Canada's Emerging Co-operators (CEC) represents an important perspective in the Canadian co-operative movement. The committee helps to identify the interests of young co-operators and improve how we engage with young Canadians. CEC functions as an advisory committee of the CMC, reporting to CMC’s Executive Director.

Co-operators aged 18–35 are eligible to apply for membership on CEC's committee.


The committee is comprised of 9-13 members, all champions, and supporters of youth engagement in financial and non-financial. They include both employees and board members of co-operatives, and at least one representative from a provincial association.

The committee’s work

Canada’s Emerging Co-operators aims to:

  1. Understand and adequately answer to the needs of emerging co-op leaders.

  2. Shape future leadership of the co-operative and mutuals sector in Canada.

  3. Create spaces for youth to highlight, increase and celebrate their engagement within the co-op sector.

If you would like to apply to be part of CEC, please send a letter of interest to CEC@canada.coop

Canada’s Emerging Co-operators is proud to announce the creation of the “Emerging Co-operators Education Fund (ECEF).” Click here to learn more about the ECEF.