Keynote Presentations

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SCOTT BANDA

CEO of FEDERATED CO-OPERATIVES LIMITED

Scott will speak to the theme of the conference: Tools for a New Reality: Agility, Innovation, and Sustainability. He will explore what co-operatives need to do to sustain themselves and thrive in these times of rapid economic, technological and social change.

 

 

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DIONNE POHLER

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY of TORONTO

RESEARCH FELLOW, ROTMAN INSTITUTE for GENDER and the ECONOMY

FELLOW, FILENE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

FELLOW in CO-OPERATIVE STRATEGY and GOVERNANCE, UNIVERSITY of SASKATCHEWAN CENTRE for the STUDY of CO-OPERATIVES

Five Big Ideas for Leveraging the Co-operative Advantage in a Rapidly Changing World

We are living in a time where uncertainty has become the new normal. Technology is advancing more quickly than regulators and organizations are able to to adapt, rising inequality in developed countries is leading to greater political and social unrest, and globalization has increased the complexity of the problems we are facing.

In this keynote presentation, Dionne will highlight why co-operatives are positioned to respond to these challenges, and to succeed in rapidly changing and uncertain environments - but only if they recognize their strengths and weaknesses, set their own rules, and play their own game. Dionne will outline five big ideas meant to challenge the way co-operatives think about growth, diversity, governance, conflict, and co-operation.

 

Panel Presentation

 

Using Regional Collaboration to Thrive

Dean McKim, CEO of Lake Country Co-op, will present on the great regional collaboration work going on in north central Saskatchewan in the retail co-operatives environment. He will discuss how retail co-operatives have worked together to thrive in a challenging social and economic environment. He will provide you with insights, tools, and practical advice concerning facilitating effective collaboration.

Senator Lucie Moncion will participate in this session. Details to come!

 

Workshop Sessions

 

governance as a determinant of success or failure

Murray Fulton and Brett Fairbairn will present their insights on why co-operative governance is important in determining whether co-operatives are able to effectively respond to external and internal challenges. Using insights from their recent publications "Governance as a Determinant of Success or Failure" and "When Big Co-ops Fail," Brett and Murray will discuss why governance is important, why it is difficult to get right, and what can be done to achieve better governance.

Murray Fulton is a professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan. Brett Fairbairn is a professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and a Fellow in Co-operative History and Governance at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

 

The Future of Human Resource Management

Tony D’Alessandro, Vice President of Architecture, IT Strategy & Applied Innovation for The Co-operators will present on the main technology and societal trends that are re-shaping the future of work, and how Human Resource departments may need to evolve to deal with the new realities.

 

Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

A panel will explore what the Calls to Action are, what co-operatives and credit unions can do to respond, and provide examples of what action credit unions, co-operatives, and other organizations are taking. Presenters will include Affinity Credit Union, Saskatoon Community Clinic, and others to be announced.

 

Cyber-security - Protecting Your Organization, Members, Clients, and Staff

This session will explore cyber-security threats to co-operatives and credit unions and what you can do to protect your clients and organization.

 

strategic planning: preparing for a Positive Future

Annette Revet, Chief Transformation Officer of Conexus Credit Union, will present this session.

In an era of continued disruption, leading and preparing organizations for a positive future is more challenging than ever. Long range planning seems to conflict with the need for organizations to be ready for constant, and often, disruptive change, and yet, strategic planning, when done effectively, is the compass that will chart an organization's course through these uncertain times.

Using Conexus Credit Union's recent strategic planning refresh as a case study, Annette will present how strategic planning is the compass for organizations to chart a course to a positive future. Annette will share the process for developing an effective strategic plan, the importance and benefit of having a plan, the measures used to ensure its continued effectiveness and how to maintain its continued relevance in a future that will, as a constant, be ever-changing and ambiguous.

 

Innovative Co-operative development in Western Canada, Part 1

Audra Krueger, Executive Director of Co-operatives First, will showcase examples of co-operative innovations – especially those in rural and remote areas impacting small market economies. She will also present on the Co-operatives First methodology, and provide a hands-on, interactive example of how the organization explores local opportunities with community leaders and economic, community and business development professionals across western Canada.

 

Innovative Co-operative development in Western Canada, Part 2

We will showcase innovative new co-operatives in Saskatchewan, portraying the future of co-operative development.

This session will feature: Peter Prebble, from the SES Solar Co-op and other presenters to be confirmed.

 

The Importance of Connecting with Clients

presented by Cindy Nestman, Human Resource Director, The Co-operators

 

Vibrant Examples of Adaptation and Innovation

Daniel Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Credit Union and Trevor Beaton, Chief Innovation and People Officer, Synergy Credit Union

Dan will share how Innovation Credit Union goes further than adapting to change, they embrace disruption and leverage innovation (small “i” innovation) to succeed. Innovation believes that having the business flexibility of a Federal Credit Union is vital to navigate in these highly competitive and disruptive times.

Trevor will explore how Synergy Credit Union has focused on collaboration as a tool to seek opportunities to maintain and enhance Synergy’s competitive advantage. He will share successful experiences, lessons learned and how Synergy’s culture has allowed them to adapt and move quickly in today's every changing environment.