Five young scholars win CASC scholarships
Five students were selected among several applications for the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation scholarships this year. These co-op enthusiasts are studying everything from the role of women in financial co-ops to using the co-op model for the provision of medical marijuana. CASC extends a special thank you to Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada for administering the award, the sponsors and also the three adjudicators: Isobel Findlay of the University of Saskatchewan, André Leclerc of Université de Moncton and Catherine Leviten-Reid of Cape Breton University. The scholarship winners were announced at the CASC conference in St. Catharines, Ontario in May.
Jayne Bergeron, a Master’s of Public Administration candidate in International Development at Carleton, received the $3,000 Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship to support her research on women’s empowerment through the production of fair trade coffee in agricultural co-operatives in Tanzania. The Dauphinee scholarship is funded by the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation.
Caterina Bettin, a PhD student in Management at Saint Mary’s University, received the $1,000 Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship, funded by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. Her research focuses on women in executive positions in the co-operative financial sector and for this portion of her research is looking specifically into the history of the Ottawa Women’s Credit Union as a ‘for women, by women’ institution.
Three recipients were selected to receive the Lemaire Co-operative Studies Award, funded by CMC’s Lemaire endowment. Kenji Tokawa was selected as he pursues a Juris Doctor in Common Law at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Tokawa is working as part of a national collaborative to advance the study of co-operative law.
Chantal Hanson also received a Lemaire Award, which is aimed at both undergraduate and graduate students who are personally involved in co-operatives above and beyond their academic work. Chantal, who is undertaking a Master’s in International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, is heavily involved with the NORANDINO co-operative in Peru. She is exploring how tourism can be used to address issues of economic inequality through education.
The third Lemaire Award winner was Kiran Pal-Pross, who is researching the application of the co-operative model to the provision of medical marijuana in Canada. Kiran is a Master of Business Studies student in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at the University College of Cork in Ireland.
As part of the scholarship program, winners are invited to attend and present at the following CASC conference (once their research is underway). Several of the 2013 scholarship winners attended the CASC conference in May and three hosted sessions, including Justin Ellerby, Josée Carbonneau, Anne-Marie Merrien, and Brooke Yashyshyn.
The call for applications for the 2015 CASC Scholarships will be launched in January 2015. For more information, contact David Fleming at email@example.com
Recipients of CASC Scholarships since 1990
Sara Elder, a PhD candidate in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of British Columbia, received the $3,000 Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship to support her research on how farmers’ co-ops in Nicaragua deal with the rise of Walmart and other multinational food supply chains. The Dauphinee scholarship is funded by the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation.
Josée Charbonneau, an IRECUS graduate who entered a PhD program in applied humanities at l’Université de Montréal this fall, received the $1,000 Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship, funded by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. Her research deals with the links between co-operative principles and sustainable development.
Sustainability was also a topic of interest to Justin Ellerby, one of three recipients of the Lemaire Co-operative Studies Award, funded by CCA’s Lemaire endowment. Mr. Ellerby, who is pursuing an MBA in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University, is researching the relationship between sustainability and economic democracy, with a focus on pro-ecological behaviours in worker co-ops.
For the first time, a high school student entering her first year of university also received a Lemaire Award, which is aimed at both undergraduate and graduate students who are personally involved in co-operatives above and beyond their academic work. Brooke Yashyshyn, who entered the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business this fall, was one of the founders of Tigers Credit Union, a branch of Swan Valley Credit Union at Swan Valley Regional Secondary School in Manitoba.
The third Lemaire Award winner was Anne-Marie Merrien, who has been involved in the development of several co-ops at and around l’Université de Montréal. A PhD candidate in applied humanities, she has been exploring the long-term effects of co-operation on justice, peace and dignity.
Dauphinee: Shannon Sutton of Ottawa, a PhD candidate in business and management at the University of London, UK, won the $3,000 Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship for her research on collaborative governance in fair trade co-operatives in Tanzania
Laidlaw: Kimia Ghomeshi of Toronto, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at York University, won the $1,000 Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship for her research on renewable energy co-operatives.
Lemaire: Stephanie Guico of Montreal, a student in the Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions program at Saint Mary’s University
Erin Shaw, a Master’s candidate in Environmental Studies at York University, were awarded $1,000 Lemaire Co-operative Studies Awards. The Lemaire awards are aimed at students who are personally active in the co-operative sector as volunteers or employees. Both are conducting research on multi-stakeholder co-operatives.
Dauphinee: Philippe Lapointe, Master’s in Political Science at the Université de Québec à Montréal, received the $3,000 Amy and Tim Dauphinee scholarship for his research on the impact of Fair Trade certification on producer co-operatives.
Laidlaw: Veronique Gagnon, Master’s of Co-operative and Mutual Management program at l’Université de Sherbrooke, received the $1,000 Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship for research on multi-sectoral co-operative federations in Quebec.
Lemaire: Three students were recipients of the $1,000 Lemaire Co-operative Studies.
René Bougie, Master’s of Co-operative and Mutual Management Program at l’Université de Sherbrooke is conducting research on conflict resolution in housing co-operatives.
Lynsey Grosfield, B.A. in Anthropology at McGill University, is researching gender equity in Fair Trade coffee co-operatives.
Wendy Holm, Master’s of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions at Saint Mary’s University, submitted two research proposals: one on co-operative networks and innovation and one on co-op governance
Dauphinee: Neil Nunn, University of Victoria
Laidlaw: Joel Ratcliffe, University of Ottawa
Lemaire: Claude-André Guillotte, Université de Sherbrooke, doctoral studies ion managing co-operatives and mutuals
Victoria Morris, Cape Breton University (now Executive Director, Saskatchewan Co-operative Association).
Lesley Voellmecke, University of Ottawa
Dauphinee: Marcelo Vieta, York University (currently Social Economy Centre, OISE, University of Toronoto
Laidlaw: Wassila Merkouche Tir, HEC Montreal
Lemaire: John McNamara, St. Mary’s University
Andrew McLeod, St. Mary’s University
Lemaire: Julia Woodhall
Dauphinee: Mélanie Bergeron
Laidlaw: Florentina Nicoleta Uzea, University of saskatchewan
Lemaire: April Bourgeois, St. Mary’s University
Dauphinee: Marie-Claude Allard, UQAM
Laidlaw: Dwayne Pattison, University of Saskatchewan
Lemaire: Mitch Diamantopoulos, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan (now Head, School of Journalism, University of Regina)
Kimberly Brown, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan
Mathieu Bujold, Université Laval
Dauphinee: Lampros Lamprinakis, University of Saskatchewan
Lemaire: Dwayne Pattison, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan
Mitch Diamantopoulos, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan (now Head, School of Journalism, University of Regina)
Dauphinee: Valerie Michaud
Catherine Leviten-Reid, University of Wisconsin-Madison (now an assistant professor at the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University)
Fiona Duguid, OISE, University of Toronto (now Research Officer, Research and Education, Canadian Co-operative Association)
Duncan Scott Stephen
Julia Smith, BCICS, University of Victoria
Jorge Manuel Sousa, OISE, University of Toronto (now an associate professor and director, Work and Learning Network, University of Alberta)
Getu Hailu Woldesilasie, University of Alberta (now associate professor, Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Guelph
Karla Radloff, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan.
Roger Herman, University of Saskatchewan (now Director of Research and Partnerships, Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan)
Michel Lafleur (now Directeur, IRECUS, Université de Sherbrooke)
Jennifer Grace Bisley
Jorge Sousa – now an associate professor and director, Work and Learning Network, University of Alberta.
Rochelle Smith, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan (now works for the Government of Saskatchewan)
Muditha Samadanie Kiriwandeniya
Brigid Mary Renyolds
Martine Vezina – (now associate professor, Management, HEC Montreal)
Sherry L. Jack
Nancy D. Kingsbury
Lee E. Slater
Daniele Bordeleau and Jean Lemire
Luis Ramirez Alfaro
Paul Wilkinson, University of Toronto (now Manager, Station 20 West Community Enterprise Centre, Saskatoon.