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!