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CWCF’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

PDF version Vision To be a growing, cohesive network of democratically controlled worker co-ops that provide a high quality of worklife, and support the development of healthy, just and sustainable local economies, based on co-operative values and principles. Mission To work in solidarity with our members to achieve our Vision of a Co-operative Economy; To support the development of new worker co-ops; To strengthen the Federation, to animate the worker co-operative movement; and To represent and promote the Canadian worker co-op movement in Canada and internationally. Strategic Priorities   Engage and strengthen current members (Worker Co-ops &Regional Federations) Build Solidarity Economy[i] Build Awareness and Scale-up Worker Co-operatives Goals Grow and strengthen worker co-operatives Develop and strengthen the worker co-operative eco-system Increase the capacity and resources available to CWCF Key Activities Engage worker co-op members in a variety of ways; in-person,social media, Loomio, and conferences Improve the Technical Assistance Program including…

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Model By-Laws: Multi-stakeholder Co-operative (under the Quebec Co-operatives Act)

The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation acknowledges that the “Ministère de l’Industrie et du Commerce, Direction des coopératives,” the Government of Quebec’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Co-operative Directorate is the drafter of this document, which originally appeared in French as part of their publication Coopérative de solidarité:  Constitution, Organisation, Fonctionnement, 1999.  We are grateful for their permission to translate and re-print this document.  Further, the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation gratefully acknowledges the support of Heritage Canada in the translation of this document. The document can be downloaded here: Solidarity co-op bylaw

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CWCF-CoopZone 2018 Conference Presentations

Click to view the following presentations from the 2018 CWCF-CoopZone Conference: Russ Christianson Financial Management of a Worker Co-op Pascal Billard New generation coops kristen Wittmen new generation coops   Marty Frost Financing your worker co-opChristina Baker CCIF financing for co-operatives Bill Dinsdale ACU financing your worker co-op  Cooperatives First    Social Enterprise Worker Co-ops  Co-operators CoopGuard and MBP         If you need these presentations in another format please let us know.

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2018 AGM Materials

Below are the files you will want to read for CWCF’s 2018 AGM in Winnipeg.  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 AgendaAGM18_26Oct_fnl CWCF AGM 17 Minutes fnl draft Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation 2018 FS CWCF 2018-19 budget_fnl Form for Resolutions 2018 Annual Report 2018_fnl Candidate Bios Jessica Provencher bio_2018 Diversity of Board_Targets- Jessica Provencher Ian Marsh statement_10-2018 Diversity of Board_Targets – Ian Marsh Reba Plummer board candidate 2018 Diversity of Board_Targets -Reba Plummer Yvonne Chiu’s bio and canadiate statement_nov. 2, 2018_fnl Yvonne Chiu_Diversity of Board_Targets 2 Strategic Plan CWCF Strategic Plan V7A 2019-2022 CWCF Strategic Plan Context and Analysis Oct 2018_fnl CWCF Policy on Harassment CWCF Policy on Harassment_28_Oct2017_web site…

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CICOPA We Own It!

WE OWN IT! is a campaign funded by supporters all around the globe. From national organisations representing cooperatives in Argentina, Italy, the UK, Korea…to cooperative enterprises and groups like the Mondragon Corporation in Spain, The Co-operators in Canada and Ecosviluppo in Italy. Read all about it here: http://www.cicopa.coop/cicopa_old/Stay-tuned-WE-OWN-IT-the-campaign.html

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Conflict Management in a Worker Co-operative with Brian Scott, December 5, 2017

This webinar presented information on concepts, tools and insights into how to reduce the potential for conflict and gain new ideas on how to deal with it when it appears.  Participants had the opportunity to share and learn from each other’s experiences and insights. Brian shared and explored concepts and insights which he has gleaned and applied with some success throughout his life regarding conflicts. The webinar explored the elements and meaning of conflict, and shared tools and concepts which may be used in dealing with various conflict management strategies. Fundamental concepts were shared and explored, including the underlying reasons for conflict resolution failures, the role of self-determination, recognizing when a solution is a problem, and key elements in arriving at a successful outcome. The webinar presenter,  Brian Scott Since 1982 Brian Scott has been a partner at The Communitas Group, a consulting firm which specializes in co-operative enterprise and cooperative housing development.…

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Good Governance in a Worker Co-operative with Lynn Hannley; November 21, 2017

This webinar discussed practices in good governance for worker co-operatives including discussion on the following governance-related topics as requested by worker co-op members in CWCF’s 2017 member survey. How can worker co-ops move good workers to good member-owners? Discussion about membership and responsibilities and how to share/disseminate that information to new members. Participatory decision-making and problem-solving methods. Improving democracy within the co-operative. The webinar presenter, Lynn Hannley, is the Managing Director of The Communitas Group Ltd in Edmonton.  The company, in business since 1972, acts as a development consultant primarily in the area of cooperative and community development. She acts as the overall coordinator of the various services which include housing development and project management, research and planning, community development, and co-operative and community economic development. Over the years she have been involved in the development 61 housing projects, serving a broad range of incomes, whose total value exceeds 340 million dollars and…

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Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation

Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation By Princie Reza  Supervised by Justin Podur A Major Paper submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree in Master in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. July 2017 This paper examines the sufficiency of the worker cooperative model in addressing precarious employment within marginalized communities with a specific focus on immigrant and low-income South Asian immigrant women in Ontario. Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities:

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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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