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Canadian architecture firm becomes worker co-op

A forty-one year-old firm in the City of Guelph, Canada, has transitioned to a worker co-operative business.

Arise Architects Co-operative – formerly known as J. David McAuley Architect Inc – is the oldest architectural firm in the city. Founder David McAuley has designed churches in over 200 municipalities across Ontario, as well as other projects Cornwall, Kenora, Windsor and Rock Falls.

While he is not looking to retire imminently, transitioning to a worker co-op, and becoming a member-owner himself, gave Mr McAuley the ability to share the responsibility and the workload and ease into retirement when it happens.

Read the rest at Co-operative News


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