Ottawa, January 7, 2015
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Casey as their new executive director, effective April 2.
“We are excited and pleased to welcome a leader as dynamic and experienced as Michael to the helm of our two organizations,” says CCA president Patrice Pratt. “He shares our values and our vision to build a better world through co-operative action.”
Mr. Casey brings a wealth of management and field experience to the post, including more than ten years as executive director of Development & Peace. Prior to that, he worked with co-operative movements in Northern Canada, and overseas with international development agencies including CCA. Between 1990 and 2005 Mr. Casey lived and worked in Asia, initially as a CCA program manager for a national bilateral co-operative development project in the Philippines, and later as CCA country program director in Indonesia.
“I am very pleased to be joining the team,” says Mr. Casey. “There are many exciting opportunities and challenges ahead to work on with this dynamic group. I have many pleasant memories of my work with CCA internationally, and all the wonderful and inspiring leaders of our movement whom I was privileged to meet and work with. I am looking forward to renewing friendships and acquaintances in this new position.”
“Michael’s co-op roots run deep,” says CDF Chair Cheryl Byrne. “He knows first hand the time-tested ways co-operatives and credit unions can help communities in need move out of poverty.”
Mr. Casey grew up in Edmonton and currently lives in Montreal with his wife Lota and three teenage children. Retiring CDF and CCA executive director Jo-Anne Ferguson will continue in her post until April 2.