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CWCF commits $250,000 to the National Fund

CWCF Contributes $250,000 to National Co-op Investment Fund At its AGM on November 10th, 2012, CWCF approved a recommendation from its Board of Directors to pledge an investment of $250,000, contributed over a three-year period to the National Co-op Investment Fund, lead by CCA. This includes $175,000 from the $500,000 in CWCF’s Tenacity Works Fund, and $75,000 from an anonymous investor.  This pledge is an expression of faith in the NCIF as a sector-driven co-op development Fund supporting the expansion of new and existing co-ops (including worker co-ops, and with some focus on business successions), with leadership by people who understand the co-operative development process. The CWCF sees this fund as a vehicle for all of the co-op sector to share in the success of the co-op movement, through investing in new and existing co-ops.  The Fund will get started once the co-op sector has pledged a minimum of $20…

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Business Succession and North American Worker Co-operative Conference – October 11-15, 2011 in Quebec City

Join us for these two exciting worker co-operative conferences in beautiful and historic Quebec City. There will be empowering and engaging speakers from worker co-operative hot spots in the world – Quebec, Italy, Spain, France and more! The Business Succession and Employee Ownership Conference will take place in Quebec City from October 11-13, 2011. The focus will be on how to convert businesses into worker co-operatives. With nearly 200,000 business owners set to retire in the next 10 years, a tremendous opportunity exists to create more democratic workplaces. We are excited to announce that worker co-op conversion experts from around the world will be in attendance to share their knowledge. In particular, Serge Kirouac (Promo-Plastik) and Luc Fournier (Federation of CDRs) from Quebec, Roy Messing (Ohio Employee Ownership Center) from the United States, Patrick Lenancker (President, CG-Scop) from France, Felice Scalvini (President, Cooperatives Europe and Vice President, ICA) from Italy are just a…

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Quebec Declaration – The Creation of CICOPA-North America

October 13, 2011 Quebec Declaration In the lead-up to the UN International Year of Co-operatives 2012, and on the occasion of the first North American Worker Co-operative Conference (Quebec City, October 13-15, 2011), the Worker Co-op Federations in North America have come together to create CICOPA-North America1 and have drafted this joint Declaration on the socio-economic future of our communities and on public policy concerning co-operatives. Who We Are, What We Believe, and the World We Want to Build Worker co-operatives are enterprises that are owned and controlled by their workers. Their purpose is to provide their member-owners with a work environment which facilitates their professional and human development, and provides the best wages and benefits possible within the capacity of their businesses. Worker co-ops are run democratically on the principle of one member – one vote. Worker co-operatives around the world embrace and accept the seven Co-operative Principles recognized…

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