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Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada) will host the next Canada DE program June 9 (afternoon) through to June 14 (evening), 2019 as a full immersion program.

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The International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary's University has brought something great to Canada and you're invited. Join the next cohort of Credit Union Development Education (DE) professionals for CanadaDE 2019 (June 9-14, Halifax, Canada). This program is a highly participatory and rewarding experience that will build your professional network on a local to global scale.

This five and a half day leadership program will renew and deepen your understanding and appreciation for the co-operative and credit union sector at a local, national, and international level. The program tackles the pressing challenges that credit unions face today. It focuses on the member-centred credit union enterprise model, combined with the importance (and potential) to create social, environmental and economic impact. We have integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into the CanadaDE program; this is a unique opportunity to learn about UN SDGs in the context of your credit union. 

The quality of course content and facilitation: The core 2019 facilitation team includes seasoned professionals - Tracey Kliesch (Vancity Credit Union, Canada); Karen Miner (Saint Mary’s University, Canada); Carla Decker (CEO, DC Credit Union in Washington, DC, USA). Plus, subject matter experts are included as content providers, and a team of mentors (from Canada, Africa, Caribbean, USA) coach a team of participants through the program.

Who is the audience for this program? Leave your "title" at the door during the program, but understand that CanadaDE is designed for individuals from the board level through to front line staff, with participants coming predominately from Canada, Africa, USA, and Caribbean countires. 

Why do we have this program in Canada? While 2017 marked the launch of DE in Canada, the international network of programs has been going strong since the launch of the US program in the early 1980s. Active programs also exist in the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The launch of CanadaDE demonstrates leadership by Saint Mary’s University to facilitate connections within Canada and among a diverse, international network

Complete CanadaDE and continue on the path to the international designation (I-CUDE): Canada DE will help you achieve the distinctive International DE designation (I-CUDE), awarded through the World Council of Credit Unions at the international conference each year. To obtain the I-CUDE designation: 1) graduate from your home country/region’s DE program, 2) complete a practical and relevant project, attend an international DE program, and participate in a significant international credit union or co-operative conference.


As a graduate of the CanadaDE1, I can honestly say it was a good investment that served as a reminder of the power and continued relevance of the co-operative difference. As an employee of a values based financial institution like ACU, the DE experience was also a perfect complement to “money doing more” philosophy that guides our work.” – Nigel Mohammed, Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU) 

Program fees: 

$3300 (+HST) CAD with payment processing by Saint Mary’s University*

$2500 USD (Caribbean and Latin American participants) with payment processing by CaribDE

The fee includes course fees, CanadaDE polo t-shirt, meals, break snacks, and 7 days of residence accommodations on campus (Saturday-Saturday).

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Our partnership with CaribeDE was a catalyst in the creation of CanadaDE. In the Caribbean, the CaribDE has graduated 1200+ leaders from more than 20 countries (including Canada, USA, Bermuda, Haiti and Kenya).