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Webinar: Chucking the Co-operative Principles at the Peril of Worker Co-operatives

New Date: September 30, 2020, from 12 – 1p.m. ET Register on Eventbrite (free for members, $20 for non-members) Using illustrations from existing worker co-ops of various sizes and in various parts of Canada, Spain, and other countries, this webinar will look at why and how they relied on the Seven Co-operative Principles to get through difficult business and organizational challenges. This is not easy for worker co-operatives when they surrounded by a dominant culture, at least uninformed about co-operatives, and sometimes suspicious or even hostile towards them. Presented by Eric Tusz-King, this webinar will lay the groundwork for a future upcoming CWCF webinar which will focus specially on employing democracy in a worker co-operative. Presenter bio Eric Tusz-King is a member of Aster Environmental Services Co-operative in Sackville, New Brunswick. Previously Eric was a founding member and manager of EnerGreen Builders Co-operative that was created in 2006 to help…

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Webinar: The Social and Solidarity Economy (“SSE”) and Worker Co-ops

The slide deck and audio recording of the webinar are available below. Co-ops inevitably overlap with other movements and in this webinar we will explore how worker co-ops fit into the Social and Solidarity Economy and with social enterprises. We invite participants to come with ideas of how to better partner in these spaces for mutual benefit, and have ideas on how CWCF can partner for the benefit of the worker co-op movement. Given that collaboration with the social and solidarity economy is a significant aspect of our strategic plan, we would like to provide the opportunity for more members to attend this session.  This presentation is quite similar to what was offered at our fall Conference.   Here are a few comments from the Conference session: “With her vantage point as chair of the International Co-op Alliance Research Committee, Sonja explains this important topic with clarity and pragmatism.”“Great to learn…

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Archived March 20, 2020 – Creating Connections

The Canadian Poverty Institute, in partnership with Co-operatives First and CoopZone is pleased to invite you to Creating Connections: A Workshop on Exploring Cooperatives. This free workshop is designed for community leaders interested in how the co-operative business model can be used to capture opportunities in their communities. When:              February 7th, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12 Noon   Where:            Ambrose University, Main Boardroom 150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary   For more information and to register, at no cost, please visit: www.CoopConnections.Eventbrite.ca. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and networks who you think may be interested.  

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Simon Frasor University – Certificate in Community Economic Development

The Community Economic Development Program is a part-time program that is built to give you maximum learning and hands-on experience, while still giving you the ability to balance your other life obligations. It starts with a one-week in-person intensive, followed by three live, scheduled web-conference courses over the course of several months, and finishes with another one week in-person intensive. Visit the website for more information: https://www.sfu.ca/ced.html

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Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions

Saint Mary’s University offers two on-line, part time programs that provide exceptional management skills to current and future co-operative leaders. Designed for working professionals seeking a program geared to co-operatives, the programs draw students, faculty, and researchers from around the globe and from a diversity of co-operatives and credit unions. Graduates and students come from various countries and faculty hail from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and England. Visit their website for more information: https://smu.ca/academics/sobey/sobey-cooperative-management-education.html

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