Co-operative Development: Findings from a national study

18 Oct 2014 | Events, Past events

Oct 30, 2014

Speakers: Dr. Fiona Duguid, Dr. Marcelo Vieta, Dan Ohler, Seth Leon, Joel Stoddart

What are the factors for successful co-operative development? Does the government policy context make a difference? Dr. Marcelo Vieta and Dr. Fiona Duguid explored these questions and others in a national study gathering wisdom from people involved in establishing new co-ops. As part of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network, this research team peeled back the layers on co-operative development to examine the role of the founders and board, the financial/economic aspects of development, the business/market side of things and more. Join the webinar to hear the details on this pan-Canadian project.

Participants will be invited to ask questions and offer ideas on the topic of successful (and unsuccessful) co-op development in this stimulating dialogue.


Speaker information:

Dr. Marcelo Vieta is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Adult Education and Community Development within the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Previously, Marcelo was also a Research Fellow with the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) in Trento, Italy. Prior to that role, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Social Economy Centre within the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Fiona Duguid is a researcher and consultant with Duguid Consulting Inc. She has been a lead researcher in several national and international co-operative and social economy projects. She is a board member with the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation. Previous Fiona worked with the Canadian Co-operative Association as a researcher and as a senior policy analyst with the Rural and Co-operative Secretariat with Agriculture Canada.

Dan Ohler is a proud husband, father, Personal Mastery Coach  and community-builder.  Concerned about the social and economic death of their rural community of Sangudo, a small dedicated group of leaders incorporated Sangudo Opportunity Development Co-op in 2010.  Dan’s involvement as co-founder and Board Chair allowed him to work on contract with the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association to develop the Unleashing Local Capital program and to support community leaders across Alberta to apply the model.

Seth Leon is the research officer for Alberta Community and Co-operative Association. Since 2012 he has worked on the Unleashing Local Capital Project and been involved in creating materials that help communities create Opportunity Development Co-operatives. Seth has also worked with the BC Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance to examine the diffusion of social finance.  

Joel Stoddart is the Business Development Manager at Careforce Health Services in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. He has been a member of the worker co-op since 2013, and has worked with Careforce since 2012. Prior to this, Joel spent seven years working as a small business development counsellor at Acadia University, where he helped dozens of entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Joel is an avid baseball fan, and lives in New Minas, Nova Scotia with his wife Sacha and their son William.

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