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Governance Forum

There is a tremendous need for co-op-specific board governance education in Ontario.

The more informed a board is on effective co-operative governance practices, the stronger the leadership, which will positively impact the co-operative’s operations and success.

OCA will address this need by designing and launching a brand new Governance Forum for co-operatives and mutuals, to provide professional development, learning and networking opportunities for these organizations of all sizes and stages of growth in Ontario.


While we recognize that organizations that have their own internal training processes in place may not see a benefit to this type of Forum, there is still significant value in sitting at the table and sharing their knowledge and experience with other directors. There is always a need for greater collaboration and CO-OPERATION among and between leaders in the co-operative movement, no matter what the size or sector.  

If this pilot initiative is successful, we aspire to host this event annually, in hopes of continuing our resolve to provide quality education and helping to strengthen and enhance the governance practices and skills of Ontario’s co-operatives.

2018 Governance Forum Information

Join us on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Toronto from 9am to 5pm for a full day of learning and networking!


The programming will be designed with the key objectives of:

1 - Elevating directors from co-operatives and mutuals of all sizes in their role, to provide strategic direction and decision-making to a successful co-operative organization.

2 – Providing directors of medium to large and more established co-operatives and mutuals with opportunities to participate in meaningful discussions with directors from similar sized co-operatives and across different business sectors. Enhancing their understanding of co-op specific governance and the value that they have and bring as co-op leaders.

3 - Providing directors of small, new and emerging co-operatives with tangible tools to take back and help strengthen their boards and their organizations - and a forum to help identify their needs and challenges, as well as to provide solutions.

Directors from larger co-operatives will also be asked to share their knowledge and mentor directors from smaller co-operatives.

Delegates will participate in both plenary and breakout sessions all day Thursday, October 11th, and are also invited to join the delegates of the Directors' Forum for a networking cocktail reception that evening between 5 and 7pm. 

They will also have the option to participate in a joint session with credit union directors at the Directors' Forum on the morning of Friday, October 12. During this time, co-operative and credit union directors will be given an opportunity to share their common issues and challenges, and develop opportunities to collaborate and overcome them. Delegates should indicate their intention to participate in this session during the registration process. No additional fees will be charged, but overnight accommodations may be required and are the responsibility of the delegate.

Registration Fees & Details

Registration is now open! Registration fees include participation in all conference sessions, as well as two hot breakfasts (Thursday and Friday morning), one hot lunch (Thursday), at least two refreshment breaks and  the Thursday evening cocktail reception (including a free drink ticket). It does NOT include accommodations, which is the sole responsibility of the delegates (see below for more details).

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Early Bird Registration Rate

June 1 – Sept. 21  (at midnight)

OCA Members + MOMOs

$275 + HST




$325 + HST

Late Registration Rate

Sept. 21 – Oct. 5    (at noon)

OCA Members + MOMOs

$350 + HST




$375 + HST


If you are a director (or staff) of a small, new and/or emerging co-operative who wishes to attend but cannot afford the full cost of registration, we may be able to help! [requires javascript] to see what bursary opportunities we may have to make the fee more accessible to you, or to help put you in touch with a co-operative in your community that may be able to subsidize your registration fees. 


A block of rooms have been set aside for delegates at the Courtyard by Marriott, at the group rate of $189 + HST/night (standard room), which will be available on a first come/first serve basis. Visit the sidebar menu "Hotel & Accommodation" link for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are many opportunities to support this invaluable initiative – and to help us fulfil a need for providing co-op-specific governance training to Ontario’s co-operatives!  Check out our 2018 Sponsorship package in the right-hand toolbar, or [requires javascript] for more information!


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