23 May, 2017

McGill University – Campus of the Year

by Ian Brown, Fairtrade Canada

In a series of blog posts, we are pleased to be showcasing the winners of the 2016 Canadian Fairtrade Awards. The Canadian Fairtrade Awards recognize exceptional Fairtrade supporters and are an opportunity to celebrate all of the great work done in the year by businesses, organizations and individuals.

The 2016 Campus of the year winner is McGill University. They demonstrated strong commitment and leadership when it comes to education, awareness and Fairtrade product availability. McGill put together a short video celebrating their award: https://youtu.be/itqvu26j4N0

Here’s a bit more about McGill’s journey since they became a Fair Trade Campus in 2013:

  • In August 2014, McGill prepared the world's largest fair trade brownie, weighing an impressive 4,400 pounds. The ingredients included 1,440 pounds of Fairtrade sugar, 360 pounds of Fairtrade cacao powder, and 420 pounds of organic Fairtrade dark chocolate.
  • In January 2015, McGill hosted the third annual National Fair Trade Conference.
  • In September 2015, McGill set the Guinness World Record for world’s largest smoothie at a remarkable 3,121 liters. The 660 pounds of bananas were Fairtrade and the strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries were all grown in Quebec. 
  • In August 2016, McGill launched its unique Fairtrade certified coffee blend, Roddick Roast.

“This award says that McGill is a leader in sustainability in Canada. As the fair trade movement continues to grow, especially at Canadian universities, McGill is happy to support and guide other institutions to make this smart, informed and ethical commitment to fair trade purchasing,” says John Lindsay, Food and Dining Sustainability Coordinator. “While we’re reading about doom and gloom for environmental sustainability in the news, McGill practitioners are actively making the world a better place through their fair trade commitment. It encourages the McGill community to do more to support the fair trade movement.”


For more information please visit our pages about the Canadian Fairtrade Awards and the Fair Trade Campus Program.