ESOP Association Canada December 2018 Newsletter
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A Message from the Chair

Employee Ownership in Canada - now that is something I can get excited about!  I have spent about 25 years of my working life in two different ESOP companies.  About 5 years ago I learned of an organization called the ESOP Association Canada and after attending the Annual Conference in Winnipeg I joined the conference planning committee and today we are planning our 4th conference since Winnipeg.  During the past 3 or 4 years I became a Board Member for the Association and at our annual general meeting this past June I was nominated to Chair the Association and here we are.
On behalf of the Association I would like to pass along many thanks to the outgoing Chair Camille Jensen who is an amazing person leaving some big shoes to fill.  Camille, we wish you all the best in all future endeavours and we know you will continue to support the Association in many ways over the years to come.
So, what is in store for the Association in the coming year and beyond?  We will continue hosting an annual world class conference focusing on Canadian Employee Share Ownership.  Attendees from new and veteran ESOP companies come together with service providers and people interested in the concept to share, learn, grow, and network with employee ownership as the common theme.  The ESOP success stories we have heard over the past 4 years alone are so inspiring, and the experts who attend and often present are so amazing and so giving at this event.  The 2019 conference will be held in Toronto from June 3 to 5.
We are currently scoping out a large project where we would move toward a paid membership system for the Association which would include access to webinars, blogs, service providers, and other experts as well as potentially creating an online ESOP community and possibly even some regional events.  In the coming years as our membership grows, and our conference grows in attendance, it would be wonderful to have the resources within the Association to focus efforts towards lobbying the governments of this great country to offer tax incentives for ESOP companies.
We have some amazing individuals on the Board of Directors and as Advisors to the Board as well as on our conference and membership committees, but we are always looking for more volunteers to help us take the Association to the next level.
I would like to wish all of you an amazing Holiday Season and all the best in 2019.
Dean Ell
Chair – ESOP Association Canada

Canadian ESOP Companies

Picture of list of Canadian Employee Owned CompaniesOver the years we have received many requests for a list of Canadian employee-owned companies so, like Santa, we are making a list.

Click here to download the current list of partially or fully employee-owned Canadian companies.

If you are Canadian employee-owned company and would like to be included in the list please let us know at

Save the Date

Mark your calendar now and join us in Toronto, ON June 3-5, 2019 for the 2019 Canadian Employee Ownership Conference


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Employee Ownership Video

Learn more about employee ownership, the ESOP Association Canada, and our annual Canadian Employee Ownership Conference in this short video.

 A big
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the video.  We appreciate your support.

Join our Canadian Employee Ownership LinkedIn Group

We invite you to join our LinkedIn group: Employee Share Ownership – Canada. The purpose of this group is to provide a forum where business owners and employees can read, learn, and share information about employee share ownership plans (ESOPs).  We look forward to seeing you in the group!

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