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Canada’s Emerging Co-operators is the future leadership of the co-op and mutuals sector of Canada.

CEC aims to:
  • understand and adequally answer to the needs of emerging co-op leaders
  • shape future leadership of the co-op and mutuals sector in Canada
  • create space for youth to highlight, increase and celebrate their engagement within the co-op sector

Renaud Boisvert

Executive – Finance


2019 Nov. – 2022 Nov.

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.

Meg Ronson

Executive – Communication


2021 Jan. – 2023 Nov.


Meg Ronson is a social economy 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. While completing her Masters of Economic Development and Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Meg produced a paper on Ontario’s small business succession challenges and the social purpose conversion opportunity alongside her research supervisor Sean Geobey. Meg also holds a Certificate of Economics at Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Humanities at Carleton University.

Michael Norris

Executive – Recruitment 


2021 Jan. – 2023 Nov.

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, as well as with l’Université de l’Ontario français as a consultant. His passion for economics and sustainable development is what brought him to the Cooperation Council of Ontario, where he works in the Organizational management division. Outside of work, Michael cycles frequently with Morning Glory and is a member of the Board of Directors of COFRD.

Sarah Jensen



2018 Nov. – 2023 Nov.

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 working with the Ontario Co-operative Young Leaders Program. She has also been involved with CHF Canada, attending the Vision Summit in 2018, joining their Emerging Leader’s Network, and developing and moderating a workshop at their 2019 AGM in London, Ontario. In 2018, she joined the CEC, and she looks forward to continuing to build the future of the co-operative sector in Canada. She is pursuing a degree in political science and pre-law, and hopes to use this to help with advocacy and outreach in the co-op sector.

Kelsie Valliere



2021 Jan. – 2023 Nov.

Kelsie is the PR & Advancement Specialist at Living Sky School Division in North Battleford, SK. She is a life-long cooperative member and has a collective eight years of experience working in cooperative organizations; this includes work with Credit Unions, as a board member for a retail Co-op, and working for a retail 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 Event and Wedding planning. She is passionate about creating innovative ways to engage youth with the cooperative movement and is excited to be part of the CEC.

Jessica Thibodeau



2021 Jan. – 2023 Nov.

Jessica Thibodeau 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). She obtained her diploma in Business Administration from the University of Moncton and a certification in SME management from CCNB. She is also engaged in her grocery coop. Jessica earned the title of “Miss Canada Collegiate’’ in 2017, which sparked her passion for community youth involvement.

Tia Milnes



2021 Jan. – 2023 Nov.

Tia has been working in client-facing environments for more than 10 years and is committed to developing deep-rooted relationships with Canadian Mutuals to establish long-term strategic partnerships. Tia holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada. Tia is the Member Strategy and Relationship Manager at Farm Mutual Re. The opportunity to join CEC will allow her to bring her network and knowledge of the Mutual community to highlight and increase engagement with future leaders in the mutual sector.

Emerging Co-operators Education Fund (ECEF)

The ECEF is accepting applications! Canada’s Emerging Co-operators (CEC), a committee created by CMC, is coordinating this project.


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