CONFERENCE of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation and CoopZone
November 1 – 3, 2018, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Humphry Inn & Suites
Thanks to all who attended! Powerpoint presentations from the conference are posted here.
Conference AGM materials as well as the draft strategic plan can be found here.
|Time||Wednesday, October 31|
|5:pm at the Museum
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Forks for dinner
|Canadian Museum for Human Rights has a $5 admission on Wednesday evenings, starting at 5pm (admission to the exhibit “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” is an extra $5”).
A meet-up at The Common, The Forks 6pm to 9pm. The Forks is a lovely, central meeting space, and The Common features locally owned food vendors including a social enterprise.
|Time||Thursday, November 1|
|9:00 am to 4:00 pm
All-day Management Intensives
Lunch on your own
|Intensive #1 – Financial Management of your Worker Co-op
Interested in the financial health of your co-operative? Dive into this full day intensive to increase your understanding of financial statements, build a financial health dashboard for your co-operative, and discuss real-world topics that worker co-operatives face.
The session topics will build on financial basics covered in the CWCF financial basics webinar.
With Russ Christianson
Facilitated by Reba Plummer
Including a presentation from The Co-operators.
|Intensive #2 – CoopZone
CoopZone hosted Intensive day.
Facilitated by Vera Goussaert, Executive Director, Manitoba Co-operative Association
The following topics will be covered:
Including a presentation from The Co-operators.
|4:30 – 6:30pm||Solidarity Happy Hour, location Carbone Coal Fired Pizza at 260 St. Mary Avenue / Alternative vegetarian/vegan Affinity Vegetarian Garden, at 100-208 Edmonton St.|
|6:30 to 8:30pm
Doors open / refreshments at 6:30 Program at 7:00
|Evening Keynote Presentation: Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium(in partnership with MCA, CDEM, CCEDNet, Assiniboine Credit Union and SEED Winnipeg Inc.) Winnipeg welcome from Vera Goussaert, Executive Director, Manitoba Co-operative Association
Evening Keynote Speakers:
Focussed on how the world of work is changing which could provide opportunities for the Worker Co-op movement. Noting changes such as increasing income inequality, automation and climate change, the theme seeks to explore the role of co-operatives in providing work in the context of these extreme forms of disruption.
|Friday, November 2|
|9:00 to 10:10 am||Welcome, from CWCF (Reba Plummer), CoopZone (Pascal Billard), and Winnipeg Welcome from Jean-Michel Beaudry Director of Community Economic Development, CDEM- Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities.
Introduction to the Theme and Ice-Breaking Activity
|10:10 to 10:30 am||Networking Break|
|10:30 am to 12:25 pm||Forum #1: CWCF’s Strategic Plan: to Strengthen & Grow the Worker Co-op Movement, with clear action plan and implementation presented. With Russ Christianson, Reba Plummer and Hazel Corcoran|
|12:25 to 12:30 pm||Group photo|
|12:30 to 1:15 pm||Lunch (included)|
|1:15 to 1:55 pm||Movement Break/walk|
|1:55 to 3:25 pm||Workshops:|
|A1) Member Peer Coaching:
Peer Coaching Groups using a highly focused process among 4-6 people who use coaching to help each other address real, current, important problems and opportunities.
Facilitated by Eric Tusz-King and Kaye Grant
|A2) Co-operatives in Indigenous Communities, and the services of Cooperatives First. By Trista Pewapisconias and Audra Krueger||A3) Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund (CCIF) and other ways to finance your worker co-op. With Bill Dinsdale, Sr. Community Account Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union, Christina Baker, Director of Community Lending for New Market Funds speaking about the CCIF and Marty Frost with Human Ventures: Cooperative and Community-Based Business Development.
Facilitated by Peter Hough
|3:25 to 3:45 pm||Networking Break|
|3:40 to 3:55 pm||Mark Goldblatt Merit Award Presentation – Presented by Reba Plummer and Hazel Corcoran|
|3:45 to 5:00 pm||CWCF AGM Part 1: Reports
CWCF AGM Part 2: Financial Statements and Budget
|B2) Social Enterprise workshop, including collaboration / overlap with co-ops with Marty Donkervoort, Social Entrepreneur and University Instructor, Sarah Leeson-Klym, Manitoba Regional Director, CCEDNet and Carinna Rosales, Co-Director, SEED Winnipeg Inc.|
|6:15-10:30 pm||Mix and Mingle Networking Party hosted by Winnipeg Worker Co-ops, off-site at XCues Café and Lounge at 551 Sargent Avenue (transportation options provided). Games and entertainment include: pool, shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong and possibly video/board game options; a button-making activity as well.|
|Saturday, November 3|
|9:00 to 9:30||CWCF AGM Part 3: Nominations, director elections and resolutions|
|9:30 to 9:50 am||Co-op Showcase: Co-op Ignite session
1. Rick Proven, Sun Certified Builders Co-op
2. Annie-Julie Gauvin and Marc Henri CDR Acadie
3. Owen Ardel – Urbane Cyclist
|9:50 to 10:10 am||Networking Break|
|10:10 to 11:10 am||Forum Topic #2: The New Realities of Management – with focus on people – facilitated panel with co-ops (before lunch), & then have break-out groups after lunch. Three table topics:
1) Worker Co-op organizational structure and decision making. What is the role of the Board, the management and the workers? Presenters from Shift Delivery and Just Us! Coffee
2) Performance Feedback: mechanisms for worker co-ops including peer-to-peer and inter-personal issues. Presenters from Urbane Cyclist and La Siembra
3) Remote working. Presenter from Sustainability Solutions Group and from a Developer
Facilitated by Omar Yaqub, Alif Partners Worker Co-op
|11:10 am to 12:10 pm||Lunch / Board reorganization meeting|
|12:10 to 2:10 pm||Forum Topic #2: Continued|
|2:10 to 2:45 pm||Facilitated wrap-up|