Similarities and Differences between B Corps and Co-operatives Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Presenters:  Lawyer Brian Iler (Toronto), and Co-op/ Social Enterprise Developer Marty Donkervoort (Winnipeg)

Brian and Marty provided information about what a B Corp is and they discussed how a B-Corp may or may not be similar to a co-op.  The objective was for people to have a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of a B Corp compared to the advantages and disadvantages of a co-op. See below for more about the presenters.

 Brian Iler

Brian’s been an active cooperator for decades – from co-founding Dumont Press Graphix, a worker co-operative typesetting business, in 1971 to co-founding the immensely successful SolarShare renewable energy co-operative in 2010. The Ontario Co-operative Association has bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on him, some years ago now. He’s a lawyer and the founding partner of Iler Campbell, a Toronto law firm that focuses on serving co-operatives, non-profits, and charities.

Marty Donkervoort,

As the Globe and Mail has recently noted, Marty’s business career leads from Bay Street to Main Street. Over the past three decades, Marty has held senior positions in private corporations, the public sector and in the social economy, most recently in Winnipeg’s North End.

In the social economy, Marty founded Away Express, a social enterprise courier service in Toronto, mentored The Big Carrot worker co-op in the retail health food business, then founded and managed Inner City Renovation, a social enterprise in the construction sector in Winnipeg’s North End. Since 2012, he has been teaching courses on social enterprise in the Business Faculty at U of W and management in non-profit sector in the Urban and Inner City Program at U of W. He also teaches in the Asper MBA program at U of M.

Download the slides here:  B Corp or Co-op V4