Zack Gross
Zack Gross

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Fair Trade Outreach Coordinator, MCIC – working for the Manitoba Council for International Co-operation (MCIC) and its Fair Trade Manitoba (FTM) program, educating on and promoting fair trade around the province.  Fair trade ensures that global Southern producers receive a just return for their products and labour, work in a safe and respectful place, don’t harm the natural environment by their efforts, and see a premium paid to fund local health and education in their communities.

This work increases merchant and consumer awareness of fair trade; institutional, government and community policies and action on fair trade and ethical purchasing; and joint efforts by a range of organizations, churches, schools, credit unions, Community Economic Development (CED) groups, business and labour to promote and use fair trade products. 

With support from MCIC / FTM, active adult and youth citizens in the Rural Municipality of Gimli organized a fair trade initiative that worked to meet all the criteria leading to the community being declared a Fair Trade Town, as recognized by Fair Trade Canada, on July 1, 2009. 

Gimli also followed up by developing a twinning relationship with Mwanza, Tanzania and supporting a project, with Youth Community Partnership and MCIC, that aims to alleviate environmental problems facing Lake Victoria and connect youth in that area with Gimli youth concerned about Lake Winnipeg.

Brandon became a designated 
Fair Trade Town on May 20, 2014. Selkirk became a Fair Trade Town on May 9th, 2017 and then Winnipeg did likewise on September 29th of that year.  Congratulations and thanks to the active citizens and responsive municipal governments that brought these designations to fruition.

Stonewall Collegiate
became a designated Fair Trade School in 2015; Gimli High School became Fair Trade School in 2016; St. James Collegiate in Winnipeg became a Fair Trade School May 24th, 2017.

Check out MCIC and Fair Trade Manitoba, as well as the Canadian Fair Trade Network, which lists Fair Trade designated workplaces, schools, etc. across the country.

Past President, Canadian Fair Trade Network – a national effort to organize the fair trade movement in our country, the CFTN has a Board of representatives from most Canadian provinces and regions and our staff includes Executive Director Sean McHugh, based in Vancouver (sean@cftn.ca).

Annual General Meeting and Conferences of the CFTN have been held in Toronto in 2014, at McGill University in Montreal in 2015, in Winnipeg in 2016, in Halifax in 2017, and in Vancouver in 2018. The next one will be in Ottawa in March, 2019. Subsidies will be available to help people connected to the fair trade movement with travel and accommodation.

Check out Canadian Fair Trade Network.  Like us on Facebook.

Board member, Fairtrade Canada – our national certification body for fair trade products and a major promoter of fair trade ideas and products. 

Check out Fairtrade Canada.

Board member, Evergreen Basic Needs, Gimil  – our local food bank and thrift shop. 

Check out Evergreen Basic Needs.