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!
Virtual registration available: for one reduced registration fee, most Conference programming also streaming online.

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 (JEDI) 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!


Aster Group Co-op

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

Elvy del Bianco – BC Co-op Association

Janele Halpenny – Stocksy United

Joel Santos – The 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



Keynote Forum

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



Resilient Strategic Planning Toolkit for Worker Co-ops

CoopZone / Worker Co-op Development


Living Solidarity Economy Principles

Government Relations to Build the Worker Co-op Movement

Tools of Accountability for Worker Co-operator Collective Wellbeing


Friday Night Mix & Mingle at Wood Shop Co-op

Regional Caucus Meetings

CWCF Annual General Meeting