CASC-ACE Conference 2016

Combining the best of the ACE Institute and the CASC Congress, the Association of Cooperative Educators and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation came together once again to hold a joint conference in Calgary, Alberta, 31 May to 3 June. Titled "Energizing Communities: Co-operatives Nurturing Democratic Practices," the conference focused on citizen participation as a crucial element in energizing and sustaining communities. With a delegation of thirteen people, Centre folk once again outdid themselves in participation. The conference featured the inaugural Mark Goldblatt Lecture honouring the much-loved co-op champion who passed away unexpectedly in February 2016, joint sessions with the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, and the second annual Student Co-op Case Study Competition.

We were particularly pleased when William Nelson (left), a Centre board member from CHS Inc., one of our partner organizations, won the 2016 CASC Award of Merit.

Other special features of the conference included an expert panel on engagement and inclusion for co-op employees and members, a panel on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit co-op development and education, mobile learning sessions touring co-ops in the Calgary area, and numerous practical workshops. Read more here.