Coordinated Co-operative Development & Capacity Building in British Columbia

The cooperative development process can be long and challenging. With too many communities lacking a good understanding of the model and expending too much time and energy figuring it out, too few initiatives get to market. Working with community partners, Vancity supports a co-op development “infrastructure”, including educational programming, a coordinated professional services referral process, and access to start-up financing. In this presentation, Elvy Del Bianco looked at the origins of this system, the positive results produced to date, and its ongoing evolution.

Presented by: Elvy Del Bianco, Vancity Cooperative Portfolio Manager

As Vancity’s Cooperative Portfolio Manager, Elvezio (“Elvy”) Del Bianco is a cooperative enterprise educator, developer, financier and advocate He coordinates Vancity’s support for new and established cooperatives, founded and organizes the Cooperate Now co-op business boot camp, and co-authored the “Seven Ways to Grow BC’s Co-op Sector” policy document. 

When: Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (CST)
Location: Delivered by Zoom.