The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 07, 2005 09:56 ET

Ontario Co-operative Association: Co-op and Credit Union Leaders Descend on Burlington for Co-op Week Gala

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 7, 2005) - More than 250 co-op and credit union leaders and champions from across the province and beyond will gather at the fifth annual Co-operative Gala, held Oct. 19 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, ON.

The Co-op Gala is hosted by the Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op). Using the theme of 'Powered by Co-operation', the Gala showcases the achievements of the Ontario co-operative sector, with extra attention to government relations and alternatives to energy production.

"The Gala gives co-operative leaders and sector supporters an essential opportunity to meet, network and collaborate," says Denyse Guy, Executive Director of On Co-op. "It raises awareness of the diversity of the co-op sector, and provides a highly visible platform to reward co-operative organizations and individuals for their dedication."

The day begins with forums dedicated to co-op developers, co-op funders and youth activities. A plenary session on corporate social responsibility and triple-bottom-line accounting with keynote speaker Coro Strandberg leads off an afternoon of workshops and information sessions. For the first time, the Ontario co-op sector's White Paper on Co-operative Development - highlighting realistic ways to significantly contribute to the Ontario economy by adopting the co-operative business model- will be released, before being presented to the Ontario government.

The successes of the co-op sector will be celebrated during a Gala dinner, which features products from Ontario co-operatives. Through the Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards, On Co-op will recognize outstanding co-operators and organizations which have excelled in youth mentorship, innovation, dedication and leadership.

The Gala is sponsored by co-operatives: The Co-operators Group, Credit Union Central of Ontario, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative and the FS System, including GROWMARK, Inc., UPI Energy LP and Land O'Lakes Feed. Participation in the Gala is open to co-operatives, credit unions and any organization interested in the co-op sector.

On Co-op is a primary resource and common voice for the development and enhancement of co-ops and credit unions in Ontario. Through membership in On Co-op, co-operatives and credit unions access programs and services in Lifelong Co-operative Learning; Government Relations, Communications, and Member Relations and Co-operative Development. Visit

For additional information on the fifth annual Co-operative Gala, or the economic impact of Ontario co-operatives, contact Mark Ventry, Member Services and Marketing Officer, On Co-op. 519.763.8271 or 1.888.745.5571.

Contact Information

  • On Co-op
    Mark Ventry
    Member Services and Marketing Officer
    (519) 763-8271 or 1 (888) 745-5571