Community Investment Co-ops: A Growing Co-operative Sector in BC

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  The demand and necessity to invest for impact, globally and locally, is on the rise. However, current investment options and regulations in BC & Canada significantly restrict Canadians from investing into local opportunities.  The result is that nearly all investment capital leaves local communities and is placed into far-off stock markets and corporations. This disconnects investors from … Continued

Join Us for Co-op Week Celebrations!

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We love co-op week, for obvious reasons – but also because it’s a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the diversity and potential of co-ops and credit unions across this province. There are plenty of events happening throughout the week that you can take part in to learn more about the sector (and have … Continued

Vancouver Island Co-op Crawl: Principle #2 in Action

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While in Victoria for this year’s AGM, the BCCA staff took the opportunity to visit several members and other co-ops on Vancouver Island. This included tours at Peninsula Co-op, Stocksy United, and Victoria Women in Need Community Co-operative (WIN). Co-ops have the ability to address social issues on a community level while providing better ways … Continued

Join Terminal City Glass Co-op for Spark Fire & Light on Saturday, May 26th

(Vancouver, BC) – The Terminal City Glass Co-op is hosting Spark Fire & Light, an annual public fundraising event on Saturday, May 26th, 7:00 pm to 11 pm at 1191 Parker Street in East Vancouver. Tickets are $35.00 per guest and available for purchase online at www.terminalcityglass.com.  Spark Fire & Light offers an evening of live glassblowing demonstrations, food, drink and … Continued

Upcoming Co-op Cafe Schedule

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  The Co-op Cafe is your chance to get to know the co-op community, workshop problems and ideas, discuss current events through the co-op lens, and jam on ideas for how we can nurture co-op culture in the province. Everyone is welcome! — August 29 (Vancouver) 8-9:30 am at Lost & Found Cafe (our monthly get-together hosted by … Continued

SVI Vancouver Featuring Stocksy United’s CEO/Co-Founder as a speaker this April

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Taking place at SFU Woodward’s this April 18-20th, SVI Vancouver brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in the social change space for skill building and connections. We’re thrilled that one of this year’s featured speakers is Brianna Wettlaufer of Stocksy United, a BCCA member and the stock photo site built on a co-operative model. Brianna co-founded … Continued

Spring course at Camosun: Starting a Co-operative Business

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Interested in starting and incorporating a co-op but aren’t sure how to make your ideas a reality? Our friend and co-op veteran Joy Emmanuel is offering a course at Camosun College this April on How to Start a Co-operative Business. You’ll learn about the co-op model, principles and practices of co-op governance, and how co-ops … Continued

Meet our new Community Administrator, Maggie Miland

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We are excited to introduce our newest team member to the BCCA: meet Maggie Miland, our Community Administrator. Originally from Minnesota, Maggie moved to Vancouver to complete her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of British Columbia. While obtaining her degree, Maggie was driven to learn more about as many of the diverse … Continued