Tony Patterson lives in Ottawa in a boutique housing co-op called Catalpa. This is where his interest in the world of cooperatives originates. He kicked up his participation a level once the UN declared 2012 the Year of Cooperatives. In July 2012 he wrote Catalpa's submission to the House of Commons Special Committee on Cooperatives. In October 2012 he was a participant at the IYC International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City, and also at the preliminary IMAGINE conference on co-op economics. That same month he launched CO-OP CANADA ACCELERATOR, the blog about communications and community engagement. He loves Quebec City, where his first European ancestors landed almost 350 years ago.