The sign of a healthy cooperative organisation is perhaps one where elections for places on the Board are hard-fought. So the International Co-operative Alliance should probably take heart from the fact that over thirty people stood today for the fifteen places available on the ICA’s World Board. Countries represented by the successful fifteen candidates range from Argentina to Korea, Australia to Russia.
The UK, incidentally, was successful in seeing its nominee elected. He is Len Wardle, the current Chair of the Co-operative Group. Pauline Green, previously head of Co-ops UK, stays on as ICA’s inspirational President as well. And those who participated at the big Quebec summit last year may be interested to know that Monique Leroux, President of Canadian financial cooperative Desjardins and architect of the summit, will also be joining the ICA Board.