Tools to Measure Co-op Performance and Impact

*Conference presentations now available online *

Researchers and practitioners using tools to measure co-operative performance & impact gathered in Halifax May 23-24, 2014 to discuss the following themes:
• Statistics and data collection;
• Putting co-operative principles into practice;
• Community impact;
• Member engagement;
• Reporting practices.
The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada and the Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives at Saint Mary’s University (Sobey School of Business) hosted this event.
To view the program and conference presentations,click here.
A publication is in the works to be released in the winter of 2015 so stay tuned for more on this.

SMU seeking instructor on community and environment

The Co-operative Management Education Program at Saint Mary’s University is looking for an instructor to teach a 6-week course titled “Community and Environment”. The course is part of the Master of Management – Co-operatives and Credit Unions curriculum. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2014.

I have attached a copy of the job posting and it is also available here:
Please share this opportunity with fellow colleagues or those who may be interested in teaching co-operative management education.

Direct inquires to Karen Miner,

Grants available for research in accounting and reporting for co-operatives and credit unions

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. For example, the funds could be given to 2 people ($10,000 each) or to 4 people ($5,000 each).

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.

Full detils available here:

-Daphne Rixon, Director of CEARC

Last Call for the 2013 Cohort Master’s, Graduate Diploma, or Bi-lingual Course Package

A few spots remain in the 2013 Co-operative Education Program cohort. Some scholarship opportunities are still available and applications for the Dr. Sidney Pobihushchy Scholarship will be accepted until July 15th.


The first combined cohort of Master’s and Graduate Diploma students will be gathering in Halifax, Canada from August 9-15 for our face-to-face orientation week. We have also launched a bi-lingual course package (French and English) in partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke.


All programs are delivered online, part-time, and provide exceptional management skills to managers in the co-operative sector. The curriculum is international, and the Master’s program includes a study tour to Italy or Spain. Students, faculty, and researchers come from a diversity of co-operative organizations and countries.

Please promote the programs within your organizations and get in touch with us to discuss options for becoming a co-operative sector partner.

For more information view this summary document, visit or contact Karen Miner, Managing Director.


-Karen Miner, SMU