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“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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Bronze Sponsor




Audiovisual Sponsor







For sponsorship opportunties, click HERE. »

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."

Join our Board! CDF & CCA seeking members for new Board

CDF and CCA seeking Board Members committed to co-operatives and international development

Ottawa, May 1, 2017 - The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) are looking for individuals who are passionate about international development and co-operatives to serve on the Board of Directors of a newly amalgamated organization, beginning in July 2017.

Since the formation of Co-operatives and Mutuals of Canada (CMC) in 2014, the international development division of the previous Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) have been working towards an amalgamation into one international development organization.  Recently, CCA's member, CMC, approved this amalgamation in the form of a charitable foundation.  The new Board of Directors will now lead a charitable organization that raises funds for international development projects and plans and supports the delivering of those projects.

Candidates should have a strong connection to Canadian co-operatives and/or credit unions, as well as interest/experience in international development and a belief in supporting co-operative programs in developing countries as a means of reducing poverty on a sustainable basis. We are looking for individuals with skillsets in the following areas: business development, change management, communications, fundraising, human resources, leadership, financial management, risk management, marketing, strategic planning and governance and ethics.

Board member duties and responsibilities will include representing CDF/CCA to stakeholders and the public, careful stewardship of the organization's resources, due-diligence relating to programs and projects, and ensuring that CDF/CCA operates with ethics and integrity.

Application Process. Interested candidates should submit the following documents:
1. Completed Application Form
2. Cover letter and resume
3. A letter of support from a senior executive or Board Chair of your organization

Deadline for Applications. The application package outlined above must be submitted in confidence by email to no later than 4:00 p.m. EST Friday, May 19, 2017.

For more information, tap or click here to view the Nomination Kit.

For more information contact:

Diane Lanthier, Executive Assistant
Canadian Co-operative Association
(613) 238-6711 ext. 236

Call for Auction Items for CDF Silent Auction at 2017 National Conference for Canada’s Credit Unions

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) are delighted to host their annual silent auction at the 2017 Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) National conference in Halifax, May 7 - 10.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite co-ops, credit unions, and co-operators to donate 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.

Please 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.

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