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.

Call to the Co-operative Youth Network for ICA’s Next Global Conference

Please consider the following collaboration opportunity proposed by the International Cooperative Association.

The International Co-operative Alliance will hold its next global conference in Antalya, Turkey during the week of 9-13 November. The theme is “Towards 2020: What will your co-operative look like”?

Youth are a very important part of the future of the co-operative movement and are included in the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade found at http://ica.coop/en/blueprint-co-op-decade. Therefore, we would like to encourage the youth movement to be part of the conference instead of holding a separate youth conference as in the past.

We need your help – please provide us with any ideas you have of excellent youth speakers who could speak during the conference as well as any ideas you have for sub-themes during the conference workshops. Please provide these ideas to Rodrigo Gouveia, Director of Policy at gouveia@ica.coop

Tools To Measure Co-operative Performance and Impact – Presentions available on CEARC Website

Presentations from the Tools conference are now available on the CEARC website. To access the presentations, follow the link.

Outcomes from the Tools conference will be further examined at the ICA Research Conference to be held in Croatia on June 25-28, 2014. For more information of the ICA Research Conference, follow the link.

ICA Research Conference deadline extended to March 15

International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research’s Conference in Croatia  will be held June 25-28, 2014 in Pula. Please note the extension for papers below. Also find all conference details including registration and keynote information at the below link.

-Hanan El-Youssef and Sonja Novkovic

Lots of webinars! (2014)

There are several webinars coming up in the co-op world. See 3 below:

January 29 (3:30pm EST): Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade of the International Co-op Alliance

CoopZone and the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation are hosting a tele-learning session for members about the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade of the International Co-op Alliance (ICA).  It will take place this Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time for up to 90 minutes.` The Blueprint, building on the International Year of Co-ops in 2012, is a high-level framework for the co-operative movement globally, with a focus on co-op growth and on 5 themes:  1) Participation, 2) Sustainability, 3) Co-operative Identity, 4) Legal Frameworks, and 5) Capital. The presenters will be as follows: 1) On the overall Blueprint and CICOPA’s perspective:  Rebecca Kemble; of Union Cab in Madison; President of the US FWC and Executive Committee member of CICOPA. 2) On Capital:  Kathy Bardswick, CEO of The Co-operators and member of the ICA Board.  She chairs the ICA’s Commission on Capital. 3) On Sustainability:  Yuill Herbert, of Sustainability Solutions Group Worker Co-op, and member of the Boards of CWCF and CCA.  His Co-op carried out ICA’s sustainability scan. If you would like to participate, RSVP to Hazel Corcoron at hazel@canadianworker.coop at the latest by January 28th at the end of the day.

February 5 (1:00pm EST)- Volunteer impact study findings of the international development work of the Canadian Co-operative Association

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/652684927

Volunteers are a vital part of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s International Development programming.  You will be intrigued to know that there is real impact here at home as well.  In 2013 CCA commissioned a report that looked at the significance of Canadian Co-operators’ international volunteering with our partners.  Christa McMillin and Nancy Ingram from Foot in the Door Consulting looked at personal, professional and community impacts of volunteering with CCA internationally, and found very interesting results.  This is a webinar of interest to all past or future volunteers, donors to the Co-operative Development Foundation and anyone who wants to understand how aligning with CCA programming has the potential to increase employee skills as well as engagement and retention.

February 12 (10:30 am EST)- Landscape of the Charitable and Non-profit Sector in Canada

The Canadian Co-operative Association hosts this webinar with Stephen Faul of Imagine Canada. Stephen will talk about the size, scope and breadth of the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada including some recent Imagine Canada research on Canadian attitudes toward charities (including international development organizations).  Of particular interest, Stephen will talk about recent work on developing a new public narrative about the sector. Free: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/917108191 

Co-operative Research Meeting at ICA General Assembly in South Africa

Canadian researchers were very active in the research- and education-focused panels at the International Co-operative Alliance ‘building knowledge’ meetings in Cape Town, South Africa on November 3.

Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan and of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network moderated a session on ‘Building Research Capacity’ in which 4 researchers from different areas of the world spoke about their research, their priorities and their challenges:
Dr. Louw Van Der Walk of North West University in South Africa
Dr. Ann Hoyt of the University of Wisconsin
Mr. Gianluca Salvatori of the European Research Institute on Co-operative and Social Economy Research (EURICSE)
Ms. Chiara Carini of EURICSE about the World Co-operative Monitor

Denyse Guy, Principle Investigator of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (MCDRN) and Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association spoke about youth education about co-operatives.

Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Co-Director of the MCDRN and Professor at Saint Mary’s University moderated a panel on Co-operative Development: Starting & Sustaining where Ms. Lorraine Bedard of Agropur dairy in Quebec spoke as well as Mr. Rejean Laflamme, the Vice Chairperson of the CCRN. Dr. novkovic played a lead role in pulling together this ‘building knowledge’ stream within the larger assembly. She currently chairs the ICA Committee on Co-operative Research. More information is available here: http://ica.coop/en/ica-committee-co-operative-research

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International survey on co-op sustainability practices

*Link to survey at the below*

In order to bring in cooperative voices into the process of the post-2015 development agenda, the International Labour Organization’s Co-operatives Unit, in collaboration with the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and other partners has launched an initiative on the contribution of cooperatives to sustainable development.

As part of this initiative a background study is being drafted to be presented in policy roundtables, conferences and seminars in 2013-14. The study will be informed by a survey and in-depth interviews with representatives of the cooperative movement from around the world to gather information on how cooperatives have contributed to Sustainable Development and their potential to contribute to the achievement of the proposed Universal Goals.

We are writing to ask you to take a moment to fill the survey on cooperatives and post- 2015 sustainable development framework. The survey is intended to have cooperative voices heard by world leaders during the ongoing discussions around the issue. By providing your inputs you will contribute to communicating the critical role cooperatives play in achieving sustainable development goals.

The deadline for the survey is October 15, 2013. Please feel free to disseminate this message among your networks.

Thank you,
Cooperatives Unit
International Labour Organization


To visit the website of ILO’s Cooperatives Unit and to find out more about the initiative, please go to:



To take the survey, please go to:




-Simel Esim, International Labour Organization

World Co-operative Monitor: Ranking co-ops worldwide

The main goal of the world Co-operative Monitor project is to improve a multi- indicator database reporting on the socio-economic value and impact of cooperatives both within a global scenario and in their regional and national contexts.

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) began the Global300, an initiative finalized to develop a list of the 300 biggest co-operatives and mutual organizations worldwide.In 2011, with the addition of Euricse (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises) as a technical- scientific partner, this ICA project gains methodological strength. In order to expand and give more scientific basis to the project, Euricse and ICA have established a scientific committee consisting of Euricse researchers and other international experts with diverse training and skills.

2012 Explorative Report

Co-ops can submit now to be included in this international study



CASC Representative to the ICA’s International Committee on Research – Seeking Nominations

Call for Nominations for CASC Representative to the International Co-operative Alliance’s International Committee on Research – Over the years CASC has been fortunate to have several of its members serve on the International Co-operative Alliance’s Committee on Co-operative Research (ICACCR) –http://ica.coop/en/ica-committee-co-operative-research

Currently, one of our members, Lou Hammond Ketilson serves as the Chair of the Committee (and Ian MacPherson also sits on the committee).  Lou’s term will be ending shortly, however.  This means that CASC should nominate someone else to serve on the committee.   CASC has not historically had a procedure for doing nominating people to sit on this committee, so at our most recent board meeting we adopted a procedure.  It was decided that we should issue a call for nomination before our annual general meeting and then at the annual general meeting we would vote to select a nominee.

We are hereby issuing this call for nominations.  In terms of criteria for the position, we have determined that two conditions are the most important:
(1) The nominee should have some history of participating in ICACCR events and discussions (e.g., attendance at the Annual ICACCR conference);
(2) The nominee must be willing and able to secure their own financing for participating in the work of the ICACCR (e.g., attending meetings), as the ICACCR is not able to provide financial support.

If you are interested in being nominated to be a member of the ICACCR, please let us know before the CASC AGM (though we will also accept nominations from the floor, we would strongly encourage you to inform us before hand).  We would ask that you prepare a short statement on your interest in the position, which you can send to Darryl Reed (dreed@yorku.ca), President of CASC.