2012 Conference

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During the UN designated International of Co-operatives 2012 (IYC 2012), the major co-operative research and education associations and networks operating in Canada, in collaboration with the apex co-operative associations, have joined together to organize an international co-operative research and education conference, Co-operating for Change in the International Year of Co-operatives, June 24th-June 27th at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Montreal, Quebec.

You are heartily invited to participate in the conference by the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), the Association of Co-operative Educators (ACE), the ICA Committee on Co-operative Research, Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (CURA), the Développement territorial et coopération research network (ARUC-DTC) and CIRIEC Canada, along with the Canadian Co-operative Association (the CCA), le Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) and le Conseil quécois de la coopération et de la mutualité (CQCM), which will help ensure that there is a distinct Montreal flavour to this national event, with provincial examples of innovation and best practice.

In the spirit of inter-cooperation, the research and education conference has been organized in conjunction with the CCA/CCCM Congress and AGM, which will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Montreal, June 28th and 29th.

We are promoting networking and information sharing between academics and practitioners through both events as the program this year includes joint tours of Montreal-area co-operatives, a joint reception and special rates to attend both conferences. With full registration in the research and education conference, participants can received reduced rates for the CCA/CCCM Congress and AGM – $150 for June 28th, $75 for June 29th or $200 for both days.

Click here to register for the conference.

Early bird registration runs through to May 15th, 2012.


The conference will feature a wide variety of panel presentations, roundtables and site visits, as well as numerous opportunities for networking with other co-op researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across North America and around the world. Panel presentations will examine, among other things a variety of co-operative sectors (worker cooperatives, agricultural co-operatives, financial co-operatives, services co-operatives, forestry co-operatives, etc.), aboriginal co-operatives, co-operative development in different countries and regions, management and governance issues related to co-operatives, educating and mobilizing for co-operation, and co-operatives and sustainability. Special roundtables will look at public policy issues related to co-operatives, social responsibilities policies and practices of co-operatives, co-operatives and Fair Trade, and campus co-operatives, among other topics. Prof. Linda Shaw of the Co-operative College in Manchester will deliver the keynote speech.  ICA Executive Director Charles Gould will speak at the closing reception at the Montreal City Hall.

Click here for the Conference program.



There are many travel options to Montreal, Quebec and when booking we encourage you to use a co-operatively owned travel agency, such as the Canadian Travel Co-op of Burlington (1-800-263-5241).

If you are interested in arriving in Montreal early or visiting the area after Conference, you can find more travel information by visiting www.tourisme-montreal.org.



All of the conference sessions (apart from receptions and the banquet) will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

The conference has negotiated a special conference rate with the Sheraton for conference participants. The details are as follows:

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal
1201 Boulevard René-Lévesque West
Montreal, Quebec
Canada  H3B 2L7
Phone: 514-878-2000
Reservations: 1-800-325-3535

Online reservations, click here


The rate for a standard room is $149 per night, based on single or double occupancy. The room rate does not include taxes (3.5% lodging tax, 5% federal sales tax, 9.5% provincial sales tax). Reservations must be made by Friday, May 25th to be eligible for this rate. Hotel check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 12:00pm (noon).

In addition, it is possible to book rooms at one the dormitories of the University. Participants need to contact them directly:

Les Résidences Universitaires UQAM Est
303 boulevard René-Lévesque est,
Montréal, Québec
Canada  H2X 3Y3

E-mail: uqamres@netrevolution.com
Tel: 514.987.6669



Conference Fees are as follows:


  • 3 day – includes tickets to opening (Sunday) and closing receptions (Wednesday)
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
      • $350 (by May 15th)
      • $400 (after May 15th)
      • single day
        • Monday – includes tickets to opening reception (Sunday evening)
          • $125 (by May 15th)
          • $150 (after May 15th)
  • Tuesday
    • $125 (by May 15th)
    • $150 (after May 15th)
  • Wednesday (includes tickets to closing reception)
    • $125 (by May 15th)
    • $150 (after May 15th)

Students / Retirees 

  • 3 day – includes tickets to opening (Sunday evening) and closing receptions (Wed)
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
      • $175 (by May 15th)
      • $200 (after May 15th)
      • single day
        • Monday (includes tickets to opening reception, Sunday Evening)
          • $75 (by May 15th)
          • $100 (after May 15th)
  • Tuesday
    • $75 (by May 15th)
    • $100 (after May 15th)
  • Wednesday (includes tickets to closing reception)
    • $75 (by May 15th)
    • $100 (after May 15th)

Conference Banquet (Monday, June 25th)

  • There will be an addition $50 fee for those wishing to attend the conference banquet.


Congress participants can attend one of the bilingual co-op tours for an additional $35. Each of the tours are customized to offer a first-hand look at some of Montreal’s most unique co-operatives.

Walking tour: Urban co-ops
Walking the streets of Montreal near the UQAM campus, this tour will visit a range of co-operatives, from housing, to music, all operating in the downtown core. Your tour through this neighbourhood will also give you a feel for the diverse vibe that Montreal is known for.

Bus tour 1: Large co-operatives
This tour will take you on a journey to see some of the largest and most well known Quebec co-operatives. Stretch your legs as you go outside the city limits of downtown Montreal to visit agriculture, financial and consumer co-operatives. Aside from the co-ops you visit, you will hear about other Quebec co-operatives and get a taste of the diversity in the Montreal area.

Bus tour 2: Co-ops in emerging sectors
On this tour you will be able to get a real sense of the co-operative development process and support services for co-operatives in Quebec, visiting organizations that support co-operative development and also to a couple of co-ops that have benefited from co-op development support.



For registration information, contact

Sarah Pike
Association of Cooperative Educators
Tel: 763.432.2032
E-mail: pike@ace.coop
For program information, contact

Darryl Reed
Associate Professor, Business & Society Program, York University
President, Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation
Tel: 416.736.2100, ext. 77817
E-mail: dreed@yorku.ca