions. We expect the Coalition’s structure to be decided at this meeting, along with the Coalition’s joint projects and short-term priorities.
The meeting will be most relevant for those already engaged in Fair Trade education, advocacy, business and research initiatives hoping to expand Fair Trade in Canada. In order to cover costs, there will be a conference fee of $60 / person for waged participants and $30 / person for the unwaged / students. Further information, including a detailed meeting agenda, will be distributed shortly.
For more information about the Coalition, updated info about the Ottawa AGM, and to join in the discussions, please visit the new website: http://sites.google.com/site/ccfthome/
Please RSVP to Sini Maury at email@example.com by October 20.
Hope to see you there!
Roxanne Cave (Ten Thousand Villages)
Reykia Fick (TransFair Canada)
Ian Hussey (Equinomics)
Carmen Iezzi (Fair Trade Federation)
Jacqui MacDonald (Just Trade)
Sini Maury (Oxfam Fair Trade)
Satya Ramen (Just Us! Development and Education Society)
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