Dear co-operators and co-operative stakeholders,

It is with deep regret that we announce the departure of our Executive Director, Ms. Denyse Guy.  She has tendered her resignation and will be stepping down from her role as our founding Executive Director in October 2018.

Ms. Guy moved to Ottawa in 2012 during the International Year of Co-operatives to lead the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) as Executive Director.  Ms. Guy was an instrumental force in the creation of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, which united the anglophone apex association CCA and the francophone apex, le Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité into a unified voice.  She has also provided stalwart leadership in forging closer national bonds in the co-operative movement.

During her tenure, Ms. Guy showcased CMC at an international level by strengthening international ties particularly in the Americas and supported the development of the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund which will be a key instrument for co-operative development in Canada.

“It has been a wonderful six years, I thank the membership that trusted my leadership and supported CMC’s execution of our 2017-2020 strategic plan” Ms. Guy shared.

The Board of Directors will begin an executive search for a new ED to be hired in the fall.   We are thankful that Denyse has provided the CMC Board with sufficient time to implement our succession plan and conduct the search.


Best regards,

Doug Potentier
President of the Board
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada