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.

We are also closely associated with the Edwards School of Business and the colleges of Arts and Science, Law, and Agriculture and Bioresources. Underpinning our affiliations with these campus units are enduring ties to the co-operative sector, which has supported the Centre since 1984.

Check out the promotional video of the certificate here.


View video presentations below (left to right): Shona McGlashan ("Governance Challenges at Mountain Equipment Co-op"), chief governance officer, MEC, Vancouver, BC; Markus Hanisch ("Changing Governance in European Co-operatives"), managing director, Berlin Institute for Co-operative Studies, Berlin, Germany; Peter Couchman ("Why Big Co-ops Fail"), chief executive, Plunkett Foundation, Woodstock, UK


See more videos here.

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Centre News and Events

  • Discover Canada's Top Co-op Issues 2016 here!

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, and CHS Inc.