Top Co-op Issues 2017

Once again, we asked co-op leaders across Canada to identify the most pressing concerns currently facing co-operative organizations. According to CEOs, board members, and managers in virtually every region and sector, the number one issue for co-op leaders is public awareness of the co-operative model — the lack of it, that is. As one person commented, “Raising the profile of co-ops in a noisy marketplace is difficult.”

Our most recent survey canvassed co-op leaders, including CEOs and managers, board members, and academics, on their views about the top issues. Our forty-three key informants identified many issues, which we have analysed and organized under themes that include organizational change, maintaining the co-op identity, government relations, relevance, innovation, technology, and governance.

The poster found here itemizes the top twenty themes and highlights the top six issues. Respondents had clear suggestions for action and we have included many of them here. Below are graphic illustrations comparing the themes from 2017 and 2016. The top issue last year was Co-operation among Co-ops, which fell to number six this year.


We invite your comments and observations on this year's top co-op issues.

Find more information on Top Co-op Issues 2016 here.