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Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC)



Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016


See pages 46-47 in the Congress Guide

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About the conference

With a focus on the role of democracy, this conference will highlight co-operative research, education and development that is strengthen co-operatives and transforming communities. From board governance to community and economic development, how does democracy play a role in building stronger co-ops and communities. What are best practices for cultivating excellent democracy policies and practices that create productive and engaged citizens, members and owners. 

Whether you are a trainer, student, elected leader, co-operative developers, researcher, youth members, or practitioner you have a place at the Calgary conference. 

The theme of this year's conference will be "Energizing communities: Co-operatives Nurturing Democratic Practice".

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  • Subject areas: Co-operatives, Democracy and Engaged Communities; Co-operative, Democracy and Education; Co-operative Research; Co-operative Development; Intergenerational Cooperation
  • Final program: download it here 
  • President's reception: Thursday, June 2, 2016


Featured speakers

Keynote Speaker: William J. Nelson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship, CHS and president of the CHS Foundation 

As both a former professor at the University of Minnesota-Waseca and as the president of CHS Foundation, William Nelson has worked to fostered opportunities of collaboration and partnership in an effort to advance the application of cooperative research and education. As a multidisciplinary network of researchers and educators dedication to the generation, dissemination and application of research, CASC would welcome the opportunity to have Mr. Nelson discuss his insights gained over his 30+ year career in improving the quality, application and breadth of cooperative research and education. 

Featured events

  • Mobile Learning Sessions (Co-op tours)Step away from the campus and into the community. The Mobile Learning Sessions are an opportunity for attendees to visit and learn from local co-ops. 
  • Reception and Community Conversation on recent research: People, Power, Plant - the Best Practices and Knowledge Mobilization in Community Energy Development. This reception and conversation will feature research recently completed PPP is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and was formed to assess, document and share the experiences and lessons of community-owned renewable energy developments across Canada and beyond, with the goal of increasing the level of awareness and rate of implementation of such projects nation-wide. The reception will be held near campus and is open to the public 


Only those people who are registered for Congress 2016 and have added the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC, #92) to their Congress registration may attend this conference. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.

About the association

For more information about membership or this conference, please contact the association directly at the contacts listed below.

  • Program Chair: Sarah Pike, Association of Cooperative Educators
  • Local Arrangement Coordinator: 0
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