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.
Oikocredit in Canada
Eugene was appointed National Director in January, 2013. Previous to his work with Oikocredit, Eugene served for 13 years as head of the Social Investment Organization, Canada's umbrella organization for socially responsible investment (now Responsible Investment Association). Eugene is the author of the critically-acclaimed Canadian Ethical Money Guide, and has won awards for his work in responsible investment and corporate social responsibility.
He is responsible for Oikocredit's investment administration activities in Canada, and serves as Oikocredit's Canadian representative.
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: