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.

Centre News update, April 2014

Centre News update for the month of April 2014 is now available. To access the newsletter, follow this link.

Notice to Students: the deadline for the Norm Bromberger Research Bursary of $2,000 is coming up soon! Applications are due June 30, 2014.

To access application form, follow this link.

University of Saskatchewan awarded $1 million for co-op business development

The University of Saskatchewan has received $1 million from Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System, for a new initiative in co-operative business development in rural and Aboriginal communities in Canada.

The project will be led by the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives in partnership with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, the Edwards School of Business (ESB) and the Plunkett Foundation in the UK.

Working with rural and Aboriginal communities, the partners will explore ways to expand the co-operative business model in communities where co-ops have not previously been present.The project has a strong educational component, with the expectation that research will translate into real-world applications. It will incorporate experiential learning opportunities for students, integrate research and teaching tools into the JSGS and ESB curriculums, and develop case studies in rural and Aboriginal social and economic development. This knowledge will be used to better inform future business leaders and policy makers about the efficacy of the co-operative model.

See more at:

-University of Saskatchewan


Centre for the Study of Co-ops welcomes new fellow

The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan welcomes new fellow Dionne Pohler.

Dionne Pohler is an Assistant Professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and an associate faculty member with the Edwards School of Business. A recipient of the Grandey Leadership Scholar position in 2012, Dionne’s primary research explores the intersection between strategy, HR systems, unions and employee involvement in both private and public sector organizations, and she received a standard research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for her work in this area. Other research interests include governance and HR systems in social economy organizations. She has published articles in Human Resource Management, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, and British Journal of Industrial Relations.

On Thursday, October 31 at 3:30pm, Dionne will be hosting a seminar on the U of S campus: Leveraging the Co-operative Business Model as a Source of Competitive Advantage 

More information:

-Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

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

Through the Eyes of Women: What a Co-operative Can Mean in Supporting Women During Confinement and Integration

This research study considers criminalized women’s lived experiences while in custody and upon release. The study pays particular attention to women’s perceptions of institutional programming with the purpose of outlining service and other gaps and clarifying how co-operative initiatives might fill these gaps.

It explores how participation in a co-operative can impact the capacity of provincially sentenced women to negotiate incarceration and successfully reintegrate into the community upon release from custody. The study provides women the opportunity to voice their needs and hopes, their stories and experience of imprisonment, and their capacity for social, economic, cultural, and civic integration. It explores how living under conditions of confinement may structure women’s choices, their social, cultural, and civic identities, and shape their mental well-being and their capacity to manage their lives upon release — and what participating in a co-operative might mean for their capacities and choices.

Download the full report here.

Citation: Findlay, I. M. ; Popham, J. ; Ince, P. ; Takahashi, S. (2013). Through the Eyes of  Women: What a Co-operative Can Mean in Supporting Women During Confinement and Integration. Saskatoon, SK: Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan.

-Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, U of S

Co-operative library and historical documents – University of Saskatchewan

The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan has an extensive co-operative library and also an online archive of co-operative historical documents such as meeting minutes and photos.

Take advantage of these great resources today online:

University of Saskatchewan – Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
Centre for the Study of Co-ops Library
Online history (artifacts/meeting minutes/photos) of co-operatives in Saskatchewan