Operationalizing Identity - Strategy and Practice

Executive Education Course

Operationalizing the Co-operative Identity – Strategy to Practice

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. The course participants and content will span governance, management, and operations perspectives. 


  • Deepen your understanding of the links between your values-based enterprise model and the International Co-operative Alliances’ (ICA) Statement of Cooperative Identity.
  • Finish the course with a rich set of concepts, tools, and examples, plus more knowledge of the diversity of the cooperative 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 and Board Chair of the National Co-operative Business Association)

Dates and format

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

Course fees and registration

Course registration is available through the Cooperative IMPACT Conference system. Until the conference registration system is launched, please email Erin.Hancock@smu.ca to express your interest; you will then be alerted when the registration link is available. Per person course fee is $200 USD.

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