News and Events

Stay up-to-date on major sector research news and upcoming conferences.

Scholarship: Co-operative Governance at the University of Saskatchewan

The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan has announced a new scholarship for MPP and PhD applicants at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. The Scholarship intends to offer students an opportunity to recruit students to study co-operative governance in their thesis and work closely with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

For more information visit the University of Saskatchewan’s site here.

Indigenous Co-operatives in Canada

We are excited to unveil a new project for the CCRN website. This is intended to be a way to bring together research about important topics relating to co-operatives into one place.The first stage of this is  a pilot project on the subject of “Indigenous Co-operatives in Canada”. These documents are meant to provide a starting point for researchers by bringing together literature reviews, anthologies, and case studies surrounding a specific topic. It will help identify gaps in the research while providing some practical and crucial knowledge of the subject itself. These documents are meant to be open and we hope that you, as members of the CCRN, will contribute links to any relevant resources on these subjects.

The topic of this project, Indigenous Co-operatives in Canada was one of particular importance to co-operative research. The co-operative sector has a unique relationship with Canadian indigenous communities. Organizations such as Arctic Co-operatives show us how crucial co-operative businesses are to the economic structure in some indigenous communities. Additionally, most of the literature will show that there is a strong link between co-operative values and indigenous economic systems. We hope that you find this information interesting and useful!

In the future, we hope to be able to provide a greater variety of these projects. Please let us know if there are any topics that you find important, relevant, and in need of further research.

Check out the new literature review here.


CEARC Research Project – Social and Environmental Impact of Co-operatives

The Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC) at the Sobey School of business is undertaking some important research on the social and environmental impact of co-operatives. This is more from their site:

The Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting is embarking on an exciting project in 2016 and we are inviting practictioners, institutions, organizations, federations from the co-operative community to take part.
Our overall goal is to measure the social and evnironmental impact of co-operatives. Secondary goals include:
  • identify social and environmental indicators that the co-op sector will report on for their co-operatives
  • develop an online, user-friendly social and environmental impact tool
  • see wide take up of this tool
  • put in place a sustainability plan to ensure that social and environmental impact assessment can continue beyond the life of the funding.

Details are available here.

The Fifth Co-operative Principle in Action

Ever wondered what kind of education is happening in co-ops in Canada?

Associations and federations are the largest single group offering educational initiatives (38%), which demonstrates the importance of second- and third-tier co-operatives in stewarding the fifth principle of co-operation.

Seminars and workshops were the most commonly employed delivery method for stakeholders within the co-operative economy.

Learn more by checking out this paper “The Fifth Co-operative Principle in Action: Mapping the Co-operative Educational Initiatives of Canadian Co-operatives” by Hancock & Brault, researchers with the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network and published by the University of Saskatchewan. Available for download at here.