Kenzie Love

Worker Co-ops and the First Co-op Principle

By Kenzie Love When it comes to the first co-op principle, voluntary and open membership, the International Co-op Association’s Statement of Co-operative Identity is quite succinct: “Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.” This Worker Co-ops and the First Co-op Principle


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CWCF Seeks BIPOC Board Advisors

As announced at the AGM, CWCF is seeking two BIPOC Board Advisors.  The characteristics sought are: That they be BIPOC : Black, Indigenous, or (other) People of Colour.  That they be engaged in the co-op movement and/or in co-op development, with preference to those in the worker co-ops movement.  The time commitment is for approximately CWCF Seeks BIPOC Board Advisors


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London Brewing Receives Worker Co-op Best Practices Award

The Worker Co-op Best Practices Award goes to a worker co-operative which has demonstrated best practices in governance and/or operations, including in upholding the values and principles of the co-operative movement within their co-operative, and has shared, or is willing to share their experience and learnings with other worker co-operatives in Canada. This year’s award London Brewing Receives Worker Co-op Best Practices Award


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Report: Among the Canadian Co-operators  (November 26, 2021)

By Elias Crim, Ownership Matters (Chicago, IL) With about 70 others (total Conference registration of 165), we attended the Nov. 16 sessions of the Conference hosted by the Canadian Worker Coop Federation and came away energized, impressed, and better informed. Here are some highlights of what we saw and heard. The Keynote Panel was comprised Report: Among the Canadian Co-operators  (November 26, 2021)


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CWCF AGM News

By Kaye Grant At our recent 2021 Virtual AGM held on November 17, 2021, there was the usual business, however, we were delighted to have greetings provided by Hugues Bourgeois, Interim Executive Director, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, and Alexandra Wilson, Board Vice Chair, Co-operators and Francesca Zaganelli, Membership Coordinator, CICOPA, Brussels. Reflecting on the conference CWCF AGM News


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Conference 2021 Overview

By Kenzie Love CWCF’s first-ever fully virtual conference began with a fun icebreaker activity organized by BC director Sandra Allen of Shift Delivery, in which she invited participants to imagine headlines from newspapers a decade into the future on what the worker co-op movement looked like. Sandra encouraged everyone to strike a hopeful tone, and Conference 2021 Overview


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CWCF Conference Press Release

  Learn How Worker Co-ops are Building Better Together at Virtual, Bilingual, National Conference Nov. 15, 2021, Calgary, AB. – The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (the “Federation” or “CWCF”) will focus on opportunities for worker co-ops and the movement for economic democracy in Building Better Together, at its annual fall Conference, taking place virtually from CWCF Conference Press Release


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Aster Group’s Members Have Diverse Skills But Common Values

By Kenzie Love An environmental consultancy based in Sackville, New Brunswick, Aster Group launched in 2013, the brainchild of a small group whose members all had a history of working for either government or nonprofit organizations. The members wanted an entity that would bring together their expertise in various areas and offer them autonomy while Aster Group’s Members Have Diverse Skills But Common Values


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