Isthmus Engineering: A Case Study on Worker Co-op Governance (Webinar Recording)

This webinar was hosted by the International Centre for Co-operative Management, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Canada) on March 1, 2022.

This webinar brings to life a case example of a worker-owned co-operative in a technical field. Learn about how the co-op manages participation and governance, project management techniques to streamline democratic decision-making, running meetings that work and other aspects of worker ownership and governance.

Meet the speakers:
Ole Olson has worked for co-operatives for over 40 years including the past 30 years as a Member/Owner of Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing Cooperative. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Platteville and a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer. Ole has served several terms as a Board member for the USFWC (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives) and is a founding member and current President of MadWorC (Madison Worker Cooperatives). Ole encourages employee ownership and the democratic workplace model and does public speaking engagements for many organizations.

Margaret Lund (case study author) is an independent consultant specializing in the areas of community development finance and shared ownership strategies. Throughout her 30-year career, Margaret has worked with enterprises in every major co-operative sector including credit unions, consumer co-ops, housing co-ops, worker co-ops, healthcare, agriculture and small business co-operatives. Prior to launching her consulting practice in 2008, Ms. Lund spent 16 years as a small business lender to co-operatives.

Moderated by Erin Hancock, Education Manager, International Centre for Co-operative Management

To read the full case study, visit www.smu.ca/iccm/researchandpublications/workingpaperandcasestudyseries/
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