The Social Economy Student Network brings together students interested in the Social Economy (such as nonprofits, co-operatives & social enterprises) in order to facilitate the formation of intellectually stimulating and diverse peer networks within and beyond the academic and research environment. It links students to one another from around the globe and fosters the growth of knowledge and information-sharing among members. To join, please send an email to Suzanne Cook at


Announcing the launch of the Co-operative Management Certificate Program

The Co-op Management Certificate Program is designed for those who are managing, governing or developing all types of co-operatives in Ontario. Co-op or credit union members, those interested in co-operatives, or those who are not based in Ontario will also find value in many of the modules. Developed by the Ontario Co-operative Association with the support of the co-operative industry leaders, and offered by the Schulich School of Business, the Program is affordable, practical and accessible.

DEADLINE to apply: August 14, 2009.

Goals of the CMC Program

• To provide pertinent knowledge and information about the co-operative sector in areas such as governance, membership development, legislation, financing and co-op development.

• To develop critical thinking, management and leadership skills.

• To assist participants in the development of their careers.

• To develop alliances and partnerships with sector colleagues.

The Co-operative Management Program is a nine-month course of study, beginning Fall 2009 and completed by spring 2010. The program consists of five core e-learning modules, your choice of two sector-specific e-learning sessions, and three two-day intensive learning sessions in which participants engage critically with top professionals and peers in a learning network focused on contemporary co-operative management issues.

Each e-learning module takes about five hours in total to complete, approximately one hour of which will be spent online. There are two assignments.

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