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Good Governance Matters

Learn good governance in 6 weeks or less!

For a co-op to be successful, its members should be able to answer this basic question: who gets to decide what? This is governance. In this unique online course, you can learn how to do just that. Sign up to explore these three key ideas:

  1. Ensure people work well together. Know your role in the organization and understand how to ensure relevant voices are heard.
  2. Create a successful view of the future. Learn how to create an aligned understanding with stakeholders of the goals for an organization.
  3. Build legitimacy. Understand how decisions can be recognized as having authority by a majority of shareholders so that the organization maintains legitimacy.

Using real-world cases, this course will teach you how to practically apply these three concepts in the board room. These applications include understanding board structure and member engagement. Most importantly, you will better understand how to get the right people to make the right decisions. Get started today!

“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.”