Executive Education Course

The Co-operative Business Model: Excellence in Leadership and Management

Harnessing the co-operative difference: Why our business model matters

An engaging short course on Excellence in Co-operative Leadership and Management. Designed for seasoned decision-makers and emerging leaders from any sector or type of co-operative, all will benefit from this knowledge-rich course. Broaden your co-operative network. Discuss and debate the co-operative business model and why the model’s differences matters. Grapple with the significant challenges inherent in leading and managing co-operatives. Learn from what others are doing to recognize and avoid the threats and risks to the model. Be inspired by guest speakers who will provide live case study examples of excellence in managing and leading.

Course leads

Karen Miner and Sonja Novkovic, Saint Mary's University.

Special Guest Speakers (DC)

Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (USA); NCBA CLUSA, Board Chair

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK

Wayne Schatz, Vice President and General Counsel, Operations & Distribution, Legal Department, The Co-operators Group Limited (Canada)

Upcoming courses

  • October 1, 2019 (9:00AM-4:30PM) in Washington DC, hosted by the National Co-operative Business Association. This course preceeds the NCBA CLUSA IMPACT Conference (October 2-4, 2019). Whether you plan to attend this course as a conference warm up or as a standalone course, please register through the conference's registration system.
  • August, 2020 in South Africa (exact date to be announced), hosted by ACCOSCA. Contact us for more details and to register.
  • Feburary, 2020 in Denmark; closed group.


If you are registering in US dollars or registering in conjunction with the NCBA CLUSA IMPACT Conference please register here. If you are paying in CDN at the rate of $500, you may register here.