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Service providers

Expert service providers are organizations or consultants that provide resources, training, mentoring, and other learning opportunities to co-operative across the country to help them get established, scale or diversify. CMC wants to ensure that co-operatives across the country have access to relevant services that meet their specific needs. This list will be updated gradually. Please note that CMC is not responsible for the services offered by those providers.

Would you like to join our list of expert service providers for the co-operative sector?

Language

Service(s)

Province or territory

Province or territory

Saskatchewan

Language

French

Ambient Bookkeeping Employee Cooperative Limited

Bookkeeping services provided by experienced owner operators who care about delivering quality.We are a Saskatchewan based worker owned service provider. We are here to serve you with the dedication and attention that only owner operators can provide, personally on every interaction. Your success is important to our success – we understand that.

Services

Accounting services

Province or territory

Alberta

Language

English

McGee Richard

Founded in Edmonton in 2010, SB LLP is dedicated to understanding our clients’ legal needs and to providing personalized, innovative solutions. We believe in practical, cost-effective legal guidance to help our clients reach their goals.

Services

Legal services

Province or territory

Ontario

Language

English

Lerners

In 1929, Mayer Lerner opened the doors to his law firm.  Joined by his brother Sam in 1939, they faithfully applied the philosophy that “no matter who our clients are, each and every one deserves the best representation possible.” Today, 90 years later, this simple truth is still at the heart of our values.

Services

Legal services

Province or territory

Ontario

Language

English

RZCD Law Firm LLP

Penny focuses on providing advice on credit union share offerings, incorporations, and mergers and acquisitions, and also involves herself in regulatory issues affecting the Ontario credit union system. Penny also provides legal advice to credit unions on general corporate matters, advises the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation, and also provides wills and estates services.

She serves as a Board and governance committee member of Foundation Brescia, the registered Canadian charity supporting her alma mater, Brescia University College (the only all-female university-level women’s college in Canada), and as Chair of the Board of Families with Children from China Charitable Fund, a registered Canadian charity founded by adoptive parents of children from China which supports the medical and educational needs of the children remaining in the care of Chinese orphanages.

Services

Province or territory

British Columbia

Language

English

Martha Rans

Martha Rans has been a lawyer for over 20 years. Her Vancouver-based law practice specializes in the legal needs of non-profits, charities and digital creatives. She spent 10 years as labour employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. She has appeared before administrative tribunals, provincial and BC Supreme Court. She advises on charity law, incorporation, governance, privacy, employment, labour, health & safety and human rights. Her advice is practical and strategic, tailored to the needs of her clients.

Martha is an advocate for public legal education and information. She is the founder of lawfornonprofits.ca a resource dedicated to the non profit sector. She provides advice, information and education to thousands of BC’s creators and non profits. She is also a copyright educator and teaches the next generation of artists and designers at post-secondary schools across Canada.

Services

Legal services

Province or territory

Ontario

Language

English

Iler Campbell LLP

I didn’t always want to be a lawyer. I was far more comfortable with the harder skills of math and science, and was well on my way to graduating as a civil engineer from the University of Waterloo.

It was 1968, and like so many others, my life and goals changed in that year – fundamentally. The next year, I entered law school with two other friends. On our first day, we were the only long-haired students in jeans.

Perhaps obsessively staying away from Bay Street law firms, I established a general practice on my own, doing whatever came in the door: criminal defense, civil litigation, union-side (and union-dissident) labour law, real estate, and corporate and commercial law.

I learned from doing. Virtually everything I did was for the first time. Without much experience available to me, I spent late nights preparing for court appearances the following day. This was the only way to ensure that my lack of experience didn’t mean inferior representation for my clients.

Charlie Campbell and I formed Iler Campbell in 1982. We agreed that we would specialize – he’d focus on litigation, and I’d focus on solicitors’ work – legal work that doesn’t involve the courts.

Solicitors’ work is, essentially, problem-solving (much like my earlier studies in maths and sciences) applying rules, and drawing on past experience to develop solutions that work. We work hard to avoid our clients getting entangled in the web of litigation – a cumbersome, and expensive way to resolve a dispute. When we fail, I’m fortunate to be able to bring in the litigation team that Charlie founded. They do top-notch work, and understand our clients’ values.

A key element in our success in law, I think, has been a commitment to both quality work and progressive values. Iler Campbell has been blessed with many, many incredible clients. Many of them were attracted by our values, but it’s our work that has kept them with us and has kept new clients knocking on our door. I’m very proud of our reputation.

There’s a kind of magic that happens when both of these elements fall into place – values and work. It’s very satisfying to work with people when you know where they’re coming from, when our values click and we just ‘get’ one another. A passion for our clients’ work is what keeps me going day in and day out. That’s why I still put in the long hours. (I could be retired by now!) And I know the same is true of the rest of the Iler Campbell team.

Services

Legal services

Province or territory

Alberta

Language

English

Elliot H. Bridgewater: Barrister + Solicitor

I am proud to have founded my legal practice in 2017 as a full service law firm providing legal services to the cooperative community, small businesses, social enterprise throughout Alberta.

I represent and advocate for organizations that are socially responsible community leaders, and I share the vision of thought leaders around the world that the global economy is changing and more democratic, and sustainable, economic solutions are possible and necessary.

Services

Conversion to a co-op, Legal services

Province or territory

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Language

English

Rhythm Communications

For over three decades, Russ has been working with communities, co-operative enterprises, unions, environmental organizations and private businesses to meet their strategic goals and develop good governance practices. He has helped launch over two hundred co-operatives, with a seventy percent success rate (for which he gives the founders credit).

Russ is the creator of the Co-operative Sustainability Scorecard, and has volunteered on the Ontario Co-operative Association’s Co-op Development Committee since the 1990s.  Russ is co-chair of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation’s Business Succession Committee, and is the Treasurer of CoopZone.

In his own community of Campbellford, Russ was the founding President of the Aron Theatre Co-operative and the Campbellford Seymour Community Foundation.  He is currently the Chair of the Northumberland County Food Policy Council.

Russ has a business degree (Queen’s Commerce) and a Masters of Industrial Relations (University of Toronto).

Services

Accounting services, Branding and marketing, Business planning, Business writing, Conversion to a co-op, Financial modelling, Fund development, Governance, Growth strategy, Impact measurement, Incorporation of a co-op, Market study, Networking support, Strategic partnerships, Strategic planning, Viability study

Province or territory

Ontario

Language

English

Hypha Worker Co-op

We are a team of technologists, designers, and community organizers who value working with mission-oriented organizations in order to help them redesign their relationships with digital technology.

Services

Governance, Networking support, Product development, Strategic planning

Province or territory

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Language

Bilingual

Yellow Tree

Since 2018 YellowTree has worked with clients to find, prepare for, and successfully apply to funding opportunities, raising over $50 million and saving them valuable time and internal resources. We work with national, provincial and front-line non-profits and social enterprises across Canada. Our clients are active in many fields, including the arts, the environment, housing, social services, education, healthcare, Indigenous communities, 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and human rights, to name a few.  YellowTree works closely with Denis Simard of Consultant Simard Consulting, who is a leader in the French language community specializing in governance, grant writing and management as well current affairs and political strategies.

Services

Fund development, Governance, Impact measurement