Join Peter Cameron of the Ontario Co-operative Association for this interactive Co-op 101 session.
The Co-operative business model works on the Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet and Profits. It is the best model for Social Enterprises to put their values into practice. Co-operatives are democratic businesses that put the power back in the hands of employees, producers, consumers and/ or community members. There are co-op businesses in virtually every business category including retail, housing, agriculture, social services, renewable energy, health, finance and IT. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the co-operative model including start up, incorporation and financing. Several local successful co-operative businesses will be featured.
Come learn how co-operatives are building a better world!
Peter joined OCA in April of 2011. Co-operatives have always been his passion and he has extensive experience starting and working in co-operative businesses. He was on the founding boards of Silverwood Housing Co-operative, Guelph Food Co-operative, Guelph Co-op Council and Sumac Community Worker Co-operative (Planet Bean Coffee). He was a Co-op Business Developer and Executive Director of the Ontario Worker Co-op Federation between 1993 and 2002.
Peter is a graduate of the Co-operative Management Certificate Program sponsored by OCA and the Schulich School of Business, and graduated from McMaster University with a Hons BSc. He was the recipient of the "Outstanding Contribution to OCA Award" in 2004 and the CWCF Worker "Co-op Merit Award" in 2005.