Claude-André Guillotte

Claude-André is professor at the Université de Sherbrooke’s School of Management. A lawyer by training, he holds a Master’s degree in management and development of cooperatives and communities, as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the Université de Sherbrooke, in which he focused on cooperative value creation through decision-making criteria. Claude-André has been […]

Patrice Gauthier

Patrice Gauthier has more than 20 years in business development in Canada. During his career, Mr. Gauthier gained experience in the development of private businesses, social economy, non-profit organizations and also with cooperatives. Patrice Gauthier also supported several organizations in the development of their strategic planning, their operational plan and the strengthening of their capacities. He […]

Stéphane Desjardins

Stéphane Desjardins has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. He is the editor-in-chief of Coopoint magazine, the only French-language media dedicated to collective entrepreneurship in North America. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of Journal des Voisins and contributes as a columnist to Journal de Montréal and Journal de Québec in the Money-In Your […]

Graciela Fernández

Dr. Graciela Fernández is the President of ICA’s Cooperatives of the Americas and has served as Vice President of the ICA since October 2018. She was re-elected as President of ICA Americas in October 2022. She has more than 20 years of experience in leading and promoting the cooperative business model, social economy and associative […]

Ariel Guarco

Ariel Guarco has been a cooperator since his youth, through his involvement in the Electric Cooperative of Coronel Pringles, in the south of Argentina. In 2008, he became the highest authority of the Federation of Electric and Public Utilities Cooperatives (FEDECOBA). In 2011, he was elected President of Cooperative Confederation of the Argentine Republic (COOPERAR). […]

Dan Lussier

Dan Lussier leads the Canadian Agri-Food Data Initiative at EMILI which is part of its mission to support the development and adoption of digital agriculture technologies.  Through a unique combination of applied research, technology demonstration and training programs the Data Initiative is driving collaboration across the value chain to strengthen the data governance capacity of […]

Akinori Suzuki

Akinori Suzuki joined Coop Sapporo in 2012 and has been involved in various projects related to social/environmental issues such as recycling, foodbank, etc. He took the initiative to establish “Hokkaido SDGs Promotional Platform” in 2019 with participation from the Hokkaido Government, City of Sapporo, cooperatives, private companies and mass media.

Agnes Mathis

Mrs. Mathis is currently director of Cooperatives Europe, the European organisation representing cooperatives at European level. Lawyer, graduated from the University of La Sorbonne (DESS Droit public et européen), she has worked within Barlow, Lyde and Gilbert sollicitors (London) and Wiener statische Insurance Group (Vienna). She then has worked in the Cooperative mouvement. After being […]

Paul Cabaj

Paul Cabaj has an extensive background that spans over two decades, dedicated to spearheading economic and social innovation. His approach involves active engagement, mobilization, and partnerships with a diverse array of stakeholders, including cooperative business enterprises, private corporations, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities. Paul’s unique contribution lies in his entrepreneurial mindset, which consistently yields strategic […]

Aaron Stewart

Aaron Stewart is General Counsel at VME Coop, a retail technology worker co-op with offices in the UK and Malta, and Coop Exchange, a start-up platform co-op.  Aaron is also a founding member of the UK Coop Law Association and advisor to Kandoroo CIC, a not-for-profit co-op which uses digital technology to enable foodbank users […]


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