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Yesterday, we finished our three-day conference, Leadership in Fair Trade. Thank you to everyone who participated to make the event a huge success. We are all leaving the last day's sessions with a great sense of inspiration and motivation — and with the knowledge that there are hundreds of people across the country working to promote fair trade in Canada.

Mark McLaughlin, Executive Director of Simon Fraser University's Ancillary Services, in a workshop session led by him, offered great perspective for advocates. He explained that when he first started learning about fair trade, he...

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Thank you to everyone who participated today in the CFTN's AGM and Fair Trade Expo!

The day began with a special keynote presentation from Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton, who spoke to the need for fair trade support among Canadian municipalities and to Fair Trade Toronto's key role in helping the largest city in Canada achieve Fair Trade Town status in early 2013.

"I credit Fair Trade Toronto with making it easy for people in Toronto to understand why fair trade is important," said Layton.

We had a room full of people eager to...

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We had a great start to our National Conference today.

Presentations and panel discussions covered issues such as certification and consumer awareness. We heard from leaders of pioneering institutions such as SFU and McGill University who have made huge gains for fair trade awareness and purchasing in Canada. Oliver de Volpi, Executive Chef at McGill, explains how changes on campus benefit the larger marketplace: "When we get access to ethical products at McGill, we achieve access for others."

At the same time, a common issue throughout discussions is how to increase consumer...

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The CFTN's National Fair Trade Conference: Leadership in Fair Trade is set to take place January 9-11.

The event will be a meeting of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from across the fair trade movement and ethical trade sector. It will strengthen existing ties and increase collaboration in working towards a shared vision for fair trade.

Be sure to follow updates and contribute to the conversation via hashtag #LIFT2014

For a list of speakers and participants, schedule, and supporting documents, visit...

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["SFU’s Fair Trade Campus Designation" was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2013 edition of Fair Trade Magazine.]

BY MARK MCLAUGHLIN

When I first arrived at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in January 2012, I quickly discovered that a passionate group of students and staff were working to change our campus policies and procurement habits in order for us to become designated as...

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