Fair Trade: A Successful Social Innovation. But Is It Enough?

Fair trade, as most northern consumers think of it, began after WWII when Christian missionary and nonprofit charities imported craft products made by their southern partners, including Greek and Italian communities, to sell in northern Europe and the USA. It has since evolved into a much more complex “sector,” involving thousands of products and tens or…

Unleashing the Power of Social Enterprise

This article is adapted from a speech delivered on November 8, 2007, by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Over the last 150 years, there has been a never-ending debate between those who espouse the free market on the one hand and socialism on the…

Charitable Leverage: Banking and Finance Centres

“Canada’s financial system is part of an increasingly integrated world-wide network of financial markets and intermediaries”. 1 Turbulent times, new technology, and rapid changes in regulations are increasing the pressure to keep up with the latest techniques and to invent more. Are Canadian financiers identifying and exploiting current changes? Are they adapting to the new…

Institutional Investment in Foreign Markets

Introduction The subject of foreign investments is not new to us in Canada-we have been interested in having foreigners invest in our country for many years now. However, the subject ofthis paper is Canadian investment in overseas markets and I would like to cover three particular areas: • the benefits of international investment; • international…