SVI Vancouver Featuring Stocksy United’s CEO/Co-Founder as a speaker this April

| Business, Community, Education

Taking place at SFU Woodward’s this April 18-20th, SVI Vancouver brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in the social change space for skill building and connections. We’re thrilled that one of this year’s featured speakers is Brianna Wettlaufer of Stocksy United, a BCCA member and the stock photo site built on a co-operative model. Brianna co-founded … Continued

Upcoming Co-op Cafes Schedule

| Community

You may have noticed that we have a lot of Co-op Cafes coming up in different areas of BC and we couldn’t be more excited about this! To clarify where and when these cafes are taking place, we thought we would lay it all out here to avoid confusion:

Spring course at Camosun: Starting a Co-operative Business

| Uncategorized

Interested in starting and incorporating a co-op but aren’t sure how to make your ideas a reality? Our friend and co-op veteran Joy Emmanuel is offering a course at Camosun College this April on How to Start a Co-operative Business. You’ll learn about the co-op model, principles and practices of co-op governance, and how co-ops … Continued

Meet our new Community Administrator, Maggie Miland

| Community, Uncategorized

We are excited to introduce our newest team member to the BCCA: meet Maggie Miland, our Community Administrator. Originally from Minnesota, Maggie moved to Vancouver to complete her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of British Columbia. While obtaining her degree, Maggie was driven to learn more about as many of the diverse … Continued

BC Budget 2017: Co-ops Key to Powering Economic Sustainability

| Community, Government

VICTORIA – The BC Co-operative Association applauds the Provincial Government for seeing co-operatives as key to building a sustainable provincial economy. BCCA Board Chair Ben Hyman and Vice Chair John Kay were in attendance at the Budget 2017 Update yesterday where Finance Minister Carole James announced that the forecasted surplus of $256 million in 2017-18 … Continued

Co-operative Management Education Programs at Saint Mary’s University

| Business, Education

Calling all co-op and credit union leaders: Saint Mary’s University is offering an interactive, 3-day intensive executive education course on professional co-operative development this November. “Enhancing Business Performance through Co-operative Management Practices: How to Strengthen Identity, Loyalty and Participation” runs from November 1-3 and will focus on leading thinking in co-operative management coupled with tangible … Continued

Kootenay Carshare Launches Wheelchair Lift Van!

| Community |

We are excited to share the news that our member, Kootenay Carshare Cooperative, has launched its Wheelchair Lift Van as of July 1st! In addition, this wheelchair van is the first of its kind in a carshare co-op fleet. The new wheelchair van is part of the “Get a Lift” project that started back in … Continued

CIS Staff Change

| Education, Youth |

Dear Co-op members and colleagues, It is a time of change for our Co-ops in Schools (CIS) Program as we announce that CIS Director of Youth Programs, Tasha Nathanson, is moving on to a new work opportunity overseas. Tasha has put a remarkable amount of time and energy into making CIS the valuable and ambitious … Continued