Organic Food

Conference 2013

coabc conference 2013

Certified Organic Association of BC
Friday, 22 February 2013 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, 24 February 2013 at 4:00 PM (PST)
Vernon, BC

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of COABC, this year's theme is "Organics: Past, Present, and Future".

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Accommodation - special rate for COABC conference, only $99 per night

The 2012 COABC Conference will be held at the Prestige Hotel Vernon at 4411 32nd Street, Vernon.

The Prestige Hotel Vernon is holding a block of rooms for COABC Conference participants for $99.95 per night. To take advantage of this great deal, please book your room by January 23, 2013. The price will increase after this period. To make a reservation please visit the hotel website at or call them directly at 250-558-5991.

Other accommodation options in Vernon include:

  • Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
  • Village Green Hotel
  • AirBnB (unique private accomodations)

Keynote Speaker - Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)

Lucy Sharratt has extensive experience as a researcher and campaigner with organizations concerned about genetic engineering and global justice issues. She worked as Coordinator for the International Ban Terminator Campaign in 2005/6 (the international moratorium on Terminator at the United Nations was upheld and strengthened in this phase of the campaign).

Lucy was the Coordinator of the Safe Food/Sustainable Agriculture Campaign at the Sierra Club of Canada and worked as a researcher for the BioJustice Project of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa. Lucy also worked as Project Manager for Voices from the South, a project of the Working Group on Canadian Science and Technology Policy, which focused on issues raised by genetic engineering in the Global South.

Lucy worked at the local level as a volunteer with Food Action Ottawa on many issues including the successful campaign against Bovine Growth Hormone. Before moving to Ottawa from St. Johnís Newfoundland, Lucy led youth education and action initiatives on global justice issues.

Lucy has a Masters Degree from the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University where she wrote her thesis on the regulation of genetically engineered foods and crops in Canada. She is the author of "No to Bovine Growth Hormone: A Story of Resistance from Canada" in Redesigning Life? The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering, edited by Brian Tokar (London: Zed Books, 2001) and co-author with Dr. Peter Andree of "Unsatisfactory Democracy: Conflict Over Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Wheat" in Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada edited by Laurie E. Adkin (UBC Press, 2009.).

In 2006 Lucy was nominated for "Best Peoples Defense" in the Captain Hook Awards in the subcategory of "On a Shoestring".

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