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CWCF Conference 2019:

Building Resilient Communities – Ecology, Equality, and Workplace Democracy Construire des communautés résilientes – L’écologie, l’égalité et la démocratie au travail This is the theme for the CWCF 2019 Conference, which will take place in Tatamagouche, NS from October 24th – 26th, in conjunction with CoopZone. As with all businesses, the climate crisis presents a challenge for worker co-ops. Unlike with many other businesses, however, it is one that worker co-ops are well-positioned to respond to because of their roots in their communities, voluntary and open membership, and democratic structure. The impacts of climate change pose disproportionate risks for historically marginalized groups. But developing a green economy by growing and strengthening the worker co-op movement also helps to empower people with the prospect of new employment opportunities, more livable communities, and more control over their labour. Through following sustainable practices and/or working directly in the green economy to help address…

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Quebec Worker Co-op Summit, June 17, 2019 /Sommet des coopératives de travail de Québec, le 17 juin 2019

Esteban Kelly (le français suit) The Worker Co-op Summit in Quebec City takes place on June 17th, immediately prior to the Congress of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (“CMC”). This will be co-hosted by CWCF and the three Quebec WC federations.  Noam Chomsky will provide a video keynote.  The US FWC Executive Director, Esteban Kelly, will also be a featured speaker with exciting US Worker Co-op news.  The main workshop topics will be : 1)  Worker Co-op Governance:  Issues and Conditions for Success 2)  How Federations can Respond to the Needs of Worker Co-ops 3)  Inter-generational Panel on Motivation to Create a Worker Co-operative: Past, Present and Future The full program is below, and registration is available at this link. To view the site in English, make sure that “English” is chosen at the top of the page. Registration is only $50 + tax, which includes lunch, breaks and the networking…

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Upcoming Conferences of Interest

The joint Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operatives (CASC), Association of Co-op Educators (ACE), and the International Co-op Alliance Research Conference will take place in Montreal, May 27-30, and Kaye Grant will participate on behalf of CWCF.   The theme is Co-operative Entrepreneurship, and more information is available here:  http://www.coopresearch.coop/registration-now-open-for-casc-ace-ica-2019-conference-platforme-dinscription-disponible-pour-conference-de-casc-ace-ica-2019/  The Congress of Co-operatives & Mutuals Canada will be in Quebec City, June 18 – 20th.  Additional information is available here in English, and ici en français. Reba Plummer will be CWCF’s delegate, and Hazel Corcoran will also be participating on behalf of The Co-operators.  CWCF has presented a resolution that the CMC membership take a position on fair tax treatment for co-operatives with indivisible reserves.  CWCF encourages its members and others to attend these Conferences.

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Worker Co-op Summit

9 am – 5 pm:  Keynote, Plenary discussions, and break-out sessions. Evening: Networking Reception Maison de la coopération 155 Boulevard Charest E, Québec This Worker Co-op Summit will be an unparalleled opportunity for learning, networking, and being inspired –  aimed at members of co-ops associated with CWCF and/or the three Quebec worker co-op federations:  the Quebec ” Reseau COOP” or Network of Worker Co-operation, as well as the Federation of Paramedic Cooperatives of Quebec and the Quebec Federation of Forestry Co-ops.  Highlights include: Sessions of practical interest to worker co-operators, with a focus on Governance issues in worker co-opsVideo of Keynote Presentation by Noam Chomsky (!!!)Presentation  by US FWC Executive Director Esteban Kelly  Roll-out of CWCF’s exciting new Strategic Plan. Simultaneous interpretation, French and English, will be provided.   This Summit will take place on the day before the start of the Congress of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) (https://canada.coop/en/events/cmc-congress-2019-quebec-city), on June 18-20, also in Quebec City.  We encourage people to consider…

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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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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 BSc 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  The world of work is changing. Learn from  people who’ve witnessed these shifts firsthand how increasing income inequality, automation, and climate change offer opportunities for co-operatives to provide work amidst extreme forms of disruption. (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…

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