Invitation to the 2014 WSSR

Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) at Concordia University in Montreal from May 1 to July 17, 2014.

  • An opportunity for students, researchers and members of the general public to learn from seasoned academics, politicians and policy makers.
  • Workshops range from one to five days and are offered both for credit and non-credit.
  • Possibility to attend a single or several workshops
  • Spaces are limited, register today.

To find out more about WSSR and the workshops, follow this link.To download the workshop program, click here.

International Summit of Co-operatives: June Newsletter

The International Summit of Co-operatives’s June 2014 newsletter provides readers with the latest news in co-operatives innovations.

Featured articles includes:

  • Implementing the co-operative difference
  • International Cooperative Communications Competition
  • Virtual Visit #8: Petit Champlain Neighnorhood Cooperative

To access these articles, and to obtain further information on the upcoming International Summit, follow this link.


Sommet International des Coopératives

L’infolettre du mois de juin du Sommet International des Coopératives offre une multitude d’articles témoignant des innovations dans le milieu de l’économie sociale. Particulièrement, vous trouverez des articles au sujet de:

  • La mise en place de la distinction coopérative
  • Le concours international de communication coopérative
  • La visite virtuelle nº8 : Coopérative du Quartier Petit Champlain

Pour plus d’informations sur le Sommet, et pour consulter les articles mentionnés ci-haut, suivez ce lien.

Nous vous invitons aussi à visionner le vidéo promotionnel du Sommet International des Coopératives.

CICOPA eMagazine: April/May 2014 Edition

The CICOPA eMagazine contains articles from all around the world on co-operative matters. Notably in this edition:

  • The International Labour Conference
  • Worker and social co-operatives for youth entrepreneurship
  • The OAS explore how co-operatives form the basis of sustainable and economic development
  • New federation of worker co-operatives in Korea

To access these articles, and for more international co-op news, Follow this link

2014 ACE Institute is Coming Up

The 2014 ACE Institute will be held at the University of Texas in Austin on July 13-16. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about co-operative education resources, research, and development projects that are transforming people, cooperatives, and communities across North America. Early  bird registration ends JUNE 6th 2014.

To register for the conference, follow this link.

To view the preliminary agenda, follow this link.

Call for co-op research merit award nominations

Nominations for the CASC Merit Award – At its annual banquet (to be help May 29 in St. Catharines, Ontario this year) the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation recognizes a member of the association who has made significant contributions to research on the co-operative economy over the years.  Please send nominations for this award to Darryl Reed, President at your earliest convenience.

Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson receives award for work with co-ops

Lou Hammond Ketilson, the Director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, has received the University of Saskatchewan’s Award for Distinction in Community-Engaged Teaching and Scholarship for her tremendous contributions to the co-operative sector.

Lou has been a leading scholar, researcher, advocate, and mentor for co-operative businesses and organizations for most of her career. Her skills in reaching out to and building strong relationships with a diverse range of individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions around the world have not only made for a successful career, but have also helped build many successful co-operatives and enhanced the university’s reputation.

More details:

-Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Donna Balkan wins CASC Merit Award

Donna Balkan of the Canadian Co-operative Association was awarded the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation Merit Award at the annual co-op research conference of CASC last week in Victoria, BC. Donna has been a steward of the CASC scholarships for a number of years, she enthusiastically promotes the work of Canadian co-op researchers and she elevates the awareness of co-operatives across our country (and beyond). In addition, Donna also engages in research as a practitioner. At the conference last week she presented a study of Canada’s largest co-ops and how they showcase (or fail to showcase) co-op identity on their websites. She created metrics to rank performance on measures of co-op communications.

CASC’s board and members were thrilled to celebrate someone who has contributed so much. If you would like to congratulate her, you can do so on twitter using #coopresearch or by email at

Great work Donna!

Dr. Ana Maria Peredo wins research dissemination award

Dr. Ana Maria Peredo, the Director for the Centre of Co-operative and Community-based Economy at the University of Victoria is granted the Craigdarroch Research Award for dissemination. She has served on several committees to organize international conferences and she is also known for many “lunch and learn” events at the Centre where she invites both academics and the community alike. Congratulations Ana Maria!

The International Research Network on Accounting for Cooperatives and Mutual Entities (ACCOOP) has been launched

The International Research Network on Accounting for Cooperatives and Mutual Entities (ACCOOP) has been launched!

ACCOOP seeks to promote the interest of academics in accounting for Cooperatives and Mutual Entities, enhance international collaboration in research activities and to serve as a meeting point between academics and accounting professionals of any type of organization concerned in accounting for Cooperatives and Mutual Entities.

ACCOOP has a broad approach and all thematic areas in accounting applied to Cooperatives and Mutual Entities are of interest, as well as a broad methodological scope (analytical/modelling, case study, empirical archival, experimental, survey, interdisciplinary, critical, etc.).

If you are interested in these activities, please complete the form on the website. ACCOOP will enable you to contact other colleagues, exchange ideas, seek collaborators, etc. You will also be subscribed to our newsletter. Please, share ACCOOP among potential collaborators.

See ACCOOP at:
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