International Co-operative Governance Symposium: June 17-19, 2021

Hosted at Saint Mary’s University by the International Centre for Co-operative Management in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

June 17-19, 2021

This International Co-operative Governance Symposium is an interactive and participatory gathering of governance professionals, experts, and researchers from various countries. This is not a large, “talking head” style conference as most attendees will be direct contributors to at least one of the sessions during the Symposium. You will engage deeply throughout and during plenary, breakout sessions, collaborative workshop-style sessions, and socializing opportunities.

Consider these few days as an opportunity to think deeply about governance characteristics, structures, and process that are fit for co-operatives. Learn from each other about new and different frameworks that focus on the people-centred, democratic, and jointly-owned nature of co-operatives with the objective of maintaining and enhancing co-operative health.

About your hosts:

We hosted a symposium on governance in 2013 and since have been engaged in various reports and initiatives, including an ICA report on Co-operative Governance Fit to Build Resilience in the Face of Complexity. Presently, ICCM is collaborating on an international research initiative through 2022 on co-operative governance with colleagues at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) with the funding support from FWO Belgium (SBO project S006019N).

Note: The Canadian co-operative sector congress/conference is June 15-17, 2021 in Halifax – hosted and organized by Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC). The International Co-operative Governance Symposium and the CMC Congress will be coordinated to encourage participation in both events. ICCM is an engaged Associate Member of CMC and member of CMC’s Full Member (the Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation).

Call for papers and presenters:

We welcome you to consider submitting a paper for consideration to this symposium. Governance is arguably the most important aspect of our unique co-operative nature, so help us all to elevate this aspect of the organizational model by bringing forward your expertise.

Submit your ideas for a Symposium session to Sonja Novkovic ( as soon as possible and no later than November 1, 2020:

  • Your name, role, institution, contact information
  • Brief bio describing the scope of your engagement with governance and the cooperative movement (types, sectors, countries)
  • 250-500 word description of your proposed topic, indicating alignment with symposium themes
  • Preferred format (panel, workshop, presentation, etc.), and your suggestions for creating an engaging and interactive session.

Governance Symposium call for papers.