International youth internships with the Canadian Co-operative Association

The Canadian Co-operative Association is now recruiting for the 2013-2014 International Internship Program. This is an excellent opportunity for new and recent Canadian graduates who are interested in working overseas. For more information on CCA’s International Internship Program, please visit the website or contact Kati Clark at 

Internship Positions

Rwanda Micro Enterprise Development Officer
Rwanda HIV/AIDS and Gender Program Officer
Peru Community Outreach Officer
Peru Marketing and Value Addition Officer
Philippines Human Resource Development Officer


Canadian Co-operative Association

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is a national association for co-operatives in Canada, representing more than nine million co-operative and credit union members from over 2,000 organizations.  Individual co-op members are represented by CCA either directly through their co-operative, through their provincial co-op associations or credit union central, or through sectoral organizations. CCA provides leadership to promote, develop, and unite co-operatives and credit unions for the benefit of people in Canada and around the world.

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!

CCEDNet Webinar on Social Economy Research in Canada

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network is hosting a webinar focusing on social economy research, including co-operatives.

18 Apr 2013 at 12:00pm EDT (1:30pm Newfoundland, 1pm Atlantic, 12pm Eastern, 11am Central, 10am Mountain, 9am Pacific)
The research on the social economy undertaken between 2005 and 2012 by the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships, the national hub and the six regional research nodes continues.  This webinar will share the latest research activities relevant to CED policy and practice from several current research programs.  This session will deepen the connections between practitioners and researchers in the CED and social economy fields:  participants will hear who is doing what, what research outputs are available and what is expected, and how to get involved.


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Free webinar! April 25 – The ICA principles in large co-ops: “just for show” or integral to success?

April 25, 1 p.m. EDT: Webinar on The ICA principles in large co-ops: “just for show” or integral to success? Organized by the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network.

When a co-op becomes very large, are these principles difficult to follow? For instance, what happens when a co-operative becomes so large that the vast majority of members don’t exercise their voting rights? Is the principle of Democratic Member Control still relevant?

In this webinar, Ghislain Paradis of IRECUS (, and formerly of Desjardins, argues that some ICA principles are based on idealism rather than realism; he suggests that large co-operatives cannot effectively adopt these principles in a way that would allow them to meet their needs in the global marketplace.

In response, we will hear from the MCDRN’s own Sonja Novkovic, of the Sobey of School Business at Saint Mary’s Univeristy, whose research involves working with worker co-ops to improve their ability to operationalize the ICA principles and values.  Dr. Novkovic will argue that the ICA Principles remain just as valuable and relevant as co-ops grow.

After we hear from Ghislain and Sonja, two respondents will give their own input on the debate:
1. A representative from The Co-operators.
2. John Restakis on his research on large consumer co-ops in BC.

To register, go to