Centre Update
25 September 2015

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Visiting Scholars

The week of 14–18 September was a busy one at the Centre. Visiting scholars Carlo Borzaga from the University of Trento in Italy and Silvia Sacchetti from the Open University in the UK joined us for a full week of activity, including a public seminar and reception, a Centre-based presentation, and a day-long invited workshop on governance that included Centre Fellows and Scholars, students, and staff.
Carlo and Silvia also visited a number of co-operatives and other social enterprises as well as attending daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings with Centre Fellows and Scholars.
Carlo presented the inaugural seminar in The MacPherson Talks, which honour the late Dr. Ian MacPherson and will be an annual event at the Centre.

Silvia, who also conducts research with Carlo at the European Research Institute on Co-operative and Social Enterprises, gave a presentation to Centre personnel on the multistakeholder governance model. Both her and Carlo's research fits well with some of the work currently being undertaken at the Centre and we have plans for further collaboration.

A New Publication

Co-operatives for Sustainable Communities is a co-publication between the Centre and Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada based on papers presented at an international conference titled "Tools to Measure Co-operative Impact and Performance," which took place 22–24 May 2014 in Halifax.

The book explores five interconnected themes:
  statistics and data collection; putting co-operative principles into practice; community impact; member and stakeholder engagement; and reporting practices.

You can download a free electronic copy here. If you would like a hard copy, also free, please contact David Fleming ( at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.
It's Time to Apply!

Margaret and Hartley Fredeen
Scholarship in Co-operative Studies

Value: $4,000
Deadline: 15 November 2015

Eligibility: Offered annually to a student entering or continuing studies in a master's or doctoral program at the University of Saskatchewan who is conducting research on co-operatives. Student must have contributed to the development of his/her community as it relates to the study of co-operatives, which may include but is not limited to, working in developing countries, working with Habitat for Humanity, tutoring refugees and new Canadians, peer counselling, and projects that may contribute to peace in the world.

Application procedure: A letter of application outlining experience with co-operatives and community development, accompanied by a copy of university transcripts, and one reference letter.

Submit applications to:
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5B8
Phone: (306) 966–8509
Fax: (306) 966–8517

Read more about the Fredeen Scholarship here.

Join Us for Co-op Week Activities!
  • Flag Raising Ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, Tuesday, 13 October, 11:45 am, Regina. Read more here.

  • Co-operative Council of Regina Co-op Week Luncheon (location TBA) following the flag raising; guest speaker is Brad DeLorey, director of communications and public affairs for the Co-op Refinery Complex. Read more here.

  • Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards Banquet and Ceremony, Travelodge Hotel, Tuesday, 13 October, Regina; reception 5:30, dinner and awards 6:30.This year's event recognizes six wonderful co-operators: Lifetime Co-operative Achievement Award: Mary Beckett, Don Russell, and Ken Sherwin; Co-operative Contribution Award: Beth Henderson and Morris Smysnuik; CCA/CDF Global Co-operator Award: Karen Timoshuk. Read more here.

  • Co-operative Network of Saskatoon Co-op Week Luncheon, Park Town Hotel, Wednesday, 14 October, Saskatoon; registration 11:30 am, hot buffet 12:00 pm; guest speaker is Brett Fairbairn, acting director, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. Read more here.

Thank you, as always, to our sponsors
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