Ken’s 7th Annual Trade Holiday Sale

Dear friends, I hope you can join me for my annual holiday sale which is generously hosted by my colleagues at the Rotman School of Management.

If you can’t attend on December 8, my sister is hosting a smaller sale for me on Sunday, December 4 from 2 to 4 pm. Please contact me if you want further infromation. I will only have a limited selection of items.


Thursday, December 8, 2011
10am to 7:00 pm
Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor)
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
105 St. George Street (south of Bloor, across from Innis College)

 Featuring: Guatemalan weaving from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala;

Fair trade PLUS coffee from the El Paraíso Co-operative of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala.

For more information: Ken McGuffin, / 416-946-3818


 *Asociación Maya de Desarrollo is a weavers’ co-operative committed to preserving the ancient art of backstrap weaving. Inspired by nature’s palette, the weavers are hand-dyeing rayon chenille, bamboo and cotton yarns. They are creating unique pieces of wearable art by combining the innovative use of fibres and traditional Mayan designs. Organizing themselves together since 1987, its members are cultivating leadership roles for Mayan women and building a better life for themselves and their communities. There is a now a thread of hope and economic opportunity for over 200 weavers in the mountains of Sololá, Guatemala.


*Café Justicia is Fair Trade PLUS, shade-grown, organic coffee produced on the volcanic slopes surrounding Lake Atiltán in the Guatemalan highlands. The coffee is produced by campesinos on the El Paraíso Co-operative of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). The CCDA is an organization founded in 1982 and mandated to peacefully defend the rights of workers on large coffee, sugar and cotton plantations in Guatemala; recover lands stolen from the Mayan communities over the past century; promote organic and traditional Mayan agriculture, and protect the cultural rights of Guatemala’s Mayan majority.

 *Casa Milagro is an organization supporting the financial, health, and educational needs of mothers and their families in the indigenous village of Santa Cruz on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. The organization’s jewelry project provides an income to women with few other economic opportunities to provide for their families

Proceeds from the weaving and coffee sales will be directed to the El Triunfo Education Project which provides an affordable education for the sons and daughters of weavers from Asociacion Maya through the establishment of a middle school and a high school in the village of El Triunfo, Guatemala. For more information or how to make a tax deductable donation to the project, please visit

BOOK SALE TOO! – on Dec 8th from 11:30 to 2:00 the Rotman Events Team will also have table with new books for sale by some of the authors who have spoken at the School over the last twelve months. Many of the books are autographed by authors such as David Brooks, Roger Martin, and Michael Porter and will be sold at a discounted rate. These books make great gifts. The net proceeds from all books sold will be invested in the Rotman School’s activities.


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