New CEC committee members were appointed on October 12. 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.

This year’s committee is larger than ever with 14 members from many different regions of Canada and sectors of the economy. The CMC team and Board of Directors wish to congratulate the new appointees:

  • Christina BakerCanadian Co-operative Investment Fund
  • Alexa CreelmanCentral 1
  • Lisa FurfaroBC Co-op Association
  • Adam HerrEyemole Arts and Technology Co-operative
  • Sarah JensenCastlegreen Housing Co-operative
  • Tristan LaingWaterloo Co-operative Residence Incorporated
  • David MercierLa Coop fédérée
  • Josh NobleUnity Credit Union
  • Blaire UlrichAffinity Credit Union

Welcome to the team!  We look forward to working with you and learning from you.

The continuing members of CEC are:

  • Pierre-Anne TurmelConseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité
  • Clément PanzavoltaConseil de la coopération de l’Ontario
  • François HastirDesignated youth representative to the CMC Board of Directors
  • Abigail WilsonThe Co-operators
  • Musonda YamfwaCanadian Credit Union Association

Thank you for your continued dedication!

CMC also wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to outgoing members for their service and dedication to CEC:

  • Cynthia MitchellCo‑operative Housing Federation of Canada
  • Amanda GilchristAssiniboine Credit Union
  • Lacey ChyzArctic Co-operatives Limited

Outgoing Chair Lacey Chyz shared her thoughts on her time with CEC. “It’s an absolute advantage for all Co-ops in Canada to have emerging and experienced leaders working together! It’s been said many times that youth are the future. Well, Canada’s Emerging Co‑operators are working with senior executives and directors to shape the future that will become ours to lead. It’s essential we help influencers in the sector think differently, and inclusively, about youth engagement and leadership. I have been impressed during my tenure as Committee Chair with the true spirit of co-operation among co-operatives, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for CEC and the sector.

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada Executive Director André Beaudry confirmed the important role that CEC will play in the coming year: “We are excited to get to work with this talented group of co-op leaders and foresee a central role for the committee in building engagement within the sector and also with young leaders from other sectors who are working to support growth in the co-operative economy. Welcome to the team!