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Greater Dorchester IS Moving Forward!

It is full steam ahead for the Greater Dorchester Moving Forward Co-op! Earlier this month more than two dozen local businesses and community economic development stakeholders met to discuss ways they could collaborate to meet their mutual goals of building the local economy. They discussed ideas such as home care, bulk food purchasing, transportation, hospitality and accomodations, tourism, arts, and music and much more. Follow Greater Dorchester Moving Forward on facebook as they pioneer the movement to revitalize rural communities in New Brunswick.


Idea Generation Workshop Inspires an Army of Problem Solvers!

Eighteen social entrepreneurs from across the province participated in a special Idea Generation workshop in Fredericton on July 5-6. Facilitated by CECNB team members, Andy Horsnell and Wendy Keats, and joined by webinar by special guest Shaun Loney, author of An Army of Problem Solvers, participants developed and refined their ideas for social enterprises to address local needs and opportunities. They came away inspired and ready for action and we can’t wait to see what happens next! If you are interested in participating in our next Idea Generation workshop, contact us at



The votes are in…our 2018 AGM was the best ever!

What an amazing AGM we had!! Held in the picturesque village of Dorchester, at one of CECNB’s newest social enterprise members, Shepody House, people came from every corner of the province to share ideas, meet old friends and new, and learn about the innovative work being done by CECNB and it’s member co-ops and social enterprises.

A special presentation  by Andy Horsnell on the Atlantic Import Replacement Study inspired people to think more about how to create jobs and build local economies by supporting local production. Participants were shocked to learn that over 14,000 jobs could be created by shifting just 10% of

The Co-op and Social Enterprise Showcase was a huge hit again this year and featured several innovative groups working to build healthy, vibrant communities such as Mawi’Art, a collective of professional Aboriginal artists that promotes and facilitate the sale of authentic Atlantic Aboriginal art through a virtual gallery, pop ups, special events, mentoring, and peer support. Cooperation in Agri-Food New Brunswick (CANB) is establishing a provincial infrastructure to get local food from the producer to institutional food markets and Greater Dorchester Moving Forward Co-op is reviving the local economy through a series of strategic actions aimed at building the local population and attracting new business.







The Future of Rural New Brunswick panel was both inspirational and thought-provoking. CBC’s Shift NB political commentator (and CECNB’s Board member), Duncan Matheson, led experts in agriculture, forestry, immigration, education, and Indigenous communities through a discussion on the issues and solutions needed to rebuild vibrant rural economies. People came away with a much better understanding of the challenges faced and optimistic about the innovative community-led solutions happening across the province.

New initiatives by CECNB! Executive Director Wendy Keats announced three exciting new initiatives CECNB is currently engaged in, including the development of a Tricultural Learning Centre, the establishment of a Rural and Small Towns Centre of Excellence, and a special pilot project to build the capacity of several NB communities to use the provincial CEDC Investment tax credit to raise capital for local economic development.

During the breaks, folks were well fed with home-made fresh food and the roar of laughter and excitement brought a smile to us all.

People formed new relationships and even some new partnerships were sparked as people learned about what others were doing and realized how they could help one another.  So in the end, everyone drove back through the picturesque little village of Dorchester and marveled at the beauty and ecosytem of the Shepody Bay and Memramcook River.  Its going to be tough to top this AGM next year but we’ll do our best!



June 26: 12:00 – 4:30 pm

Shepody House, Dorchester

You will not want to miss this jam packed afternoon at the Co-operative Enterprise Council’s annual general meeting at Shepody House in Dorchester on June 26! Our theme this year is THE FUTURE OF RURAL NEW BRUNSWICK and we’ve got an amazing lineup of activities, speakers and more. The meeting officially starts at 1:00 but we’ve got a special pre-AGM session for you at 12:00 so come early and hear Andy Horsnell from the Centre for Local Prosperity speak about the Import Replacement study that will blow your socks off! And back by popular demand is our Co-op and Social Enterprise Showcase featuring three exceptional examples of innovation in our province:

  • Cooperation in Agri-food NB
  • Mawi’ Wabanaki Artist Collective
  • Greater Dorchester Moving Forward Co-op

And if that wasn’t enough, our Future of Rural New Brunswick panel will be moderated by CBC’s Shift NB political commentator, Duncan Matheson, who will guide a discussion of experts in NB forestry, agriculture, immigration, small schools, Indigenous communities and other rural issues about their perspectives on the challenges and emerging opportunities for small communities in New Brunswick! We will be showcasing some of the innovative co-ops and social enterprises that are helping to build strong rural economies and vibrant communities. Our experts include:

  • Mike Fox – Mount Allison University
  • Charlie Gaffney –College of Craft and Design
  • Craig Silliker – Miramichi Multicultural Association
  • Susannah Banks or Rick Doucet – NB Woodlot Owners
  • Andy Horsnell – Centre Local Prosperity

Registration desk opens at 11:30 and light refreshments will be served. PLEASE RSVP by June 15 to so we can make arrangements for food and seating. Call 506.227.9607 if you have any questions.

MEMBERS:  Nominate a candidate for the Board!  We’re looking for dynamic, skilled, passionate people who are committed to building a different kind of economy where people and planet are at the core. CECNB has been growing and are on the verge of some exciting developments so if you are interested in being part of our amazing Board of Directors, please see the attached nomination form or contact us at info@cecnb or 227.9607 for more information.

If your co-op or social enterprise is not yet a member, check out all the benefits and download the membership application form!

Thanks everyone and we look forward to seeing you on June 26!

NOTE: Seats as filling up quickly so be sure to register soon!!!!



September 24 – 26, 2018

CECNB is a proud co-host of the upcoming ECONOUS2018 National community economic development Conference, which will be held September 24-26, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick.  You can find more information on the Facebook Event page and  ECONOUS website, and follow the Canadian CED Network‘s newsletters for further updates.

This will be a great opportunity for building community economic development networks and skills and we hope to see you there!


On May 7, 2018, hear author of An Army of Problem Solvers and co-founder of Aki Energy and other innovative social businesses, Shaun Loney at a full day workshop in Fredericton. Learn about social enterprise in New Brunswick and how we can create our own army of problem-solvers!


When: May 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: NB College of Craft and Design 457 Queen Street, Fredericton

Cost: $70 (incl. lunch, materials & HST)

FREE for Indigenous youth thanks to the sponsorship of the NB Aboriginal Peoples Council.

Please see the event poster here.

Register on Eventbrite here.



Off Grid FlyerThe Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick is very excited to now offer all past issues of Off Grid East Coast for free download.  This e-zine showcases people in the Maritimes who are “doing it” and has tons of great articles on renewable energy systems, local food, permaculture, tiny houses, energy efficiency, sustainable investing, urban chicken farming, rain collecting, and so much more!  You can get your free copy on our Resources page. Also be sure to check out our Facebook group Off Grid Comments and Questions East Coast Its a great place for people to ask questions about anything related to renewable energy and get answers from folks in the know.




Social Enterprise for Youth and Aboriginal Communities

Join the Co-operative Enterprise Council and NB Aboriginal Peoples Council for a full day workshop in Woodstock on March 29, 2018 to learn about Social Enterprises and the opportunities they can provide for youth and Aboriginal communities.

The workshop is $70 per participant (lunch included), or FREE for Aboriginal youth (supported by the NB Aboriginal Peoples Council). For more information, please click on the link below to view the event poster, or contact
Woodstock Workshop March 29, 2018 (register by March 21)



We are so excited to announced that the new Community Economic Development tax credit has been officially announced!!! CECNB has been working on this with government for the past 6 years and we are pleased that our communities will now have this tool available to raise the capital they need to develop co-ops and social enterprises! Solar farms, local food, tourism, forestry, innovation….the opportunities for creating jobs and building local economies are endless!!! Fore more info and application forms see



CECNB and other leaders in the co-op sector spent nearly three years researching, consulting and writing a comprehensive proposal for a new Co-operative Associations Act to replace our existing legislation which hasn’t been updated since 1978. This work was done in partnership with the Financial and Consumer Services Commission, the government agency responsible for co-operatives.  It is currently being reviewed by government and we are expecting new legislation to be introduced within the coming year.  Download a copy of the proposed new Act below.

New Co-op Act copyDownload your copy Proposal for new Co-operative Associations Act of NB – June 2014

Media Contact:

Wendy Keats, Executive Director
Tel: (506) 227-9607