CWCF Worker Co-op Awards

Award for Worker Co-op Best Practices

The Worker Co-op Best Practices Award is awarded annually 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. 

NOMINATIONS

Calls for nominations are generally launched in late summer. Co-operatives with worker-members on the CWCF Board or staff are ineligible. Winners are selected by the CWCF Board, and announced at the CWCF annual Conference in November each year. Generally the recipient co-op is from the region in which the Conference is held that year. 

WINNERS

In years with an in-person Conference, CWCF covers the registration fee and expenses to have one member of the recipient co-operative attend the Conference. Winners are asked to present a brief profile of the co-operative and their practices at award acceptance, and there is also the opportunity to host a longer presentation or workshop at the Conference.

 


The Mark Goldblatt Worker Co-op Merit Award

Mark Goldblatt was the first President of CWCF from 1994 until 2007, and a founding leader of the Canadian co-operative housing movement since the 1970s. The Mark Goldblatt Worker Co-op Merit Award was named in his honour after he passed away in 2013, and goes to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to worker co-operation in Canada.

NOMINATIONS

Calls for nominations are generally launched in late summer. CWCF Board and staff are ineligible. Winners are selected by the CWCF Board, and announced at the CWCF annual Conference in November each year. Generally the recipient co-op is from the region in which the Conference is held that year. 

WINNERS

In years with an in-person Conference, CWCF covers the registration fee and expenses to have one member of the recipient co-operative attend the Conference. The Award is presented with a brief explanation of the person’s contributions to the movement, and the winner is given the opportunity to make a brief speech.

 


Past Winners

 

The Mark Goldblatt Worker
Co-op Merit Award

 

The Worker Co-op
Best Practices Award

 

YEAR

WINNER

WINNER

2022
N/A Wood Shop Co-op, Vancouver BC
2021
Eric Tusz-King London Brewing, London ON
2020
N/A N/A
2019
N/A Open Sky Co-operative, Sackville NB
2018
Lee Fuge N/A
2017
Alain Bridault La Siembra, Ottawa ON
2016
Melanie Conn N/A
2015
Isabel Faubert Mailloux Les Constructions Ensemble, Quebec City QC
2014
Kevin Thompson (posthumously) Careforce Worker Co-operative, NS
2013
Lynn Hannley Dominion Newspaper / Media Co-op, national
2012
Alain Roy  
2011
N/A  
2010
Marty Frost  
2009
David Daughton  
2008
SEED Winnipeg  
2007
Mark Goldblatt  
2006
Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op  
2005
Peter Cameron  
2004
Gilles Tardiff  
2003
N/A  
2002
Louise Champagne  
2001
Jack Quarter  
2000
N/A  
1999
Peter Hough  
1998
Ron Grant