François Hastir – Emerging Co-operator Award

The CMC Emerging Co-operator Award honours men and women 35 years of age or less who have contributed outstanding efforts to the cause and the development of co-operative and mutual enterprises.

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Francois Hastir, former president of the COOPSCO and now regional manager for the Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO), won the prize for Emerging Co-operator of the Year. In accepting the prize, Mr. Hastir shared his vision for the future of co-operation and the role of youth in that vision. Mr. Hastir stressed the role of mentors and sharing of experience between experienced and emerging co-operative colleagues. He also affirmed his faith in co-operation, which empowers us to consider a better and more just future.

This award provides recognition to an individual who has contributed in especially significant ways to promoting, developing or uniting co-operatives and mutuals in Canada and/or internationally.