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CO-OPALOOZA Conference & Retreat

In response to our sector’s need for an education & networking retreat, and building on the success of the Co-opalooza festival, we were excited to evolve the event into a 2-day conference in 2019, and can't wait to continue the momentum with a similar format in future years!

 

Tailored for co-op & credit union’s champions, brand ambassadors and community builders, the two days focused on:

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  • igniting passion and exploring creative techniques for staff & member engagement

  • sharing innovative strategies in marketing & communications for your co-op/credit union.

Taking place at our 98-acre site, the event featured interactive workshops, inspiring, high-profile speakers, valuable networking opportunities, while taking advantage of the beautiful Carolinian forest with nature hikes, and bonding bonfires.

 

2020/21 Webinar Series - View Below!

Due to Covid-19, we once more moved our annual Retreat & Conference online in 2021 with a series of webinars - and will look forward to returning to an in-person event in 2022!

Below you will find the recorded webinars from the past two years, as well as info about our fantastic guest speakers.

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June 8th:  “The Boost of Youth” 

                            From Youth Board positions to education programs,

                            we explore the benefits of engaging our young co-operators!

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Sarah Jensen

Michelle Christmann

Maya Linsley

Youth Director, 

Ontario Co-operative Assocation,

CYL Grad & Loran Scholar

Education Manager,

Ontario Co-operative Association

Canada's Emerging Co-operators

Board Member, Castlegreen

Housing Co-op

"The Boost of Youth"

Full Webinar Video

June 15th:  “Connecting with Members” 

                               Inventive initiatives & advice for connecting with your co-op community!

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Susanna Redekop

Ove Hansen

Audrey Aczel

Communications & Event Manager,

Ontario Co-operative

Association & Director's Forum

Director of Member Relations &

Corporate Secretary, Gay Lea Foods

Communications Coordinator,    

Local Farm & Food Co-op

"Connecting with Members"

Full Webinar Video

June 22nd:  “Well Above Board” 

                               Hear how instrumental Board Training has been in building & sustaining successful co-ops!

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Rob Goodwill

Board Chair, Gay Lea Foods

Anthony Piscitelli

Vice-Chair, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

Board Chair, Director's Forum

(Webinar video not available at this time)

2020 Virual Co-opalooza Event

WEBINAR #1:

The Co-op Quiz Show - Inspiring Tales with a "Togetherness" Twist

WEBINAR #2:

A Crash Course in Conciseness & the Art of the 3 Sentence Story

WEBINAR #3:

The Power in Pivoting: Rebounding, Reassessing & Reinventing During Difficult Times

LOCATION & CONTACT INFO

 

 

48075 Jamestown Line R.R. #2,

Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, N5H 2R2

​​Email: ​ksmith@gayleafoods.com

Tel: 1-888-773-2955 ​​