About Us

The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

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.

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.

Our Sponsors

Contract partners in the co-operative sector include Saskatchewan Credit Unions, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Concentra, The Co-operators, and CHS Inc. The Centre is also supported by the University of Saskatchewan, which not only houses our offices but provides in-kind contributions from a number of departments and units 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 advisory board.