Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow


Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. Maude is the recipient of twelve honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”). She served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 17 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever. She has been active in the fight for fair trade deals in Canada and around the world for decades.

Latest posts

Maude Barlow - Combating TTIP's Canadian cousin

11 February 2016

Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council for Canadians, has dedicated her life to fighting injustice, particularly 'free trade' deals. In November, she toured the UK to raise awareness of CETA, a Canada-EU trade deal which has been called 'TTIP's ugly brother'. In this interview, Maude told Nick Dearden why she thinks CETA is just as scary as TTIP - and how she got into campaigning.

Canada is the most sued country in the ‘developed’ world, and that should sound alarm bells in the EU

30 October 2015

Several weeks ago, hundreds of thousands of people across Europe and the UK marched to protest the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a massive planned new trade deal between Europe and the US.

Why Canada is one of the most sued countries in the world

23 October 2015

NAFTA, the free trade deal between Canada, the USA and Mexico that came into effect in 1994, was the first trade deal among developed countries to include an investor-state provision. It grants investors of the continent the right to sue one another’s governments without first pursuing legal action through the country’s legal system.