The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives is an interdisciplinary teaching and research centre located on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Estab­lished in 1984, the Centre is supported finan­cially by major pro­vincial and national co-op­eratives and the Uni­versity of Saskatchewan. The Centre's goal is to provide people with conceptual and informational tools to understand co-operatives and to develop them as solutions to economic and social needs. Read more about the Centre's mission and vision here.

We are formally affiliated with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. The connection strengthens the capacity of both units to develop new course offerings and to provide career opportunities for both academics and co-op practitioners. Our most recent collaborative work has resulted in a new Graduate Certificate in the Social Economy and Co-operatives, which will be offered for the first time in the fall of 2015.

We are also closely associated with the Edwards School of Business and the colleges of Arts and Science, Law, and Agriculture and Bioresources. And we, of course, have enduring ties to the co-operative sector.


View video presentations below by (left to right): Carlo Borzaga ("Rethinking the Economics of Co-operatives"), Professor, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italy; Peter Couchman ("What Should the State Do and What Should We Do Ourselves?"), Chief Executive, Plunkett Foundation, Woodstock, UK; and Scott Banda ("The Co-operative Advantage"), CEO, Federated Co-operatives Limited


See more videos here.

Centre News

  • Join us to Celebrate Co-op Week, 11–17 October 2015

  • The MacPherson Talks — inaugural seminar with Carlo Borzaga, University of Trento, Italy — 15 September, 3:30–4:30, Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building

Our Contract Partners

The Centre gratefully acknowledges the generous ongoing support of its co-op sector partners — Federated Co-operatives Limited, Saskatchewan Credit Unions, The Co-operators, Concentra Financial, and CHS Inc.