Electronic Meetings for Co-ops: Order Extended

Electronic Meetings for BC Co-ops to Continue

With the arrival of COVID-19 last March, so did the need to innovate and adapt quickly. In 2020, a ministerial order granted electronic meetings to occur as an accepted format under the Cooperative Association Act. Last month, the Ministerial Order was extended. This extension will allow fully electronic meetings to continue under the Cooperative Association … Continued

Flexible, Responsive & Connected – the Compelling Co-op Difference

| Business, Community, Governance
BC co-ops respond to COVID-19

While the world is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis, co-operatives in industry and services are reorganizing themselves, finding strength in the people and communities they serve. It’s not surprising to social-economic strategists that COVID-19 spurred Canada’s co-operative sector to step up and respond to the needs of communities immediately. In many cases, co-ops … Continued

A New Mindset for A Changing Environment: Highlights from 2020 BCCA & ACCA Virtual Conference

| Business, Community, Governance
CO-OPS are flexible, relevant & responsive

COVID-19 has led to dramatic shifts in consumer behaviour. To meet ever-evolving customer experience requirements, co-ops will have to remain flexible, relevant, and responsive. And as people-centred businesses, co-ops should be strategic and invested in sharing how they are there for their members and their communities. At the fall 2020 CIU Strategic Foresight Virtual Conference, … Continued

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

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