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Building, Advocating, and Celebrating Co-operative Solutions


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Democratic ownership. Community investment. Solidarity. Autonomy. These are just a few of the values and principles that shape co-operatives.


BCCA Co-op Week Innovation Forum is an engaging dialogue which explores innovative ways co-operative solutions can solve pressing business and community problems from both an international and local lens. Learn from seven leaders from across the Pacific Northwest as they share their diverse stories of leading innovation and disruption within their industries and offer advice as young female entrepreneurs!


“Canada is home to one of the most innovative and growth-oriented co-operative sectors in the world… This business model harbours great potential for the Canadian economy.”

Motion-100 Consultations (M-100)


With the federal election fast approaching, the Innovation Forum also examines the agility of the co-operative model and how it is a customizable solution to a variety of unmet community needs. We will discuss how the federal government can best support the sector, especially as the recent M-100 Consultations led by the Government of Canada recognized how the co-op sector is addressing unmet needs within emerging areas of opportunity, particularly in Women and Youth Entrepreneurship and Community Innovation.

Join us on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 in Vancouver at Creekside Community Centre as we celebrate Co-op Week with an exciting evening featuring two dialogue sessions and speakers from around the Pacific Northwest including some of our own BCCA Members who were highlighted within the M-100 report as emerging Canadian co-op innovators! The evening will conclude with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and networking.


10% of each ticket sale will be donated to our friend and member Victoria Women in Need Community Co-operative (WIN), a non-profit dedicated to supporting women on their journey between crisis and wellness.


Doors open at 4:30pm and the Innovation Forum will begin at 5:30pm. 

BCCA Innovation Forum Speakers

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Dialogue Session: Scalable Sector and Community Change: An International Perspective

  • Nora Menkin, Executive Director, The Co-op Funeral Home of People’s Memorial
  • Susanna SchultzMarketing Director, Central Co-op
  • Kateri GutierrezFounder/Worker-Owner, Collective Avenue Coffee

Dialogue Session: Innovation for Impact: A BC Perspective

  • Trista PewapisconiasIndigenous Relations Lead, Co-operatives First
  • Jessica ValentineSales Marketing Manager, Wood Shop Worker’s Co-op
  • Christina BakerDirector of Community Lending, Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund
  • Lisa GirodayGarden Design/Build & Marketing Manager, Victory Gardens

Reception and Networking Session


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BCCA Members, don’t forget that we’re offering you an exclusive 50% off deal on Innovation Forum tickets – for more details, email us at general@bcca.coop or call 604.662.3906!


Thank you to our generous event sponsors:

BCCA Co-op Week Innovation Forum Event Sponsors (Realize Strategies, CHF BC)

BCCA Co-op Week Innovation Forum Event Sponsors (The Co-operators, Community Evolution Fund)

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Thank you to our generous media sponsors:

BCCA Co-op Week Innovation Forum Media Sponsors (Each For All - The Co-operative Connection, Vancouver Co-op Radio)