The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) is the oldest and most prestigious mutual association in the U.S. It has been representing cooperatives of all types and in all industries for nearly a century. It acts as an umbrella organization for the U.S. cooperative sector.
NCBA provides a wide range of programs and services to create bonds between cooperatives. The programs focus on education, co-op development, communications, public policy, member services and international development. It also provides a strong, unified voice on Capitol Hill, and diligently works with lawmakers to enact cooperative-friendly legislation.
The Summit is pleased to welcome 2 distinguished representatives of this organization:
- Liz Bailey, President, will be Chair of the round table under the theme Practitioner reactions – Surprising or astonishing study results on Wednesday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m., at room 200ABC of the Quebec City Convention Centre. This round table will be preceded by the presentation of the findings of the study by McKinsey & Company: Achieving the full potential of cooperative organizations – strengths, challenges and best practices by Éric Lamarre, Associate Director of this research firm in Canada.
- Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Vice President, International Development, will be a panelist at the forum under the theme North-South Intercooperation on Wednesday, October 10, at 3:30 p.m., at room 303B of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The chair of this forum will be Darren Schemmer, Vice President, Partnership with Canadians Branch, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
- This forum will present case studies, experiences and expert opinions on the various forms of intercooperation (technical assistance, financial assistance, knowledge transfers, training, business activity support, implementation of laws and regulations), current issues in North-South intercooperation (limited applicability of northern hemisphere cooperative models, risk of contradictory influences in different models and the capacity of southern hemisphere cooperatives to adapt), roads to improved North-South cooperation and success factors and emerging South-South intercooperation and its forms (benefits, limitations).