Workshop lead: Building Bridges in Canada: the Worker-Social Co-operative Movement, and the Social Enterprise Movement
Executive Director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) since 1995, and CoopZone (Co-op Developers’ Network) since 2009, Hazel Corcoran has been involved in all aspects of worker co-op development and support including capitalization, advisory services, research and writing. She has also been involved as a manager or director with other types of co-operatives and non-profit organizations. Trained as a lawyer and fluently bilingual, Hazel has served the co-operative movement in a variety of other capacities, including as Director of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, (June 2013-June 2016), where she was Vice President for the last two years. She was elected to the Board of The Co-operators representing the Alberta region in April of 2016. She is also a founding director of the Big Idea Rainbow Foundation, whose goal is to use music and other forms of popular culture to promote the co-operative movement. Hazel was born and raised in New Orleans but for most of her life has lived in Alberta.
“In my opinion, the power to act of cooperatives and mutuals is… vital, and creates hope to build a people-centric world, a world of solidarity.”