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Tukwini Mandela to bring keynote address at National Fair Trade Conference in Winnipeg

Released on February 11th 2016

National Fair Trade Conference in Winnipeg February 18-20 Tukwini Mandela, granddaughter to Nelson Mandela to bring keynote address

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA: Winnipeg will host the 4th National Fair Trade Conference February 18-20, 2016 at The Fort Garry Hotel. The Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) and the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) are proud to host this three-day event, which will bring together some 400 delegates from across the movement to create new partnerships and further the impact of fair trade.

The conference will build on foundations laid during previous conferences held in Montreal (2015), Toronto (2014), and Calgary (2013). With increasing awareness about fair trade, the conference has become a hub of knowledge exchange among leaders of the movement. Topics of discussion will include marketing fair trade, climate change, fair trade and sustainability, and building fair trade communities, to name a few. There will also be educational sessions on tea, spices, clothing, chocolate, wine and fresh fruit.

An evening reception to be held on Thursday, February 18, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will feature special guest speaker, Tukwini Mandela, granddaughter to Nelson Mandela, who owns House of Mandela Wines – a fair trade product that will be showcased at the conference courtesy of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, the presenting sponsor of the conference.

“Fair trade is about putting people and the environment first, it’s about equality and building a better world. Having Tukwini Mandela join us a keynote speaker creates incredible ties to a legacy of change and equality,” says Sean McHugh, Executive Director of the Canadian Fair Trade Network.

“One of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, and fair trade is an important part of that. This National Fair Trade Conference emphasizes Canada’ role in making a global impact,” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC.

Part of the National Fair Trade Conference will include a tradeshow that is free and open to the public, where fair trade products and brands from across Canada will be on display and for sale. The tradeshow will be held at The Fort Garry Hotel on Saturday, February 20, from 12 noon to 4 pm.

The Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) is a non-profit organization that works with civil society and industry stakeholders to advance awareness and support for fair trade in Canada. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of 39 organizations involved in international development.

-30- For more information, contact:

Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network Phone: 604-685-6005 Cell: 604-785-0084 Email: sean@cftn.ca Janice Hamilton, Executive Director, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: janice@mcic.ca
Websites: www.cftn.ca and www.mcic.ca