NEWS and EVENTS
Murray Fulton has been appointed director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2014. Murray has been a fellow of the Centre since its inception in 1984 and served as director from 1995 to 2000. He is currently a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
With degrees from the University of California, University of Oxford, Texas A&M University, and the University of Saskatchewan, Murray has research and teaching interests in a number of areas, including industrial organization, agricultural industry analysis, co-operative theory and community development. He is the co-author of a number of books and reports and has written numerous articles and papers on industrial organization, co-operatives, and agricultural policy. Murray has worked on research projects for the Economic Council of Canada and has served as a consultant to the Saskatchewan government and the Federal/Provincial Task Force on the Role of Co-operatives and Government in Community Development. Most recently, he was part of a team of faculty from the university to be awarded $1M from Federated Co-operatives Limited to explore co-operative business development in rural and Aboriginal communities.
We thank Lou Hammond Ketilson for her vital contribution to the ongoing success of the Centre during her more than nine years as director, and are pleased that she will continue her involvement with the Centre as a Fellow in Co-operative Management. Lou has continuing responsibilities as the lead of two large research projects: a 2010–15 initiative on the impact of co-operatives and credit unions in Canada funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and a 2013–16 project on sustainable rural development in Africa funded by the International Development Research Centre. Both are in partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association.
CALL FOR PAPERS — 2014 International Summit of Co-operatives
Quebec City, October 6–9
Authors and researchers are invited to submit proposals for empirical or theoretical articles. Selected articles will be compiled, published, and made available to Summit participants. Researchers will also have an opportunity to present their research results.
Solicited Research Themes
Proposals must be linked to the Summit’s main theme, Cooperatives’ Power of Innovation, and one of the five following sub-themes:
- Developing cooperative and mutual businesses
- Financing and capitalization for cooperatives and mutuals
- Food security through cooperatives and mutuals
- Access to health and social care services through cooperatives and mutuals
- Solutions to the global employment crisis offered by cooperatives and mutuals
Selected contributions must further discussions, encourage reflection, and help identify solutions to address the development and performance challenges facing cooperatives and mutuals.
Special attention will be paid to research carried out in the past year. While the committee is primarily looking for new articles, it will also consider articles already published in journals whose circulation is limited to one country. In this way, local contributions can
be made available to an international readership.
The articles will be published in French, English, and Spanish.
• Submitted articles, including bibliography, cannot exceed 30,000 characters (excluding spaces).
• Papers must include a 150-word maximum abstract in French, English, and Spanish.
Send complete paper and submission form to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. EST.
For more information and submission guidelines, refer to the Summit website.
CALL FOR PAPERS — 2014 CASC Conference, Brock University, May 26–29
The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) has issued its Call for Papers for the 2014 CASC conference, which will take place at Brock University from May 26 to 29.
This year’s conference will explore the way in which co-operatives innovate as they move across borders, break down barriers, and expand boundaries.
CASC is inviting potential participants to submit proposals that in some way reflect ways of “co-operating across borders.” This could mean across the boundaries of geography, sector, community, academic discipline, theoretical frameworks, demographics, and/or industry.
The deadline for submitting proposals is January 20, 2014.
Click here for more information.
CALL FOR PAPERS ON CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE
Two international journals are joining forces for a special issue on co-operative governance and are seeking submissions.
The special issue of the International Journal of Co-operative Management and the Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Reporting will be edited by Sonja Novkovic, an economics professor at Saint Mary’s University and chair of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Committee on Co-operative Research.
The theme of the issue will be “Co-operative Governance: A Critical Approach.” Critical articles on both co-operative governance challenges and best practices will be welcome.
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014.
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Cameron (Cam) McCormick completed his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta in 2003 with a major in marketing and a minor in organizational analysis. He finished his Master of Science (Management) degree from the University of Lethbridge in 2011, where his focal area was policy and strategy. His thesis title was Get Mad, Stay Mad: Exploring Stakeholder Mobilization in the Instance of Corporate Fraud and Ponzi Schemes, in which he developed new ideas and a theory for stakeholder mobilization and engagement.
Cam’s PhD will revolve around how nonprofit organizations and co-operatives engage stakeholders through corporate social responsibility programs and building community. It is Cam’s belief that social enterprises and co-operatives are the natural evolution of sustainable capitalism, and studying at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives will facilitate that.
Cam currently lives in a housing co-operative in Edmonton with his wife, Krista (a pediatric music therapist), 5-year-old son, Sloane, 2-year-old daughter, Mahlia, and his family is expecting a new member this May. Cam is a member of the board of directors for the Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association and, in addition, is the vice-president of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. This will be his 22nd year volunteering and co-ordinating the event.
Gayle is an Associate Professor at Algoma University and Director of Research at the NORDIK Institute based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. In 2012 she was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award in recognition of her promotion of Algoma University’s institutional mission and vision, and in 2013 she received the Research Matters award from the Council of Ontario Universities.
Gayle was instrumental in developing the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) four-year degree program and, to address the demand for community-based research, she led the establishment of the NORDIK Institute as an incorporated, non-profit organization affiliated with Algoma University.
Gayle was significantly involved with our 6-year, SSHRC-funded social economy project, Linking, Learning, Leveraging: Social Enterprises, Knowledgeable Economies & Sustainable Communities. You will find many research reports for which she was the principal investigator at our Social Economy Project website. Of particular note is her work in exploring the strengths of Indigenous communities and the social economy of Northern Ontario.
Her contributions associated with peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, research reports, and public presentations have raised the visibility of Algoma University’s CESD program. Training provided by Dr. Broad through her CESD faculty position, NORDIK initiatives, and community and academic workshops has provided meaningful opportunities to champion economic and social change in Northern Ontario.
Congratulations, Gayle, from all of us at the Centre.
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives Seminar Series 2013–14
Professor of Sociology
Reed College, Portland
Fates of Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise Systems in the Neoliberal Era: Mutual Bank Conversions to Stock Corporations in the US
Monday, February 10, 2014
Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building
U of S Campus
Reception to follow in the River Room.
This seminar will also be videocast in Regina in the JSGS Window Room, 2nd Floor, Gallery Building, U of R, College Avenue Campus.
Individuals in Regina with mobility difficulties should contact us at 306.966.8506 or email@example.com at least one week prior to the event.
How have systems of co-operative, mutual, local, and state-owned enterprises fared in the US in the face of financialization and the “victory of the market” during the late twentieth century? Have alternatives to investor-owned corporations been able to retain their distinctive identities, mission, and form? This presentation addresses these questions by analyzing the fates and forms of savings and loan associations in the US, enterprises organized almost exclusively as depositor-owned mutual companies.
Beginning in the 1970s, mutual associations faced increasingly powerful pressures to embrace the market and abandon their traditional forms and community orientation. Many succumbed to the call of the market by converting to for-profit stock corporations. But others remained committed to serving the community and the mutual form. The differences rested on the social structural and organizational contexts within which savings and loan associations operated. Local embeddedness and the presence of particular kinds of social and organizational communities helped sustain mutualism in the face of market pressures, highlighting continuing possibilities for co-operativism and economic diversity in the age of neoliberalism.
Marc Schneiberg is the John C. Pock Professor of Sociology at Reed College, editor of the Socio-Economic Review, and consulting editor of Sociological Science. His research explores the emergence, contemporary fates, and economic consequences of organizational diversity and alternatives to corporations in American capitalism, focusing on co-operative, mutual, local, state-owned, and community-based enterprises in insurance, banking, electricity, and agriculture. His research appears in journals such as Politics and Society, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Organizational Studies, Socio-Economic Review, Seattle University Law Review, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Application Deadline: January 28, 2014, at 4:30pm
This is a term position for up to one year with a strong possibility of extension.
The Data Analyst will work closely with the Project Director of the Project Management Group to coordinate data collection, synthesis and analysis to support research-based decisions to inform the design and implementation of an innovative model and plan for co-operative development in rural and Aboriginal communities in western Canada. The Data Analyst will make recommendations on appropriate research methodologies, and will clearly delineate the type of information required to support project-wide decisions. The Data Analyst will also ensure that appropriate reporting models are developed to provide timely, easy-to-understand progress reports and research-based recommendations to the Project Director and Project Management Group. Finally, the Data Analyst will communicate research methodology and results to key stakeholder groups as appropriate and under the direction of the Project Director.
Required Skills: Applied and/or academic research and data analysis. Proficiency in working with reporting and/or data analysis tools for the purpose of designing and developing reports that provide information to users in an effective manner; ability to work well in a collaborative team-based environment; working knowledge of Microsoft Access; the ability to accurately understand and/or convey technical information to non-technical staff; proficient analytical, research, organizational and problem-solving skills; ability to think creatively and identify innovative solutions; aptitude for researching and understanding data; ability to acquire new skills in a timely manner.
The Centre has recently published Co-operating to Build a Better West: Proceedings of a Conference Celebrating the 2012 United Nations International Year of Co-operatives Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1–3 November 2012, a report prepared by Sugandhi del Canto and Nora Russell, 2013.
In addition to information about the special features of the conference this publication incluldes abstracts for each of the presentations.
Along with the rest of the international co-operative movement, the Centre is mourning the loss of one of the world’s great co-operative citizens, Dr. Ian MacPherson, who died suddenly on 16 November in Victoria. Many words could describe Ian and his life-long commitment to co-operatives — visionary, idealistic, passionate, caring, scholar, and mentor. He was a great co-operative thinker, researcher, writer, and co-op guru to many of us.
Ian made unparalleled contributions to the co-operative movement worldwide, both as an academic and as a practitioner. He was one of the world’s leading authorities on co-operative history, authoring and editing over 20 books and writing more than 120 academic and 70 non-academic papers. His most recent book, Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World (with Terry MacDonald and Greg Wallace) was released yesterday.
Born in 1939 in Toronto, Ian spent much of his youth in rural Ontario and delighted in telling stories of life-lessons learned from these quiet farming communities. He also felt a great affinity for the Canadian prairies and the depth of co-operative history to be found there. He taught at both the universities of Winnipeg and Victoria, where he achieved distinction in all areas of endeavour, though his greatest contributions at the university were perhaps as a teacher. A talented lecturer who always knew how to engage his audience, Ian was a supportive mentor and supervisor to innumerable junior faculty and students over the years; he was always generous with his time and insightful with his comments.
Ian had a true love for the field of co-operative studies, and he worked tirelessly in support of establishing it as a legitimate academic discipline. He played an instrumental role in many organizations: the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies, the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, the ICA Committee on Co-operative Research, the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Co-operative Initiative for Peace and Social Inclusion, and the virtual Co-operative Learning Centre, to mention just a few.
A recipient of many deserving awards, Ian also played a leadership role in the co-op sector for over forty years, serving on numerous boards, including consumer, health, and childcare co-ops, as well as several credit unions.
Ian was humble, compassionate, warm, and funny, with a larger-than-life personality and a huge love of life, of people, and of ideas. We have lost a great co-operator and a wonderful human being, but one who has left an important legacy, through his prodigious writings, through the creation of institutions to carry on his work, through the many boards on which he served, and through his personal imprint on the very “Statement of the Co-operative Identity,” the 1995 revisions to the co-op principles. Ian wrote the document that defines how the world understands co-operatives in the twenty-first century. The world is a much better place because of Ian. He will be sorely missed.
We wish to acknowledge the contributions of the Executive of the ICA Committee on Co-operative Research, the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, and the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association to the content of this tribute.
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives Seminar Series 2013-14
Monica Juarez Adeler, PhD
Winner, 2009 Fredeen Memorial Scholarship
Exploring Organizational Frameworks and Policy Environments to Support Co-operative Development: A Comparative Experience
Monday, December 2
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Canada Room, Diefenbaker Building
U of S Campus
This interdisciplinary presentation explores the remarkable co-operative development experience in Spain over the last 50 years, and compares it with the experience in Manitoba. To better understand the nature of an effective co-operative development process, this presentation explores the evolution of one particular organization in Spain, the Mondragon group. This model reveals the importance of institutional frameworks and systems for co-operative development along with the development factors. Analyzing this well-known development story forces us to rethink assumptions found in much of the literature on co-operative and policy development, particularly with regard to the extent to which Mondragon’s development is deeply embedded in and shaped by the cultural and institutional contradictions of its own unique environment. By paying particular attention to institutional frameworks (and the economic and socio-cultural conditions that shape them and are shaped by them), the presentation will analyze the conditions necessary for creating, sustaining, and developing co-operative businesses and the potential for creating those conditions in Manitoba.
In spring 2013 Monica earned her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Co-operative Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She is most appreciative of the Fredeen family for the scholarship that helped her complete her studies. Monica lives in Winnipeg with her partner, Brendan Reimer, and their two young children.
The University of Saskatchewan has received $1 million from Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System, for a new initiative in co-operative business development in rural and Aboriginal communities in Canada.
The project will be led by the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives in partnership with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, the Edwards School of Business (ESB) and the Plunkett Foundation in the UK.
Working with rural and Aboriginal communities, the partners will explore ways to expand the co-operative business model in communities where co-ops have not previously been present.
“This partnership provides a unique opportunity to help rural and Aboriginal communities determine whether the co-op model can be applied as a practical solution to needs identified by the communities themselves,” says FCL’s CEO Scott Banda. “Working together, we will inspire innovation and economic development, and create lasting changes, not just quick fixes, based on co-operative principles such as co-operation, participation, and concern for the community.”
The project has a strong educational component, with the expectation that research will translate into real-world applications. It will incorporate experiential learning opportunities for students, integrate research and teaching tools into the JSGS and ESB curriculums, and develop case studies in rural and Aboriginal social and economic development. This knowledge will be used to better inform future business leaders and policy makers about the efficacy of the co-operative model.
“The university supports the involvement of faculty and students in creating solutions with the individuals in rural and Aboriginal communities, rather than creating solutions for them,” commented U of S Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn.
“We are thrilled to be part of FCL’s commitment to innovative co-operative business development,” said JSGS Professor Murray Fulton, who is also a Fellow in Co-op Studies. “This takes collaborative work between the university and communities to a new level and will be a real test of how to combine research with practical realities.”
FCL will contribute $1 million over two years to support the initial planning and business development. Following an assessment of the program in late 2015, FCL will consider long-term funding to support identified projects.
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