Taking Action on Principle 6

Leveraging Our Collective Potential

Look no further than the co-operative values and principles to see that inter-co-operation is hard-wired into our model’s DNA, motivating us to work together to build the economy and communities around us.

Join fellow leaders in an interactive short course to take a deep dive on this topic from diverse perspectives - from the role of associations and federations to business partnerships and supply chains, to the development of new co-operatives. All content and examples will illustrate the benefits of inter-co-operation in strengthening co-operatives, economies, and communities. This short course will discuss a range of frameworks and examples, giving you and your co-operative the tools to do more and go further to leverage our collective potential.

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, 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), plus special guests. 


  • Virtually on April 25-26, 2023, from 10:00 am-3:30 pm EDT (note we have postponed the January course dates).  To register, complete this registration form. The course fee is $300 CAD plus tax ($345 CAD total).


You can contact jude.robertson@smu.ca with any questions on the registration form or payment.