The Upper Columbia Co-op Council  is thrilled to be partnering with Sobey School of Business and Saint Mary’s University to bring an interactive, three-day intensive professional development course to Nelson from May 15-17.

Focused on leading thinking in co-operative management, coupled with tangible examples of how to translate knowledge into action, “Enhancing Business Performance Through Co-op Management Practices” will be a wonderful opportunity for local co-operators to learn, grow and lead.

The course, led by Dr. Daniel Cote and supported by co-operative economist Dr. Sonja Novkovic, tackles how to successfully leverage the co-operative equilibrium, building on the dual aspects of membership and enterprise embedded within the co-operative business model. Program participants will dig into case studies that help illuminate major issues and opportunities for co-operatives and explore how an alternative, values-based business model can be a successful alternative to traditional business structures, and offer great benefits to the community.

“We’re so excited to partner with Saint Mary’s University to bring this highly acclaimed program to the Kootenays”, explains Zoë Creighton, UCCC Coordinator. “The course has, to date, only been offered in major centres or at universities, so it’s a rare opportunity for our regional co-op and credit union CEOs, managers and Board Members to participate in this calibre of focused professional development, with an international cohort, right in their own backyards”.

The course will be hosted at the University of British Columbia’s WKTEP Learning Centre at 266 Baker Street in Nelson. To learn more about the course, including costs and registration details, please visit or contact Zoë Creighton at zoe (at) uccc (dot) coop.