Regional Support Associations

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Canada Atlantic Canada Support Association

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.


Eugene Ellmen

Eugene Ellmen, former National Director, Oikocredit Canada.

Oikocredit invests in microfinance, fair trade, co-operatives and agriculture in 70 countries around the world. Oikocredit Canada is the Canadian arm of the organization, providing capital to support its global lending and investment operations.


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.

Read Eugene Ellmen's blog posts