Ottawa: Corporatizing Canada Book Launch

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 19:30

Corporatizing Canada Book Launch in Ottawa

Over the past thirty years, corporatization has transformed the public sector in Canada. Economic elites are taking control of public institutions and using business metrics to evaluate their performance, transforming public programs into corporate revenue streams.

In the new book Corporatizing Canada, activists and scholars offer cutting-edge analysis about the commercialization of public services, including water, education, health care and more.

Please join Emma Lui, Water Campaigner at the Council of Canadians and fellow contributor Erika Shaker, Director at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, as well as editors Jamie Brownlee and Chris Hurl for a discussion of this book. Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, will open the evening with an introduction.

Event details
When: Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor, Ottawa (Map)
This event is hosted by Octopus Books. Tickets are $10 or pay what you can. Get tickets online or in advance at Octopus Books, 116 Third Avenue. (Map)
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
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I contribute a chapter called, “Murky Waters: When Governments Turn Water Management into a Business.” In it, I write about the threat of Nestlé's bottled water takings, the privatization of water and trade agreements, and the need to implement the human right to water and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These issues show how frontline communities – like those fighting the commodification of water and promoting the Blue Communities Project – are our greatest hope for water justice.

I hope to see you there! Please bring a friend.

All proceeds will go to Octopus Books to cover the costs of this event.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and to be signed.


Emma Lui currently works for the Council of Canadians as the organization's national water campaigner. She is on the board of the Great Lakes organization FLOW (For Love of Water). Her primary interests are in water justice issues, such as privatization, energy development, and Indigenous solidarity.

Erika Shaker is Senior Education Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Erika has been researching the corporatization and privatization of education since the early 1990s, and was one of the founders of the California-based Center for Commercial-free Public Education.

Jamie Brownlee currently teaches and conducts research in the areas of Canadian and international political economy, higher education, corporate crime, environmental politics and climate change, and access to information law at Carleton University. He is the author of Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Democracy, Academia Inc.: How Corporatization is Transforming Canadian Universities, and co-editor for Access to Information and Social Justice: Critical Research Strategies for Journalists, Scholars, and Activists.

Chris Hurl is the assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. His research explores urban governance, state formation, and the politics of the public sector in Canada.