Isobel Findlay

Fellow in Co-operatives, Diversity,
and Sustainable Development
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Professor emerita, Management and Marketing
Edwards School of Business

101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon  SK  S7N 5B8
Phone: (306) 966–2385
Fax: (306) 966–8517

  • PhD, McGill
  • MA, Saskatchewan
  • MA, Aberdeen

Isobel is a professor of Management and Marketing at the Edwards School of Business. She teaches and publishes widely on business communications, co-operative studies, Aboriginal entrepreneurship, and law and culture. She has special research interests in communications, cultures, and communities; diversity in the workplace; Aboriginal and associative organizations; partnerships and governance; and corporate social responsibility, performance indicators, and reporting standards.

She is university co-director of the Community-University Institute for Social Research, and recently completed work on SSHRC-funded projects on Social Enterprises, Knowledgeable Economies, and Sustainable Communities and on Animating the Mi’kmaq Humanities in Atlantic Canada. She is working with Liz Quinlan, Beth Bilson, and Ann-Marie Urban on Workplace Harassment among Caregivers: Fostering Communicative Action and Ethical Practice through Participatory Theatre.

Isobel works closely with community groups, non-profits, and the public and private sectors designing and conducting research to promote and support economic development, community entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability. She has served on and chaired boards, run her own business, and facilitated workshops for a variety of businesses and organizations. A proud recipient of a University of Saskatchewan Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, she is also co-winner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards Scholarly Writing Award 2000.

Recent publications include:

  • Findlay, Isobel, and Kitty Locker. 2015. Business Communication Now. 3rd Canadian Editio. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
  • Findlay, Isobel et al. 2015. “Building Critical Community Engagement through Scholarship: Three Case Studies.” Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning 1, no. 1: 31–48.
  • Findlay, Isobel, Ana Maria Peredo, and Fiona Duguid, eds. and intro. 2015. “Co-operating at the (Cutting) Edge: Innovation for Social Inclusion, Sustainability, and Solidarity Economies.” [special issue] Journal of Co-operative Studies 47, no. 1: 1–100.
  • Findlay, Isobel M. 2014. “Nuna is my body”: What Northerners Can Teach about Social Cohesion. In Community Survival: Co-operative Solutions for Local Economies, ed. Brett Fairbairn and Nora Russell. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
  • Battiste, Marie, Sakej Henderson, Isobel M. Findlay, and Len Findlay. 2013. “Conversations with Daniel Coleman: Different Knowings and the Indigenous Humanities.” In Rethinking the Humanities [special issue] English Studies in Canada 38, no. 1 (March): 141–59.
  • Findlay, Isobel M., and Jantina Kowbel. 2013. “Engaging an Age-Diverse Workplace: Revisiting a Business Opportunity and Challenge.” [Invited Editorial] Journal of Business & Financial Affairs 2, no. 2 (February): 1–3.
  • Findlay, Isobel M., and Len Findlay. 2013. “Co-operatives in Canada: After the Crisis and beyond the Binaries, Co-operatives during Crisis and Post-Crisis. ICA Global Research Conference 201—Abstracts. Nicosia: Cultural Center, European University Cyprus, 12–15 June.
  • Findlay, Isobel M., James Popham, Patrick Ince, and Sarah Takahash. 2013. Through the Eyes of Women: What a Co-operative Cab Mean in Supporting Women during Confinement and Integration. Saskatoon: Community-University Institute for Social Research and Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
  • Findlay, Isobel M., and Warren Weir. 2012. “Accounting and Aboriginal Peoples: From the Bottom Line to Lines of Relation.” Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development 7, no. 2 (Fall): 55–69.
  • Findlay, Isobel M., and Len Findlay. 2012. “A New Opportunity for Co-operative Education: Linking and Learning with the Indigenous Humanities.” New Opportunities for Co-operatives: New Opportunities for People. Proceedings of the 2011 International Co-operative Alliance Global Research Conference, Mikkeli, Finland. Ed. Johanna Heiskanen, Hagen Henrÿ, Pekka Hytinkoski, and Tapani Köppä. Mikkeli: University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute.
  • Findlay, Isobel M. 2012. “Back to the Future? Rebuilding Sustainable Economies and Communities.” [Editorial] Journal of Business & Financial Affairs 1, no. 1: 1–3.
  • Findlay, Isobel M., Clifford Ray, and Maria Basualdo. 2012. “Research as Engagement: Rebuilding the Knowledge Economy of the Northern Trappers Association Co-operative.” In Community-University Partnerships: Reflections on the Canadian Social Economy Experience, ed. Peter V. Hall and Ian MacPherson. Victoria: University of Victoria Press.
  • Brown, Kimberley, Isobel M. Findlay, and Robert Dobrohoczki. 2011. Community Resilience, Adaptation, and Innovation: The Case of the Social Economy in La Ronge. Saskatoon: Community-University Institute for Social Research and Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
  • Chopin, Nicola S., and Isobel M. Findlay. 2010. Exploring Key Informants’ Experiences with Self-Directed Funding: A Research Report. Saskatoon: Community-University Institute for Social Research and Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
  • Pattison, Dwayne, and Isobel M. Findlay. 2010. Self-Determination in Action: The Entrepreneurship of the Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association Co-operative. Saskatoon: Community-University Institute for Social Research and Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.
  • Locker, Kitty O., and Isobel M. Findlay. 2009. Business Communication Now: Canadian Edition. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Reprinted with revisions 2010.