Democratic Member Control: The Difference that Democratic Ownership Makes in Co-operative Businesses

| Community, Education |

What gives the co-operative model an advantage over other business structures? Perhaps no quality is more distinct than democratic member control.   Unlike other business structures in which major decisions are made by a powerful few, co-operatives take a democratic approach to business. In a co-operative, the members collectively own the business and make decisions together. … Continued

Opportunities for Employment

Job posting

We’re Hiring! Join our Team. We are looking for keen individuals who will complement our team. It’s about the fit. You are flexible, friendly, collaborative and self-directed. Your values and attitude fit the co-op movement and its identity and principles. Please use the provided links to view the available positions within our organization and to … Continued

Speaker Series #3 – April 20 11:30am-12:30pm

Local Investment Solutions – information for Opportunity Development Co-ops or Investment Co-ops interested in raising capital The BC Co-op Association (BCCA), in collaboration with the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) is initiating this new project to enhance local investing across Western Canada. This project will develop a shared services approach to reduce transaction costs, … Continued

Agriculture & Food Co-op Conference & Trade Show – Summary and Thank You

We were excited to host BC’s first Agriculture & Food Co-op Conference & Trade Show at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on March 24 and 25. This two day event was curated through the lens of agriculture and food co-operatives, with themes that included transformational leadership to be relevant in today’s context, designing community resiliency, … Continued

BCCA Co-op Week Webinars – A Recap

| Agriculture, Education, Events |

Earlier this year, the BC Co-op Association re-focused on engaging with agriculture and food co-ops after research was conducted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2019. Pairing the sharing of the research findings with celebrating Co-op Week, we hosted two “pulse check” consultation sessions with BC’s agriculture and food co-operatives to identify opportunities and challenges for … Continued

Co-operate Now 2021

| Education |

Do you know someone who is looking to launch a co-op in BC? Co-operate Now is a virtual co-op development bootcamp for entrepreneurs or community members interested in building a co-op enterprise.   This iteration of Co-operate Now is for co-operators- who have their collective sleeves already rolled up- and who are looking to gain some co-op … Continued

2021 Co-op Week Webinars

BCCA Co-op Week

Join us for these (free) Co-op webinars in October During Co-op Week!   Pulse Check Part I: Consultation with Small & Start-Up Agriculture & Food Cooperatives Monday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:30 (PST) Register here Description: The BC Cooperative Association would like to reconnect with agriculture and food co-ops (large and small) after Kwantlen Polytech … Continued