Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation
F�d�ration canadienne des coop�ratives de travail
July 2013 Newsletter
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Indivisible Reserve 


An indivisible reserve in a worker co-op is property owned by the co-operative/the co-operative movement which can never be divided among members. It is created by allocating a set percentage (e.g., 20% or 40%) of annual surpluses to the indivisible reserve. Our background brief will provide you with more information. CWCF is seeking direction from its members on this important topic.


Join our conference call to find out more.


A conference call is scheduled for members on September 12 at 12:00 noon EDT, for approximately one hour.


To attend RSVP to Kaye Grant,


Deliberations will be held at our 2013 Conference that will provide initial direction to CWCF on this important topic. Your input is needed on the conference call and if possible at the conference. We encourage you to register soon for the conference call to ensure that you can provide your input.

Melenie Conn  recipient of CCA Award 

Melanie Conn is the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award. CCA's Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award honours men and women who have contributed outstanding efforts to the cause of co-operative enterprise.  


When asked how she felt about recieving this award Melanie replied, "I was thrilled to receive the nomination for the award and overwhelmed when I was chosen to receive it. I came to the co-op sector from the women's movement. From the beginning I saw that co-ops are powerful opportunities for democratic and participatory social change. The vibrancy of the sector continues to inspire me because it's an essential element in building economies that serve communities and the people who live in them."


Melanie has lived in Vancouver with her partner Bob (who she met at a co-op meeting) for almost 40 years and she is also the
"delighted Nana of two beautiful, though not always co-operative, grandchildren."


Visit the Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame for more information about Melanie's contribution to the Co-op sector.  


CWCF-CoopZone 2013 Conference
The CWCF-CoopZone Conference will take place in St. Albert (outside of Edmonton), Alberta, on November 7th to 9th, 2013.  The theme is: Educating Each Other for Empowerment.


This year we are planning an Ignite Event where conference delegates will have an opportunity to "share their story". Here is your chance to share a 5-minute, 20-slide presentation at the conference.   Watch for more information on how you can get on the agenda to tell your story!

Meanwhile to find out more about how an Ignite presentation works go to

Get the early bird rate, register now!

 We hope to see you there!

Creation of a new Apex organization  
Hazel Corcoran (the CWCF delegate) and Lynn Hannley (the CoopZone delegate) voting in favour of CCA's unity resolution, on June 28th.

[Le fran�ais suit] Delegates to both the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coop�ration et de la mutualit� (CCCM) Annual General Meetings voted strongly in favour of a resolution to create the new pan-Canadian organization which would represent Co-ops, credit unions and mutuals across Canada.The organization is likely to be called Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. The CWCF Executive Director, Hazel Corcoran, is one of the 14 people chosen to be a founding board member of the new Apex. 


For more information read the news release.

La Cr�ation d'une nouvelle organisation bilingue
Lorsque la nouvelle organisation d�butera ses op�rations au d�but de 2014, elle reprendra les mandats du Conseil canadien de la coop�ration et de la mutualit� (CCCM) ainsi que les activit�s nationales de la Canadian Co-operative Association/Association des coop�ratives du Canada (CCA-ACC). Cette nouvelle organisation serait nomm�e, sous r�serve de la d�cision du registraire, Coop�ratives et mutuelles du Canada. Par ailleurs, la CCA-ACC se modifiera pour se concentrer au niveau du d�veloppement international. La Directrice g�n�rale de la FCCT et de CoopZone, Hazel Corcoran, est membre du conseil d'administration de fondation, ainsi que 13 autres coop�rateurs-trices.
Communiqu� de presse
L�opold Beaulieu recognized by CCCM 
[Le fran�ais suit] Quebec co-op and trade union leader, L�opold Beaulieu, who has has made a very significant contribution to the co-operative movement in Quebec, has received the francophone co-operative movement's highest honour, the Ordre du m�rite coop�ratif et mutualiste canadien (OMCMC).


L�opold Beaulieu est re�u � l'OMCMC
Monsieur L�opold Beaulieu, l'actuel pr�sident-directeur g�n�ral de Fondaction, le Fonds de d�veloppement de la CSN pour la coop�ration et l'emploi et pr�sident du Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche et d'information sur les entreprises collectives (CIRIEC)a �t� re�u au second degr� de l'Ordre du m�rite coop�ratif et mutualiste canadien en reconnaissance de son implication � l'essor du mouvement coop�ratif et mutualiste canadien. Au cours de sa carri�re, monsieur Beaulieu fut entre autres le premier directeur g�n�ral de la Caisse d'�conomie des travailleurs de Qu�bec (aujourd'hui la Caisse d'�conomie solidaire Desjardins) et membre du premier Conseil des repr�sentants des caisses de groupes (CORE).
Industry Canada now responsible for Co-operatives
The federal responsibility for co-operatives now resides with Industry Canada.  As such, Industry Canada has created a new website for co-op information, research, programs & services called: Industry Canada's Co-operative Policy.

You can visit the new site by following this link. 
Flood Resolution
alberta flood 2013
The RESOLUTION ON FLOOD RELIEF IN ALBERTA,proposed originally by CWCF, was passed at the AGMs of both the Canadian Co-operative Association and le Conseil canadien de la coop�ration et de la mutualit�, on June 28th, 2013 in Edmonton.  More...
R�solution sur le secours suite aux inondations
La R�solution approuv�e par le CCCM se trouve  ici.
The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) is a national, bilingual grassroots membership organization of and for worker co-operatives, related types of co-operatives (multi-stakeholder co-ops and worker-shareholder co-ops), and organizations that support the growth and development of worker co-operatives.  CWCF's e-newsletter is available free of charge to anyone with an e-mail address and an interest in worker co-operative developments in Canada. 

Please send any comments and suggestions to: 


Kaye Grant

Editor of CWCF Newsletter

(204) 257-1198


In This Issue
CCA Award Winner
CWCF-CoopZone 2013 Conference
CAA-CCM Congress
CCCM Recognition
Industry Canada
Flood Resolution
A member at our last Edmonton based conference summed up  his experience as follows:
"...ultimately, though, we came away with a tremendous amount of learning, and learning is never a bad thing. props must go out to the CWCF and hazel corocan in particular, for putting on an enlightening event!" 
Grant Horwood

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