Wednesday, 12 December 2007

TorontoTheBetter News from the Canadian Co-Operative Association

Three related items from the most recent Canadian Co-Operative Association News Brief:


David Labistour, presently Mountain Equipment Co-op’s senior
manager of buying and design, has been appointed CEO of Canada’s
leading outdoor retailer. This marks the first time in the organization’s 36-year history that the top job has been awarded internally. Mr. Labistour will assume the
CEO position at MEC on January 2, 2008.

Mr. Labistour has headed up MEC’s buying and design teams since
2003. He has spearheaded a product sustainability initiative aimed at
reducing the ecological footprint of MEC-brand products. Mr.
Labistour’s professional experience spans over 25 years working for
companies such as Adidas, Woolworths and Artizia.

Mr. Labistour will take over from Peter Robinson, who has led the
co-op since 2000 and is moving to the chief executive position at the
David Suzuki Foundation.


The Co-operators’ fleet of more than 400 vehicles will now follow
new guidelines in a move that is expected to improve fuel economy by
over 20 per cent without increasing cost. The PHH GreenFleet program
was developed to guide organizations through choosing more efficient
vehicles, upgrading vehicle maintenance programs and providing
additional training to drivers. All fleet vehicles The Co-operators
group of companies acquires will now meet its new fuel economy
requirements and help achieve its goal of significantly reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.


The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) has put together a
Co-op Holiday Guide to help Ontarians source all their holiday
needs through the co-op sector. The Holiday Gift Guide highlights
co-operative products available in Ontario (via retail or web

Ontario co-ops can still add their products or services to the
list. E-mail the details to

Several TorontoTheBetter businesses and partners are included in the guide: The Big Carrot, Come As You Are, Common Ground Co-operative, Fair Trade Clothing Co-op, La Siembra, and Mountain Equipment Co-op.

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