Is your co-op governance up to par?

| Education, Governance |

The news of MEC’s sale to a US corporate investment firm has raised many questions amongst the co-operative community, most of them centering on how a co-operative could be sold without engaging its members. Given there’s been little public information available around the conversations that transpired around the MEC boardroom, it would be speculation to … Continued

Back to School with BCCA’s new Co-op Education Toolkit and Workshops for Members

| Education |

Co-op education is one of the most important tools we have for sustaining our co-operative organizations and growing the co-operative movement. Over the summer, one of BCCA’s major focuses was on building out free and openly accessible resources for our members and other “co-op curious” groups to use for educating their members about the co-operative … Continued

September Co-op Cafe presents: The Community Generation Project Incubator

| Business, Education, Environment, Science & Tech

Defined by Wikipedia, renewable energy is “energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy often provides energy in four important areas: electricity generation, air and water heating/cooling, transportation, and rural (off-grid) energy services.” There are groups dedicated to providing access to renewable energy resources and September’s Co-op Café will review the Community Generation Project … Continued

Co-operate Now! Evaluation Update

| Business, Education

BCCA recently conducted a review of the Co-operate Now! program offered in partnership with Vancity. Our hope was to gather some insights into how we might improve it and better understand the impact of this popular three-day intensive co-op bootcamp.   Co-operate Now! is the brainchild of Vancity’s Co-operative Portfolio Manager, Elvy DelBianco, and has resulted … Continued

New! Co-op Governance Workshops

| Education, Governance

BCCA is excited to announce our new Co-op Governance Workshops! Designed for intact co-op boards, these interactive 90 minute live virtual workshops focus on the following leadership elements:   Co-op Models Hallmarks of Effective Governance Board Decision-Making Board Responsibilities Board Challenges, Pitfalls and Mitigation  Ideal for board chairs, board committees and board directors, the sessions include pre-workshop consultation for customization and to identify key issues and questions and ensures time for … Continued

Co-ops 101 online re-design – Invitation to participate!

| Business, Education

Like many of our co-op members, the BCCA has had to shift some of our core offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we are having to re-imagine our popular in-person Co-ops 101 workshops.   The workshops highlight the co-op difference and the diversity of the co-op sector across BC, offering our members an … Continued

Co-op Meetup: Co-ops, Mutuals, and Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Daniel Brunette, Director of Advocacy and Partnerships at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) led our May 8th Co-op Meetup and shared his vast knowledge of federal financial programs and supports are currently available to co-operative businesses. Along with reiterating that co-ops have equal access to all federal COVID-19 emergency financial programs and supports, Daniel highlighted that … Continued