Activist Agenda

Events for Thursday, Mar 01, 2012

Title: Say No to a U of A Honorary Degree for Nestle!
Cost: Free
Location Name: Timms Centre for the Arts
Location Address: Corner of 112 Street and 87 Avenue, U of A Campus
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Date Posted: Friday, Feb 24, 2012
Description: The University of Alberta has announced that on March 1 it will award an honorary degree to Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the Chair of Nestlé, the world’s largest multinational food and water corporation and the largest bottled water corporation in the world.

While the university claims that the honorary degree will honour those who have contributed to “the preservation, distribution and management of one of humanity’s most vital resources: water,” the reality is that under Brabeck-Letmathe's leadership Nestlé has been one of the biggest global voices pushing for the privatization and commodification of water worldwide, is the largest player in the bottled water industry and is depleting aquifers in communities throughout North America and around the world to bottle and sell, is the target of global boycotts for its marketing of breast milk substitutes in violation of international standards, has a long list of labour violations in countries all over the world, and is currently involved in a court case in which Nestlé has admitted it hired agents to spy on the ctivist group ATTAC.

Hundreds of students, professors, alumni and concerned citizens have flooded the University demanding that U of A President Samarasekara and Chancellor Hughes revoke the honorary degree to Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe.

Join us on March 1 to demonstrate your opposition to the University rewarding this type of corporate record.

We also encourage you to register to attend the Who Speaks for Water event where Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe will be given the University's "highest honour" by visiting

You can also send messages to the University at:
Event Date/Times
  • Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 , from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM