In Memoriam: The research community mourns passing of Ian MacPherson

Canada’s co-operative movement is mourning the passing of one of its leading lights, historian, educator, author and passionate co-operator Ian MacPherson.

Dr. MacPherson, known internationally for his role in the 1995 revision of the co-operative principles and his work linking co-operatives to peace and social cohesion, died on November 16 at the age of 74.

As both a scholar and a co-operative activist, Dr. MacPherson personified the relationship between Canadian co-operative academics and co-op practitioners. In Canada, he served as president of both the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and Credit Union Central of British Columbia (now part of Central 1 Credit Union), as well as on the boards of various consumer, financial and health care co-operatives.

He has written dozens of books and articles about co-operatives, including A Century of Co-operation, the commemorative book marking the 100th anniversary of Canada’s organized co-operative movement in 2009.

He was also a founder of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), a multidisciplinary research organization which brings together co-operative academics and practitioners.

Read more about Ian and contribute your memories, comments and reflections to a tribute blog for Ian at

-Canadian Co-operative Association

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation has also released a communique about Ian found here: MacPherson – In Memoriam

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