BC Co-op Association’s 14th Annual General Meeting 

Our AGM this year will be held on June 16, 2017 at the Creekside Community Centre from 1pm – 5:30pm.

We’re excited to announce that we will have 2 keynote speakers at this year’s event!

Senator Lucie Moncion:

Lucie Moncion, a Franco-Ontarian, was appointed to the Senate in November 2016 by The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in co-operative administration from Laurentian University in Sudbury and an MBA from Moncton University. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in the co-operative sector as well as a vast practical experience in the Franco-Ontarian communities. She holds a Chartered Director designation from both Laval University and McMaster University, and she is a member of Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors.

The first woman in Canada to be appointed as head of a caisse populaire federation, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of L’Alliance des caisses populaires de l’Ontario for 16 years.

Among her many accomplishments, Senator Moncion was behind the creation of the Government of Ontario’s tripartite caucus on co-operatives and social finance. She was also the President and Chair of the Board of Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada and President of Le Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario.

Paul Cabaj:

Paul is the Manager of Cooperative Development and Strategic Partnerships at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.

He is a well-traveled , father of three, Paul holds a Bachelor of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta Business and is working on a Masters in Leadership focusing on cooperative decision making. He has worked and lived in Asia and South America (including a stint as an owner of a pan-Asian restaurant). Paul was awarded the Canadian National Award of Merit for Cooperative Development in 2011.

This will include a Wine & Cheese networking event after the formal portion of the AGM, from approximately 4-5:30pm. Please stick around if you can!

Registration closes Monday June 12th.

Register Today!


2017 BCCA AGM Documents

BCCA 2016-17 Annual Report

CIS AGM Report

AGM 2017 Agenda


BCCA Financial statements 2017

Resolution waiving appointment of auditor

BCCA Strat Plan


2017 New Board Director Profiles

Elmer Epp

Elmer is an associate at the law firm of Cates Ford Oien Epp in Kamloops, British Columbia, specializing in corporate, commercial, business and real estate transactions, including commercial and personal loan transactions. Elmer has served as a director of Interior Savings Credit Union and the former Thompson Valley Savings Credit Union since 1996. He has been Chair of the Board of Interior Savings/Thompson Valley Savings Credit Union since 1998. Elmer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an LL.B from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a Diploma of Technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and Canadian Bar Association.

Anne Davidson

Anne Davidson represents co-op housing and is supported by the CHFBC and CHF Canada. She has been active in her housing co-op for 30 years and is currently President. Anne is the past President of CHF Canada and is currently running again for a seat on their Board. She has been a delegate to Co-ops and Mutuals Canada and two of the Quebec International Summit of Co-operatives as well as attending the VanCity organized study tour of the co-operatives in Italy. Anne is a retired senior staff person for a private sector trade union and was also involved with international labour organizations-. She is a strong advocate for the co-operative model and looks forward to being more involved in the broader co-operative movement.

Christian Brandt

Christian is one of the co-founders and currently the Executive Director of the OGO Car Share Co-op. He is also the Executive Director of the Federation of Canadian Car Share Co-ops. Here in Kelowna, OGO started operations in 2013 with only two vehicles and 35 members. Since then OGO has grown to eight vehicles and over 230 members. Challenging the status quo is necessary to change the car dependent habits and move forward to build sustainable communities.  Christian wants to see our communities become more resilient and foster innovation and creativity; he believe co-ops play an important part in achieving this goal. I would like to play an active role in supporting BCCA’s new strategic plan.

Mary Childs

Mary is a lawyer and a founding partner at Ethos Law Group LLP.  She works with many co-operatives, charities, not-for-profit entities and social enterprises.  Mary sits on the steering committee of the Coop Zone Legal Network, a Canada-wide network of co-op lawyers.  She is also on the Board of the CoopZone Developers’ Network Co-operative.  Mary holds degrees from Carleton University, UBC, and Oxford University.  She has held academic positions in law faculties in the United Kingdom and Canada, and has published widely on a range of legal topics.

Phil Baudin

Phil Baudin is a Director of The Co-operators Insurance Group and chairs the Board’s Sustainability & Citizenship Committee. In addition, he is a Director of the Sovereign General Insurance Corporation and of Realize Strategies Co-operative. Phil has led a variety of sustainability-driven organizations, including as Executive Director of Modo Co-operative, past director of HUB, and past Chair of the Environment Advisory Committee for the Municipality of West Vancouver.

Over the course of his business career, Phil held senior management positions at IBM, executive leadership positions in professional service firms, and has extensive experience as a business consultant to large national service organizations. Phil has a Commerce Degree from the University of Manitoba and is active in the areas of sustainability, co-operatives and community service.