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Doing Business Better: Cooperatives and Socially-Conscious Businesses

21 October 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join a discussion on the cooperative model and its values, and gain insights on how to start your own co-op.

Doing Business Better: Cooperatives and Socially-Conscious Businesses will spotlight innovative entrepreneurs and influential Canadians in the co-op sector. Learn how you can apply the values of a co-operative to your business operations, aspirations and interests.

The panel will be hosted by business and empowerment expert Vivian Kaye, founder of KinkyCurlyYaki, who grew her business to over $6 million in revenue as an immigrant, college dropout and single mom.

The event will also feature featuring remarks from Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, and Karen Greve Young, CEO of Futurpreneur.

Join us to discover how you can do better business, through cooperation.


When: October 21st from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST



Guest panelists:

Dardan Isufi, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Eva

Eva is a ride-sharing app owned by both rider members and driver members. Unlike traditional ride-share companies, Eva aims to redistribute its resources to all those involved, including the members who lie at the heart of the cooperative.

Meg Ronson, Committee Member of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada’s Emerging Co-operators

CMC is a member-driven association that supports and represents Canadian co-operatives and mutual businesses. Its Emerging Co-operators team is the future leadership of the co-op and mutuals sector and aims to create space for youth to highlight, increase and celebrate their engagement within the industry.

Ove Hansen, Corporate Secretary/ Director of Member Relations at Gay Lea Foods

Gay Lea Foods is a leading Canadian-owned co-op with members in more than 1,400 dairy farms in Ontario and Manitoba. The co-op helps build ecosystems that grow from the ground up and transform communities across the country. It is committed to supporting social innovation and social finance by merging profit and purpose to forge new ground – all to the benefit of people.