Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Symposium: Sustainable Purchasing Policies

The Business & Society Program at York University presents a symposium on

Sustainable Purchasing Policies: Developing and Implementing Living Documents

Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Founders Assembly Hall
York University

8:30 – 8:45 Registration

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:15 “KeyIssues in Sustainable Purchasing”
LoriStahlbrand, Local Food Plus
MichelleKortinen, Forest Stewardship Council
BillBarrett, Sumac Community Worker Co-op (WearFair/Planet Bean)

10: 30 – 11:45 “Student Involvementin Sustainable Purchasing Policies”
RobTiffin, Vice-President Students, York University
LazarKonforti, Équiterre
Representativefrom Canadian Federation of Students

12:00 – 1:15 “Challenges of Designing & ImplementingLiving Documents”
MichaelZelmer, TransFair Canada
TrudyLockyer, Brock University
Representativefrom Trent University
J.J.McMurtry, Business & Society Program, York University

1:30 – 2:45 Workshops

Developing “Fair Trade Universities”
IanHussey, York University
PatrickClark, University of Waterloo
Representativefrom Engineers without Borders (tbc)

Student-run Social Enterprises: A Path toSustainability?
TinaSorbara, Guelph Campus Co-operative
Tegan Moss, SeasonedSpoon, Trent University

Experiences of Implementing Sustainable PurchasingPolicies
(sessionfor administrators and sustainable businesses)
SteveGlassman, York University Bookstore
ArleneStein, Hart House, University of Toronto
JeffMoore, JustUS! Coffee Roasters
HowardDaugherty, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

3:00 – 4:30 Business and Society Annual Lecture –Francisco VanderHoff

4: 30 – 5:30 Reception

REGISTRATION: We would like everyone who wants to attend any of the sessions to feel free to do so. We also need to covers cost so we would like to suggest the following fees for those who can pay: Students – $10.00; Others – 20.00
The registration fee includes a box lunch and a “Support Fair Trade Universities!” T-shirt (made with 100% certified Fair Trade and organic cotton). Please try to pre-register by Sept. 18th, so that we know how many people to expect. To pre-register, e-mail

CO-SPONSORS: Business & Society Club(York); Canadian Federation of Students (CFS); Dept. of Social Science (York); Facultyof Environmental Studies (York); Guelph Campus Coop; Graduate Program inDevelopment Studies (York); Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought(York); International Development Studies Student Assoc. (York); Labour StudiesProgram (York); Las Nubes Student Assoc (York); Health & Society Program(York); Net Impact (Schulich School of Business, York); Peace & ConflictStudies Program (U of Waterloo); Planet Bean Coffee (Guelph); Social EconomyCentre (OISE, University of Toronto); South Asian Studies Program (York);Sustainable Purchasing Coalition (York);Ten Thousand Villages; United SouthAsians at York (USAY).

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