Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada is looking for a Research and Education Assistant

Co-­operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) is a member-­driven association that supports, promotes and unites cooperative and mutual organizations.

Entering their second year, they’re looking for a research-­oriented individual to join the team. The selected candidate will work with the Manager of Research and Education on a variety of projects aimed at better understanding the sector and disseminating results from various studies and initiatives.This is a summer student position.

For more information or to apply for the program (you must be able to show Young Canada Works eligibility), visit CMC’s website.

Co-operative Studies Track at Atlantic Schools of Business Conference – Sept 25th – 27th

Co-operative Studies Research Track will be held at the Annual Atlantic Schools of Business Conference hosted by the University of New Brunswick, located in Fredericton. The conference will occur from September 25th through the 27th, 2015. It is bilingual so both French and English submissions are highly encouraged. The submission deadline for the conference is August 7th, 2015 and you will be notified of your submission’s acceptance status by August 28th, 2015.

The Co-operative Studies Research Track is open to all areas of cooperative research such as co-ops in critical management; environmental and social reporting; co-op management and ethics; co-op entrepreneurship; governance for co-ops, key performance indicators, financial reporting and accounting, performance measurement and analysis; financial management; tax accounting; public responsibility and ethics; technology innovation management; and knowledge management. The track is also open to papers that are in the development stage. Masters and PhD students are encouraged to submit papers. They have a limited amount of funding available to assist with student travel. Please refer to the Atlantic Schools of Business website for further information.

ASB is dedicated to fostering a supportive environment, whether it is by helping scholars polish developed manuscripts or helping to improve ideas in progress. Submissions at multiple stages of development are encouraged, including full papers to be considered for presentation and conference proceedings, papers and concepts in process that are suitable for presentation, and symposia that combine various streams of thought to engage and inform debate.

Call for Papers – ICOOP 2015

The scientific program committee of the Joint International Conference on Agribusiness and Cooperatives is still accepting abstracts for presentation in the 7th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM2015) and/or in the 2nd International Conference on Cooperatives (ICOOP2015). The conference will be held October 22nd-24th, 2015 in Davao City, Phillipines.

Deadline for abstract submission is on May 31, 2015.

Submit abstracts to:!submit-abstract/c5u6

CASC Practitioner Day Schedule Announced

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operatives has released its practitioner day schedule for June 4th, 2015, at the University of Ottawa.

This event brings together Anglophone and Francophone co-operative practitioners, administrators, educators and researchers to reflect on the practice of the sector and how they can collaborate more successfully in supporting co-operatives in meeting the needs of their (existing and potential) members.

In line with the theme of the conferences, the day will be organized around the different capital resources that are an essential part of all well-functioning co-operatives. Sessions will explore: Financing co-op development, strengthening human capital, sustainability and community engagement. There will be ample time for networking and creating new linkages.

For more information or to register for the practitioner’s day, please visit the registration site.

Co-operative Education Programs in Canada

We have added a comprehensive table on currently available education programs specializing in co-operatives and mutuals in Canada – including the new graduate certificate at the University of Saskatchewan and the new MBA program at IRECUS at Université de Sherbrooke. We will be updating this regularly.

If you know of a program that comes available and is not on the table, please email with a link to the program and we will add it.

Special thanks to Erin Hancock for preparing the table for an upcoming paper on co-operative education in Canada.

ICA Call for Consultant

The International Co-operative Alliance seeks an expert consultant to map government entities with a co-operative mandate globally. The report will include a case profile and contact details. The objective of the study is to get a list of potential members for recruitment into membership.

The report should be finalized by 25 June 2015.

For more information, please review their call for consultant.

Upcoming Webinar – Emerging Co-op Research Showcase – March 30th, 12-1pm EDT

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is hosting its next free webinar March 30th, 2015, from 12-1pm EDT entitled “Emerging Co-op Research Showcase.” 

This will be a session of new co-op research, by emerging co-op researchers, for everyone. The session will also demonstrate the new Emerging Co-op Researchers Network website.” Register now!


  • Justin Ellerby is a student in the MBA in Community Economic Development program at Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, with a background in housing co-ops and multi-sector co-op development.His presentation will be an exploration of the Emerging Co-op Scholars Network website, a new platform for students and practitioners to share and build opportunities, resources, ideas, and connections.
  • Samira Nuhanovic, (Bosnia-Herzegovina) is a PhD candidate at the International Doctoral school in Local development and global dynamics at the University of Trento.Having in mind the importance of certain cooperative principles, her research aims to investigate the ways in which organizational structures, and consequently productive and marketing activities of agricultural cooperatives, can be diversified in order for them to have a positive impact on rural development in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the reduction of rural poverty.
  • Andrius Ragainis is a Master’s in Environmental Studies student at York University. He focuses his research on social accounting systems and co-operative enterprises.In the webinar presentation, Andrius will present his ongoing research of how Ontario’s co-operatives implement social accounting. Presentation will also include a short overview of the existing social accounting systems.

Call for Presentation Abstracts – Poverty and Social Inclusion Conference Oct 28-29, 2015

Call for Presentation Abstracts

Inviting Psychiatric Survivor/Consumers, Students, Community Agencies, and Researchers

The Poverty and Social Inclusion Conference would like to invite you to present on issues and/or solutions related to poverty, social inclusion, and/or psychiatric survivors/ consumers.

There will be a $100 award for the best student presentation, a $100 award for the best lived experience presentation, and a $100 award for the best community solutions presentation at this conference.

When:  October 28 & 29, 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Best Western Lamplighter Hotel (591 Wellington Road, London, Ontario)

 Type of Presentation: Oral Presentation/Story Telling (30 minute), Sharing Circle, Conversational Café, Round Table Discussion, Panel, Poster Board, or any other presentation methods of your choice.

 For more information, please download the Community Poster-Call for Presentation.