November 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
St. Catharines Club
77 Ontario St
St. Catharines, ON L2R 5J5
Niagara Co-op Network

Workshop 1: Could Shared Ownership Be the Right Fit for You?
How Social Innovators Are Using Co-op Enterprises

Co-operatives are a distinctive and highly successful form of social enterprise.

One or more stakeholder groups (consumers, employees, entrepreneurs, and/or other organizations) jointly own and democratically direct the enterprise to meet their objectives. In Ontario alone, we have more than 1,200 co-operative enterprises and organizations in 400 communities with 15,000 employees.

In this series of three workshops, participants will learn about the distinctive features and values of co-operative enterprises; how these enterprises are structured and incorporated, with a focus on employee-owned co-operatives (worker co-ops); and how succession planning can be used to transform an existing business into a co-operative enterprise. Participants will also have opportunity to engage with co-op practitioners and entrepreneurs from across Southern Ontario.

Workshop 2 will take place on November 10th, and Workshop 3 will be held on November 17th.

This workshop series is hosted by the Niagara Co-op Network.