Emerging Leaders Meet and Greet
Wednesday, June 5, 6 – 7 p.m.
Join us for a casual get-together where young co-op members and staff can network before the AGM. Whether it’s your first AGM or you’ve been before and just want to meet new people, all young co-operators and emerging professionals are welcome! Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, June 5, 7 – 8 p.m.
The first big event of the AGM is always a fun way to get into the swing of things. This is an informal reception with cash bar where you can reconnect with old friends and make new ones. We hope to see your there! No ticket required.
Wednesday, June 5, 8 p.m. – midnight
What do The Tragically Hip, Raffi, George Carlin and Diana Krall have in common?
They have all performed at the landmark Centennial Hall. Designed by Philip Carter Johnson, the award-winning local architect behind London’s City Hall, Centennial Hall opened its doors on June 21, 1967, in honour of Canada’s 100th anniversary.
On Wednesday, join your fellow co-operators at Centennial Hall, conveniently located in the heart of downtown, for a fun evening of live music from local blues, rock and soul band Groove Station on the main floor, or head downstairs to a quieter space to mingle and chat or participate in a friendly euchre tournament. Cash bars and complimentary appetizers will be available on both floors. Our annual social is a not-to-be-missed event!
You can buy your ticket for this social when you register for the AGM.
Sightseeing and Co-op Tours*
Thursday, June 6, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
This year, you can choose from two city tours.
This historic tour of London will take you past Sir Frederick G. Banting Square to view Banting House, known as “the birthplace of Insulin,” and the Flame of Hope, an eternal flame that honours Banting and those affected by diabetes. Another site on the tour is Tolpuddle Housing Co-op, named for the 19th-century Tolpuddle Martyrs who founded the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers in 1833 England. Five of the six founders moved to London after their seven-year sentencing in Australia. You’ll also wend your way through Old East Village, an Ontario Heritage Conservation District and wonderful residential and commercial area of revitalization, where you’ll find the Western Fair District. And you’ll have a glimpse of the former Kellogg’s plant, a fixture throughout much of the 20th century. Although it closed in 2014, the building is now undergoing an incredible transformation. And of course, you’ll see some fabulous co-ops and stop at one for a break.
Get ready for some pop-culture and outdoor sightseeing during this tour of London. You’ll pass the breathtaking Springbank Park – at 140 hectares, it’s the largest in the city – that includes the spectacular Rose Garden and the Storybook Gardens. You’ll see tributes to London’s famed son, bandleader and violinist Guy Lombardo, such as the bridge that spans the Thames River. You’ll travel through Wortley Village, which is nestled in the Old South neighbourhood and maintains its small-town feel, as well as the grounds of Western University, which opened in 1878. You’ll see the first McDonald’s in Eastern Canada, which opened in 1968. And of course, no tour would be complete without London housing co-ops, including the New Brighton Housing Co-operative, a brown-brick Renaissance Revival apartment building built in 1929 and designated for its historical value in 1993.
These tours will sell out quickly and seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early through our online registration!
Friday, June 7, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. (reception at 6 p.m.)
This dinner is always a highlight of the Annual Meeting. With some great local entertainment and dancing, it is a chance to talk with friends old and new. If you are wondering what to wear, people do tend to dress up for this evening.
Note: Your ticket to the AGM Dinner is included if you purchased a full registration package.
*Buy tickets to these events online when you register for the AGM.