Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives

Published on July 7, 2018 by Will McGlynn

Press Release
7 July 2018 – Alberta, Canada

To celebrate International Co-operative Day, the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA) is excited to launch the 2018 Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives alongside a new dedicated event website in


The 2018 Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives is an exciting multi-day conference developed for everyone involved and associated with all aspects of the co-operative and credit union sector. It is when members and directors, CEOs and managers from co-operatives large and small come together. Taking place during National Co-operative Week in the rural setting of Stony Plain, Alberta; the conference starts bright and early on Wednesday 17th October and runs through to the afternoon of Thursday 18th October.

Shaped around three core themes of ‘Lead’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Share’, attendees will experience sessions and workshops on innovative co-operative approaches lead by sector experts and leaders. Over the course of the conference, our speakers will inspire new ideas and share practical elements for co-operatives to take back to their communities, drive success and enhance Alberta’s co-operative advantage.

Wednesday morning incorporates two keynote plenaries alongside a choice of workshop sessions in the afternoon; not forgetting plenty of opportunity for you to connect with experts and fellow colleagues during networking breaks and an early evening drinks reception. Exploring impact, influence and inspiration is the name of the game during a dedicated leadership day on the Thursday. It includes a keynote around translating vision into reality, a facilitated leadership panel and an intimate opportunity to interact with current co-operative leaders. The conference concludes midday with lunch and the ACCA’s annual Leadership Awards.

“We are really excited for our signature conference and it is fantastic we are able to host it in our own back yard. We are passionate about the value this Gathering brings to attendees and we have some incredibly talented speakers lined up that will be announced soonLooking back, over 800 people have attended this event over the past 5 years and I am looking forward to welcoming around 120 of the best minds from across Alberta and Canada at the 2018 Gathering”.

[Michele Aasgard, Executive Director – ACCA]

With breakout sessions around government relations and community investment; as well as discounted Group tickets on offer for the first time, make sure you mark your calendars and secure your tickets early.

To learn more and for all information about the 2018 Gathering, head to


Membership, media or sponsorship inquiries can be directed to Will McGlynn, ACCA Communications Officer (