Podcast: 63. Chris Nichols on Cooperation and Building a Circular Business

Updated: Jul 25

Chris Nichols is a Worker, Co-Founder, Director and Operations Coordinator for Wood Shop Workers’ Cooperative. Wood Shop is focused on creating wood furniture out of reclaimed wood for customers in the Vancouver area.

They are working towards creating a more circular economy through their work. They started by using reclaimed pallet wood to create their furniture, but now they take materials from places such as residential deconstruction sites. The point of a circular economy is that what would be considered waste is diverted from landfill, and instead is used to create new products.

For more information, visit https://www.woodshop.coop/

More info on the worker Co-op principles: https://canadianworker.coop/about/statement-of-co-operative-identity/

You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy.


  1. https://www.woodshop.coop/

  2. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/woodshopvancouver

  3. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodshopvancouver/


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Matthew Rempel is a social enterprise development coach, with a focus on marketing. He helps social enterprises focus in on the core values of their business, and present them in clear language for their customers and clients. He has connected and interviewed many social enterprise leaders in Canada and around the world. He is also a lifelong nerd, and will gladly use analogies from games and movies to explain complex topics.



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