“Financial cooperatives contribute to a better world”

This is the theme of the Global Cooperative Finance Summit that will be held on Monday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the 2012 International Summit...

This is the theme of the Global Cooperative Finance Summit that will be held on Monday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives, in Quebec City.

To celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives as declared by the United Nations, the International Co-operative Banking Association (ICBA)1, organizer of the Global Cooperative Finance Summit, wishes to emphasize the role and the importance of cooperative financial organizations in building a better world.

The Global Cooperative Finance Summit will feature 2 round tables:

  • "The role played by cooperative banks in the area of intercooperation"
  • "The contribution of cooperative banks in making the world a better place"

The Global Cooperative Finance Summit has 2 objectives:

  • To look at the role that banks play in the area of intercooperation within the cooperative movement. Is intercooperation a business strategy that cooperative banks use and that produces quantifiable results? Are cooperative banks in a position to support and promote the cooperative business model?
  • To explore how cooperative banks voluntarily contribute to making the world a better place. As cooperative banks are subject to new international transparency and credit rating standards, what commitments have they made?

PROGRAM

8:30 a.m.

Opening remarks byJean-Louis Bancel, President, International Co-operative Banking Association (ICBA)

8:40 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Introduction
Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Desjardins Group
Alain Paquet, Minister for Finance, Government of Quebec ()

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

First round table: "The role played by cooperative banks in the area of intercooperation"
Daniel Kelley, Vice Chairman, CoBank
Anne Gaboury, Vice President, Desjardins International Development
Stuart Coe, Fund Manager, Global Development Co-operative
Brian Branch, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) ()
Fortunatas Dirgincius, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Lithuanian Central Credit Union ()

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Second round table: "The contribution of cooperative banks making the world a better place"
Arnold Kuijpers, Director Corporate Affairs, Rabobank
John Baistow, Chairman, Bankmecu
Huguette Labelle, Chair of the Board, Transparency International ()
Tamara Vrooman, Chief Executive Officer, Vancity ()

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Jean Houde, President, Finance Montréal
Conclusion by Jean-Louis Bancel, President, ICBA

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch

Information and registration:

Please confirm your attendance by returning the registration form by September 15, 2012, to Sandrine Rodrigues at [email protected].

1. The International Co-operative Banking Association (ICBA) is a sectoral organization of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).

ICBA's mission is to contribute to the sound development, growth and competitiveness of co-operative banks in the marketplace by defending their interests and by promoting their significant contribution to the economic and social well-being of communities on a global scale.

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