A graduate of St Mary’s University MMCCU, Ms. Guico was Marketing Director for Montreal-based coopérative la Maison Verte, Quebec’s first multi-stakeholder cooperative, at a critical moment in its growth. Her experience inspired a thesis which assessed the impact of a multi-stakeholder governance model on business strategy and growth. 

In 2009-2010, Stephanie co-managed the Co-operative Development Initiative. Working with the Desjardins Group from 2011-2013, she contributed to a number of innovative projects: increasing the inclusion of under-represented members on Desjardins’ board; developing member loyalty marketing strategies across business sectors; and creating the first iteration of youth programming for the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives.

As a consultant, Ms. Guico has continued to provide strategic services to co-operatives and their apex groups since 2014.  Over the last two years Ms. Guico has worked with the New York City Worker Cooperative Coalition to launch new cooperatives, develop a business ecosystem and draft / sponsor supportive policy at the city and state level. Lobby and advocacy efforts helped secure a total of $3.3 million in funding, with enhancement expected in 2017. 

Stephanie Guico is also spokesperson for Quebec’s Caisse d’économie solidaire’s Placements à rendement social, a unique line of socially responsible investment products.

Ms. Guico is deeply committed to the development of the cooperative movement both in Canada and abroad, and is fully trilingual (English-French-Spanish). She will continue harnessing her passion for mobilizing unlikely partners around common goals to create lasting impact in communities, primarily through co-operatives, for many years to come.