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Co-operatives in Indigenous Communities, and the services of Cooperatives First

A business development organization focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the co-op business model with a focus on rural and Indigenous communities, Co-operatives First will highlight the approach taken by the organization.  Co-operatives First will give an overview of challenges that co-operative entrepreneurs commonly face and discuss new opportunities creating a renewed interest in the co-op model, including in Indigenous communities.  The presentation will describe services Co-operatives First offers to worker and other types of co-operatives, and where potential partnerships with co-op developers and other organizations can help the sector.

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Presenters at the 2018 CWCF Conference

Christina Baker Christina is the Director of Community Lending for New Market Funds located in Vancouver. In her role, she leads business development and community lending for the $25M Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She is focused on investing in cooperative growth by providing financing that works for the cooperative sector.  She has more than thirteen years of experience promoting positive community and economic growth while providing lending and financial services to businesses and community-based organizations. She holds an MBA in Finance from George Fox University and a BSc in Communications from Portland State University. Pascal Billard Pascal Billard has a bachelor’s degree in agronomic sciences, specializing in business management in France. After graduating from university in France, Pascal worked on three continents (Africa, North America and Europe), and participated in design and management of numerous agricultural and agri-food projects. Pascal is involved in the cooperative movement, He facilitated the creation…

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