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

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.


2015 ACE Institute Request for Proposals – Due February 6, 2015

The ACE Institute planning committee is seeking presentation proposals for the 2015 ACE Institute, to be held July 12-15 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Details for the categories and submission criteria are in the request for proposals.

The ACE Institute is an annual conference held by the Association of Cooperative Educators, a North American wide organization of cooperative researchers, educators, practitioners and developers with members predominately from the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The three-day event highlights innovations in cooperative education and development through lectures, workshops, roundtable discussions, and mobile learning sessions.

Proposals are due by Friday, February 6, 2015. Selection will be made and applicants notified by March 6, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Pike at or 763.432.2032.

Call for Abstracts – Community Innovation and Social Enterprise Conference – March 15th Deadline

“ Community Innovation and Social Enterprise ” Conference

July 8-10, 2015
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Community Economic Development Institute of the Shannon School of Business is dedicated to advancing community capacity in economic development. Building on the popularity of our 2011 and 2013 conferences, where we had over 200 attendees, we are organizing another multidisciplinary conference focused on “Community Innovation & Social Enterprise”.

Community-based ventures are a strong part of the Canadian economy for more than a century and recent innovative practices have made the social enterprise sector a hot topic. The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations, from home and afar, to discuss current practices, challenges, and innovations in advancing social entrepreneurship and improving community livelihoods.

The conference includes the following themes:

  • Community-based development
  • Social Enterprises and Innovation
  • Co-operatives and sustainable business models
  • Place-based business
  • Sustainable Aboriginal economies
  • Entrepreneurial Financing

Please mark your calendar and come to Cape Breton to connect in July.  We are keeping the conference cost low:  if you register by May 15, the cost of the conference is only $190+tax, and that includes our famous Surf & Turf dinner extravaganza (Cape Breton lobster & beef) by the Sydney harbour.

You are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, panel, or roundtable discussion.  We also accept general proposals which may not fit the categories listed above.  There will be no formal conference proceedings published.

Please submit your proposal by March 15.  The proposal should include:
• Working title
• The theme it fits in
• 100-word abstract of the presentation, and a
• 50-word bio.

Please send abstracts to and attach your proposal as a Word file.

CASC Call for Papers – Deadline January 16, 2015

Edited: the deadline has been extended until Monday, January 26th. 

This is a friendly reminder that the call for papers for the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) conference closes next Friday, January 16th. The conference will be held June 2nd-4th in Ottawa.

The call details are available in both English and en Français.

As well this year, CASC is soliciting proposals for case studies in its Call for Papers.  Prize money in the amount of $5000 has been secured for the best cases thanks to the Measuring Co-operative Difference Research Network (MCDRN) through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Community University Research Alliance (CURA).

In addition, CASC will be hosting a workshop on case study competitions at the conference, with support from the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan. For more details please visit the CASC website.

Call for Papers for the European Research Committee’s Conference

First call for papers for the European Research Committee’s conference “Future of the Co-operative Model: Creativity, Innovation, & Research” to take place in Paris, France from 27-30 May 2015.

Conference aim

Crisis highlighted that innovation, creativity on products, production process, governance and financing are essential elements of the productive organization to face problems and grow up. Cooperatives and social economy organizations have been in many occasions creative and innovative to all functional stages for the benefit of the members and the socio economic environment that they are engaged. The broad interpretation of cooperative principles gives cooperatives flexibility in designing their governance and financial structures, which are extremely efficient in the pursuit of global strategies. In such activity (agriculture, finance, heath, education…), cooperatives and mutual successfully innovate to adapt the social and economic crisis. What are their advantages and weaknesses?

Proposals focusing on the innovation and creativity solutions of cooperatives would be particularly welcomed. General themes and specific sessions are proposed for selected papers and poster sessions.

Conference general themes

  • Cooperatives and Rural-Urban
  • Cooperatives and their business model specificities
  • Global Competitiveness and Governance
  • Cooperatives confronted with the employment crisis
  • Law and specificities
  • Cooperatives, taxation and finance
  • Cooperatives and Social Responsibility

Guidelines for abstract / paper submissions

To be eligible for a Selected papers Session or a Poster Session:

  • Select a general theme
  • Submit an Abstract (min. 350-max. 400 words) including title, keywords (and) JEL codes
  • Upload full paper (pdf format) – mandatory.

Deadline for submission is November 27th 2014

For more information including key dates, technical specifications for submission, and details about the general themes, consult the original call of papers here or contact the organizers of the event at

CEARC Research Grants: Call for Proposals

The Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC) has made a research fund available for research in accounting and reporting for co-operatives and credit unions. There is only one call for proposals per year. A total of $20,000 is available for this call. These funds may be awarded to more than one recipient.

The main purpose of this fund is to encourage researchers in Canada as well as internationally to undertake projects of relevance to accounting and financial reporting in the co-operative and credit union sectors. The research project may be of interest to either/both academics and practitioners. While not a specific requirement, ideally the research will lead to a broad dissemination of its results through conference presentations and journal publication.

Funding Criteria
The main funding criteria are that the work be relevant to academic and/or practitioner accountants in the co-operative and credit union sectors. The project must be completed on a timely basis and be of satisfactory quality. The timeliness criterion should be demonstrated through the applicant’s detailed timeline in the proposal. The timeline should show the expected dates for production of reports or working papers. The maximum time allowed to complete the report or paper is 24 months. The CEARC Research Committee will evaluate proposals and recommend to the CEARC Board of Directors which proposal(s) should be approved and the amount of funding.

Grant applicants are required to submit their proposal outlining the following:

  • Description/purpose of research project
  • Target audience
  • Practitioner, academic, both
  • Method of communication to target audience
  • Methodology
  • Experience/interest in co-operative/credit union research
  • List of publications and/or conference presentations in the last 4 years
  • Timeline for completion of the project
  • Budget

The deadline for applicants to submit proposals
is December 15th, 2014.

Fore more details about submission, consult the original call for proposals here.

You may also want to consult the CEARC website at

Papers Submission for the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Cooperativism in the 21st Century Europe, Slovakia

Visions 4 a Cooperative Future: Cooperativism for the 21st Century Europe & Beyond is an international interdisciplinary conference on cooperativism that will be help December 4-6, 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event is organized by INECON in conjunction the C-BIRD project and the European Alternatives and International Young Professionals Foundation.

The aim of the conference is to address issues related to the status and role of cooperatives and social enterprises in social and economic development in the V4 countries – Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland within a broader European context (South-Eastern and Western Europe) both from the point of view of a historical and theoretical reflection and from practical perspectives.

The Conference also aims to:

  • bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners to present research, discuss current knowledge and exchange experiences related to cooperative, social and solidarity economy and various forms of cooperative action
  • promote networking among academics and practitioners and further build a community of experts and interested parties for ongoing collaboration, dialogue and research on cooperative, social and solidarity economy and various forms of cooperative action in Europe and beyond

Papers can address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • the history of the cooperative movement and social and solidarity economy development and the current relevancy and standing of cooperatives in the economies of the V4 and other European countries
  • the democratic and social dimension of cooperatives and their role of in social economy
  • the impact of cooperatives and social economy actors on local/sub-regional economies
  • the cooperative model in rural development
  • the cooperative model for disadvantaged regions and communities
  • social economy and social cooperatives – forms and linkages
  • good practices in various forms of cooperative action
  • factors hindering the development of the cooperative and social enterprise sector
  • financing start-up and existing cooperatives
  • legislative support for the development of cooperativism in the future
  • public policies supporting the development of social economy and cooperativsm in 
  • educational programs in cooperativism and social economy

The deadline for the submission of papers is October 24, 2014.

For further information about the Conference, access this document or write to:

To register for the Conference, visit the Project INECON website.

Articles Submission for Special Pula Conference Edition of the Journal of Cooperative Organization and Management

Here is an opportunity for those of you who were able to attend the ICA 2014 event in Pula, Croatia.

The Journal of Cooperative Organization and Management is publishing a special Pula conference edition which will be on the conference theme of “Local and regional development and cooperatives”. For those of you who wish to contribute an article to this special edition, and may even have sent an article, it is asked that you submit your article to the Journal’s official website at:

The deadline for paper submission is the end of September 2014.
The assessment of the contributions has already started (mid-September).
Decisions will be made following the assessment, and required follow-ups will be made.

To access the author information pack, click here.