CMC congratulates Guy Cormier on his election as Desjardins Group's new President and CEO

Mar 23, 2016

Ottawa, March 23, 2016 – Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) congratulates Guy Cormier on his election as Desjardins Group's new Chair of the Board, President and CEO. As the Senior Vice-President of the Desjardins Co-operative Network, Mr....

Guy Cormier elected Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group

Mar 21, 2016

LÉVIS, QC, March 19, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - A special meeting was held in Lévis today to elect the next president of Desjardins Group. The 256 Desjardins officers from Quebec and Ontario that make up the organization's Electoral College elected Guy...

ICA Message from Monique F. Leroux

Women’s Day Message from The International Co-operative Alliance

Mar 8, 2016

Dear co-operators, dear partners,           My name is Monique Leroux and I am President of the International Co-operative Alliance.  Today we celebrate Women’s Day. Women’s day was originally called International Working Women's Day. Work, and I...

Ghislain Gervais

La Coop Fédérée elects a new President

Mar 4, 2016

On February 25, 2016 in Montreal, as part of the 94th annual general meeting of La Coop fédérée, the Board of Directors gathered to elect a new executive committee. Ghislain Gervais was elected President replacing Denis Richard, who had held the...


The World Co-operative Monitor 2016

Mar 3, 2016

The World Co-operative Monitor is it a crucial tool which used to raise the profile of co-operatives to policy-makers and industry professionals. It also provides an essential starting point for researchers and academics. The 2015 edition reports a...

P5 Video Challenge

Mar 3, 2016

The Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation (CASC), along with The Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE), Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) and The Cooperative Foundation are challenging co-operatives and co-operative educators to...

Kathy Bardswick to retire

Kathy Bardswick to retire

Mar 3, 2016

The Co-operators President and CEO, Kathy Bardswick, is retiring at the end of 2016. During Bardswick's 14 years in the role, The Co-operators has expanded both through acquisitions and organic growth to have more than $40 billion in assets under...

Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Co-operative education in Canada

Mar 3, 2016

New research published this month shows that seminars and workshops are the most common method used by co-operatives to fulfill their educational role as described in fifth principle of co-operation. The study explores the application of the...

A Silent Transformation Team

CDF Canada and Powerline Films receive generous support

Mar 3, 2016

In 2014 Powerline Films began investigating and filming a feature documentary about the co-operative movement in Canada. A Silent Transformation is bringing to light the co-operative difference for a mass audience and it has now received vital...

Saskatchewan Co-operatives Embrace Diversity

Saskatchewan Co-operatives Embrace Diversity

Feb 4, 2016

Co-operators from across Saskatchewan gathered to delve into the province’s changing population and its impacts on their future. For co-operatives to survive and thrive in the province, they’ll need to understand how the face of their membership and...


Credit Unions Launch New Trade Association

Feb 4, 2016

The creation of a new credit union trade association was announced January 27. The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) will support and advocate for a successful, competitive and growing credit union industry in Canada. The CCUA is the first,...


Vancity publishes a report examining the growing payday loan industry in BC

Feb 4, 2016

A new study released by Vancity says that usage of payday loans in B.C. jumped 58% between 2012 and 2014. This is a shocking statistic given that payday loans can charge an annual rate of 600%. The study determined that British Columbians are among...

Co-operatives First

FCL Launches Co-operatives First

Feb 4, 2016

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) announced a five-year, $5 million dollar commitment from the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) on January 27 that will provide critical start-up funding for an organization that will facilitate a new wave of co-...

CMC Publishes study on demutualization

Feb 4, 2016

In 2015, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada commissioned Murray Fulton of the University of Saskatchewan and Jean-Pierre Girard of Productions LPS to study the reasons that co-operative and mutual enterprises choose to demutualize. The study,...

Co-ops across Canada respond to the influx of Syrian refugees

Feb 4, 2016

Thousands of refugees are arriving in communities across Canada as the federal government follows through on admitting 25,000 Syrians displaced by the war. This is a significant challenge and Canadian co-operatives are doing their part in different...