Joint statement regarding sale of MEC

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) and the British Columbia Co-op Association (BCCA) are disappointed by the developments surrounding Mountain Equipment Co-op, which has long been Canada’s largest consumer co-operative and a valued member of CMC. “Co-operatives and mutuals have been our most resilient business model for over a century because of their values and principles, … Continued

Welcome to our new members!

| Business, Governance

During their September 11, 2020, meeting, the BCCA Board of Directors approved two new member applications: Kootenay Employment Services (KES) has been serving the employment needs of the Creston Valley since 1990 and the East Kootenays since April 2019. As a registered charity and deeply, KES works with many organizations to address both emerging and … Continued

2020 Board Nominations

| Governance

This year, BCCA is seeking candidates for four board vacancies (two-year terms). The BCCA has identified a need for a number of skills among Board members, including but not limited to Human Resources and Risk Management. Nominations must be received by noon on September 3, 2020. Please Include a short 50-word bio and a recent … Continued

BCCA AGM and Co-op Week celebrations!

| Business, Events, Governance

Join us in celebrating Co-op Week 2020 with a virtual Annual General Meeting and other online activities! We’re still polishing up the final details, but check out the tentative schedule of events. COVID-19 and Co-ops: Strategic Foresight Presentation Wednesday, October 14,9 – 11 a.m., Zoom meeting Does your co-operative have a winning strategy to excel … 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

Feedback requested: Future of Electronic Annual General Meetings

| Business, Governance, Government

Back in April, B.C.’s Ministry of Finance issued Ministerial Order 116 to allow co-operative associations to hold their AGMs as fully electronic meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Ministry is evaluating whether this should be a permanent option and we’re looking for your feedback to help inform this decision.  Please complete this short survey by … Continued

BCCA Board to work with FleishmanHillard HighRoad on government relations

| Business, Governance, Government

At their June 8 meeting, the BCCA Board of Directors approved establishing a relationship with FleishmanHillard HighRoad (FHR) to provide government relations (GR) support on key BCCA initiatives.    The FHR team has extensive experience providing strategic advice and support to organizations in a broad range of sectors seeking to influence government decision makers and to secure support … Continued

Co-op Meetup: Engaging Your Members Through Co-operative Education Summary

The BCCA Co-op Meetups strive to be an opportunity and platform for co-ops to come together and share their knowledge and insight with each other, spark new ideas, and help each other grow and flourish.   This week, we had the opportunity to engage in an international conversation with the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association … Continued

Co-op Meetup: Ask a Lawyer Summary

Our first Co-op Meetups session featured Mary Childs as our guest speaker. Mary is a lawyer with Vancouver office of Miller Thompson LLC and is a part of the firm’s Social Impact Group. She works with many co-operatives, charities, non-profits, and social enterprises and also sits on the steering committee of the CoopZone Legal Network, … Continued

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

| Business, Governance |

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