AGM 2014 Attendees

It’s that time of year again!

UCCC’s AGM will be held this year on Wednesday, May 18th, 5-7:30 PM at the new Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, 91 Baker Street, Nelson

Each year the UCCC AGM provides a great opportunity for local co-operators to socialize, learn, and share highlights of their co-op/ credit union’s past year. 

All members and guests are encouraged to attend.

As a light dinner will be served, please let us know by Monday, May 16th if you plan to attend. email zoe at

This year, we are pleased to welcome our keynote speakers, Gordon Borgstrom, Executive Director of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, and Heather Gordon, Program Manager, Social Finance Solutions, Vancity Credit Union, and founding member of Knives and Forks Community Investment Co-op  (bios included below). They will present and convene a conversation on
Co-operatives as a Model for Community Investment.

Gordon will also offer a lunchtime session on Community Investment. Please email for details.

Heather Gordon
Program Manager Social Finance Solutions, Vancity Credit Union
Heather is passionate about using the power of capital as a means to positively transform lives and economies. Most recently, her work at Vancity is exploring the capital gaps that exist for impact businesses and filling these gaps with tools, resources, and products. This includes looking at investment co-operatives, crowdfunding, fintech and other disruptive capital-raising mechanisms. Prior to this, her work at Vancity has been focused on using microcredit, financial literacy education and training, and program development as tools for poverty alleviation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Philosophy and Applied Ethics from the University of Victoria. She is in the process of completing her MBA in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University, graduating in May 2016.

Gordon Borgstrom
Executive Director of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition – a rural development non-profit organization that works throughout the southern interior of BC.  Over the past 30 years Gordon has held a variety of senior positions in both the provincial and federal governments and has worked as a rural and community development consultant.  Passionate about rural development, both SIBAC and Gordon are convinced that developing new ways to raise and invest funds from rural residents into rural businesses is critical to rural community survival.  As a result, SIBAC has made facilitating increased access to rural investment capital one of their top three organizational priorities for the next three years.  SIBAC’s work in this field is detailed on the SIBAC website