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Invitation October 31 – November 2, Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade by activistnotes
September 28, 2008, 11:23 am
Filed under: Fair Trade, Fair Trade Canada | Tags: , ,

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:  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:


Please RSVP to Sini Maury at 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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The Survey Monkey survey linked above is no longer available!


Comment by Bob Thomson

Thanks for pointing this out, Bob.

I’m not sure why the English version of the survey isn’t working; it has been and the French one is. I will contact the coordinating committee member in charge of the survey. I’m sure the English version will be back up soon.

UPDATE Sept 29: Reykia Fick of TransFair Canada says the English version of the survey has been down for half a week and that it is now back up. The URL above still isn’t working though. I will post a working URL when I receive it (likely within the next day).

UPDATE Sept 30: The English survey is back up. The URL listed above now works. Sorry for the inconvenience. (Thanks Reykia)


Comment by activistnotes

Hola amigas y amigos

es muy interesante e importante el trabajo de la coalicion de comercio justo de canada tambien es muy interesante que se puede leer en idioma español eso ayuda mucho a comprendernos mejor

yo escribo desde costa Rica en centroamerica aqui el Movimiento de comercio justo es muy pequeño todavia pero es muy desarrollado el cooperativismo y la agricultura organica muy importante hacer fuerza en la balanza ya que las multinacionales de la piña y banano contaminan mucho y destruyen el bosque tropical lluvioso.

para contacto escribirme a email atencion Oscar cortes alfaro costa Rica Peninsula de osa

Comment by oscar cortes

Hola Amigas y Amigos

tengo especial interes de obtener mas informacion de ustedes planes de negocios importacion o exportacion desde o hacia costa Rica y que tipo de productos .
por favor enviarme informacion de talleres etc.

oscar cortes alfaro

Comment by oscar cortes alfaro

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