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Canada Business Network: Co-operative resources

Industry Canada – Co-operative Resources This information from the Federal Government is meant to help you navigate the world of co-operatives. This website contains general information that can help you plan, start, manage and grow any type of business.

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UnionCo-ops Council of U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops ANNUAL REPORT 2014*

UnionCo-ops Council of U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops ANNUAL REPORT 2014* Conference Calls The UnionCo-ops Council of U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops held monthly conference calls (except August) with a high attendance of twenty-two people, a low attendance of five people, and an average attendance of 12.27 people. Participation People from the following states and one Canadian province attended conference calls:  AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, Nova Scotia, NV, NY, OH, PA, TN, WA, WI. Members of the following unions and labor organizations participated in calls or related activities:  American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; United Electrical; United Food and Commercial Workers; International Workers of the World; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; International Association of Machinists; Communication Workers of America; National Writers Union; United Auto Workers; United Steel Workers; American Federation of Teachers; American Federation of Government Employees; Pioneer Valley Workers Center.…

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International Summit of Cooperatives: Quebec 2014

Date: Mon, 2014-10-06 01:00 – Thu, 2014-10-09 01:00 The International Summit of Cooperatives is abiennial gathering where leaders of cooperative and mutualist enterprises get together to discuss their concerns about the current and future business challenges they all share. The Summit is also an unequalled opportunity to forge valuable strategic alliances, stay abreast of major international development trends and gain a solid understanding of the global cooperative movement and the business opportunities it offers. More information can be found here. There is an supplementary activity, “Share your co-op Achievements” for worker cooperatives on October 6th. More information about this event can be found here.

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Simon Frasor University – Certificate in Community Economic Development

The Community Economic Development Program is a part-time program that is built to give you maximum learning and hands-on experience, while still giving you the ability to balance your other life obligations. It starts with a one-week in-person intensive, followed by three live, scheduled web-conference courses over the course of several months, and finishes with another one week in-person intensive. Visit the website for more information: http://www.sfu.ca/cscd/professional-programs/community-economic-development.html

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Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions

Saint Mary’s University offers two on-line, part time programs that provide exceptional management skills to current and future co-operative leaders. Designed for working professionals seeking a program geared to co-operatives, the programs draw students, faculty, and researchers from around the globe and from a diversity of co-operatives and credit unions. Graduates and students come from various countries and faculty hail from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and England. Visit their website for more information: http://www.smu.ca/academic/sobey/mm/about.html

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CWCF-CoopZone 2013 Conference – Educating Each Other for Empowerment

Star of the North St. Albert, AB, Canada Date: Thu, 2013-11-07 09:00 – Sat, 2013-11-09 13:30 CWCF AGM/Conference a Success! The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation’s (CWCF) annual Conference and AGM which is held jointly with CoopZone was held in Edmonton, Alberta, from November 7th to 9th. Key highlights of the Conference included Worker Co-op Showcase Ignite presentations, presentations and discussion on the Indivisible Reserve and a session on Effective Meetings and Decision-Making in a Worker Co-operative.  There were several workshops on topics of practical interest to worker co-ops and developers. Lynn Hannley was awarded the Merit Award. Over the years she has been involved in the development of several worker co-ops, 59 housing projects and other community-based co-operatives, and helped create the CoopZone training program. For more about Lynn, see: http://www.communitas.ca/about-us/the-partners. At the AGM some important resolutions were passed, notably a co-op preferential purchasing policy and a resolution to develop…

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Co-op World Music Project

A Melody of Co-operation Around the World: CICOPA World Music Project, a Legacy of the International Year of Co-ops Now Moving into the Co-operative Decade, by Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation A CICOPA World Music Project resolution was passed in November 2011 in Cancun.  For the background, see: http://www.cicopa.coop/A-melody-of-cooperation-around-the.html Music selections, primarily from Canada, have been submitted.  A small committee has reviewed the submissions.  The committee members are: Rebecca Kemble (US), and Donna Balkan (Communications Manager, Canadian Co-op Association), Mark Goldblatt (Past President, CWCF), Colin MacDougall (Past director, CWCF) and myself, Hazel Corcoran (all from Canada). We are very pleased to announce that the CICOPA World Music Collection is made up of 4 songs, as follows. We hope that you will find these songs as inspirational as we do! 1. “Together” by Konfekoop – Basque Cooperatives Confederation, 4:54 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV6cy11itX4&list=UUXT-g-EXpbL8tl_t6rFTiqg&index=1&feature=plcp 2. “The Big Idea Song”, by Greg O’Neill, of…

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New Worker Co-op Members

CWCF is growing!  We are thrilled to report that in the last few months, five new worker co-op members have joined. THAAT Co-op, Hamilton, ON; www.thaat.coop  (“The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation Co-operative Inc.”). Unite Strategy Digital Marketing Worker Co-op, Saskatoon, SK; www.unitecoop.com. LeftHand Media Co-op, Burnaby, BC ; www.lhmc.ca. Victory Gardens Co-op, Vancouver; www.victorygardensvancouver.ca. Viridian Energy Co-op, Duncan, BC.  www.vecoop.ca. Below is more information on our new members.  (These descriptions, as well as descriptions of all our members, are also available here. (1) THAAT Co-op; www.thaat.coop. (“The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation Co-operative Inc.”).  The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation Co-operative Inc. (THAAT Co-op) is a Hamilton, Ontario based sustainable, emission-free delivery service.  We are focused on the safe, efficient and timely delivery of products in a manner that contributes to strong and vibrant local economies, thriving and liveable communities, and a healthy and sustainable natural environment. (2) Unite Strategy Digital Marketing…

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Supporting Neechi Commons-symbolizing how Aboriginal People can regain control

Dear friends,  Open Letter to Winnipeg Re: NEECHI COMMONS This letter is being circulated by the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation on behalf of the signatories listed below.  These individuals are active in a cross section of co-operative and community economic development organizations as well as in universities. The letter is intended to let you know about a remarkable sister Co-operative that is blazing a trail in empowerment for its members and social justice in the community. A Co-op doing such principled work that it elevates the name of co-operative enterprise and by reflection enhances all of our reputations. We are talking about Neechi Foods Co-operative in Winnipeg (865 Main Street, at Euclid).  This Co-op needs your patronage and support. Louise Champagne, the president of the Co-op and long-time leader of the enterprise, shepherding it through more than 23 years of operations and meeting all challenges, recently accepted the 2013 Excellence…

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Video about CWCF and Worker Co-ops

Recently Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director for CWCF, was interviewed for a video series being produced by The Co-operators; a leading Canadian-owned co-operative with over 65 years of history. Members include co-operatives and credit union centrals from communities across the country,representing a variety of sectors. The video is now availabe on YouTube here. The french version is also available here.

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