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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.

Composition

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.

Josh Noble

President

Josh Noble, third year member, is a committed cooperative advocate with a lifetime as a cooperative member and five years as a professional in the cooperative sector. A child of rural Saskatchewan, cooperatives were an essential and ubiquitous feature of social life for Josh. Today as an active professional in the credit union system, Josh is privileged to be able to tend to the roots of economic and social cooperation for the betterment of his local community. In addition to his role chairing the Education...

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Maggie Miland

Vice-President

Maggie Miland is the Community Activation Lead at Realize Strategies Co-operative in Vancouver, BC. Her greatest strengths are in understanding issues in the purpose-driven sector from a systemic lens and empowering those affected to take actionable steps towards a solution. Maggie’s previous work with the BC Co-operative Association has led her to co-create and run community asset-mapping workshops amongst youth to encourage them to explore the co-operative sector as a viable career path. As an...

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Renaud Boisvert

Emerging Co-operator

Entrepreneurship and Human Resources at University of Sherbrooke as a student, Renaud Boivert is currently completing his first term as of a board member of the Fédération Québécoise des cooperatives en milieu scolaire. He has alsoserved as an administrator in this network since 2016. Freshly a new member of Emerging Cooperators of Canada, he wishes to contribute to the development of the next Canadian cooperatives generation.

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Jean-Pascal Dumont

Emerging Co-operator

Jean-Pascal Dumont is currently the Provincial Coordinator of collective business transfers at CTEQ. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at Laval University, where he specialized in public and political economics. Subsequently, he worked within Quebec’s public service. In 2018, He completed an MBA at the John Molson School of Business; as a recipient of a CHNGR scholarship, he was an ambassador involved in collective entrepreneurship on the Concordia University campus. Recently, he...

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Kevin Gravier

Emerging Co-operator

Empowering is what motivates Kevin Gravier. This holder of a master's degree in international law from Université de Grenoble-Alpes (France) wants to participate in the development of equal opportunities. He's living his first experience of cooperation within an international network of information and training in legal and judicial action, but a move to the communications department of SUCO - Solidarité Union Coopération gives a turning point to his professional career. For almost 10 years now, Kevin has...

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Joanna Hausen

Emerging Co-operator

Joanna Hausen has experience within the international co-operative movement through her work with the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada and the Mongolian Co-operative Training and Information Center. Her background in international development, environmental assessment and social entrepreneurship led her to work on business development for co-operatives and strategic planning for the co-operative supporting agencies of Mongolia. Joanna is passionate about promoting youth engagement with co-...

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Iva Jankovic

Emerging Co-operator

Iva Jankovic works with the BC Co-operative Association as the Education Program Coordinator and is currently in her first year of the Masters in Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program at Saint Mary's University. Iva is a self-described "co-op nerd" with an interest in co-operative research, development and entrepreneurship, working in particular with worker co-operatives, platform co-operatives and co-operative associations. She is the founder of...

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Sarah Jensen

Emerging Co-operator

Sarah Jensen grew up in Castlegreen Housing Co-operative in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which gave her a strong belief in the co-operative sector from a very young age, and a passion for youth involvement in the local, provincial, and national co-operative community. She became a Board member in her co-op at 18, and has since served as Treasurer and as Vice President. She has been highly involved with the Ontario Co-operative Association, developing and delivering workshops and presentations on co-operatives and...

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Tristan Laing

Emerging Co-operator

Tristan has been widely involved in the Co-operative movement since moving into a Student housing co-operative in Toronto in 2005. Former President of Campus Co-op Residences Inc and the Ontario Student Co-op Association, Tristan currently serves as President of NASCO Properties, and serves as that board's representative on NASCO's NASCO’s Development board. Tristan is also involved with the Affordable Housing Committee at York University, and a budding non-profit, HOUSE (Housing Ontario University Students...

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Michael Norris

Emerging Co-operator

Originally from Toronto, Michael Norris quickly became involved in educational politics, being elected president of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association. After sitting on the Premier’s steering committee for Major Capacity Expansion and the establishment of UOF, Michael completed his studies at the University of British Columbia in International Economics, focusing on sustainable development. He then returned to Toronto to work with Conseil scolaire Viamonde in Labour Relations and Community Development...

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Jason Rivest

Emerging Co-operator

Jason Rivest holds bachelor’s degrees in history and in administration, as well as an MBA. He has been working in cooperative and mutualist circles for more than 10 years. He began his career in agricultural cooperatives before becoming involved as an administrator on the boards of directors of a university bookstore and a Caisse Desjardins where he held several positions of responsibility. He currently holds the position of Promotion agent for cooperative youth entrepreneurship with the Conseil québécois de...

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Meg Ronson

Emerging Co-operator

Meg Ronson is a business succession researcher and economic development professional, and specializes in community and stakeholder engagement and small business education. Meg was the project manager for a business conversion research initiative at the University of Waterloo. Prior to this, she worked briefly at the French-language social economy non-profit Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario's Windsor office, and has held several positions at economic development technology startup SuccessionMatching....

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Vesta Sahatciu

Emerging Co-operator

Vesta Sahatciu started her co-op journey by co-founding the Eyemole Arts and Technology Worker Co-operative with her peers and friends. The co-op aspect of this company soon became an all-encompassing aspect of her life. She is today an active participant in the co-op sector, having taken part in the Cooperate Now bootcamp, working at Sustainability Solutions...

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Jessica Thibodeau

Emerging Co-operator

Jessica Thibodeau is 23 years old and she lives in the beautiful Acadian Peninsula, NB. She is Francophone and proud to be involved in the cooperative and social movement. She works as a Youth Strategy Coordinator with the Coopérative de développement régional (CDR) and as a Youth Partnership Coordinator (YPI) with the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick. She obtained her diploma in Business Administration from the University of Moncton and a certification in SME management from CCNB. Jessica...

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Kelsie Valliere

Emerging Co-operator

Kelsie is the Marketing & Communications Manager for Delta Co-op, a retail co-op in West Central Saskatchewan.  She has a collective eight years of experience working in cooperative organizations including work with Credit Unions, as a board member for a retail Co-op, and her current role with Delta Co-op.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Film Studies from Carleton University, has her Certified Strategic Marketing Executive designation from CUES, and has a certificate in International...

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