The MacPherson Talks

A Special Seminar Series at the Centre

The MacPherson Talks honour the late Dr. Ian MacPherson, one of the leading lights of the international co-operative movement. Historian, educator, author, and passionate co-operator, Ian personified the relationship between Canadian co-operative academics and co-op practitioners. There will be one talk annually at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, featuring an international co-operative scholar or practitioner whose work reflects the values that Ian held dear.

Read more about Ian here.



The 2017 presentation featured Dr. Dionne Pohler, assistant professor, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto, and Fellow in Co-operative Strategy and Governance, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan. Dionne studies the design and implementation of governance arrangements within and between organizations and how these arrangements affect different stakeholder outcomes. Her previous and ongoing research investigates the impact of strategy, HR practices, unions, and laws on employees and organizations. Current projects focus on co-operative governance, particularly in co-op federations and the Canadian credit union system.

Dionne's presentation on Monday, 2 October 2017, was titled "Credit Unions in Canada: Six Design Principles for Greater Co-operation." You can read more about it here.