Welcome to this very special conference that brings together cooperative researchers, educators, practitioners and advocates from organizations from across North America and around the world during the United Nations designated International Year of Co-operatives. In addition, we are thankful for the opportunity to hold this conference in conjunction with the Annual Congress and Annual General Meetings of the two national cooperative associations in Canada, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération et la Mutualité (CCCM)(more) ...(plus)