68. Robin Bryan and Compost Logistics
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by Matthew Rempel
3M ago
Robin Bryan was the General Manager of Compost Winnipeg at the time of recording (Jan 2022), and continues working with the team in a consulting and advisory role. Compost Winnipeg works to take food and other organic waste that would end up in the landfill and instead use it to make compost. Through this work, they have needed to work through some critical parts of the business including how they keep compost from freezing to truck beds in the middle of winter, and dealing with the growth of the business from just a couple people to a full team. --- You can continue the conversation by joinin ..read more
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67. Good Work and Recycling with Jessica Floresco
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Jessica Floresco is the General Manager at Mother Earth Recycling (MER). Mother Earth Recycling does a variety of electronic and mattress recycling which reduces waste in the Winnipeg area. In addition, they are a work integration social enterprise, providing good jobs to people who have otherwise been excluded from the workforce, and MER gives their employees the skills and experience for them to build confidence and self direction. Beyond these social enterprise elements, Mother Earth Recycling is also an indigenous owned and led organization. They provide an excellent example for other orga ..read more
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66. Networks, Support, and Cooperation with Hazel Corcoran
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Hazel Corcoran is the Executive Director of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation. The Federation acts as a bridge and advocate for the various worker cooperatives across Canada that form it's membership. They also manage some investment options for cooperatives so they can receive investment through RRSPs and TFSAs.  Hazel also describes her transition from a student attending a conference, to providing legal support, to becoming the executive director, along with some of the difficulties and turning points that came along the way. --- Join in on Work with Values, an interactive panel on ..read more
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65. The State of the Movement with Nancy Neamtan
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Nancy Neamtan has been working on developing community economic development and the social economy ecosystem in Quebec for decades. Throughout that body of experience, she has been able to work on the challenges that come with building up a sector. In addition, she was one of the founders and builders of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, a major network of networks for the social economy in Quebec. In this conversation with Nancy we discuss some of the challenges of building organizations in the social economy, such as how to scale organizations, finding impact investment, financing, and pat ..read more
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64. Sandra Allen on Shift's Intentional Cooperative Culture
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Sandra Allen is a Member, Co-Owner, Board Member and People Team Lead for Shift Delivery Co-op. Shift Delivery is a last mile carrier based in Vancouver, Canada that uses e-assist trikes instead of motor vehicles for their deliveries. Sandra describes the value that Shift has in it's people, how they onboard new staff and help them prepare and transition into becoming members, and how Shift has been able to maintain their company culture. One intentional decision that contributes to their culture is that all members do the foundational work of triking and making deliveries. For more informatio ..read more
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63. Chris Nichols on Cooperation and Building a Circular Business
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Chris Nichols is a Worker, Co-Founder, Director and Operations Coordinator for Wood Shop Workers' Cooperative. Wood Shop is focused on creating wood furniture out of reclaimed wood for customers in the Vancouver area. They are working towards creating a more circular economy through their work. They started by using reclaimed pallet wood to create their furniture, but now they take materials from places such as residential deconstruction sites. The point of a circular economy is that what would be considered waste is diverted from landfill, and instead is used to create new products. For more ..read more
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62. Worker Co-op Principles with David Thuss
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
David Thuss is the current Director at the London Brewing Cooperative, and one of the founding worker owners of the Co-op. He has experience in many of the areas of the brewing business, but now works in a supporting role for the other workers in the Co-op. London Brewing follows a triple bottom line approach to running a social enterprise, and also emphasises partnerships with other values aligned organizations including an organic food delivery company, and a Café. Through these partnerships, each organization is able to lean on their strengths and rely on their partners for everything else ..read more
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61. Joey Pittoello on Worker Ownership
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Joey Pittoello is the General Manager at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op, and has worked in many different roles within the company. Just Us! is a worker Co-op, where each worker has the option to join as a member with a stake in the organization, and the opportunity to influence it's overall direction. One of the significant challenges that has been present throughout the history of Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op is ensuring that every worker member understands the added responsibilities that come with ownership in a Co-op. Towards solving that challenge, Just Us! has been intentional about cr ..read more
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60. Susan Holt on the story of Plato Software Testing
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Susan Holt is the Chief Growth Officer for Plato Testing, a software testing service that hires and trains people with indigenous backgrounds. She also acts in the same role for their sister company PQA. She has been part of Plato Testing's growth from a single office to five offices across Canada over the past five years. Throughout the growth of the company, there have been decisions that have contributed to Plato's ability to provide quality software testing, and build up the skills of their employees. In addition, they have provided opportunities for employees to become limited partners in ..read more
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59. Olowo-n'djo Tchala on Scaling Alaffia's Mission
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by Matthew Rempel
1y ago
Olowo-n'djo Tchala is the founder and CEO of Alaffia, an international fair trade hair and body product company based in the USA. He was able to take this company from the garage, to supplying large national grocery store chains with their products. Throughout the growth of the company, he has put the mission first, and ensured that the workers in West Africa continue to get fair wages for their work, and that the products that Alaffia produces have natural ingredients made with traditional methods. --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Conne ..read more
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