Exploring Opportunity

A Workshop for Community Leaders and Builders

The Exploring Opportunity workshop offers community leaders and builders a chance to gain clarity and set goals. With our expert support, map out next steps, create roles, inventory assets and make plans for how to best take the idea forward. Plus, gain the tools, resources and connections to take your idea forward.

Explore an opportunity with us and put your co-op on the path to success.

What you get

  • Facilitated meeting
  • Suggested next steps

Who should use this service

  • Community leaders
  • Business owners interested in succession planning
  • Groups interested in developing a co-operative business
  • Elected officials
  • Economic, business and community development professionals

Not sure if this workshop is right for you? Check out the Co-op Creator, a unique resource site designed to help community leaders build co-operative enterprises. This site combined with our team of experienced professionals can get you up, running and on a path towards success.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”