What Would It Take

WWIT for Ottawa to be the Cooperative Capital of Canada

A breakfast conversation series

About Workshop

The city is its people. Civic conversations are an opportunity to meet in a safe space and discuss civic issues that are near and dear to our hearts. Bringing together individuals and organizations from across the city, we will explore “What Will It Take” to enhance and amplify the parts of our city that we are already proud of, and to create more space for happier, healthier, smarter and safer qualities of life for our citizens.

Workshop Details

Synapcity, in partnership with the Cooperative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario (CHASEO), presents What Would It Take for Ottawa to be the Cooperative Capital of Canada?

There is an increasing public call for cooperative humanistic approaches that will better represent and be inclusive of all people. How can we tip the scales towards a more cooperative model that creates better opportunities for everyone?

Mondragon, Spain, is a town dominated by a corporation of the same name in the country’s northern Basque region. This business corporation is composed of 261 “autonomous and independent cooperatives that competes in international markets, uses democratic methods in its corporate organization, and aspires to the creation of employment, the human and professional promotion of its workers and the development of their social environment.” (Mondragon.com)

Using Mondragon as an example, together we will identify which elements of the Cooperative Model could be best adapted here at home.

Guest Speaker: Céline Carrière, Executive Director of the Cooperative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario.

Céline has been at the helm of CHASEO as Executive Director since January 2012.

She is a passionate and active member of the co-operative sector, particularly in the co-operative housing movement, where she has worked and volunteered for more than 7 years.

Céline is currently a member of Glenn Haddrell Housing Co-op and has served on the Board at Your Credit Union since 2013. She also represents housing co-operatives on a number of City of Ottawa working groups, and has a positive working relationship with the Agency for Co-operative Housing.

A member of a housing co-operative herself, Céline works hard to serve housing co-ops across Eastern Ontario. She strongly believes in promoting good governance, strong management, effective planning and the co-operative principles.

Coffee/Tea and a hot breakfast sandwich are included with your registration. Limited tickets are available through Eventbrite for $20. Breakfast options include:

Robo Breakfast: egg, sausage, BBQ sauce, cheese, scallions, cilantro

Veggie Breakfast: pesto, brie, eggplant, sun-dried tomato, egg, scallions

Vegan Breakfast: pesto, eggplant, tomato, scallions

*Should cost to participate be a barrier please contact us*

If anyone would like to help us make this event inclusive, please consider donating a ticket to someone who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. Just select, Donate This Ticket in the ticket menu and we’ll take care of the rest. Thank you.

Podcast to be recorded by CHUO 89.1FM.

Join Us

What Would it Take for Ottawa to be the Cooperative Capital of Canada is happening on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 8:30 – 10 am at Bar Robo (692 Somerset Street West).

Tickets are $20 and are available at Eventbrite.

With thanks to our project partners: