Executive Director Named for BCCA and ACCA

Executive Director Named for BCCA and ACCA

The board of directors of the Alberta Community Co-operative Association (ACCA) and the BC Co-operative Association (BCCA) are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Cabaj to the position of executive director effective February 4th.

“When you reviewed the strategic plans of both organizations, done independently, there is a remarkable degree of alignment,” affirmed Randy Taylor, ACCA chair. “Paul has made great strides in Alberta since joining us in April of 2019, notably in such areas as establishing legal services for co-operatives and accelerating our government relations work. We look forward to extending these foundations to our colleagues in BC.”

Introducing Paul Cabaj

Since 1988, Cabaj has consistently demonstrated his competence in leading social and economic innovation. He has a long history of co-operative development – both in Canada and abroad.

 “Paul brings with him deep co-op experience and proven commitment to promoting co-op values. These skills will move BCCA’s mission to advance the co-op sector forward,” offered Ben Hyman, BCCA chair. “Paul has lived and worked in BC for many years and has worked with Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. He brings with him a large network and an entrepreneurial approach that will serve our members well.”

Before his appointment, Paul was the executive director for the Alberta Community Cooperative Association. He has worked as a consultant, researcher, entrepreneur and leader. He sits on several co-operative boards and committees – local, provincial, and national. These connections provide Paul with the inspiration and motivation to push the co-operative movement forward.

It is this insight and experience the BCCA looks forward to leveraging to support co-op communities in BC. Both boards are excited to work with Paul as the new co-executive director.

Recognizing the contributions of Andrea Harris – outgoing BCCA ED

“It was a privilege to be seconded from Vancity and to serve as the ED of the BCCA during a time of significant change. The team worked hard to offer new services and support to our members during the COVID-19 pandemic. We doubled up on our Government Relations efforts and moved our education programs on-line,” reflected Andrea Harris, outgoing BCCA executive director.

 “Much of our success over the year can be attributed to a stronger partnership with the ACCA. With his depth of experience and entrepreneurial spirit, Paul was well-positioned to take the BCCA forward in providing value and support to our many diverse and innovative co-operative and credit union members across the province,” continued Harris.

“The BCCA board and staff would like to thank Andrea Harris for her 1.5 years of service. Her personal and professional contributions over this period cannot be understated,” offered Hyman. “Luckily, she will not be far off, as she has transitioned into being Vancity’s representative on the BCCAs board.”