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Danny Bazin

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Scotiabank Centre (After August 10th)
(902) 451-1221

Frequently Asked Questions

The event will take place at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on October 18, 2023 at 6pm.
Doors will open at 5pm on that day.

Tickets for the event will go on sale the week of August 17, 2023 at 10am.

Mid Bowl Tickets are $250.00
Lower Bowl Tickets are $325.00
Upper Bowl: $99.00

Corporate tables – SOLD OUT

Prices shown include taxes and fees.

The event is part of the Nova Scotia Co-operative 75th anniversary celebration, which also happens to take place during Canada’s co-op week.

Many sponsors and supporters are needed to make these events a reality. Thanks to the generosity of these organizations, the evening promises to be a resounding success for all in attendance.

The event serves as a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, who’s varied impact can be summarized as:

  • Meaningful support in various forms to Cooperatives and Credit Unions, who are the third largest employers of Nova Scotia.
  • The Council has invested and contributed millions in the local economy and social impact by ways of social and affordable housing, business startup programs, economic development funds, and more.
  • The sector as a whole has billions in assets throughout the region.

Additional beneficiaries of the event include the 3,000 participants of the Diversity Delegation who will attend the event at no cost.

The Diversity Delegation is a sponsored program encompassing three distinct initiatives empowering 3,000 deserving minds for the region’s post-secondary education institutions to attend the event at no cost. Details on the members of the delegation and how to be part of it will be announced at a later date.

A Force from Coast to Coast to Coast
The co-operative and the mutual sector is a force to be reckoned with. Co-operatives and mutuals can be found across Canada, in the North. As of 2019, Canada counted over 6,365 co-operatives, making them a vital contributor to the Canadian economy. Interestingly, 45% of these co-operatives can be found in the province of Quebec.

Co-operatives and Mutuals are Strong Employers within Canada
Over 174,000 people have full-time or full-time equivalent employment in co-operatives with salaries totalling over $6.8 billion.

When accounting for the indirect job creation, the co-operative sector expands to 592,000 people in full-time equivalent jobs providing $28.3 billion in household income. Non-financial co-operatives and credit unions/caisses are the bulk of this.

When it comes to the total of FTE jobs within the co-operative movement, the financial and insurance sector holds 40% of the total jobs, followed by whole and retail trade at 35%, construction and manufacturing at 10%, and finally health care and social assistance with 6%.

Contributing to the Canadian Economy
The co-operatives and mutuals across the country contribute to Canada’s economy in big ways. The co-operative sector contributed $49.2 billion dollars towards the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019, totalling to 2.5% of the Canada’s GDP. Furthermore, the sector also paid $10.4 billion dollars in taxes to the federal government.

Co-operatives and Mutuals – A Versatile Business Model in Multiple Industries
Financial vs. Non-Financial Co-operatives
When examining the larger picture, it was found that non-financial co-operatives are the majority of co-ops found in the country, with more employees and four times the revenue of credit unions, caisses populaires and mutuals. However, credit unions and caisses understandably have much higher assets and pay more in taxes compared to non-financial co-operatives. Furthermore, credit unions and caisses populaires employ approximately 1/3 of the co-operative workforce and provide 2/3 of the total salary dollars total within the co-operative sector.

The Different Types of Co-operatives and Mutuals
There are five different types of co-operatives and mutuals in Canada. In 2019, 70% of the co-ops were consumer co-operatives. This was followed by producer co-ops at 15%, multistakeholder co-operatives at 8%, worker co-operatives at 8% and federations at 1%. In terms of status, the Canadian co-operative sector has 59% non-profit co-operatives and 41% for profit co-operatives. Of the non-profit co-operatives, 52% were housing co-operatives.

Co-operatives and Mutuals in Different Economic Sectors
Representing 43% of Canada’s co-operatives are found in the real estate and rental services industry (housing co-operatives), followed by co-operatives in health care and social assistance, co-operatives in other services and public administration and then, co-operatives and mutuals in the finance and insurance industry. Next was construction and manufacturing at 11%. The proportion of revenue generated by co-operatives in other sectors is similar, at 1 % or less.


Co-op Week is a uniquely Canadian phenomenon that is celebrated annually in the third week of October. Co-op week events are hosted in communities across the country and help raise the visibility of co-operative organizations, while improving understanding and awareness of the co-operative business model.
Themes include: Co-operation, Hope, Community, Entrepreneurship, Impact, Diversity, Inclusion, Generosity, Resilience, and Empowerment.
Details on how to apply for the Diversity Delegation will be announced at a later date.
No. Meet and Greet and other VIP opportunities are not available to ticket holders.
No. The speaking engagement will center around themes and topics proper to our region and will be completely tailored to the audience. Much like Barack Obama did in 2019, the interview-style evening will be conversational and spontaneous.