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2022 ACE Institute

Co-operatives are built on stories. Come share yours at this year’s Institute, focusing on Justice, Reconciliation & Co-operative Education!

An ACE Institute focused on co-operative stories / Un institut ACE axé sur les histoires coopératives / Un Instituto ACE centrado en las historias cooperativistas

This year, we are hosting an interactive, hybrid ACE Institute that will bridge the distance between Co-op Educators, Managers and Developers across internationally. This conference will bring together co-operators in English, French and Spanish speaking nations, to look at the steps involved in rebuilding, educating and co-operating in a post-pandemic world.

What is the conference Format? / Quel est le format de la conférence ? / ¿Cuál es el formato de la conferencia?

Whether attending in-person or virtually, accessibility is important to ACE. The in-person conference will be made interactive through the use of the Pheedloop platform, to ensure a seamless conference experience whether participating in-person or virtually.

What sets the ACE Institute apart:

  • A friendly, familial environment where connecting and educating are the top priority;
  • Co-operative walks and tours have been scheduled for in-person participants;
  • Join discussion groups in-person or virtually;
  • Move around the room, as you would at an actual conference!

Who’s invited?

If you are a co-op educator, manager or developer this is the conference for you. We will have plenty of exciting panels, networking opportunities, and social events planned over three days, in English, French and Spanish.

Students & Young Professionals! You are welcome to join this event in a special track that will highlight networking opportunities tailored to your needs.

How to Register?

  • Eventbrite
  • On our Website
  • By Email or Phone

We look forward to seeing you there!

Meet Our Speakers !

…and more !

Check-out Vancouver Co-ops !

We’ll be visiting Shift Co-op and Valu Co-op during our visit to Vancouver!

Getting Here and Logistics

ACE Concierge Service

ACE has partnered with a Travel Agency to assist with Trip Planning for participants of the 2021 ACE Institute. Should you require assistance with booking flights, accommodation, parking and/or car rentals. ACE is here to help. Please email with a rough travel itinerary and ACE will take care of the rest ! You will receive an invoice including all receipts for reimbursement.


Vancouver is a 5.5-hour direct flight from most major Eastern Centres. Vancouver’s Airport, YVR, hosts major Canadian and American airlines such as Air Canada, WestJet, Delta, United and American Airlines. To find a full list of airlines that serve Vancouver’s YVR Airport, please consult this link. Generally speaking, a return-trip flight between and Eastern Centre and Vancouver will cost between $350 and $500.

Once you’re in Vancouver

If you are arriving in Vancouver on July 19th, and departing on July 22nd or 23rd, a shuttle service will operate between YVR Airport and UBC between the hours of 12PM and 9PM.

If you are arriving outside of these hours, please communicate with the ACE Administrator at for assistance in arranging alternative transport. A taxi or Uber between UBC and YVR Airport takes around 25 minutes and costs approximately 45 Canadian Dollars.

Using Public Transit

Should you wish to take Public Transit around the City of Vancouver, please feel welcome to use this Trip Planning tool provided by Metro Vancouver’s Transit agency, Translink. A downloadable version of the transit map is available for download below.

Translink operates as a zoned system, with travel between zones costing extra. The price of fares is listed below. Busses and stations accept Cash, Contactless payments such as VISA and Mastercard, as well as the Compass Card Transit Pass. Visitors may purchase a Compass Card in advance (excluding international visitors), or at a transit station (everyone) for a fee of 6$.

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UBC Conference Accommodation

ACE Institute Guests are welcome to stay anywhere they like. Official ACE Institute Accommodations are being provided by the University of British Columbia’s Conferences and Accommodation Service. ACE has reserved a block of rooms. The group code will be provided shortly.

The Carey Centre

The Carey Centre offers affordable suite-style accommodations on the North Side of UBC campus. Boasting incredible views of the mountains and affordable single and multi-room accommodations with large kitchens, the Carey Centre is the perfect place to stay should you desire a full-kitchen, and more local living experience. You may book accommodation at the Carey Centre through this link, or below on our website


Should you wish to stay locally, many Airbnb options are available. Please consider some of the unique Airbnb’s on our curated list below, which was put together by a local Vancouverite:

Joint Accommodations and Co-Housing

Should you wish to room with another participant at the ACE Institute, ACE is offering a roommate matching program. This is a great way to reduce costs and to get to know others at the Institute. If you would like to use this service, please contact us at

COVID-19 Protocols & Policy

At the Institute

While ACE encourages all of its Institute attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, ACE will not and cannot enforce a mandatory vaccination policy for all attendees. Should you require a speacial accommodation please contact us at

The 2022 ACE Institute Planning Committee has consulted with Vancouver Public Health in order to make this event as safe as possible. Rapid Testing will be made available to Institute attendees upon request. A maximum of 1 test per day may be requested. Tests will be delivered to the attendees accommodation. We ask that COVID-19 testing be conducted in your room, for sanitary reasons.

For Inter-provincial Travellers

As of April 30th 2022, inter-provincial travellers are subject to Canada’s mandatory vaccination to board policy. This means that is you are 12 years of age plus 4 months, or older, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated in order to board domestic or international flights departing from most airports in Canada, including charter and foreign airlines carrying commercial passengers, including VIA Rail, AMTRAK, White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad (WP&YR), and Rocky Mountaineer trains.

ACE encourages its attendees to contact their airline or railway company about their boarding requirements and refund policies. While ACE will help you as much as possible, we are not liable for missed flights as a result of vaccination status.

For International Travellers
If Fully Vaccinated

If you are a fully vaccinated traveller, you must provide the following documentation to enter Canada to be exempt from quarantine:

  1. ArriveCAN receipt with letter A, I, or V beside the vaccinated traveller’s name
  2. Proof of vaccination that was uploaded into ArriveCAN (original or paper copy)
  3. Prepare for arrival testing if selected
  4. Travel document entered in ArriveCAN (e.g. passport)
If Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated
ArriveCan Details

ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers to Canada. It is also required to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption from quarantine and testing. If you don’t submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000.

You must use the ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in on a computer to enter your proof of vaccination and travel information.

  • To be ready for your trip, create your free ArriveCAN account
  • Proof of vaccination and travel documents can be saved in your ArriveCAN traveller profile before any planned travel
  • To get an ArriveCAN receipt, submit your travel and vaccination information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada
    • If you arrive by boat (including ferry), submit when you enter Canada
    • For travellers boarding a cruise ship, visit the Cruise ship travel page for requirements specific to cruise ships

No smartphone or short trip? You still need to enter your information and submit in ArriveCAN up to 72 hours before your arrival in Canada or before a short trip outside Canada. Sign in to ArriveCAN from a computer to get your ArriveCAN receipt. Print your receipt and take it with you when you travel. You can also have someone submit your travel information on your behalf.

Virtual Option

The 2022 ACE Institute will have a virtual option, and information on access will be made available here.

Conference Package

The 2022 ACE Institute Conference Package will be soon posted here.

Annual General Meeting Information

The Annual General Meeting details will be made available here, once prepared.

Hourly Schedule

Tuesday, July 19th 2022 - Day 1

10:00AM - 12:00PM
ACE visit Musqueam First Nation
Musqueam First Nation, led by Councillor and Education Director Gordon Grant
1:00PM - 2:30PM
UBC Campus Tour
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Walter C. Gage Building
6:00PM - 9:00PM
In Our Hands Opening Reception
The Gallery, Nest Building

Wednesday, July 20 2022 - Day 2

3:00AM - 4:30AM
Official livestream of signing of Co-op Education Partnership with ADN and University of Dschang, Cameroon
Led by Isidore Douale, ADN
7:30AM - 8:15AM
Institute Registration & Breakfast
8:15AM - 8:30AM
Opening Remarks, Welcome to UBC
Musqueam Councillor and Education Director Gordon Grant
8:30AM - 8:45AM
Housekeeping Items
Michael Norris, ACE Administrator
8:45AM - 10:00AM
Sharing our Stories : Testimonials on the Intersection and Integration of DEI in co-operative education
Gabriel Chapman, Teia Evans, Tracy Rispin, Obie Agusiegbe and Esther West
10:00AM - 10:30AM
Coffee Break and Networking, facilitated Networking Online
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Developing a Co-operative Education Strategy for Western Canada: The Importance of Understanding Learners
Kyle White, Education & Training Lead at Co-operatives First
10:30AM - 12:00PM
How Black communities are using co-operative tools to build resiliency: ROSCAs
Obie Aguisiebe, Juliet Kego, Jean-Marie Mbaka with Christine Clarke Moderating
12:00PM - 1:30PM
1:00PM - 1:30PM
Hazel Corcoran - Presenting the JEDI (Justice, Equity Diversity and Inclusion) Stategy at the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation
1:30PM - 3:00PM
Housing Co-operative provide accessible lodging for newcomers. Yes, but...
Pascal Billard, President and CEO of SOL-AIR Consultants
1:30PM - 3:00PM
Forum on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility in a Co-operative Learning Context
Erin Hancock and Rosa Poirier-McKiggan
3:00PM - 3:30PM
Coffee Break and Networking, facilitated Networking Online
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Impact of culture on access to financing and entrepreneurial supports for business development: the case of Black women entrepreneurs and co-operators
Constantin Tombet-Moupegnou
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Mapping the black co-operative entrepreneurship ecosystem in Canada
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Co-operatives make communities Healthier: The unseen role of health co-ops in co-operative education, integrative care and the story of the NUKA model
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Dinner & Ice Cream Trip
7:30PM - 9:00PM
After Hours Free Time, Debrief and Discussion

Thursday, July 21st 2022 - Day 3

8:30AM - 10:00AM
Breakfast and ACE AGM
10:30AM - 1:30PM
Co-op Tours
SHIFT Delivery Co-op, VALU Co-op
1:30PM - 6:00PM
Co-op Walking Tours
Stanley Park Breakwall, Downtown Eastside/Gastown, Bowen Island
6:30PM - 11PM
2022 ACE Awards & Banquet

Friday, July 22nd 2022 - Day 4

7:30AM - 9:00AM
9:00AM - 10:30AM
One communities success is the other’s quest: A story of co-op education & resilience in two Northern Indigenous communities
Doug Kebokee, George Hookimaw, Tracy Rispin, moderated by Duane Wilson
10:30AM - 10:45AM
Coffee Break
10:45AM - 12:15PM
Co-op educator endgame: Should the goal of co-op education be to incorporate co-operative businesses or can it have broader applications in the social impact space?
Solid State Industries, Christine Clarke, Obie Agusiegbe, Juliet Kego, Gary Hampton and Charity Schmidt
10:45AM - 12:15PM
Co-operative Investment, CIOs and Cars. Stories of Sharing and Innovation throughout the Pandemic
Sean Campbell and Dardan Isufi
12:15PM - 1:45PM
Lunch, ACE Open Mic, Member Updates and NCERA-210 Update Research Update
John Park, Jessica Gordon Nembhard
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Organization of Roundtable Discussion regarding BIPOC funding for education and development strategies
Constantin Tombet-Moupegnou, Patrick Yoda, Olivier Germain
4:00PM - 6:00PM
Attawapiskat Community Bulletin Co-op Conversion Livestream
Tracy Rispin, Doug Kebokee, George Hookimaw, Mike Gull, Duane Wilson


Jul 19 - 22 2022


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