CWCF Conference 2021



Theme: Building Better Together / Mieux construire ensemble

November 16-18, 2021

Free of Charge 

It’s often said that worker co-ops are more resilient than traditional businesses, and the strength they’ve shown amidst the significant challenges arising from the pandemic is a perfect illustration of this. Come to this year’s Conference to learn about the strategies worker co-ops have employed to deal with crises, the ways in which communities would benefit from building more worker co-ops, (including through the lens of racial and economic justice), and practical tips to help the sector continue to build better together.

The Conference newsletter is available here.

Slides from some of the Conference presentations are available below:

CMC Update – Hugues Bourgeois

Building Anti-Racism in Worker Co-ops – Susanna Redekop

London Brewing – Local, Organic, Co-operative Marketing

Co-operators – Alexandra Wilson

CCIF – Financing That Works for Co-operatives – Julia Vlad

CICOPA speaking notes – Francesca Zaganelli

Building Organizational Capacity for Racial Equity – Dr. Lucenia Ortiz

Financing Worker Co-ops – Shares & Bonds – Brian Iler 

Marketing – Russ Christianson

Videos from Conference sessions that are available are listed below:

Keynote panel

CoopZone session

Ignite presentation: Oasis Lavenders Co-op (forming), Summerland, BC

Ignite presentation: Massage and Holistic Co-op (forming), Calgary

Worker Co-op Financing Workshop

Worker Co-op Marketing Workshop


Building on Anti-Racism in Worker Co-ops

2021 CWCF Awards presentations


The CWCF 2021 AGM documents can be found here.

You may also download the full program here

The English registration link is available here

This conference will feature simultaneous English-French interpretation.


Key Presenters: 


Esteban Kelly

Colin MacDougall

Kelly Storie

MP Matthew Green

Click here for facilitator and presenter bios.


Key Sessions:

  • A keynote panel that will explore the impact of COVID on the worker co-op sector at home and abroad, and the strategies worker co-ops have used to survive and thrive in the face of the pandemic.

  • Peer learning sessions that will cover benefits that worker co-ops can provide, attracting talent to the sector, and engaging members in co-op governance.

  • A session hosted by members of CWCF’s JEDDI Committee to share practical tools to build real diversity, inclusion, and racial justice in the worker co-op movement.

  • The CWCF AGM, a chance to both exercise democracy and celebrate this year’s award winners.

  • A workshop on successful financing, including what financiers are looking for and what financing tools are available.

  • A workshop that will share how to market the worker co-op advantage.