Combining thHighlight-flyer-2016e best of the ACE Institute and CASC Congress, the CASC-ACE Conference will offer a number of excellent co-op educational opportunities, including:

  • Keynote “Transitions in Cooperative Education: An Incomplete Agenda for the Future”  by William Nelson, longtime co-op educator and recently retired president of the CHS Foundation
  • Expert panelists on engagement and inclusion for co-op employees and members
  • Plenary panel on First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-op Development and Education
  • Officials representing local, regional and federal governments discussing public policy commitments to help co-ops thrive
  • How-to education workshops on reaching the general public, employees and youth
  • Mobile Learning Sessions – touring established and start-up cooperatives in the Calgary area
  • Student case study competition
  • A Youth Cohort 
  • Awards Banquet and silent auction

The conference agenda includes the following :

Opening Reception, May 31

To open the conference in Co-op style, ACE and CASC members will meet with local cooperators from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This will be the venue for the Mark Goldblatt Inaugural Lecture! We will have food from local co-operative groups.

Day One, June 1

The conference will officially open by paying tribute to the lands upon which the conference will be held.  It will be followed by a plenary, concurrent sessions, and a reception, including:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-op Development and Education Series. We’ve asked First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders who are in cooperatives or exploring cooperative solutions to present their experiences.
  • Expert Panel: Engagement and Inclusion. Co-op leaders are continuously looking at the future of their organizations, in particular the needs of their members, the capacity of the board, and the skills of employees. What are the key strategies they use?
  • People, Power and Planet Reception. Researchers reveal their findings on how cooperatives have been employed to produce energy and reduce the impact on the earth. Local co-op energy producers will weigh in.

    Day Two, June 2

    Mobile Learning Sessions (tours) are often the most valuable learning experience of the conference.  Two tours will board buses headed for established and fledgling cooperative ventures at 9:00 a.m. Choose your tour.
    Tours will return by 4:30 p.m.
    Awards Banquet – CASC, ACE and the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research will meet to celebrate the leaders within their organizations. 6 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Day Three, June 3

    The day will consist of simultaneous sessions and a government relations plenary session.
  • What could cooperatives do if public policy were fine-tuned to allow them to assist communities without barriers?  Government officials will share ideas. One member of our panel will be Alder Rebecca Kemble who has helped the City of Madison to make co-op development part of its growth strategy.
  • Well known supporter of ACE and recent President of the CHS Foundation William Nelson of Minnesota will give his Keynote Address.


  • Rooted In Cooperation: The Credit Union Advantage
  • The Art Of Explaining Co-ops
  • Training The Trainers: How To Inspire A Co-operative Conscience In The Classroom
  • Strategic Tools For Worker Co-op Development: Creating Opportunities And Empowerment In Marginalized Communities
  • Entrepreneurship And Democratic Practice
  • Emerging Co-op Researchers Network: A Platform For Students Of Co-ops (And Their And Educators)
  • Nurturing Democracy: How Can I Help My Co-op Be More Co-operative?
  • Energizing Communities: The Role Of Co-operatives In Creating A More Inclusive, Peaceful, Sustainable World
  • Vancity – Making Good Money Work: A Transformational Journey
  • Taking Arizmendi From The San Francisco Bay Area To Calgary:  The Challenges Of Replicating A Replication Strategy
  • Creating A Co-op Education Online Community

Presentation Titles

  • Community Wealth Building And Cooperatives: Adapting The “Cleveland Model” To Other Cities
  • Unleashing Local Capital In Greening Alberta’s Grid: Energizing Communities Through The Alberta Solar Co-op
  • Whose Voice Counts? Gender Inclusion, Participation And Empowerment In Agricultural Co-operatives: The Case Of Mamsera Amcos
  • Examining Success Factors For Sustainable Rural Development Through The Integrated Co-operative Model
  • The Co-operative Innovation Project: Co-operative Development In Rural And Aboriginal Western Canada
  • Unions, Co-ops And The American Dream
  • Stakeholder Democracy In Multi-Stakeholder Co-operatives: The Paradoxical Roles Of “Supporting Members”
  • Renewable Energy Ownership In Alberta: Co-op Case Studies
  • Renewable Energy Co-operatives In Canada: Figures, Challenges And Opportunities
  • The Integrative Potential Of Co-operatives
  • Common Problems Of Co-operative Federations
  • The Wyoming-Minnesota Model: 2 Case Studies
  • Co-operative Education Partnerships: Universities And Industries.
  • Democracy And Development In Fair Trade Banana Production: Analyzing Small And Micro Producer Cooperatives In Ecuador And Peru
  • The Academy And The Association. Co-operating In Education; First Steps Towards Equipping Post-Secondary Students With Relevant Co-operative Skills.
  • How Canadian Co-operatives Are Dealing With Governance Requirements For Independent Directors, And Directors With Requisite Expertise
  • Magical Federations: Transmography For 4trans Democracy
  • Co-operative Governance By The Numbers: Exploratory Analysis Of The Co-operative Business Study
  • Electrical Co-operatives: Generating Interest In The Co-operative Difference
  • Economic Impact Studies: Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia And National (2010)
  • Co-operative Higher Education After The Truth And Reconciliation Commission: Energizing Post-Colonial Communities
  • Grazing Co-operatives In The Organizational Ecology Of Rural Saskatchewan
  • The Behavioural Innovativeness Of Co-operatives: The Sector’s Influence
  • Rural And Remote Social Services And The Co-op Option: Convergence With Traditional Values And Practice
  • Supporting The Board Chair
  • Co-op Governance, Fit To Build Resilience In The Face Of Complexity
  • Revenue-Generating Social And Economic Mission-Entwined Organizations

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