To strengthen cooperatives and the cooperative movement by promoting innovative educational responses to social and economic changes.


To provide members a forum to highlight programs and practices that increase understanding, innovation and professionalism in cooperative education.Ace benefits cooperative education and the cooperative movement by:

  • Promoting cooperative research
  • Developing linkages between universities, cooperatives and supporting organizations
  • Building capacity to support the development of innovation and acumen in cooperatives
  • Spreading the word by providing resources on cooperative education

The Board of Directors

PRESIDENTANDRÉA RENAUD was elected President of ACE in 2017 at the beginning of her first term as a director. She is a Cooperative Affairs Advisor at La Coop fédérée. Andréa trains employees and members about cooperation and supports them to encourage a better representation of women on boards of directors. She has ten years of experience in the management and governance of cooperative enterprises. She has also worked for the Desjardins Group and SOCODEVI, a development agency.  A graduate in Psychoeducation from the University of Trois-Rivières, she also holds a Master’s degree in Cooperative management from the University of Sherbrooke.

CO-PRESIDENT – DANIEL CÔTÉ has been teaching at L’École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Montréal, since 1983. He obtained is Ph.D from Louisiana State University in 1985.  At HEC, he has been involved with le Centre de Gestion des Coopératives between 1977 and 2003.  He has been the director of this Centre from 1992 to 2003.  He teaches mostly courses on business strategy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He retired in August 2014 to fully dedicate himself to his work on co-operative management, both research and teaching.

Professor Côté has conducted research on co-operatives for more than 25 years.  He worked on different co-operative sectors (mostly agribusiness and finance) and on issues such as management, strategy, entrepreneurship, etc.  His main concern has always been the management of co-operatives in a competitive environment.  His work focuses on the development of a new co-operative paradigm. He develops the idea that co-operative leaders have an incentive to strengthen their co-operative identity since it is a source of competitive advantage.  His new co-operative paradigm is based on issues of loyalty, mobilization through values, learning organization, meaning and legitimacy.  His approach to research is very much action based where fundamental ideas and concepts (such as loyalty) are being implemented and tested in real life context with existing co-operatives.  He has published extensively on these issues. As of now, he focuses on the foundations of this new cooperative paradigm, looking at concepts such as psychological ownership, co-creation of value, reciprocity and social capital.

He regularly gives conferences on co-operatives both in Canada and internationally. In 2004, he received the ACE (Association of Co-operative Educators) awards for Outstanding Contribution to Cooperative Education and Training. In 2014, he received an award from CASC for his outstanding contribution to co-operative research.  He has been selected as fellow of the Filene Institute in October 2011.

He is currently teaching a graduate course on co-operative management for the «Master of Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions» program at St-Mary’s university (Canada). Finally, he chairs the board of directors at Coop HEC, a campus coop with 15 000 members, $10 million in sales and about 100 employees since 2012.

jessicaVICE PRESIDENT – JESSICA GORDON NEMBHARD  is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York (CUNY). In the early 2000s she was an Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative at UMCP.   A cooperative ambassador, economist and community economic development expert, Jessica is author of the recently published book, “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice”. The result of 15 years of careful research, the book solidifies Jessica as a historian of cooperative empowerment and transformation within low-income and minority communities. Her book argues that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool within African American communities. Jessica is a 2016 inductee to the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

cathyCo – SECRETARYCATHY STATZ is Education Director of the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU), headquartered in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She coordinates a variety of cooperative education programs for Farmers Union members, their children and the general public, including the WFU Summer Camp Program at Kamp Kenwood, and the National Farmers Union College Conference on Cooperatives.
Cathy grew up on a dairy farm near Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (with Secondary Level Education Certification) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and is the 2006 recipient of Lawrence University’s Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Achievement Award. She has been a member of ACE since 1997 and was named the 1999 recipient of the ACE William Hlushko Award to Young Cooperative Educators.

morgan1Co -SECRETARY – MORGAN CRAWFORD of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives was introduced to cooperatives through living in student and community housing cooperatives in Berkeley and Iowa City. In his recent past role as Director of Education for the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO), Morgan organized educational events and programming for the members and staff of cooperatives in the U.S. and Canada, built relationships with regional and national cooperative organizations, and facilitated the empowerment of young cooperative leaders. Morgan strives to support the development of a cooperative movement that is universally accessible, socially just, economically responsible, and environmentally sound. He is a nerd at heart, a passionate educator, and a lover of effective and supportive meeting facilitation.

TREASURERROD KELSAY is the Executive Director of the Mid America Cooperative Council. The council is an association of over 110 cooperatives that covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The council’s principal focus is cooperative education. The council has a very diverse group of members covering credit unions, agricultural, finance, food marketing, genetics, hospital laundry, housing, Library, and rural electric cooperatives.   Rod holds a masters (MS) degree from the University of Illinois and a BS degree from Purdue University. Rod has managed strategic planning and business analysis projects with cooperatives for over 25 years. Rod is the past Chairman of the Board for the Association of Cooperative Educators an international association of cooperative educators, and past president of the National Association of State Cooperative Council Executives. In 2000 Rod received the ‘Sagamore of the Wabash’ from Governor Frank O’Bannon.

DIRECTOR – TANYA GRACIE, Chair of the Board of Directors of Your Credit Union in eastern Ontario, was first elected to the ACE board in 2009 and served as its president until 2017. Working with and for the membership, Tanya is excited about the potential of ACE, its strategic focus and contribution to the cooperative movement. Tanya is now at the Public Policy Forum, an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada. She was most recently with Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), the national association serving as the advocate and champion of cooperative and mutual enterprises in Canada. Tanya is a recipient of the ACE Hlushko Award for youth.

ellenDIRECTORELLEN GODDARD is Cooperative Chair in Agricultural Marketing and Business, University of Alberta. She came to Alberta from a position as National Australia Bank Professor of Agribusiness and Associate Dean, Coursework, at the Institute of Land and Food Resources, the University of Melbourne. Prior to that Australian appointment Ellen worked in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. Over the past 30 years Ellen’s research has been focused on economic modeling of domestic and international markets for food products (particularly meat) for policy analysis purposes. Since her appointment at the University of Alberta, Ellen has been teaching an undergraduate course in cooperatives and through that course has supervised a number of undergraduate research projects, some of which have won undergraduate student research awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in the U.S. Ellen has also supervised numerous MSc and PhD students who have conducted research on various aspects of cooperatives. Her research in particular is focused on the role of co-operatives in concentrated agricultural and food markets.

DIRECTOR – OSCAR COLÓN RIVERA joined the ACE Board of Directors in 2016. Oscar is with the Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples, where he has distinguished himself through a true commitment in the cooperative movement of Puerto Rico as well as the field of cooperative education and social responsibility. 

Oscar’s formal studies in Educational Technology from the Universidad Central de Bayamón and his prowess in audiovisual production, photography, stage illumination, radio broadcasting, and event coordination make him a great asset to ACE.


ACE Administrator JULIEN GEREMIE is supervising ACE’s administration and organizes our Annual Institute. Julien Geremie is also Deputy Executive Director with the Conseil de la cooperation de l’Ontario in Toronto. He is responsible for providing support to over a dozen start-up co-operatives and social enterprises across Ontario, more specifically in the fields of agriculture, education, rural development, health, succession planning and much more. Julien works collaboratively with hundreds of partner organizations and he has a great knowledge of Ontario’s economic, social and cultural ecosystems.  He is a guest speaker at various workshops and congresses both in Canada and abroad. He is the co-chair of the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable, member of the Ontario Government Social Impact Measurement Taskforce and the Community Benefits Group, member of the provincial and national government relations committees for the co-operative sector and more. Julien was also Head Delegate of a Canadian delegation to Japan during the 2016 G7 Summit. Julien holds a master’s degree in Political science (M. Sc.) from the University of Montreal and he can be reached at 416-364-4545 or on Twitter @JulienGeremie.

CENet Consultant – ERIN HANCOCK is working with ACE on the online community project known as the CENet (Co-operative Educator’s Network). She also works as the Manager of Promotion and Partnership for the Co-operative Management Education Programs at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to these roles, she served as the Manager of Research and Education for Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.

As a master’s student at the University of New Brunswick, she undertook research on co-op policy in the province, and helped establish the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick.

Erin was the 2014 winner of the William Hlushko Award to Young Co-operative Educators.

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