Who We Are
Audra Krueger Executive Director
Dan Matthews Manager, Strategy & Communications
Trista Pewapisconias Indigenous Relations Lead
Kyle White Governance & Education Lead
Aasa Marshall Communications Lead
Heather Hallgrimson Business Development Lead
Who we are
Co-operatives First promotes and supports business development based on the co-operative model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. Our goal is to help people in these communities build new businesses, grow local economies, and support community development.
What we do
Our job is to educate community leaders about the co-op model, support people trying to start co-ops, and offer the tools and resources to make starting a co-op easier.
To do this, we offer:
Why we do what we do
We have a passion for the rural and Indigenous communities we serve and want nothing more than to see them thrive and grow.
Who funds us
As an initiative started and largely funded by the Co-operative Retailing System through Federated Co-operatives Limited, we are keenly aware of the importance of this unique network of co-operatives and the role they play in fuelling rural economies and agriculture across western Canada. We thank these innovators for their ingenuity and continued support.