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We’re Rebranding!

In July, after extensive consultations with supporters and stakeholders, we officially amalgamated with our partner of over 70 years, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA). We're delighted to announce that we'll be revealing our new shared brand under the CDF name during National Co-op Week, on International Credit Union Day (October 19th)!

What to Expect on October 19th:

  • Our new logo will be revealed on CCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts! Follow them now for sneak peeks during Co-op Week!
  • CCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts will transition to the new CDF brand.
  • CDF's current Twitter account will be phased out. If you follow us on Twitter, make sure to follow CCA's account!
  • Update your bookmarks! CCA's website will no longer be maintained, and we'll use only. In November, we'll launch a brand new website at this address!

We want to thank you - our valued funders, donors and partners - for your investment in CDF and CCA. With your help, our two long-serving Canadian institutions have worked together for over 70 years in bringing co-operative tools and knowledge to communities around the globe.

While we move forward with a new look and a single organizational name, our shared mission remains the same. We value your continued support and look forward to a successful launch!

Please join us on social media as we celebrate CDF's next era of development!

Introducing the New CDF Board of Directors

Ottawa, August 29, 2017 - The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is pleased to introduce its new Board of Directors, led by Chairperson Michele Aasgard.

"Building on a 70-year legacy of global co-operative achievement, we are pleased to be ushering in the next chapter in the evolution of CDF," says Aasgard. "We have listened to Canadian co-operators and are ready and committed to help them help more and more communities around the globe build lasting prosperity through co-operative action."

This evolution includes the amalgamation of CDF and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) under the umbrella of CDF as approved by their members at their annual general meetings on June 27, 2017. With representation from co-operatives, credit unions, mutuals, and the national co-operative apex organization Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), the new CDF Board is deeply rooted in the Canadian co-operative movement.

Above: The new CDF Board held its inaugural meeting last week in Ottawa. Rear row (L to R) -  Jeanette Wakelin, Kelly McGiffin, Normand Lafrenière, Neil Cooper, Marc-André Pigeon, Tracey Kliesch, Erin Hancock. Front row - Mark Needham, Mark Hamel, Michele Aasgard, Bruno Dragani. 

"This Board brings a diverse range of expertise and insight from across Canada's co-operative sector," says CDF Executive Director Michael Casey. "I am excited to be working with such dynamic co-operators as we begin this next chapter in the CDF story."

CDF is active in fourteen countries, working with local partners to develop and strengthen co-operative enterprises that are creating jobs and opportunities, mobilizing savings and loans, reducing vulnerability, improving nutrition and livelihoods, and helping women and men to equally access the opportunities and resources they need.

"CDF and its growing individual and corporate supporters are poised to accomplish really great things," says Aasgard. "Co-operatives and credit unions are potent tools in the hands of communities seeking sustainable long-term growth and prosperity. We know this from our own history in Canada, and from 70 years of bringing co-operative solutions to communities in over 40 countries around the world."

"As the world gets smaller we see a growing need and opportunity to share out our co-operative skills and resources. We call on Canadians and their co-operatives and credit unions to join us as we extend the benefits of co-operation to ever more families and communities."  

Watch this space for some exciting announcements about the new CDF, our refreshed look and a compelling new campaign to kick off a new era in the history of CDF!



“Building a Co-operative Community” - CDF Banquet Dinner & Fundraiser

"Building a Co-operative Community"
CDF Banquet Dinner & Fundraiser

On Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Toronto, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) in partnership with On Co-op, is hosting a very special evening to celebrate the awesomeness that are Ontario's co-operatives and credit unions, and to commemorate CDF's 70th and On Co-op's 15th anniversaries, and Canada's 150th birthday!

Leaders, directors, stakeholders, employees and members of co-operatives from across the province are invited to join us for the celebratory evening, which will include a three-course seated meal, fantastic live entertainment by The Dreamboats (so be sure to bring your dancing shoes and partners), a live auction, and the presentation of CCA's/CDF's 2017 Ontario Global Co-operator Award.

The evening will provide a unique networking opportunity between co-operatives and credit unions in Ontario, and close off the 2017 Provincial Co-op Conference taking place earlier in the day, while launching the 33rd annual Credit Union Directors' Forum.

Most importantly, all the proceeds raised from this event will go towards supporting CDF's efforts to alleviate poverty through international co-op and credit union development programs around the world.

REGISTER today ($115 + HST) - Seating is limited!

The Banquet Dinner & Fundraiser is open to anyone wishing to come, and you do not have to be a delegate of either conference to attend!

For more information contact Gonzalo by phone at 1-866-266-7677 or by email at

CDF would like to thank our generous sponsors:

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CDF & CCA Annual Report 2016-17

Welcome to your annual window on the work of the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada ANNUAL REPORT to reduce global poverty through co-operative action.  Available for download/viewing in English and French.

Call for Auction Items for CDF Silent Auction at 2017 CMC Congress

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) are delighted to host a silent auction at the 2017 CMC Congress in Ottawa.  The auction will be held June 21-22.

Please consider donating unique and interesting items to our exclusive silent auction.  CDF recognizes all contributors, and we would love to showcase your support for co-operative development around the world.

Contact Gonzalo Rodriguez, Fundraising Officer at or at 866.266.7677 ext. 229 to donate an item, or to obtain more information.

All auction proceeds support CDF.

Concentra partners with CDF to continue building a global co-operative community

Concentra partners with Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada to continue building global co-operative community

(Ottawa, May 8, 2017) Continuing a commitment to alleviate poverty around the world, Concentra has announced a pledge of $300,000 over four years to support the work of the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), bringing their total financial contributions to over $680,000.

"In addition to the vital support our credit union clients provide in their communities across the country, Concentra is pleased to support the important work CDF undertakes on behalf of Canadian co-operators to alleviate poverty around the world," said Ken Kosolofski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Concentra.

It's a simple truth: poverty knows no borders. The cycle of poverty around the world continues to hold generations of people back from achieving their true potential. The basic principles of co-operation provide the foundation to build and maintain realistic, responsible and sustainable economic development for all people.

"We are thrilled that Concentra continues to work with us to build a global co-operative community," said Michael Casey, CCA & CDF Executive Director. "Concentra is ensuring that credit unions in developing nations are reaching the unbanked with products and services that will be there for generations to come."









Tim Ownes, VP, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, Concentra
with Michael Casey, ED, CDF and CCA.

Global Co-operator Award 2017 - New Brunswick - Call for Nominations

Do you know a Global Co-operator? Nominations are now open for co-operators from the province of New Brunswick for the 2017 Global Co-operator Award!

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 2, 2017.

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and our partner, the Canadian Co-operative Association's (CCA) work is rooted in the values of co-operation and owes it success to the Canadians who live out these values by making international co-operative and credit union development a priority. Canadian co-operators across the country are committed to ending global poverty by channeling their knowledge, volunteer time, donations to and by fundraising for our projects around the world.

The Global Co-operator Award recognizes members of Canada's co-operative community who actively participate in and support CCA and international development work through volunteering, advocating and/or fundraising. This award is presented provincially, in conjunction with provincial award ceremonies.

Nominations must be submitted by an individual or an organization and include a complete outline of the nominee's contributions.

Nominations will be accepted along-side the call for nominations for provincial awards. Sponsors can resubmit nominations in subsequent years if their nominees are not selected and meet the eligibility criteria.

Note: The sponsor(s) can be a co-operative organization or individual, and may be member of CCA or CDF's staff or board.

In making its decision, the Awards Committee will consider the following criteria:

1. Participation: an individual who has actively participated in CDF and/or CCA's international development work through volunteering in Canada or internationally, fundraising, and/or advocacy activities.

2. Public Engagement: an individual who engages with their community, colleagues and/or peers and promotes involvement in and support of international co-operative development.

3. Co-operative Values: an individual who emulates the co-operative values and principles in their day-to-day lives.

Current CDF and CCA staff members, those currently serving on CCA /CDF Board of Directors are not eligible to receive the award.

The Global Co-operator Award will be recognized at the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick’s Annual General Meeting held on June 22, 2017. The Award recipient will also be recognized on CDF and CCA websites, publications, Facebook and Twitter. Recipient profiles will be featured on the "Get Involved" section of the CCA website and where possible the announcement will be circulated to the recipients' communities (both geographical and professional).

The recipient will also receive a certificate and a gift in recognition of their contribution.

Deadline for applications
To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form and submit it, along with all requested information, by Friday, June 2, 2017 to:

Global Co-operator Awards Selection Committee
c/o Laurie Tennian, Volunteer Manager
400-275 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON  K2P 2L6
Tel: (613) 238-6711 ext. 209
Fax: (613) 567-0658

Credential Financial makes significant donation to the CDF

Credential Financial makes significant donation to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada
Substantial pledge empowers marginalized people around the world to create their own path to financial stability.

Ottawa, Ontario, May 3, 2017 - The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has received a generous donation from Credential Financial, the largest provider of wealth management services to Canada's credit unions.

Funds raised by CDF, mostly from Canadian co-operatives and co-op members, are used to alleviate poverty by building and strengthening financial and non-financial
co-ops in developing countries through a variety of programs. 

"Credential Financial is committed to supporting communities in need through empowerment and development," said Doce Tomic, President & CEO of Credential Financial. "This gift of $45,000 over three years is a meaningful way for our organization to live out the co-operative principles and positively impact the lives of thousands of people around the world. We hope that our gift will also help motivate others to support CDF and the important work they do."       

Credential Financial is a national wealth management firm created by a group of Canadian credit unions 25 years ago to serve the wealth needs of individual credit unions and their communities. Through dynamic corporate giving programs and a vibrant culture of community involvement and volunteerism, they are committed to empowering positive growth in the places their employees live and work.

With this generous gift, Credential Financial joins the many credit unions and co-ops across the country supporting CDF through financial contributions and volunteered staff time.

"We applaud Credential Financial for taking its core values to the global stage," said Michael Casey, Executive Director, CDF and the Canadian Co-operative Association. "This money will go a long way to helping families in Africa, Asia and the Americas employ time-tested tools of co-operation to improve their life circumstances."

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