Regional Support Associations

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Why Support Associations?

Oikocredit Canada’s Support Associations are groups of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International co-operative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations in Canada – Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit Canada Atlantic. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.


Oikocredit in Canada

Education and outreach activity in Canada is carried out by two not-for-profit Support Associations, led by active volunteers. Investment administration is led by the National Support Office, under National Director Eugene Ellmen. 

Prior to joining Oikocredit in January 2013, Eugene served for 13 years as Executive Director of the Social Investment Organization (now known as Responsible Investment Association), Canada’s membership network for responsible investment. 

His previous work includes positions with the credit union sector, the Ontario government, journalism and private consulting.

He is an author and writer on responsible investment, and has won two awards for his work: the Social Investment Organization Distinguished Service Award, and the Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award for work and dedication in sustainable and ethical business practices.

Eugene is responsible for Oikocredit's investment administration activities in Canada and the US, and serves as Oikocredit's representative in Canada and the US.

The two Support Associations are led by volunteer boards and have responsibility for carrying out Oikocredit's grass roots education and outreach initiatives. These include representing Oikocredit at local events, as well as mounting webinars, workshops and annual meetings to educate the public about investment and development, and Oikocredit's work around the world.

The Support Associations are: