Co-operatives in a Time of Crisis Conversation Series
Co-operatives and credit unions are member- and community-focused organizations known for their resiliency. This Series explores the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Canadian co-operatives, large and small, and how co-ops, in turn, are making use of their co-operative structure to address the challenges posed.
Installment Two: Co-operative Practitioners and Academic Scholars
Following up on last month’s launch of the new “Co-operatives in a Time of Crisis Conversation Series", the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (CCSC) has launched the second instalment of conversations. The first instalment featured perspectives of leaders from credit unions across Canada. This new instalment features perspectives from co-operative practitioners and academic scholars
Academic and Policy Perspectives
Jen Budney, Professional Research Associate, the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and former Chair, the Spadina Early Learning and Childcare Co-operative
Brett Fairbairn, President and Vice-Chancellor, Thompson Rivers University, and Research Fellow, Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
Dionne Pohler, Associate Professor and Associate Director at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto
Co-operative Practitioners Perspectives
Colleen Christopherson-Cote, Coordinator, Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership, and Community Partnership and Facilitator, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (coming soon)
Bob Fink, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd.
Pam Groat, Co-chair, the Bridge City Bicycle Co-operative Ltd.
Melissa Hoover, Executive Director, Democracy at Work Institute (coming soon)
Len Usiskin, Executive Director, Quint Development Corporation
Installment One: Co-operatives and Credit Unions
Conducted by Marc-André Pigeon, Director of the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and co-host Mamun Abudllah, Professor, Edwards School of Business, the following interviews feature key thinkers and drivers within the Credit Union sector.
Regulatory and Policy Perspectives
David Losier, Management Consultant and Financial Expert, and former Chief Financial Officer, UNI Financial Cooperation
Ian Glassford, Former Chief Financial Officer of Servus Credit Union
Andy Poprawa, Regulatory Expert and Advisor, and former Chief Executive Officer at the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO)
Central/Credit Unions Perspectives
Elvy Del Bianco, Cooperative Portfolio Manager, Community Business & Investment, Vancity Credit Union
Eric Dillon, Chief Executive Officer of Conexus Credit Union
Mark Lane, Chief Executive Officer of Affinity Credit Union
Garth Manness, Chief Executive Officer of Credit Union Central of Manitoba
Rob Paterson, Chief Executive Officer, Alterna Savings and Alterna Bank
Rob Wellstood, Chief Executive Officer of Kawartha Credit Union