Keep your co-op moving forward

Once your co-op is planned and incorporated, that’s when the real fun (and work) begins. This is when your board will develop policies and procedures, recruit members, create a budget, find funds, and hold meetings. 

For insight into all of these things and more, you can find resources on The Co-op Creator under “Up and Running”. You’ll find guidance, templates, and samples you can use and adapt to suit your own co-op’s goals and needs. 

For a new board that wants more hands-on training about their role, we offer the Board Basics Workshop. Our governance expert offers this 2-hour workshop to work personally with your co-op’s board on governance basics and challenges specific to your group.

And for any questions your board has as you get started, our team is here to help. Contact us any time. 


PLEASE NOTE: We work in Canada’s western provinces. So, currently, we only offer services to co-operative businesses in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. If you are outside this region, you can still access our free resources on the Co-op Creator.

“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.”