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This is a space to find out about co-op gatherings beyond Ontario. National and International co-ordination helps energize and give clout to the global co-operative movement. Just like members a co-operative, we're all stronger together. 

2016 International Summit of Co-operatives

The International Summit of Co-operatives is a biennial event where leaders of co-operative and mutualist enterprises unite to discuss their concerns about the current and future business challenges they all share.

The 3rd annual Summit is being held from October 11 - 13, 2016 in Quebec City. Experts from across the globe will share their vision, knowledge and perspective on the challegnes and future prospects facing co-ops and mutuals alike.

The Summit will demonstrate how the co-operative business model delivers tangible social, economic and environmental benefits to local, national and international economies. Through studies and concrete examples, it will highlight the role of co-operatives in:

  • Job creation
  • Business creation and support
  • Community wealth creation
  • Financial autonomy of individuals
  • Good governance
  • Economic, social and environmental spinoffs
  • Succession development
  • Community involvement or leadership
  • Advancement for women

The commitment of so many experts to attend the Summit is proof positive that this is a must-attend event - both for co-operative and mutual leaders and their counterparts from the political and socio-economic spheres.

See the 2016 video HERE!

Visit the link in the "For more Information" section on the right-hand toolbar, to access the official website of the 2016 International Summit of Co-operatives!

SUMMARY FROM THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT

The 2014 International Summit of Co-operatives was a huge success! Nearly 3000 people from 93 countries were in attendance including 211 amazing speakers. The conference also achieved an impressive social media audience of roughly 4 million users. It’s safe to say that this was the most exciting year to date!  (On Co-op sent two delegates, plus a youth representative to the Summit, and assisted Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada in staffing the Place Canada exhibition booth.)

Youth engagement was a big topic of discussion with 265 youth  - including CYL graduate and All 4 Each presenter Eddie Sauve - taking part in the Summit presentations and roundtables. These Young Leaders enthusiastically showed their appreciation for international co-operatives which they believe is the best model for creating a more forward thinking economy.

Advertising and communications campaigns also gained some well earned recognition at the TOP.COOP awards where nine organizations won awards for their involvement in Advertising and Marketing, Interactive and New Media, and Mobilization and Involvement. On Co-op's All 4 Each suite of youth engagement and co-op community resources won first prize in the Mobilization and Involvement category! (More information here.)

In addition to engaging speakers and valuable findings, perhaps one of the most influential outcomes from the Summit is the 2014 Declaration.The Declaration, to be released later this year, is about establishing commitments that will maximize the many benefits that the co-operative and mutual enterprises can unlock across diverse sectors and international organizations. Creators of the 2014 Declaration are encouraging everyone to contribute their own comments to the DOCUMENT. Suggestions will be accepted until October 31st, 2014 and every opinion matters so don’t be afraid to speak up! 

Readers who would like to know more about the insights, findings, collaborations, and general excitement of the Summit can visit their “In the News” video recap series HERE

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