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November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

November Lunch and Learn SeriesIf your organization wants to make a bigger impact in their local economy, then this free webinar series is not to be missed.

Training, education, and information is not only a co-operative principle, it’s an important part of growing any organization. Every Thursday during the month of November we are offering free noon-hour webinars that will expand your organization’s knowledge about strategic opportunities around economic development. All you need is to RSVP in advance.

Register for the November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

To best enjoy these webinars, we highly recommend watching this webinar with a colleague; invite them for lunch! All webinars run from noon-1PM (MST)

November 2nd: Co-operative Strategies that can grow your business save you money,

If your enterprise is looking to reduce costs, increase productivity, and build a strong work culture, then this 45-minute lunch hour webinar is not to be missed. Learn how co-operative strategies can be applied in your business, not for profit, or community.

Hosted by Seth Leon, Manager of Co-operative Services; Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

November 9th: Member Loyalty Programs: Enhance member value while supporting local business

North Parkland Power REA (NPP) has increased value to their members offering loyalty discounts to a range of local businesses. This strategy also connects their co-op to the local business community in a meaningful way. Learn how NPP devised and executed on this strategy, and the key actions needed to get started in your community.

Hosted by Andrea LaBrie, Member-Owner Representative; North Parkland Power REA ltd.

November 16th: As Local As Possible: Craft Brewing in Alberta

Alberta’s craft beer industry is exploding, having tripled in size over the past few years. Growth continues, all over Alberta, in an industry that has deep roots in the history of the province. Where has the industry come from and where will it go? How can your community play its part in making brewing a signature industry for Alberta?

Hosted by Terry Rock, Executive Director; Alberta Small Brewers Association

November 23rd:  Local Investing & Community Economic DevelopmentLearn about how to invest locally, raise capital for your local business, and how to grow your local economy. Recent changes to investment rules in Alberta will soon make things easier to invest locally and raise money locally. Learn how community economic development can help your business do well, and do good. This webinar will help frame local opportunities with long-term economic growth, opportunities to maximize your impact, access tax benefits, and mobilize growing networks.

Hosted by Courtney Hare, Public Policy Manager; Momentum

November 30th: How inclusive spaces increase market share and build stronger businesses

Creating welcoming spaces strengthen brand identity and improve customer experience. This webinar explains how to develop accessible and inclusive spaces that will help your business grow. Learn how to maximize your marketing and strengthen your brand. This webinar will also touch on project management for creating accessible spaces, and how to access grants.

Hosted by Sean Crump CEO and Head Chair; Universal Access

North Atlantic Accelerator Event

Image of illuminated map with text: "Make new contacts and discover ways to drive your project idea to the next level with experts from around the north atlantic region. North Atlantic Accelerator. May 10-14. Every day on Zoom. 12:00-13:30 EST. 16:00-17:30 GMT."In partnership with the Cooperation Council of Ontario (CCO), the North Atlantic Accelerator program is launching a five days event for social entrepreneurs and actors in sustainable economic development for rural regions. Join us every day at 12 pm EST / 4 pm GMT and discover ways to drive your project idea to the next level with experts from around the North Atlantic region. Experts from various countries such as Denmark, Iceland, Scotland, The Faroe Islands, The State of Maine in the US and Canada will convene for this once in a lifetime event. This event follows the Think Rural, Think Digital, Think Ahead hackathon held in April 2021. 

Mon 10 May | The Importance of Networking and Mentorship
Morten Larsen - CEO of Nukiga (Dmk/Greenland)
Sigrun Jonssveinsdottir - Director of Iverksetan - Faroe Islands
Lise-Lotte Terp - CEO of Arctic Consensus

Tues 11 May | Competencies for Innovation
Bala Kamallakharan - Founder - Startup Iceland

Wed 12 May | Markets - Rural Tourism
Jenny Kordick - Executive Director - Maine Outdoor Brands
Ásta Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir - Managing Director Iceland Tourism Cluster
Gord Knowles - Senior Coordinator, Investment Attraction and Economic Development, Destination Northern Ontario

Thur 13 May | Markets - Digital Health
Nik Fiorio - Lead Strategist - First Response Mental Health
Dr Andrea McColl- Senior Development Manager Life Sciences
Tom Rainey- Executive Director - Maine Centre for Entrepreneurs

Fri 14 May | Ecosystems
Gillian Galloway - Head of Innovation - Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
Bala Kamallakharan - Founder - Startup Iceland
Kyle McCall - Business Development and Commercialization Manager - Ontario Centre for Innovation
Moderator : Jean-François Parent, Director of Major Financing at CCO ; CCEDNet Board member

Register for any or all of these presentations

For more information, contact 

Campfire Chat: Working with the Media – Easier Said Than Done!

10:00am - 11:00am Pacific
11:00am - 12:00pm Mountain
12:00pm - 1:00pm Central
1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern
2:00pm - 3:00pm Atlantic
2:30pm - 3:30pm Newfoundland

Mainstream media can be a powerful influencer.  An interview or article in a mainstream publication will reach a different audience than social media.  Just as important as reach, however, is clout.  With mainstream media, you can’t self-publish like you can with social media.  It means that someone else – a  journalist – needs to know your work and think it’s worthy of a story! 

Working with mainstream media brings risks, too.  As soon as you issue a media release or give an interview, it’s out of your hands.  Statements can be taken out of context and editors can do what they like with your story.  Building trust is paramount!

Have you had successful experiences with mainstream media in your advocacy work?  What about ones that went wrong?  What did you take away from those experiences? 

This campfire chat will provide you with an opportunity to share your own experience in working with the media in your advocacy campaigns, and learn from others’ stories in an informal peer-to-peer learning environment.  If you’re a novice, no worries, your stories are just as valuable!

Please join us on May 6!

Register for Campfire Chat: Working with the Media - Easier Said Than Done!

The Strengthening Community Economies Series is designed to build skills, provide support, and strengthen a culture of political action among CCEDNet members. To join CCEDNet or to find out more about our barrier-free membership policy, click here.

International Co-operative Governance Symposium

Image of people speaking via teleconference on a tablet while working on a whiteboard paperThis International Co-operative Governance Symposium is an interactive and participatory gathering of governance professionals, experts, and researchers from various countries. This is not a large, “talking head” style conference as most attendees will be direct contributors to at least one of the sessions during the Symposium.

Consider these few days as an opportunity to think deeply about governance systems that are fit for co-operatives. Learn from each other about new and different frameworks and practices that focus on the participatory, people-centred, democratic, and jointly-owned nature of co-operatives with the objective of maintaining and enhancing co-operative health.

Symposium Context
Governance in any type of organization is not a “one size fits all”. The best Co-operative governance evolves and is dependent on situation - co-operative type, culture, country, sector, economic, and other factors. However, the best governance in co-operatives is understood in the context of the co-operative purpose and enterprise model. Whether and how this is being done is central to this Symposium as well as our multi-year co-operative governance initiative.

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