How are co-ops managing during the pandemic?
What’s the latest news on post-pandemic economic recovery? What role will co-ops play?
Listen to our monthly checkins for August 4th, 2020 and get the latest information.
Our guest panel
- John Kay, President of the board Co-ops and Mutuals of Canada, Vice-Chair of the BC Co-operative Association, and CEO of Realize Strategies Co-op
- Thom Armstrong, CEO, Co-operative Housing Federation of BC
- Ross Gentleman, Former General Manager of CCEC Credit Union and a blogger on credit union matters at CuFutures.ca
Tonight’s discussion topics include
- Economic Impacts
- Buying local with our shortened supply chains
- Retail co-ops
- Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
- Federal discussions on economic recovery
- Looking forward to the next budget in February 2021
- Credit Unions Impacts
- Lower interest rates
- Federal programs for loans
- Relief for consumers
- Growing consumer deposits (saving)
- Housing Impacts
- Massive response to COVID-19 needs
- Local housing purchase in hotels but where are the needed supports
- Despite unprecedented housing investments, for every affordable home created, three homes are being lost
- Lack of political will
- City lease negotiations (yes, still an ongoing discussion, however an end may be in sight!)
- Economic Impacts
Special Guest: Adam Trott
Adam is the first place winner of the St. Mary’s University – International Centre for Co-operative Management’s essay competition #Co-ops4JustEconomy, answering the question, What role can co-operative play to energize a just economy post-pandemic?
Adam Trott is a recent graduate of a Masters in Co-operative and Credit Union Management from St. Mary’s University. He works as the Director of Member Relations for Shared Capital Cooperative, a national CDFI loan fund that connects co-ops and capital to build economic democracy. He is also the Executive Director of the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives, a co-op of worker co-ops that supports, develops and educates about and for worker co-operatives. Adam spent 13 years as a worker/member of Collective Copies, a collectively managed worker co-op and union shop offering full service printing and book-binding services in western Massachusetts.
Adam shares his thoughts on how co-ops can help build a better world and much more. Have a listen to the full interview.