Operationalizing Identity - Strategy and Practice

Executive Education Course

This new course is launching in 2021 in collaboration with NCBA-CLUSA’s Co-operative IMPACT Conference.

Join us for this engaging online course on Operationalizing the Co-operative Identity – Strategy to Practice. Designed for seasoned decision-makers and emerging leaders from any sector or type of co-operative, all will benefit from this knowledge-rich course. This participatory education experience focuses on enhancing your knowledge and building your network. Discuss and debate the many facets of the co-operative identity including how purpose, values, and principles translate into enterprise strategy and effective practice.


  • Deepen your understanding of the links between your values-based enterprise model and the International Co-operative Alliances’ (ICA) Statement on the Cooperative Identity.
  • Finish the course with a rich set of concepts, tools, and examples, plus more knowledge of the diversity of the co-operative model in practice.
  • Expand your co-operative network.

Course facilitators

Karen Miner, Managing Director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management, researcher and instructor.

Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Co-operative Economist, Academic Director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management, Chair of the International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research, researcher and professor.

Key presentations by Fred Freundlich (LANKI, University of Mondragon) and Erbin Crowell (Master's graduate, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, Board Member of the National Co-operative Business Association)

Dates and format

  • October 20 and 21, 2021, 11am-4pm ADT / 10am-3pm EDT
  • Offered online

Course fees and registration

Course registration was arranged through the Cooperative IMPACT Conference system. We have closed registration officially but if you contact us before the course date, we can still arrange registration ($250 CAD) by emailing erin.hancock@smu.ca



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