CANADA’S EMERGING CO-OPERATORS
Canada’s Emerging Co-operators mentorship program provides young co-operators (between 18 and 35) the opportunity to be mentored by experienced co-operative leaders.
This program will deepen their knowledge in various fields of activity :
- Human Resources,
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 Grant Committee of Canada’s Emerging Cooperators, Josh is the Manager of Deposit Support at Synergy Credit Union and holds his Masters of Arts in Communication and Technology from the University of Alberta. Additionally, Josh is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University’s Graduate Diploma in Cooperative Management and he currently produces a monthly podcast about the Canadian credit union system.
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 elected member of the Co-operatives and Mutuals Board of Directors, Maggie works with her colleagues to ensure that young Canadians find an abundance of meaningful opportunities to engage with co-operatives. Through her skills as a graphic recorder and facilitator, Maggie has visualized strategic directions for youth refugee support networks, the B Corp community, youth understanding of the co-operative model, and support services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to name a few. Maggie’s degree in International Relations, coupled with her passion for the co-operative model, drives her belief that stronger communities are created by facilitating the leadership development of current and future young co-operators.
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.
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 conducted research on community bonds for the TIESS. Over the past few years, he has been interested in the benefits and challenges of collective business succession, which he sees as an innovative and realistic entrepreneurial option that can serve workers and communities. Jean-Pascal makes it his duty to be a “civic engineer” in order to build consensual bridges between individuals and organizations from all spectrum.
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 been refining his communication skills, ensuring that they are put to work for organizations with a positive social impact. Of course, co-operative businesses are on that list! That’s how Kevin contributed to the influence of a funeral cooperative before joining the team of the Consortium de ressources et d’expertises coopératives, a mutualized specialized services center for collective enterprises in Québec. Through his involvement with Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, he intends to contribute to the challenge of encouraging youth to take ownership of cooperation to create an ever more inclusive and equitable future.
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-operatives and entrepreneurial education for youth. In the future, she is looking for more opportunities to engage with the environmental co-operative movement and the impact of co-operative economic efforts on environmental issues!
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 BuddyUp.coop, a soon-to-be social network and collaboration space designed by and for co-operatives, and the host of The Common Denominator Podcast.
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.
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 Equitably) which is striving to expand the success of UTILE’s new model for development co-operative student housing into Ontario. While most of his efforts have been in the co-op housing sector, Tristan is currently a board member of Karma Co-operative in Toronto, a new-wave Food co-op which dates back to the early 70s. Tristan is a co-op researcher, historian and educator, and has given numerous presentations on co-op related topics in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Tristan’s main employment is as Director of Education and Community with Regenesis, a campus-oriented environmental and social justice student non-profit in Toronto which supports students in operating environmental initiatives on college campuses.
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.
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 la coopération et de la mutualité. He has been awarded several prestigious awards in the cooperative world and beyond for his exceptional involvement.
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. 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.
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 Group Worker Co-op, sitting on the board of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, and volunteering at Co-op Radio as a producer for Each For All: The Co-operative Connection. It was through her work with Each For All that she was able to attend the 2019 CMC Conference, where she got acquainted with the CEC team. She decided to join them in 2020 as a fellow emerging co-operator, and is excited to be working with them since!
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 earned the title of “Miss Canada Collegiate’’ in 2017, which sparked her passion for community youth involvement.
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 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.
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