The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 20, 2005 16:28 ET

Stratford man continues to push for change through co-operative solutions

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - From being in the forefront of the most established co-operative sector in Ontario to helping develop its newest, Lloyd K. Crawford of Stratford has made a difference to communities.

His lifetime of contribution through co-operative business and ventures was recognized at the 7th Annual SPIRIT awards as part of the Co-op Week Gala held in Burlington, ON, last night.

Crawford was a general manager of the Perth County Co-operative Inc. (now Inland Co-operative Inc.) until his retirement from the agricultural co-operative sector in 2003 after 35 years in the agricultural co-operative sector. In the interim, he was acting general manager of Manitoulin Livestock Co-op and most recently, has used his business and co-operative knowledge in the alternative energy sector. He helped develop the wind venture Countryside Energy Co-operative Inc. of Perth and Huron Counties.

"I have worked in the co-operative system a long time, but still there are co-op opportunities to realize," says Crawford. He is helping push for changes through government that help community-based energy co-ops compete against multi-national organizations.

His nominator, GROWMARK, Inc. commented that Crawford not only excelled as a steward of members' assets in the agriculture co-op sector, but has taken his expertise to develop an entirely new fledgling energy industry.

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 Co-operative SPIRIT Recognition Awards, or the economic impact of Ontario co-operatives, contact Mark Ventry, Member Services and Marketing Officer, On Co-op. 519.763.8271, ext. 30 or 1.888.745.5571.

Contact Information

  • On Co-op.
    Mark Ventry
    Member Services and Marketing Officer
    (519) 763-8271, ext. 30 or 1 (888) 745-5571