Governance in Co-operatives: Participatory, People-Centred, and Democratic

Join us in an exploration of co-operative governance structures, processes, and dynamics that embrace participatory forms of democracy, respect and promote human dignity, support democratic decision-making, and contribute to value creation and equitable distribution of benefit.

Our governance activities 

An international research initiative  through 2022 is generating partnerships, publications, courses, and a 2021 symposium. The Centre is developing partnerships with co-operative and academic collaborators to enhance our collective understanding and application of co-operative governance.

In June 2021, the Centre convened the second International Co-operative Governance Symposium which showcased and debated new and different governance frameworks that focus on the people-centred, democratic, and jointly-owned nature of co-operatives.

Our knowledge-rich and participatory professional development course on Excellence in Member-Centric Governance and Management

Governance case studies as part of our Working Paper and Case Study Series. The first case study was published in 2020 on the OAS FCU (credit union). 

Diversity in Governance article in the Fall 2020 issue of the Cooperative Business Journal (NCBA-CLUSA).

In 2015, we collaborated with the International Co-operative Alliance on a global report titled  Co-operative Governance Fit to Build Resilience in Face of Complexity which was presented at an ICA Research Conference in November 2015.

In 2013, the Centre hosted an International Co-operative Governance Symposium at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, NS, Canada) where we facilitated dialogue among leading practitioners, researchers and educators on challenges and opportunities for co-operative governance.

Our deep knowledge of governance is a result of many years of network and knowledge building.

For more information contact Dr. Sonja Novkovic at  



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