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Described as Canada’s best known voice of dissent, Maude Barlow has fought for feminism, battled against the Free Trade Agreement, and been tear gassed at the Quebec Summit.
She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy organization, and the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works to stop commodification of the world’s water. She is also a Director with the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco based research and education institution opposed to economic globalization.
Barlow is the recipient of numerous educational awards and has received honorary doctorates from six Canadian universities for her social justice work. She was nominated for the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 and is the recipient of the 2005/2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship and 2005 Right Livelihood Award given by the Swedish Parliament. She is the best-selling author or co-author of 15 books, including Too Close For Comfort: Canada’s Future Within Fortress North America and Blue Gold, The Fight to Stop Corporate Theft of the World’s Water (with Tony Clarke).