The next instalment of the Sustainability Seminar Series explores fair trade, Oct. 31

A latte next to two cookies
From left: (top row) Madison Hopper, Darryl Reed, (bottom) Bill Barrett

The second instalment of the 2019-20 Sustainability Seminar Series will feature a panel discussion exploring fair trade and university partnerships on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The event, titled “Fair Trade – University Partnerships: Their variety and their importance,” celebrates the importance of the fair-trade movement. Panellists participating in this event are: Bill Barrett, founder of Planet Bean, a fair trade coffee company; York alumna Madison Hopper (MES ’18), marketing co-ordinator at Equifruit; and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Professor Darryl Reed, co-ordinator of the Business & Society program.

Barrett will talk about his experience working with different universities and his role as a member of the board of Fair Trade International. Hopper will discuss her experience as part of Fair Trade Toronto and working in a fair trade business. Reed will discuss fair trade research and the different aspects of fair trade education in post-secondary through course work and experiential education programs.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Oct. 31 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Room 167, South Ross Building on the Keele Campus.

The Sustainability Seminar Series was launched in October 2018 by York University’s President’s Sustainability Council, an advisory body to the president, responsible for providing input and recommendations on how to advance the University’s sustainability initiatives, projects and practices. For more information about the seminar series, visit