In this edition

  • Join us for a webinar on global research on co-ops and the transition to a green economy
  • A warm welcome to our new students!
  • Congratulations to our graduating class!
  • Relaunch of the International Co-operative Business Education Consortium
  • Credit union professionals - Join us for CanadaDE - a credit union leadership program
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Webinar highlights #coops4dev Report: "Cooperatives for the transition to the green economy"

The future is collective.

The future is green.

The future is co-operative.

Learn why co-operatives are a model of choice to protect the environment, as well as mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.

👉Read the #coops4dev🌍 global research report Cooperation for the transition to a green economy

👉 Register for the free webinar on October 18 with lead researchers Jeffrey Moxom, Simren Singh and Melvin Khabenje profiling highlights from this seminal report including case studies.

Register for the webinar

Our community has expanded! Welcome students!

The Centre welcomes 33 new students this year across the online, part-time programs – Masters, Graduate Diploma and Certificate.

The cohorts capture the richness and diversity of the co-operative economy. Students come from consumer, producer and worker co-ops, associations and organizations servicing co-ops. They are from sectors including financial/insurance, food, agriculture, technology, development, education, daycare, law and retail.

Orientation was online this year and was vibrant, stimulating and joyful. Thanks to the alumni, professors and special guests who contributed to this year’s orientation.

Students kickstarted their classes in September. Wish them luck!

Registration is now open for 2022. Learn about these opportunities.

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Thank you to our donors!

We want to express our sincere gratitude to our donors - co-op organizations and individuals - who enabled us to give $63,300 in bursaries this year, removing barriers to co-operative education. This is co-operation in action!

If you would like to contribute to the bursary fund, please click this link to make a charitable donation.

Congratulations to the graduating class!

A big congratulations to the 10 graduates who completed their Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions program in September. Seven students and their families came to Halifax/Kjipuktuk to celebrate this milestone.

A special congratulations goes to Rebecca Fisher-McGinty (far right in the photo below) for receiving the Pobihushy Award given to the student deemed by their colleagues as most exemplifying the principles and values of co-operation.

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The International Co-operative Business Education Consortium

In the last few months, the Centre and the Co-operative Management Education Co-operative (CMEC) have been involved in the relaunch of the International Co-operative Business Education Consortium. Initially launched in 2013, the Consortium is a global network from which actors in co-operative business education can connect to better understand each other’s programs and mandates, collaborate where mutually beneficial, avoid overlap where possible, and ensure program relevance to meet the needs of co-operative and mutual enterprises globally.


The Centre and CMEC will serve as the Secretariat of the Consortium in the first two years of the relaunch – to provide continuity with its past iteration and security as it develops a renewed work plan. In July and September, The Centre / CMEC convenes gatherings of Consortium participants from 200 organizations in 45 countries – and counting.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the Consortium, or if you know of an organization that offers co-operative business education and is not yet involved, please get in touch:

Join us for CanadaDE May 29-June 3, 2022

You are invited to CanadaDE - the Canada Development Education leadership program for credit union professionals! Join us from May 29-June 3, 2022 for this internationally accredited program hosted by the Centre in Halifax, NS (Kjipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki).

CanadaDE is a content-rich, full immersion program designed for both seasoned and emerging credit union leaders (staff, management and board). Renew and deepen your appreciation for the credit union model and develop skills to leverage it for increased impact for members, business success and local development. Come away with a well-rounded knowledge of economic development paradigms fit for the 21st century, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and proven strategies that will expand your credit union value proposition.

We encourage professionals from across the sector to attend. Join a global network of passionate and pioneering Credit Union Development Educators!

Learn more and register
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The International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary's University is located in Mi'kma'ki, the unceded and never surrendered territory of the Mi'kmaq. The Mi'kmaq have stewarded these lands since time immemorial. It is covered by the 18th century Peace and Friendship Treaties. We are Treaty People.