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CCA to send Canadian interns overseas

Ottawa, May 20, 2015 The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) will be continuing its international internship program through a new $465,815 two-year agreement announced by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), May 12, 2015. In this new program, CCA will mobilise 26 interns (13 each year) to six countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. Interns will be placed with CCA partner co-operatives, with a focus on increasing food security and stimulating sustainable economic growth in these countries. Interns will assist local partner co-operatives and their members to undertake agricultural activities to meet food and income needs, including financing and operating small and medium-sized enterprises. A new component of the program is a collaboration with Rooftops Canada, the international development program of Canada's co-operative and social housing organizations. Eight interns will be placed with CCA partners in this sector over the next two years. This new program will be the 17th continuous year of international internships for CCA, having already sent over 160 interns to work with partner co-operatives in countries around the world.

CoopZone announces new Course Director

See attached press release announcing the new Course Director for CoopZone.

CoopZone also wishes to express its deep gratitude to Peter Hough, who coordinated the creation of the on-line co-op development Training Program for CoopZone, along with other very experienced developers. He has been its Course Director for the first four years of the Program, ending this summer as he retires.

Tele-learning Session: Investment Shares in Co-ops - May 19, 2015 ( 12:00 noon Eastern Time)

by lawyers Brian Iler and Laird Hunter

This session, offered jointly by CWCF and CoopZone, will cover the following areas:

* The nature of preferred shares, terms & conditions - the basics that should be in every preferred share, all the issues around redemption (e.g., is it possible to structure preferred shares so that they are redeemable in part, and not to all shareholders)?

You are invited to a Tele-learning session on What is CoopZone & How Can it be Useful to You? on March 31, 2015

Want to find out more about CoopZone? Want to find out how it would help you? Here is a chance to get more information and ask questions. There will be two sessions, one in English and one in French. CoopZone is the Network of co-operative developers, and individuals and organizations with interest in co-op development.

CoopZone Training Program
CoopZone Training Program

Did you know that there is another Coop Zone? Coop Zone (or the "Zone Coop") is a consumer cooperative in Quebec City, which offers the university community -- and the academic world -- a range of products and high quality services tailored to the needs of its members throughout their educational and professional path; hardware and technical services, books and stationery, e-books, art supplies, clothing and promotional items.

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