Canadian researchers were very active in the research- and education-focused panels at the International Co-operative Alliance ‘building knowledge’ meetings in Cape Town, South Africa on November 3.
Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan and of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network moderated a session on ‘Building Research Capacity’ in which 4 researchers from different areas of the world spoke about their research, their priorities and their challenges:
Dr. Louw Van Der Walk of North West University in South Africa
Dr. Ann Hoyt of the University of Wisconsin
Mr. Gianluca Salvatori of the European Research Institute on Co-operative and Social Economy Research (EURICSE)
Ms. Chiara Carini of EURICSE about the World Co-operative Monitor
Denyse Guy, Principle Investigator of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (MCDRN) and Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association spoke about youth education about co-operatives.
Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Co-Director of the MCDRN and Professor at Saint Mary’s University moderated a panel on Co-operative Development: Starting & Sustaining where Ms. Lorraine Bedard of Agropur dairy in Quebec spoke as well as Mr. Rejean Laflamme, the Vice Chairperson of the CCRN. Dr. novkovic played a lead role in pulling together this ‘building knowledge’ stream within the larger assembly. She currently chairs the ICA Committee on Co-operative Research. More information is available here: http://ica.coop/en/ica-committee-co-operative-research