Co-op Meetups

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At BCCA we want to provide forums for our co-operative community to come together during these difficult times. So we are be offering a digital meet up series focused on issues specific to co-operative businesses. The meet ups will feature local co-operators and subject matter experts and provide plenty of opportunity for knowledge sharing among those in the call.


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

Date: Thursday, May 7th

Time: 1PM (PDT)

Wondering what federal programs and supports (business and individual) your co-operative and members may be eligible for? Have questions regarding program criteria, expansions, exemptions, and updates?

Daniel Brunette, Director of Advocacy and Partnerships at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) will be sharing his knowledge and is available to answer any questions you may have. Like previous Co-op Meetups, there is also an open discussion segment of the meetup for participants to bring forward any discussion topics or ideas they would like to share with the rest of the co-operative community.

Register for the Co-op Meetup


Engaging Your Members Through Co-operative Education

Date: Thursday, April 23rd
Time: 1PM (PDT)

We had the opportunity to engage in an international conversation with the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) and the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) to share best practices and tactical approaches to co-operative education, member engagement and development, how to tailor co-op education to your individual co-op’s needs and membership, and more.

Read the Meetup summary and watch the video recording


Ask a Lawyer: What’s Force Majeure and How Should I Run a Virtual AGM and Election?

Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 1PM (PDT)

Our first featured speaker is Mary Childs, a lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP and a BCCA board director. She will discuss two topics of concern to co-operatives during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Force Majeure – what does it mean and how does it apply
  2. AGMs & Elections – how to ensure your virtual process is smooth and solid

Read the Meetup summary and watch the video recording



This is new to us so we welcome your input on what topics you’d like more information on and areas you’d like more support with. Some upcoming Co-op Meetup topics include:

  • Member engagement during the COVID-19 crisis
  • How to pivot to a new business model
  • How to dissolve a co-operative
  • Creating new co-operatives in response to the crisis.

Fill out a quick 3-question survey to let us know what other topics you’d find useful!