Accelerating Inclusion: Achieving 50-30 in the Co-operative Sector

The Women’s Economic Council (WEC) is a proud ecosystem partner with the Government of Canada’s 50 – 30 Challenge initiative funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). 

WEC has been working collectively with a equitable, diverse and inclusive team to develop two new streams of gender, equity, diversity & inclusion (GEDI) training programs open to all those who have taken the 50 – 30 Challenge that asks organizations to aspire to two goals:

  1. Gender parity (50% women and/or non-binary people) on Canadian boards and/or in senior management; and
  2. Significant representation (30%) on Canadian boards and/or senior management of members of other equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Racialized, Black, and/or People of colour, People with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQ+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals, and/or Indigenous Peoples. The program and participants recognize Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit, as founding Peoples of Canada and underrepresented in positions of economic influence and leadership.

From coast, to coast, to coast, our Accelerating Inclusion training program(s) will provide the skills that:  

  • Equip leaders with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to promote the inclusion of all women and non-binary individuals on boards and in senior management / leadership roles.

Stream 1 training topics include:  

• Reframing the way we think about Gender, Diversity & Inclusion
• Examining Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions
Allyship & Active Engagement
Inclusive Recruitment Strategies
Inclusion Retention Strategies
GEDI Change Management
Empower all women and non-binary individuals from equity, deserving groups (EDGs) to pursue and succeed in senior leadership/ management and board roles. 

Stream 2 training topics include:  

• Introduction to Co-operatives
• Co-operative Governance
Member Engagement
Financial Literacy
Governance Compliance & Risk Management
Inclusive Leadership
Cultivating Accountability Practices
Communication & Self Advocacy
Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Non-Binary on Boards

Accelerating Inclusion Training will take place asynchronously (within a specific time period) allowing for more flexibility for busy leaders. Additional learning sessions with session facilitators will be scheduled after each block of training is completed.  

Completion of all learning sessions within a module allows participants to earn a completion badge. 

Training is FREE for all 50 – 30 Challenge Participants   

Have any questions?

Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have about the Achieving Inclusion towards 50-30 – please email us at: