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  • New Webinar Series featuring leading co-op practitioners and scholars
  • The Centre launches Working Paper Series
  • Master's & Graduate Diploma applications: Begin by April 1
  • Join us for the Social Enterprise World Forum: September 2020 in Halifax, NS, Canada

  • CanadaDE credit union graduate spearheads initiative to eliminate plastic bottle use


We are thrilled to announce the International Centre for Co-operative Management's Special Topics Webinar Series. Tune in to upcoming webinars! (Free to participate) 
Living our Co-op Values: Applying an Intercultural Development Model to Achieve Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (LaDonna Redmond) on  Feb 19, 2020 1:00 PM AST.  Register.
Learn What Content Marketing and the Fifth Co-operative Principle have in Common (and how to leverage it) with Michael T. Jackson on  Mar 11, 2020 1:00 PM ADT.  Register. 
Co-operation and the Preston Model: Beyond 'Urban Regeneration' with Julian Manley on  Mar 24, 2020 1:00 PM ADT.  Register.
Break Free from Our Systems Prison - A Human Centred Way of Thinking About and Managing Co-operatives with Bob Cannell on  Apr 22, 2020 1:00 PM ADT.  Register.

The Centre's  Working Paper Series publishes open source research papers and reports in the field of co-operative management, economics, and governance. We invite submissions including think pieces and work-in-progress pieces from ICCM faculty and sector partners and the broader community of co-operative academics and practitioners. 
 Applicants must begin applications by April 1 
Online, part-time  programs for co-operative and credit union professionals:
- Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions (3 years)
- Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (20 months)
- Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months)

Join a growing network of leading co-operative practitioners, educators and academics from around the world. Experience education in a co-operative learning environment. Deepen your understanding of the co-operative business model and develop tools to maximize its impact and your leadership performance. 

Apply now to start in August, 2020!

Visit our website or contact Erin Hancock for more information.
Read our Impact Report.
"My experience during and after the MMCCU program was significant and life-changing. Not only did I receive a world-class graduate degree, but I also developed a co-operative network I've maintained to this day. The education, both academic, and practical, in global co-operative affairs positioned me to be a better co-operative leader in my organization. Personally, I connected with my values on sustainability, social enterprise, and elevating the human condition as a co-operator in a global movement. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in alternative business models and global economic issues." 
Jessica Baker, MMCCU Master's Graduate, CLU, CFP
Vice President, Atlantic Region & Agency Transition
The Co-operators

Join us for an online informational webinar to learn more about our programs and opportunities from the comfort of your office.

The next sessions will take place: 
February 12 at 12pm EST ( register here)
February 26 at 12pm EST ( register here)


It is vital that our ed ucational programs are accessible to emerging leaders in the co-operative economy. Each year, up to 50 percent of our Master's and Diploma students draw on the support of the  Leadership in Co-operative Management Bursary. 

Help us to gro w the bursary fund. All funds go directly to students. Enable education, access and co-operation by  donating  today! 


IJCAM Vol 2 No 1
We are proud to showcase the contributions of two of our Master's graduates, Wayne Schatz (Vice President and General Counsel - Operations & Distribution-  of The Co-operators Insurance) & Eric Gosselin (co-founder of a multistakeholder community bike shop, Coop Vélo-Cité) who were recently pushed in the second volume of the International Journal of Co-operative Accounting & Management  (December, 2019).

Schatz's paper  " Five critical things every co-operative leader should know" (p.38)
shares and examines important learnings to guide emerging co-operative leaders in their day-to-day operational and strategic planning  and decision-making. 

Gosselin's paper,  "' The Fuzzy Feeling Isn't There': Version One of the Co-operative Performance Indicator Tool Misses the Mark for Micro Co-ops"  (p. 64)  interrogates the suitability of newly developed Co-operative Performance Indicator (CPI) tool for three community bicycle shop co-operatives in order to examine its broader applicability to micro, non-profit co-ops. 
These papers are the outcome of the final independent research project of the Masters of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program. This project gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn throughout the program to their co-operative or credit union, or to the co-operative sector more widely.

Cletus Dunn is a board member of Tignish Credit Union and CanadaDE Credit Union Leadership Program 2019 graduate. In recent months he initiated a new community-co-operative project named "Our Future-Our Water" which will see water dispensers installed in community spaces across the town of Tignish, Prince Edward Island to reduce waste from disposable plastic water bottles and support green alternatives. 
After participating in CanadaDE - at Saint Mary's University in June 2019 -  Dunn was inspired to initiate a project with his credit union that addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals, leverages co-operative principles and contributes to positive community impact. Concerned about plastic pollution in the ocean and repercussions for the local fishery in his island community, Dunn felt that reducing single use plastic was fitting place to focus his efforts. 
Many congratulations to Dunn, Tignish Credit Union and community partners for getting "Our Future - Our Water" off the ground! 
See news coverage: peicanada.com  |  Saltwire Network
Students at Tignish Elementary School use new water dispenser paid for by Tignish Credit Union

From June 7-12, 202o in Halifax, NS, Canada, join inspired credit union professionals from around the world for Canada Development Education (CanadaDE).

This international leadership program will deepen your knowledge of the credit union enterprise model, expand your professional network, and equip you with practical tools to elevate the economic, social, and environmental impact of your credit union. As an added benefit, you will gain profound insights into the alignment of the credit union model with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Graduates of CanadaDE join a large international network of certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE). Complete CanadaDE 2020 and continue on your journey to achieving the esteemed International- CUDE designation!

Do you know of anyone in your credit union network that should be connected to CanadaDE? Help spread the world! Together, we can elevate the credit union movement.
ICCM Academic Director, Sonja Novkovic, contributed to the centenary celebration of the UK Co-operative College. The conference took place in historic Rochdale, the cradle of co-operation. Speakers included Dame Pauline Green and Ariel Guarco, the past and current presidents of the International Co-operative Alliance. Novkovic contributed to the second day, showcasing co-operative education around the world.
Imagine 1000 + social innovators, activists, entrepreneurs, investors, government officials and scholars convening for a week in a beautiful coastal city to envision the future of the global social enterprise sector...  

We are excited to share that the Social Enterprise World Forum will be hosted in Halifax, NS, Canada (the home of the International Centre for Co-operative Management) this September. Expect relationship strengthening and focusing on common interests and shared values. Imagine focusing on building communities and embracing the people who live there. Protecting our communities and the planet has never been more vital and the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is the global platform where ideas can form a movement and conversations can be turned to action.

Putting Co-operatives on the Global Agenda 

Our Centre is pleased to be working with the Social Enterprise World Forum to offer a special co-operative focused gathering (details TBD) as well as pre-conference research and practitioner symposium (September 21 & 22) at Saint Mary's University which will focus on the co-operative enterprise model, the spectrum of social enterprise business models and the policy, legal and regulatory ecosystem of social enterprise. 

The Schedule
  • September 21-22: Pre-Conference Research & Practitioners Symposium - Saint Mary's University
  • September 23-25: Main 3 days of the Social Enterprise World Forum conference
  • September 26-28: Rural symposium and tours

We encourage you to join us and take part in this exciting professional development and learning opportunity! 

Call for research participants: The Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives,along with Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada have set out to answer the research question: How is the Canadian co-operative sector contributing to Canada's measurement and reporting on SDG impact? They are in search of 30 representatives from co-operatives and mutuals from across Canada.  Learn more. 

The International Co-operative Alliance Global Youth Forum 2020 will be held in Malaysia (February 3-7)  bringing together young co-operative entrepreneurs and practitioners from all around the world to share knowledge and skills and build leadership capacity in the co-operative sector. We are excited that our Program Manager, Erin Hancock, will be offering a 'Co-operative Leadership Bootcamp' as part of the program. 


Association for Cooperative Educators Institute 2020  (June 10-12), Vancouver, Canada 

Social Enterprise World Forum   (September 23-25), Halifax, Canada  
Social Economy World Forum 2020   (October 21-23) Mexico City, Mexico 

2020 World Co-operative Congress (December 11-17) Seoul, Republic of Korea 
Co-operative Governance Symposium (June 17-19, 2021), Halifax, Canada - Details TBD

Elevating the performance of co-operative enterprises through customized business education and research