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Gwangseog HongMaster of Ceremonies

Proudly representing the Korean cooperative movement, Gwangseog Hong will be one of two MCs at Congress. He is the team leader of the international cooperation office at the Korea National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF), and deputy secretary general of the International Cooperative Agricultural Orgnisation (ICAO) Secretariat. Initially a journalist for the Farmers Newspaper in Korea, he expanded his career into international relations in 2008. An economist specialising in the field of agriculture and cooperatives, he has served as an agricultural advisor for the ICA between 2011 and 2014 and managed rural cooperative development programmes. Gwangseog holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in agricultural economics from Seoul National University and Ohio State University.

Gwangseog HongMaster of Ceremonies

Proudly representing the Korean cooperative movement, Gwangseog Hong will be one of two MCs at Congress. He is the team leader of the international cooperation office at the Korea National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF), and deputy secretary general of the International Cooperative Agricultural Orgnisation (ICAO) Secretariat. Initially a journalist for the Farmers Newspaper in Korea, he expanded his career into international relations in 2008. An economist specialising in the field of agriculture and cooperatives, he has served as an agricultural advisor for the ICA between 2011 and 2014 and managed rural cooperative development programmes. Gwangseog holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in agricultural economics from Seoul National University and Ohio State University.

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John HoustonSpeaker

Film Producer and Director
Atautsikut/Leaving None Behind

John Houston will help launch the start of Congress by sharing his stories at the celebratory event, kicking off the three days of discussion, debate and conversations on the theme, Deepening our Cooperative Identity.

John was immersed in the Inuit culture since his childhood which he spent in the Canadian Arctic. His eighth and most recent film, Atautsikut/Leaving None Behind, tells the story of Inuit communities of the Hudson and Ungava coasts of Northern-Québec, who empowered themselves by setting up cooperatives. The film looks at the history of the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec (Ilagiisaq/FCNQ), which was founded in 1967 to support the rapidly growing local cooperative movement in its vision of leaving none behind. Today the Federation is owned by 14 member cooperatives managed exclusively by Inuit and Cree staff, which provide a broad range of products and services for the local community.

Their success will be discussed at the Congress, where John Houston will be joined by Mary Johannes (to be confirmed), the president of the board of Ilagiisaq/FCNQ. In addition to introducing the film to Congress, they will join the third plenary panel discussion on Examining our Cooperative Identity.

John HoustonSpeaker

Film Producer and Director
Atautsikut/Leaving None Behind

John Houston will help launch the start of Congress by sharing his stories at the celebratory event, kicking off the three days of discussion, debate and conversations on the theme, Deepening our Cooperative Identity.

John was immersed in the Inuit culture since his childhood which he spent in the Canadian Arctic. His eighth and most recent film, Atautsikut/Leaving None Behind, tells the story of Inuit communities of the Hudson and Ungava coasts of Northern-Québec, who empowered themselves by setting up cooperatives. The film looks at the history of the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec (Ilagiisaq/FCNQ), which was founded in 1967 to support the rapidly growing local cooperative movement in its vision of leaving none behind. Today the Federation is owned by 14 member cooperatives managed exclusively by Inuit and Cree staff, which provide a broad range of products and services for the local community.

Their success will be discussed at the Congress, where John Houston will be joined by Mary Johannes (to be confirmed), the president of the board of Ilagiisaq/FCNQ. In addition to introducing the film to Congress, they will join the third plenary panel discussion on Examining our Cooperative Identity.

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Karina LehouxFacilitator

Since her debut on stage and in television in the early 2000s, Karina Lehoux has been a facilitator in more than 850 events, including: seminars and conventions, annual general meetings and public forums. More recently, she has been using her experience in television to facilitate virtual conferences, awards and international events. Last October, she was the spokesperson for the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité. Karina Lehoux is a graduate of Laval University (bachelor's degree in business administration) and HEC Montréal (DESS in communication-marketing).

Karina LehouxFacilitator

Since her debut on stage and in television in the early 2000s, Karina Lehoux has been a facilitator in more than 850 events, including: seminars and conventions, annual general meetings and public forums. More recently, she has been using her experience in television to facilitate virtual conferences, awards and international events. Last October, she was the spokesperson for the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité. Karina Lehoux is a graduate of Laval University (bachelor's degree in business administration) and HEC Montréal (DESS in communication-marketing).

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Stories

Keep up to date with stories from the international cooperative community

Balu Iyer
Regional Director
ICA Asia and Pacific

COVID-19 has highlighted the perils of valuing short-term gains over longer-term viability. This has accentuated the pitfalls of relying on market-oriented models which increase inequality and translate into lower levels of ‘social capital’ and wellbeing. It has also brought to the fore the importance of the ‘real’ economy (which generates goods and services) and the role of cooperatives within this.


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All ICA members, ICA bodies, academic institutions and other organisations linked to the cooperative movement and who care about the cooperative business model are encouraged to host events or initiatives under the banner “Towards the World Cooperative Congress” as we move to prepare for the 33rd ICA World Cooperative Congress. Focusing on the Cooperative Identity, this event will be convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea in December 2021. These events can start as early as you choose and must be held at the latest by November 19, 2021. These can include (but are not limited to) webinars, in person/hybrid workshops, etc. It’s up to you!


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Key lessons on leadership from the 25 Voices initiative were presented at last month’s Global Youth Forum, hosted online by #Coops4Dev. The initiative was launched in early 2021 to promote the World Cooperative Congress. Three members of 25 Voices formed the “It’s Now and Forever” panel and called for “cross-generational and inclusive” leadership and urged the cooperative movement to remove barriers between younger and older members.


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Schedule

The programme will cover global issues linked to the cooperative identity.

Call for Abstracts and Panel Proposals
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  • ICA Cooperative Research Conference - Day 1 28th Nov 2021
  • ICA Cooperative Research Conference - Day 2 29th Nov 2021
  • ICA Cooperative Research Conference – Day 3 30th Nov 2021
  • International Forum on Cooperative Law - Day 1 28th Nov 2021
  • International Forum on Cooperative Law - Day 2 29th Nov 2021
  • International Forum on Cooperative Law – Day 3 30th Nov 2021
  • World Cooperative Congress - Day 1 1st Dec 2021
  • World Cooperative Congress - Day 2 2nd Dec 2021
  • World Cooperative Congress - Day 3 3rd Dec 2021
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Such conventions are generally organized by societies or communities dedicated to promotion of the topic of interest. Fan conventions usually feature displays, shows, and sales based on pop culture and guest celebrities.

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09:00 - 09:30Grand Opening Business Conference 2018 By Samantha BrannsonTech Investory

Such conventions are generally organized by societies or communities dedicated to promotion of the topic of interest. Fan conventions usually feature displays, shows, and sales based on pop culture and guest celebrities.

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Such conventions are generally organized by societies or communities dedicated to promotion of the topic of interest. Fan conventions usually feature displays, shows, and sales based on pop culture and guest celebrities.

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