UPDATED: In-Person AGM Alternatives for BC Co-ops

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UPDATE April 1st, 2020 As of March 31st, 2020, BC Registry Services has stated that AGM deferrals are now automatic – organizations do not have to apply for deferrals.    COVID-19 and Co-operative AGMs Following the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Provincial Health Officer and B.C. Health Minister, as well as Health Canada … Continued

Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Launch!

Community Foundations of Canada, the Chantier de l’économie sociale, and their regional partners including the Vancouver Foundation have launched their Investment Readiness Programs (IRP). Applications will be accepted from Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM (EST) to Feb 10 2020 08:00 PM (EST).   IRP offers funding between $10,000 to $100,000 to support social purpose organizations, which includes co-ops, … Continued

Community Investment Co-ops: A Growing Co-operative Sector in BC

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  The demand and necessity to invest for impact, globally and locally, is on the rise. However, current investment options and regulations in BC & Canada significantly restrict Canadians from investing into local opportunities.  The result is that nearly all investment capital leaves local communities and is placed into far-off stock markets and corporations. This disconnects investors from … Continued

Vancouver Island Co-op Crawl: Principle #2 in Action

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While in Victoria for this year’s AGM, the BCCA staff took the opportunity to visit several members and other co-ops on Vancouver Island. This included tours at Peninsula Co-op, Stocksy United, and Victoria Women in Need Community Co-operative (WIN). Co-ops have the ability to address social issues on a community level while providing better ways … Continued

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

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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

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

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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

2016 International Summit of Cooperatives

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Three Days of Unmissable Meetings for Business Leaders   Discover the program! From October 11 to 13, 2016, cooperative and mutual managers and decision-makers from around the world can exchange and gear up in order to improve their cooperatives’ ability to ACT while working to reveal the firepower of this business model in relation to … Continued

In Vancouver’s Uber vs. Taxi Debate, We Need a Co-operative Solution

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Co-operation is better than exploitation. There’s been a lot of noise lately in the debate in Vancouver over whether the city’s licensing board should allow the crowd-based ridesharing service Uber into its passenger transportation landscape. This battle is one that is high-stakes: loaded terms like “cartel” and horror stories of sexual assault by unlicensed drivers … Continued