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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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2018 CWCF Conference Press Release

Learn How the World of Work is Changing – at National Worker Co-op Conference This Fall September 21, 2018, Winnipeg, MB. – The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (the “Federation”) will focus on opportunities for worker co-ops in the changing world of work at its 27th annual fall Conference, taking place in Winnipeg from November 1-3. The Conference will explore how changes such as growing income inequality, climate change, and automation are affecting the world of work and how worker co-ops can help people address these extreme forms of disruption. “I’m excited by worker co-op sector potential at this critical time,” says Hazel Corcoran, the Federation’s executive director. “With growing inequality and other profound economic challenges, people are clearly looking for an alternative economic model. Worker co-ops, which are proven solidarity-based enterprises, are uniquely positioned to fill this role. The Conference will offer a chance to learn how we can maximize…

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Co-operation in the Changing World of Work

Canadian Worker Co-op Federation and CoopZone present Co-operation in the Changing World of Work  The world of work is changing. Learn from  people who’ve witnessed these shifts firsthand how increasing income inequality, automation, and climate change offer opportunities for co-operatives to provide work amidst extreme forms of disruption. (in partnership with MCA, CDEM, CCEDNet , SEED Winnipeg Inc. and Assiniboine Credit Union Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium 251 Donald St. Doors open/refreshments at 6:30, program at 7:00 Admission to the presentation is included in the conference registration. Or people can register at the door.  Admission is free.  Click here to register. A poster is available to print and share. Featuring Keynote Speakers: Rob Wesseling, President and CEO, The Co-operators Since joining The Co-operators in 1997, Rob has held increasingly senior leadership roles within the group of companies, culminating with his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co-operators Group…

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Farewell to Neechi Commons

by Kaye Grant, Kenzie Love and Hazel Corcoran After spending much of the past year hoping for a solution to Neechi Commons’ challenges, it was forced to close on June 30th.  Neechi Food Co-op members rallied and identified many different options to turn their operation around but, sadly, were not successful in doing this.  They are currently focusing on finding partners to redevelop the complex. (To learn more about the help Neechi is seeking, see this link.) Winnipeg is home to Canada’s largest urban aboriginal population: nearly 80,000 people, more than 10 percent of Winnipeg’s population. The community economic development (CED) community recognized Neechi’s many contributions to this population over its nearly 30 years of existence.  What began as a small dream in January 1990 became a growing social enterprise for the North End, based on the principle that economic healing is needed to sustain personal and social healing for…

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CWCF Awards – Please Submit Nominations!

Nominations are sought by July 27th, 2018 for either or both of the CWCF Awards which can be given at each annual Conference. CWCF strongly encourages worker co-ops to nominate either their own or another co-op for the Worker Co-op Best Practices Award, or an individual for the Worker Co-op Merit Award. Award winners, who are generally from the region in which the Conference is held, will have their registration and expenses covered to attend the Conference. Submit your nominee(s) to Kaye Grant, communications@canadianworker.coop, with a brief write-up as to why you are nominating the co-op or the individual. The award winners will be chosen by the Board of CWCF. The details of each Award can be found here.

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