Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of Canada's largest citizen's advocacy organisation
Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of T, Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy organization, as well as the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project which works to stop the commodification of water. She is also Director of the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco based research and education institution. Barlow is a long-term activist on trade and justice issues and was a high-profile leader in the women’s movement in Canada. Later on she became Pierre Trudeau’s advisor on women’s issues when he was Prime Minister in 1983/1984. She is the best-selling author or co-author of fifteen books. In 2008 and 2009 she served as the first Senior Advisor on water issues to the president of the UN General Assembly. Barlow is the recipient of numerous educational awards and has received honorary doctorates from six Canadian universities for her social justice work. In addition to being nominated for the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 she is a recipient of the Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship in 2005 and the 2005 Right Livelihood Award.