2016 Fair Trade Campus of the Year Award

On February 25th 2017, McGill was awarded the 2016 Fair Trade Canada Campus of the Year Award in Halifax, Nova Scotia against 21 campus competitors. 

Fair Trade Canada recognizes exceptional fair trade allies and McGill University now has the recognition of being Fair Trade’s biggest supporter.

This award was made possible thanks to the collaboration between McGill Student Housing and Hospitality Services, McGill's main food provider, McGill Office of Sustainability, McGill Engineers Without Borders and McGill faculty members.

An independent panel of judges took into account all of our various Fair Trade initiatives, outreach and educational activities as well as our purchasing commitment of Fair Trade offerings on campus. These include our own Fair Trade and organic coffee blend Roddick Roast and other Fair Trade coffee blends, teas and chocolates which are available in all dining halls and non-franchised cafés on campus.

The following Fair Trade events were also taken into consideration for the award. These are:

  • In 2016, McGill launched its' unique Fair Trade coffee blend, Roddick Roast.
  • In 2016, McGill opened a Starbucks location in Carrefour Sherbrooke Residence, offering Fair Trade coffee. 
  • In 2015, McGill won the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Smoothie at 3,121 liters. The bananas were fair trade and the strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries were all grown in Quebec. 
  • In 2014, McGill prepared the World's Largest Fair Trade brownie, weighing an impressive 4,400 pounds. 
  • In 2013, Fair Trade Canada recognized McGill University’s commitment to Fair Trade purchases and awarded McGill with the Fair Trade Campus designation.

Read the McGill Reporter article to learn more on this important achievement.