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2017 ACE Institute


Monday, July 17

Youth Cohort will meet at West Hall at Regis University at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, July 18

Regis University, Claver Hall
9: 00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Registration, Information Tables open

Outside Mountain View Room

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mountain View Room

ACE Annual Meeting – All are welcome
Noon to 1 p.m.

Official Opening of the 2017 ACE Institute

Welcome Luncheon in the Mountain View Room

Presentation by ACE, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Denver Community Wealth Building

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Steve Dubb

Community Wealth Building: Past, Present & Future

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View Room


Food Projects: First Nations Development Institute
Lead: Jackie Francke, First Nations Development Institute

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions and Panels (choose one)
Mountain View Room


Innovating Education for Youth

Lead: Jonathan Rodríguez Burgos, Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico

Claver Hall, Room 210


  • Exploring the Role of Worker Cooperative Education Projects, Minsun Ji, University of Denver, Colorado

  • Legitimacy & Multi-stakeholder Co-ops’ Governance, Asma El Aarroumi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Optional Outing: Coors Field

Purchase tickets through Registration

Wednesday, July 19

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Mountain View Room


Democratic Design for the Online Economy

Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado Boulder

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops (choose one)
Mountain View Room


Platform Coops: A Model Business Structure, Jason Wiener, Colorado

Claver Hall, Room 306


Looking at Power in Our Cooperative’s Processes

Lead: Charlotte Root, Vermont


Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Mountain View Room

Sound Off – Open Mic opportunity

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Mountain View Room


Generating a Co-op Conscience … Next Generation

Lead: Richard A. “Rick” Petty, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Ohio

Claver Hall, Room 306


The Importance of Writing Practice in Cooperatives, Avery Edenfield, Utah State University

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Choose Sessions in either the Mountain View Room or Claver Hall Room 306

Mountain View Room
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Are students demanding education about co-op organizations?


  • Cooperatives and Cooperation at the University
    Lead: Ali Aslam, Holyoke College, Massachusetts

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Claver Hall, Room 306
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Colorado Co-ops Study Circle

Lead: Caroline Savery, Colorado

Co-op Mentorship and Leadership Development Models

Lead: Paul Bindel, Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, Colorado


Mountain View Room
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ACE Awards Banquet

All are welcome. Registration is required.

Thursday, July 20

8:00 a.m.

CoBank Breakfast

Participants are invited to breakfast at the DoubleTree Denver-Westminster. A special panel will discuss how cooperative education pays dividends to their organizations.

Those staying on Regis Campus will be picked up by bus and transported to the hotel at 7:45 a.m. Others are invited to meet at the hotel (free parking) at 8 a.m.

Mobile Learning Sessions (Study Tours)

After the session, participants of the “Food and Futures” tour will depart for Longmont at 9:30 am.  Participants of the “Big Dreams” tour will hear presenters from CoBank and Namasté Solar, then depart for a fabulous lunch at Comal in Denver’s TAXI District. Learn more about Mobile Learning Sessions.

Tours will return by 4:30 p.m. to Regis University and the DoubleTree hotel. Lunch is included on both tours. Register your friends and family to join you for this fantastic day.

Friday, July 21

All Sessions will be held in the Recital Hall within Claver Hall

Next Generation Thinking


9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote

Inform.Train.Transform. Part 2, André Martin, IRECUS, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. –  11:00 a.m. Youth Cohort

11:00 a.m. – Noon


  • Co-op Equity and Governance, Rod Kelsay, Mid America Cooperative Council, Indiana
  • The Future of Members-Becoming-Directors, William J. Nelson, Independent Scholar, Minnesota

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Adjournment

Register for the ACE Institute if you haven’t already!