Elevating the performance of co-operative enterprises through customized business education
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In this edition:
  • Registration Open for Online Programs: Master's, Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Co-operative Management
  • Credit Union Leadership Program: CanadaDE (Halifax, June 3-8)
  • Executive Education: Enhancing Business Performance (Nelson BC, May 15-17)
  • Exciting News
Registration Open and Bursaries Available: Master's, Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Co-operative Management (Online, part-time)
Planning your career, organizational succession or leadership development? These Master's level business programs are designed to meet the growing demands of co-operative and credit union managers. From marketing to human resources,
co-operatives have a unique opportunity to take unique approaches that optimize this business model. The right education means doing business differently in a way that elevates co-operatives and credit unions to stand out.

Your opportunity is here! Each year we open 25 seats for co-operative professionals to join the ranks of some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the co-operative system. Join new, stimulating conversations. Build your business skills. Meet other keen co-operators from around the world. Get exposed to new solutions to current issues.

Online, part-time education for working co-operative professionals:
  • Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions (3 years, includes 10-day co-operative study tour to Spain)
  • Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (20 months)
  • Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months)
*Bursaries available - Apply by April 1 to be eligible for financial support*

Contact Erin at cme@smu.ca or 902-802-7897 to discuss these options.
Credit Union Leadership Program: Canada DE
Join inspired CU professionals from around the world for this international leader ship program. Canada DE is a week-long, immersion program focused on sharing and elevating your credit union knowledge while expanding your network. This program can be a stand-alone experience or taken as part of the International Credit Union Development Education (I-CUDE) designation.
June 3-8 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
3-Day Executive Education: Enhancing Business Performance through Co-operative Management Practices
This course tackles how to manage the co-operative equilibrium, building on the dual aspects of membership and enterprise embedded within the co-operative business model. Learn how to strengthen identity and loyalty. Led by Dr. Daniel Cote, supported by co-operative economist Dr. Sonja Novkovic in addition to co-operative sector featured speakers, participants will dig into case studies that help illuminate major issues and opportunities for the co-operative business model (co-ops and credit unions).

  • May 15-17, 2018 (Nelson, BC, Canada) - hosted by the Upper Columbia Co-op Council
  •  September-December 2018 (London UK and USA locations to be confirmed soon)
Thank you and Farewell to Cathy Mason & Welcome to Jude Robertson 
After keeping all of the CME plates spinning for 7 years, Cathy has decided to retire. She has been an asset to this community, ensuring students have a great experience. She has also been the administrative wizard through lots of growth. All the best Cathy! Jude Robertson has joined the team as the Operations Administrator. Her career has spanned from not-for-profit to film to education with positions as event coordinator, administrator and teacher. She brings a great attitude, an impressive approach to work, and a hunger to get to know this community. Welcome Jude! 

Welcome to Co-op Thought Leaders as Student Supervisors
Master's and Graduate Diploma students dig into their projects as the last step in their program. We engage co-operative industry partners as supervisors when the fit is right, and our 2018 partners are: Bob Yuill (CME Master's gradate from the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society), Erbin Crowell (CME Master's graduate from Neighbouring Food Co-op Assoc.), Marc-Andre Pigeon (Canadian Credit Union Association), Nathan Schneider (University of Colorado and platform co-op movement) and Goran Jeras (CEO of the Co-operative for Ethical Finance in Croatia). With the help of these experts, students are able to engage in research to advance their organizations and/or contribute to an ever-growing body of knowledge on co-operative management.

Innovative Co-operative Managers (graduates) Featured in the Cooperative Grocer Magazine
A great feature of some of the food co-operative leaders who graduated from our Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program was released in the Cooperative Grocer magazine. Read the article here.

Dr. Sonja Novkovic Co-authors "Beyond the Economy: The Social Impact of Cooperatives" in the Cooperative Business Journal  
Co-operative economist Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Academic Director of the CME programs was appointed to a panel of co-op economists who convene as part of the National Cooperative Business Association's impact initiatives. View the article here.  

Graduate Appointed to the Fairtrade America Board
Congratulations to Dan Arnett for being appointed to the Board of Fairtrade America! As a 2015 graduate of the Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions, we congratulate Dan in all of his work to make a more co-operative, fair and just economy all over the world.
Graduate Awarded Global Co-operator Award  
Betty Bauhuis, 2009 Master's graduate, was acknowledged by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada for her incredible contribution to international development efforts with co-ops and credit unions around the globe. View a video here.
Alumni Hosted Webinar About Modo Carshare Co-op (recording available)    
The Co-operative Management Education Alumni and Student Co-operative hosted a very engaged webinar on January 25 and the recording is now available. View the recording here.

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Contact Erin Hancock, Manager of Communication and Partnership at cme@smu.ca or to join an upcoming informational webinar, register for February 13 (12pm EST) here or February 28 (12pm EST) here.

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