Media advisory - Co-op leaders gather in Ottawa to celebrate a century of co-operation - June 16-19, 2009

    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 200 co-operative and credit
union leaders from across Canada and around the world will gather in Ottawa
June 16-19 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organized Canadian
co-operative movement, hear from high-profile speakers and discuss issues
ranging from Canada's economic future to gender-intelligent retailing.
    The Canadian Co-operative Association's (CCA) 2009 National Congress will
take place at the Westin Ottawa starting on the evening of Tuesday, June 16.
CCA's predecessor, the Co-operative Union of Canada, was founded in Hamilton,
Ontario in 1909.

    Highlights include:

    Tuesday, June 16, 7 p.m.: Launch of A Century of Co-operation, a
commemorative book on the history of Canada's co-operative movement by
University of Victoria historian Ian MacPherson, Library and Archives Canada,
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

    Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 a.m.: Opening ceremonies, featuring a multimedia
presentation by Ian MacPherson on the history of co-operatives in Canada.

    Wednesday, June 17, 3:30 p.m.: Dangerous Opportunities - Moving Beyond
the Economic Crisis. A panel discussion moderated by broadcaster Ann Medina
and featuring presentations by Glen Hodgson, Chief Economist for the
Conference Board of Canada, Canadian Auto Workers economist Jim Stanford,
Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators, Carol Hunter,
Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association and Sylvester
Kadzola, CEO of the Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives.

    Thursday, June 18, 8:30 a.m: Beyond Pink - Gender Intelligent Retailing.
Writer and business consultant Joanne Thomas Yaccato will make the business
case for connecting with women consumers.

    Thursday, June 18, 10:45 a.m.: Keynote address by writer and philosopher
John Ralston Saul, author of A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada.

    Thursday, June 18, 12 noon: Lunch with speeches by the Honourable
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State
(Agriculture), Iain MacDonald, Director General of the International
Co-operative Alliance and Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The

    Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.: Gala dinner and awards ceremony, including
the announcement of the Greatest Canadian Co-operator award and the launch of
the Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame.

    Friday, June 19, 12:30 p.m.: Joint lunch with the Conseil canadien de la
coopération et de la mutualité, including speech by Monique Leroux, President
and CEO of Desjardins Group.

    All events except the book launch on June 16 will take place at the
Westin Ottawa. Media representatives are invited to cover all Congress events
and participants will be available for on-site and telephone interviews.
Journalists are asked to check in at the Congress registration desk on the
fourth floor of the Westin and present identification upon arrival. For media
accreditation or to arrange interviews, contact Donna Balkan at 613-238-6711,
ext. 206 or 613-314-1032.

    The Canadian Co-operative Association is a national association for
co-operatives in Canada, representing more than nine million co-operative and
credit union members from over 2,000 organizations. CCA members come from many
sectors of the economy, including finance, insurance, agri-food and supply,
wholesale and retail, housing, health and the service sector. CCA provides
leadership to promote, develop, and unite co-operatives and credit unions for
the benefit of people in Canada and around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Donna Balkan, Communications Manager, Canadian
Co-operative Association, (613) 238-6711, ext. 206, Cell: (613) 314-1032,;

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