8000 reached through trade shows & conferences
2000 engaged through presentations & workshops
480 participants for an online governance course
4 million reached through advertising
12000 readers of our blog posts & online resources
Letter from the Executive Director
“2017 has been a year of both introspection and growth. We’ve seen numerous projects begin to take shape and are actively working to see them through to thriving businesses. Through these projects, we’ve learned and adapted our service delivery to better serve clients. Likewise, we’ve adjusted our outreach strategy to better reflect realities in the cooperative sector. The products resulting from this work should be encouraging for the sector and inspire long term growth.
Our aggressive approach to community engagement is driving awareness of the cooperative business model across western provinces and First Nations. The response has been positive, particularly within Indigenous communities, and we expect to see this interest increase as awareness of our organization and the business model continues to grow.
Opportunities for further growth lie in driving awareness of the model and educating on the versatility and benefits of the model for rural and Indigenous communities. To do this, we have engaged with economic, business and community development professionals across western provinces and First Nations.
The support of these organizations and the individuals working for them is key to developing an in-depth awareness of the business model, increasing co-operative development and fostering the incubation of innovative uses of the model.
Through blog posts, presentations, sitting on panels, face to face meetings and advertising, and by using familiar business-friendly language, we have introduced or reintroduced the business model to a wide variety of community leaders, elected officials and business professionals.
In 2018, we are looking forward to furthering this work and introducing key tools in our strategy, such as launching a podcast called The Common Share and releasing an online business development platform called the Co-op Creator.
Thank you to the Board and staff of Federated Co-operatives Limited and to the whole Cooperative Retailing System for their continued support and faith in what we’re working to achieve. A special thank you to outgoing Board Chair, Vic Huard, for the leadership, guidance and vision he has brought to the organization, and to Julie Breuer for her insight and critical eye while serving on the inaugural Board of Directors.”
Audra Krueger, Executive Director