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Choosing leaders by lottery: a conversation with Dr. Simon Pek

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5 things a board needs to do once its co-op is up and running

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5 Governance Lessons We Can Learn From A Failed Co-op

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A delicate balance: how to form a Dream Team board

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How to Wear Two Hats: A Co-op Governance Challenge

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How to be a kick-ass co-op board chair

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The Common Share: Good Governance Matters with Dr. Murray Fulton

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3 Ways to Show Leadership in the “New Normal”

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What is limited liability, and why is it important?

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Breaking New Ground: Talking co-ops with Kristen Wittman

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Importance of Good Governance in a time of crisis

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What Co-op Membership Really Means

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4 reasons co-ops do better in a crisis

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How to run an online meeting

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4 ways to build member engagement while social distancing

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Online AGMs and Social Distancing

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Why one member, one vote?

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Why employees make good board members

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When to remove a board member and how to handle it

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Leading by example: A conversation with Carol Kitchen

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Weyburn Theatre

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Nehiyawaskiy Indigenous Peoples Art Co-op

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Heart Linked Community Services Cooperative

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Ananda Cooperative

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