Worker Co-op Profiles

Worker Co-ops are actively involved in the economic and socio-economic fabric of their communities. This page gives a sampling of worker co-ops.

Nanaimo Co-op Does Yeoman’s Work

By Kenzie Love Ten years into the sole proprietorship he had founded in Nanaimo, BC, in 2013 Ben Geselbracht was looking for a change. Geselbracht wanted to remain involved with the business without having to shoulder all the day-to-day responsibilities by himself. The worker co-op model beckoned, and armed with a technical assistance grant from Nanaimo Co-op Does Yeoman’s Work


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Interview with Coop L’Argot

Co-op l’Argot is a women-led translation and language services co-op based in Montréal, QC. They will be offering simultaneous translation services at CWCF’s 2023 Conference in Quebec City this November. The below is an edited transcript of a Zoom interview by the RéseauCOOP team on February 25, 2021, translated from the original French. Thank you to Interview with Coop L’Argot


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Wayfinders Co-op Helps Small Businesses Forge a Common Path

By Kenzie Love Whatever their area of expertise, small businesses today often face an uphill battle when it comes to competing against large corporations whose resources are difficult to match. But Wayfinders Business Co-operative of Edmonton is trying to make this competition a little easier by creating an environment where small businesses, freelancers and others Wayfinders Co-op Helps Small Businesses Forge a Common Path


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 Ambient Bookkeeping Offers a Winning Formula for Any Balance Sheet

By Kenzie Love Many bookkeepers face an unappealing choice between the lack of autonomy in working for a large firm and the hassles associated with going it on their own. Launched in April of 2020, Saskatchewan’s Ambient Bookkeeping aims to provide its members with greater control over their labour than is typical in the sector  Ambient Bookkeeping Offers a Winning Formula for Any Balance Sheet


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Viridian Energy Co-operative Spreads the Warmth of Community

By Kenzie Love In 2012, three alumni from Vancouver Island University’s Green Building & Renewable Energy Program, inspired by the publicity surrounding the International Year of the Co-op, decided to create a worker co-op of their own: a renewable energy installer that would combine their skill sets while meeting the triple bottom line. The result Viridian Energy Co-operative Spreads the Warmth of Community


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