Bob Thomson, was the founder and Managing Director of TransFair Canada, (1994-2000), Canadian affiliate of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), a 19-nation certification body promoting a fair trade label for coffee and other foods commodities. He has a degree in Civil Engineering and an M.A. in International Affairs. He has lived and worked in Peru, the Caribbean, France, and Canada, and has extensive experience with NGO program and project evaluations, fair trade producer support, nonprofit governance, housing co-operatives, and computer assisted communications for civil society. Currently, he calls himself a slowcialist or a heretic in the church of growth, and was one of the organizers of the Degrowth in the Americas conference held in Montreal in May 2012.