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Jun 11, 2024

Award celebrates the next generation of innovators in the Canadian co-operative and mutuals sector

GUELPH, ON, June 11, 2024 /CNW/ - Co-operators is pleased to announce the recipients of Co-operators Young Leaders Award. Established by Co-operators and Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), the Co-operators Young Leaders Award promotes and develops young innovators in the co-operative sector and celebrates Canadian co-operative changemakers between the ages of 18-35. The 11 award recipients were selected for exemplifying the passion, innovation, and leadership qualities that reflect the fundamental nature of co-operative values.

"We value the opportunity to invest in the future generation of co-operative leaders across Canada and celebrate the impact they have already made in their communities," says Shawna Peddle, Associate Vice President of Citizenship at Co-operators. "Through our leadership academy, they will receive ongoing support and encouragement to continue to forge their own path in the co-operative and mutuals space."

As part of the Award, the recipients will participate in a unique 12-month leadership academy featuring a series of resources to help these talented young leaders refine their skills, enhance their confidence, and grant them exposure to co-operative principles so they can continue to innovate and positively impact their communities. The academy includes workshops, learning sessions, and networking events, gaining valuable tools to help future-proof the co-operative sector.

I'm really looking forward to this growth and development opportunity provided by Co-operators and CMC," says Caeli Martineau of Edgar Co-op in Quebec and a 2024 Co-operators Young Leaders Award winner. "Being able to network and collaborate with my peers and other award winners is a very welcome step in our leadership journeys." 

"It is an honour to be part of the growth of the Co-operators Young Leaders Award program as it continues to reach more and more young changemakers across the country each year," says Daniel Brunette, Senior Director, External Affairs for Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. "I look forward to seeing what this group of extraordinary recipients do in the months and years ahead."

Meet the 2024 Co-operators Young Leaders

About Co-operators
Co‑operators is a leading Canadian financial services co-operative, offering multi-line insurance and investment products, services, and personalized advice to help Canadians build their financial strength and security. Co‑operators has more than $64 billion in assets under administration and has been providing trusted guidance to Canadians for the past 79 years. The organization is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. Achieving carbon neutral equivalency in 2020, the organization is committed to net-zero emissions in its operations and investments by 2040, and 2050, respectively. Co‑operators is also ranked as a Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizen in Canada. For more information, please visit:

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