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January 22, 2014

Desjardins Group – Co-host of the Summit – to Acquire State Farm® Canada

A major transaction in the financial sector between cooperatives and mutuals

Desjardins Group, co-host of the International Summit of Cooperatives and the leading cooperative financial group in Canada, announced that they will purchase State Farm Canada's businesses in property and casualty and life insurance, as well as its Canadian mutual fund, loan and living benefits companies.

State Farm® is the largest P&C mutual insurance company in the United States. The transaction also involves a third stakeholder, Crédit Mutuel a France-based cooperative financial group and long-term partner of Desjardins Group.

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Top 10 Women in Sustainability

The leadership of two CEOs from the cooperative sector is recognized!

The leadership of Kathy Bardswick, CEO of The Co-Operators Group and Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity was celebrated by the Corporate Knights magazine last December. Thanks to their perspective and persistence Ms. Bardswick and Ms. Vrooman are showing how great leadership can bring about positive change. Over the past 11 years, Ms. Bardswick has pushed to reduce The Co-Operators Group's footprint and introduce sustainability-focused insurance products while Vancity became the first carbon-neutral credit union in North America under Ms. Vrooman.

At the intersection of business and society, the Corporate Knights magazine focuses on Clean Capitalism define as an economic system in which prices incorporate social, economic and ecological benefits and costs, and actors know the full impacts of their actions.

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Registration to Open in February

Five Reasons to Attend

Registration for the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will open in February. The Summit is a must-attend event for all managers of cooperative and mutual enterprises. Come to the Summit to:

  1. Find solutions for development and performance challenges
  2. Access groundbreaking and exclusive multi-sector international studies related to the cooperative and mutualist movement
  3. Earn how to tackle new market challenges
  4. Network with global leaders
  5. Do business at the international exhibition

The 4-day pass includes conferences, round tables, breakout forums, access to the collaborative platform, the exhibition and the mobile app as well as the opening ceremony, the welcome cocktail and an unforgettable gala dinner.

The 2014 Summit Exhibition – Oct. 6, 7 & 8

A rare opportunity to network with Coop leaders

With 2,500 participants from 90 countries the Summit Exhibition is a rare occasion for exhibitors to renew and develop international contacts and partnerships with cooperative leaders from various sectors including banking, insurance, finance, retail, health care and human services, housing, agriculture, and forestry.

The exhibition will be held in an enormous 7,000m2 (75,000 sq. ft.) room and is open to all – cooperatives, mutuals as well as non-cooperative enterprises. The early-bird price for 3 x 3 m2 (10 x 10 sq. ft) stand is CAN $3,230.00 (plus taxes) until January 31. For information about the event or to arrange for an exhibit space please contact Christina DeCastro at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Call for Scientific Articles

Opportunity for researchers

The organizers of the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives invite co-operators, authors and researchers to submit empirical or theoretical articles by February 15, 2014

Scientific articles must tie in with the main theme "Cooperatives' Power of Innovation" and one of the sub-themes of the 2014 Summit. A committee of international experts will review the articles. Selected candidates will be notified by April 11, 2014.

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Funding partners

The Summit receives financial support from:

Gouvernement  du Canada
Gouvernement  du Québec Ministère des Finances et de l'Économie


DesjardinsVille de Québec


Crédit Mutuel


agropur Crédit agricole Crédit FedereePWC EY Rabobank


CGI CGI Co-Operators DZ BANK Vancity


Jahia Jahia Jahia


Fondaction Université Laval Delagatus Semeon

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