Elevating the performance of co-operative enterprises through customized business education
In this edition:
  • Our Impact Report 
  • Credit Union Professionals: CanadaDE, Coming June 2019 to Saint Mary's University. Bursaries available! 
  • What Do We Offer Online? Master's, Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Co-operative Management 
  • Study Tour: Spain 2019
  • Executive Education: Hot off the Press from Manchester, UK
  • Upcoming Courses and Events
  • Webinar presentation and discussion with Rory Ridley-Duff from Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
  • Learn more about our programs! Contact Kristen at cme@smu.ca to register for upcoming webinars and information sessions. 
Our IMPACT Report

We are proud to share the immense, positive impacts that the
International Centre for Co-operative Management (ICCM) programs have offered the international co-operative community. Through targeted curriculum, diverse faculty and an integrated "living lab" approach to academic instruction, we have developed an approach to tradition business studies that is both industry-specific and has contributed to the overall growth of the co-operative sector. 

As part of our commitment to education and research that has transformative impact with purpose, the Sobey School of Business is proud to offer programs that serve the needs of co-operative enterprises. 

"In a world dominated by news stories of stock companies and quarterly earnings reports, co-operative management education provides you, your staff, and your organization with the tools and knowledge to effectively communicate your differentiated value proposition as a co-op or credit union: what it is and why it matters to your members and future members."- Paul Hanna, CMEC Board Member; Executive Vice-President Member Relations, Governance and Corporate Services, The Co-operators

Download the complete report  here

Credit Union Professionals: CanadaDE, Coming June 2019 to Saint Mary's University. Bursaries Available! 
The Co-operative Management Education Program at Saint Mary's University 
is bringing a unique, intensive experience to Halifax, Nova Scotia and we'd love for you to join us! Join the next cohort of Credit Union Development Education (DE) professionals for CanadaDE 2019 (June 9-14, Halifax, Canada):  Click here for more information

T his  5 ½ day, full immersion program  focused on the credit union business model. It will  renew  and deepen your understanding and  appreciation for co-operative  values,  principles  and practices with a focus on their  relevance to the long-term success of credit union s. 

Furthermore, we have integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into the CanadaDE program; this is an opportunity to learn about UN SDGs in the context of your credit union.

Improve leadership skills while building  your international network. Participants come from Canada, Africa, USA, many Caribbean countries, and beyond. 

Contact  Kristen (cme@smu.cawith any questions. 

What Do We Offer Online? Master's, Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Co-operative Management

We invite you to join the ranks of some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the co-operative system. Use your existing co-operative as a "living lab" where you can bring real-life challenges, successes and conversations to the table. As our programs are available online, you will have the opportunity to meet other keen co-operators from around the world, while learning from some of the top, global educators. 

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 or Italy)
  • Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (20 months)
  • Executive Professional Development Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months)
Apply now for an August 2019 start!

Study Tour: Spain 2019  

Join us for an experiential glimpse into some of Spain's most renowned co-operatives!

Spots are available!  You don't have to be enrolled in the Master's program to participate in the Spain. 
Spain Dates 2019: Oct 21 (opening dinner) to Oct 30 (closing dinner).

Executive Education: Hot Off the Press from Manchester, UK
That's a wrap!   Enhancing Business Performance through Identity, Loyalty and Participation was another huge success!

Led by Saint Mary's University, in partnership with the Co-op College. Hosted at the Co-operative Group. 

This course tackled how to manage the co-operative equilibrium, building on the dual aspects of membership and enterprise embedded within the co-operative business model. Led by Dr. Daniel Côté, in addition to co-operative sector featured speakers, participants dug into case studies that helped illuminate major issues and opportunities for the co-operative business model (co-ops and credit unions).

Prior to Manchester, we partnered with Neighbouring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) in Greenfield, Massachusetts to  deliver this hands-on training course. The feedback and participant experience was fabulous, as noted in the NFCA's recent newsletter,  "The Executive Education course gave me a chance to step outside the everyday routine of running a food co-op and learn with other co-operators, including those from other co-op sectors," said Patty Smith, Operations Manager at the Willimantic Food Co-op (CT). "The focus on renewing our individual co-operative identities to stay relevant in today's marketplace gave me many ah-ha! moments, and I came back to work with an enhanced view of the big co-op picture, as well as lots of new tactical ideas to improve my co-op's operations." See full  article here

REGISTER TODAY for our next course offering:  May 7-9, 2019 (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) More details and registration information here.

Webinar Presentation with Rory Ridley-Duff
Join us for a webinar presentation and discussion with Rory Ridley-Duff from Sheffield Hallam University (UK). Dr. Rory Ridley-Duff is Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School. 
Title: Diversity, Co-operation, and the FairShares Model (see more info at the bottom of the email)
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
12pm EST (5pm GMT / UK)
Join the webinar with this link (no registration required): https://zoom.us/j/843574207
This presentation is hosted by the International Centre for Co-operative Management (and Co-operative Management Education) in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University.

Upcoming Courses Offered by Saint Mary's University
Executive Education:
Enhancing Business Performance: How to Strengthen Identity, Loyalty and Participation :  May 7-9 2019, Winnipeg Canada. 

Canada DE 2019:
Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Canada) will host the next Canada DE program June 9 (afternoon) through to June 14 (evening), 2019 as a full immersion program.
Information and registration here: 

Other News:
Upcoming Educ ational Courses and Conferences:
Joint CASC/ACE/ICA Conference May 27-31, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec  and they are now calling for papers. Submit a paper, presentation or workshop. December 15, 2018 deadlineMore information here: http://www.coopresearch.coop/casc-2019-conference/

Free education site for co-ops and the co-op curious! The Association of Cooperative Educators in partnership with  TESA Collective and  GEO has been building a new free, open portal for learning and teaching about co-ops - the Cooperative Educators Network at  https://ed.coop. I t is live and ready to be used and shared!

Stay in Touch!
Follow us on Facebook and hear about courses, news, publications, events, upcoming webinars and join the conversation.  

Follow us on Instagram for photos, stories and insights on what's happening with Co-operative Management Education.   

Follow us on Twitter for live updates, news and connections to the co-operative sector. 

Follow us on LinkedIn for professional networking and CME news. 
For More Information:
Contact us at cme@smu.ca or to join an upcoming informational webinar  

Quick links: