The Co-operative of the Year honour was presented to The Co-operators and accepted by President and CEO Kathy Bardswick and Board Chair John Harvie. The Co-operators was nominated by the Fédération des cooperatives funéraires du Québec for its contribution, innovation, and impact as a key partner to many in the co-operative sector.
Lacey Chyz was awarded the Emerging Co-operator Award. Nominated by the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA), Ms. Chyz began her co-operative career as a member service representative at a local credit union in Alberta, and then went on to be an intern with the Canadian Co-operative Association and volunteer for the Co-operative Youth Leadership program in 2011. She joined ACCA as staff in 2014 and Canada’s Emerging Co-operators committee in 2016.
The Honourable Mauril Bélanger was awarded CMC’s highest individual honour, The Achievement Award. The Achievement Award celebrates the outstanding contributions of men and women to the cause and the development of co‐operatives and mutuals in Canada. This award recognizes Mr. Bélanger's exceptional contribution to promoting, developing and uniting co‐operatives and mutuals in Canada.