Synopsis: Rural and remote communities have had long-term challenges accessing the goods and services they need. Many communities pay high costs for everything from childcare and broadband internet to recreation and fresh fruits and vegetables. Entrepreneurs in remote communities also face challenges accessing inputs and getting their goods to market. This talk will introduce a solution for entrepreneurs to consider: co-operatives! It will explore how groups of entrepreneurs can build co-ops to access the things they need and grow local business. We’ll also look at the long history of co-operatives supporting remote communities across Canada.
Presenter Bio: Kyle is the Governance and Education Lead with Co-operatives First. He develops and delivers Co-operatives First’s educational products and supports clients to incorporate and govern their co-ops. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Kyle came to the prairies to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Kyle’s career has focused on corporate and co-operative governance and community economic development. Aside from his work with Co-operatives First, Kyle is a runner, history-buff, and lifestyle blogger.