CASC / ACÉC Constitution




(As amended May, 2017)

  1. NAME
    • The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation/ L’Association Canadienne pour les Études sur la CoopÉration


    • The purpose of the Association is to:
  • Promote the sharing of information, experiences, curricula, and research on co-operatives and co-operation broadly understood to include, but not limited to, Fair Trade, Social Economy organizations, Solidarity Economies, and formal and informal alternative economic organizations governed by some significant degree of mutuality
  • Help in identifying and developing studies and research needed
  • Promote theoretical and practical co-operative studies
  • Follow and promote the 7 ICA principles of co-operation
  • Promote linkages between the academic study and practice of co-operation
  • Encourage Canadian and International study of co-operation
  • Provide training and mentoring of post-secondary students.


    • Membership is secured by payment of organization fees either at the regular yearly meeting or by Paypal or other form of electronic payment via the CASC /ACÉC website, or to the Secretary-Treasurer by cheque. Membership is for a year.
    • Membership dues are approved yearly for each category (Academic, practitioner, student, and institutional) at the AGM.
    • Regular membership is open to college and university faculty, researchers, practitioners, and other persons interested in the development of the theory, research, practice, and post-secondary education related to co-operatives and cooperation.
    • Student membership will be open to full-time students registered in a post-secondary institution.
    • Institutional membership is open to organizations which forward the goals outlined in 2.1.
    • The Association may, by a resolution passed at the general meeting, confer an honorary lifetime membership to a person distinguishing him/herself in furthering studies and research on co-operatives.
    • At the AGM a person shall be informed on entry of their membership status. Each member may have one vote either as an individual member or as a member of an association.  No association may have more than one vote.
    • Quorum for the AGM is 10% of membership.
    • A person shall cease to be a member of the Association when any of the following conditions have been met:
      • They deliver a letter of resignation to the Secretary-Treasurer.
      • Through death or in the case of an organization, on its dissolution
      • On being expelled by a special resolution of the general membership
      • On having been a member not in good standing for three months following the start of the fiscal year
      • The Board may suspend a member for cause until the next general membership meeting of the Association. The member may appeal the suspension to the membership at the AGM.  If the suspension is not ratified the member’s status shall be reinstated subject to any conditions imposed by the AGM.


    • Normally, annual meetings will be held in conjunction with yearly meetings of The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences/La Féderation canadienne des sciences humaines.
    • The Annual General Meeting shall be held annually at these meetings. It shall normally include a vote on the location of the next meeting, a presentation on the finances of CASC, a report from the president, elections of the next Board, ratification of the minutes of the last meeting, motions from the membership, and strategic planning for the organization.
    • From time to time based on a membership vote at the AGM, CASC may decide to meet independent of the Federation.
    • Special meetings, conferences, or events in between regular meetings shall be decided upon by the Board by majority vote or if 25 members sign a petition calling for such a special meeting.
    • Written notice will be sent to all members of date, time, location, and agenda of such special meetings.
    • Notice of the day, time, and tentative agenda of the AGM shall be sent to all members via e-mail at least a month before it occurs.
    • The President or in his/her absence the Vice-President shall preside over membership meetings. If neither is available, a member of the board will preside. If the Secretary is absent, the President will appoint a member to act as secretary of the meeting.
    • Members present and in good standing shall be allowed to vote on candidates and special motions by submitting their votes to the President. All decisions will be by majority vote. Voting on matters raised outside the annual or special meeting may be conducted by e-mail or other electronic means.
    • It is up to members to ensure that, if their contact information changes, the Secretary-Treasurer is notified.
    • For purposes of dispute resolution, the rules of order for AGMs shall be Robert’s Rules of Order


    • There are no fewer than seven and no more than 11 positions on the CASC Board. All are elected by the CASC membership. If no individuals from the institution housing the CASC Secretariat are elected to the board in any given year, then this institution will assign a representative who will hold an ex officio position. The individual representing the institution housing the Secretariat will serve as Secretary-Treasurer.
    • The President will be responsible for calling and organizing meetings of the Board in between AGMs, organizing and chairing the AGM, overseeing the relationships with other organizations, ensuring the next meeting is organized in a timely manner, organizing funding for CASC, and any other duties which occur from time to time which are necessary to maintain and expand the organization. The mailing address for CASC shall be the CASC Secretariat, c/o Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, Diefenbaker Building, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5B8.
    • The Vice-President will be responsible for aiding the President in her/his functions and will replace the President if they are unable to fulfill their duties. The Vice-President will be responsible for ensuring the website is up to date and e-mail lists are current.
    • The Secretary-Treasurer will be responsible for recording minutes of all Board, annual, and special meetings, for maintaining security of funds and accuracy of records and for presenting financial statements to the Board and Annual and special meetings, and for producing and circulating two Newsletters annually.


  • Board Members at large will be responsible for aiding the President and Vice-President in their duties. Aiding in the organization of the yearly conference and website are especially important duties.  In addition, normally at least one member of the Board shall undertake the task of membership recruitment and services, another practitioner liaison, and another strategic future planning.
  • Board members will be elected by majority vote and installed at the annual meeting. Membership in the Board will normally be for two year terms, elected in alternating years in the following pattern: 4 in year 1, 3 in year 2, 4 in year 3, etc.
  • At its first meeting after the annual meeting, the new board will elect the officers of the association: the members who will fill the roles of President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer.


  • If a vacancy arises on the Board between AGMs, the Board may appoint a member in good standing to that position for the remainder of the year.
  • Notification of intention to run for a Board position shall normally be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer one month before the AGM. Nominations will be asked for and accepted without prejudice from the floor of the AGM.
  • All officers will be eligible for re-­election. If all positions are not filled, or are vacated, the Board is empowered to appoint members in good standing to the open Board positions with the understanding that these positions must be ratified at the next AGM for the remainder of the term.
  • The past president shall also occupy an ex officio position on the Board. They shall be responsible for ensuring that the historical memory of the organization is maintained and to provide an orderly and complete transfer of information from one Board to the next.  In the case of re-election the current president shall serve this role.
  • If desired by members, regional sections may be set up to facilitate activities of the Association. Chairpersons of regional sections will be additional Board members of the national association.
  • The Board will also appoint a Program Chair for the meeting to be held in the next year. The Program Chair will report to the Board. The Program Chair is responsible for activities such as drafting the call for papers, receiving abstracts, co-ordinating the review of abstracts, and communicating with conference participants.
  • If necessary the Board may, by majority vote, remove an Board member for failure to perform their duty and appoint a replacement.  In such cases a detailed report shall be made to the membership at the next AGM.
  • If necessary the Board may borrow monies up to $2000 in order to ensure that the annual meeting can be held at which point a detailed report will be made to the membership on the financial status of the organization.
  • The Board should normally meet a minimum of 4 times a year to discuss CASC business, at least one of which should be in person.
  • Quorum is a majority of board members. Majority vote decides.


    • The Association will organize symposia, meetings, discussion groups, projects, and other activities on a regional and national basis.
    • Where appropriate, it will work in conjunction with existing associations and educational institutions.
    • The Association will develop liaison with similar organizations such as CIRIEC (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche, d’information, et d’enseignement sur les cooperatives) in Canada, and similar associations and co-operative institutes and centres at universities in other countries.
    • Individual members may be authorized by the President to cultivate relations with one or more of such institutions on behalf of the Association.
    • A call for nominations for the CASC nominee to the Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) AGM will be sent to the membership; the final decision will be made by the board.


    • The expenses of the Association will be covered by: a) membership dues as set at annual meetings b) gifts, grants, and donations c) proceeds from its activities.
    • The membership and fiscal year will run from 1 May to 30 April of the following year.
    • Financial statements will be presented annually at the AGM.


    • The constitution can be amended by a majority e-mail vote or a majority vote at the AGM.
    • Wording of the proposed amendment must be given to the Secretary-Treasurer before April 1st in the year in which it is to be voted on, and be mailed out via e-mail to the membership before the AGM. E-mail voting is permitted by members in good standing for amendment votes.
    • Amendments can be proposed by the Board of the Association or by 5 members of the Association in good standing.

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