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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 BS 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 (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 Limited on December 1, 2016. From 2007 until 2016, he was Chief Operating Officer of The Sovereign General and, in November 2011, assumed the additional role of Executive Vice President, National Property and Casualty…

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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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2018 Conference

CONFERENCE of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation and CoopZone Theme: Co-operation in the Changing World of Work   (Here is an ILO article on the  subject) November 1 – 3, 2018, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Humphry Inn & Suites Registration is now open. Click here to register. The draft conference program can be found here CWCF CZ Conference program 2018 V22a The Conference press release is available here. Registration information is in this document:Registration Costs and Other Details CWCF-CZ 2018 Conference_fnl Time Wednesday,  October 31 5:00 pm at the Museum 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Forks for dinner. On your own Casual Evening The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has a $5 admission on Wednesday evenings, starting at 5 pm.   We suggest meeting at 5 at the entrance for those wishing to go together. Suggestion to have a meet-up at The Common at The Forks  6pm to 9pm (closes at 9pm)  The Forks is a lovely,…

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2017 AGM Materials

NOTE: to obtain the full Conference Program, please click here.  / Pour obtenir le programme du Congrès, cliquez ici. Below are the files you will want to read for CWCF’s 2017 AGM in Gatineau.  We regret that most of these documents are available only in English.  / Nous regrettons que la plupart de ces documents ne soient disponibles qu’en anglais. Si vous avez besoin d’aide pour comprendre la langue, consultez en français s’il vous plaît avec la directrice générale Hazel Corcoran, hazel@canadianworker.coop.  Merci. 2017 AGM Agenda CWCF Financials for 2017 AGM CWCF Budget 2017-18 Form for Resolutions 2017 Minutes of Prev. Year AGM2016 Accountability Report 11-2017 CWCF Strategic Plan 2017 AGM Annual Report 2017a Bios of Board Nominees: Eric Tusz-King Bio Chris Nichols Bio and Candidate Statement Alexandre Banville Bio and Candidate Statement Policy and Info re Diversity of Board 10-2017 CWCF Policy on Harassment_28_Oct2017_web site FCCT Politique anti-harcèlement_21_oct2017_fnl-FR_site

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Anti-Harassment Code of Conduct

In light of increasing legislative requirements in various provinces regarding anti-harassment, and more importantly because CWCF wishes to create a safe environment at all events, CWCF’s Board has enacted this Code of Conduct, for all CWCF events. All attendees including speakers, sponsors and volunteers at CWCF conferences and events are required to agree with this Code of Conduct. Event organizers[1] will enforce this code throughout each event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone. The Quick Version CWCF is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, and religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of our event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, parties, and online media. Participants violating these rules…

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