CWCF-CoopZone Conference 2022


Mutual Empowerment to Build the Solidarity Economy
with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


November 17th – 19th, 2022

Online & in-person in Vancouver, BC

Please join CWCF for the return to an in-person Conference in 2022!
Free Virtual registration available for select Workshops and the CWCF AGM on Friday, November 18th.

The 2022 theme of “Collective Power” seeks to bring focus to what workplace democracy and the Solidarity Economy have to offer to equity-seeking groups, with a focus on BIPOC communities.
This theme builds on the work of CWCF’s Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDDI) Committee, and our Racial Justice Action Plan.

To build Collective Power in worker co-ops, practical tools are needed. Training session themes include strategic planning, available grants, and accountability for collective well-being.  In terms of growing the movement, sessions of interest include building co-op ecosystems, government relations, and collaborations with trade unions.

There will be a CWCF strategic planning feedback session and as always, great opportunities to network and build solidarity with other worker co-operators and co-op developers!


Daniella Preisler – US Federation of Worker Co-operatives

Daniel Brunette – Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Diamond Isinger – Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Dionne Co – Solid State Community Industries

Elder Willie Nahanee – Squamish Nation

Elvy del Bianco – BC Co-op Association

Hafiz Akinlusi – Solid State Community Industries

Janele Halpenny – Stocksy United

Joel Santos – Co-operators

Jonny Sopotiuk – Union Co-operative Initiative

Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido – Black Women Professional Worker Co-op

Lissette Lemus & Jennifer Tan – Gia Consulting Co-operative

Rebecca Kemble – The Solidarity Economy Principles Drafting Group

Sope Ogunrinde – Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Susanna Redekop – Freedom Dreams Co-op Education



Pre-Conference Info Session

Business Conversions to Social-Purpose Enterprises: For Equity-Seeking Groups

Keynote Forum

What does the Solidarity Economy have to offer BIPOC communities & other equity-seeking groups?



Resilient Strategic Planning Toolkit for Worker Co-ops Intensive

Worker Co-op Developers Intensive


Living Solidarity Economy Principles (VIRTUAL)

Government Relations to Build the Worker Co-op Movement (HYBRID)

Worker Co-ops 101

Tools of Accountability for Worker Co-operator Collective Wellbeing

Government Relations to Build the Worker Co-op Movement

Worker Co-op – Trade Union Collaborations


Friday Night Mix & Mingle at Wood Shop Co-op

Regional Caucus Meetings

CWCF Annual General Meeting (HYBRID)