The History of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, established in 1984, is an interdisciplinary teaching and research institute located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. One of the key people in its formation was the then president of the university, Leo Kristjanson, who found it surprising that although co-operatives play a crucial role in all segments of the provincial economy and society, very little research was being done into their role and operation. To answer this need, Kristjanson established the centre, in conjunction with people from the co-operative sector, the university and the Government of Saskatchewan.
For more details about the history of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, please refer to this chronological collection of excerpts from our annual reports.
Contract partners in the co-operative sector include Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan, Federated Co-operatives Ltd., Concentra Financial (formerly Co-operative Trust), and The Co-operators. The Centre is also sponsored by Enterprise Saskatchewan, and the University of Saskatchewan. The university not only houses our offices but provides in-kind contributions from a number of departments and units—Bioresource Policy, Business, Economics, Management and Marketing, Political Studies, and Sociology, among others—as well as financial assistance with operations and nonsalary expenditures. We acknowledge with gratitude the ongoing support of all our sponsoring organizations.
Representatives from these organizations also comprise the Centre’s management advisory board.
The Objectives of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives are:
- to develop and offer university courses that provide an understanding of co-operative theory, principles, development, structures, and legislation
- to undertake original research into co-operatives
- to publish co-operative research by Centre staff and other researchers
- to maintain a Resource Centre of co-operative materials that supports the Centre’s teaching and research functions.