International Co-operative Governance Symposium

The International Co-operative Governance Symposium was held in September 2013 at Saint Mary's Univeristy in Halifax, Canada.

Governance practitioners and researchers discussed and debated the challenges and opportunities for co-operative governance on a global scale. Participants included academic researchers and instructors, chief governance officers and corporate secretaries, board chairs and directors, CEOs, co-operative sector organization and association members and governance consultants. 

ICA Report on Governance in Co-operatives

Research and work collected from the Symposium led to the development of an ICA think piece. The report was co-ordinated by Sonja Novkovic and Karen Miner from the Co-operative Management Education programs and individuals from the international co-operative community. This think piece was then presented at the ICA Research Conference in November 2015.

A think piece, such as this one on governance in co-operatives, is designed to be thought-provoking and invite debates and discussions, agreements and disagreements, new ideas and reassurances. The intent was to initiate rich conversations and motivate co-operative members and leadership to re-examine the wide-ranging systems of co-operative governance. 

Co-operative Governance Fit to Build Resilience in the Face of Complexity

Symposium Program

The program for the International Co-operative Governance Symposium can be found here: Program

Summary Report

The Governance Symposium Summary Report (ICA Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade) can be found here: Governance Symposium Summary Report

Symposium Presentations from Parallel Sessions September 2013

Competency-Based Assessments by Andres, Kim

Complexity Theory and Co-operative Governance by Cannell, Bob

Gay Lea Foods Co-op - Reflections on Building a Continuum of Co-op Education by Fox, Quintin

Strategic Governance by Goehring, Mark; Scholl Marilyn; Sherwood, Art

Membership Structure Design and Organizational Theory by Gray, Thomas

Member Participation & Co-op Governance: Importance of Associative Intelligence by Haiven, Larry

Governance Education Portal by Hancock, Erin

Election of Board Members - Mechanism and Cultures in Agricultural Cooperatives by Huhtala, Kari

Senior Leader Perceptions & Responses to Competing Institutional Logics in Co-op by Johnson, Kathy

Governance & the Role of Sustainability Scorecard in Strategic Planning by LeBlanc, Leo

Inclusion, Control and Accountability in Worker Cooperatives by McNamara, John

Cultivating Connections - Maintaining Member Involvement in a Province Wide CU by Moulin, Linda

Governing Fair Trade by Reed, Darryl

Operationalizing Ownership to Fight Oligarchsation by Stocki, Ryszard

Worker Co-op's the Game, These are the Rules (Governance Policy) by Stoddart, Joel