Saint Mary's University Co-operative Management Education

Saint Mary's University offers international management programs designed to provide the skills needed for exceptional co-operative management. 

Since it's creation in 2002, Saint Mary's University has enrolled over 150 students in the Co-operative Management Education programs and these students have become champions of the co-operative business model within their communities. Designed for professionals currently in a leadership position in a co-operative business, mutual or credit union, the programs are offered online and part-time. Students, faculty and researchers are drawn from around the globe, and from a diverse range of co-operatives, enriching the learning community with their experience. 

This space has been created for students and graduates of the CME programs to communicate thoughts and ideas through a public platform. Those participating in the discussion will be provided thought-provoking statements and examples of progressive co-operative business practice and are encouraged to share their thoughts. We are hopeful that the conversations will be rich of ideas, examples of actual practice, and effective strategies that will stimulate the rest of the CGN network to check-in regularly. 

While the CME programs are inclusive of all sectors, this space is for students and graduates in sectors related to food security.

2017 Opportunities:

Executive Education:

  • Enhancing Business Performance through Co-operative Management Practices: How to Strengthen Identity, Loyalty and Participation
    • March 1 - 3, 2017: Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Hosted by The Co-operators
    • May 17 –19, 2017: Manchester, UK, in partnership with the Co-operative College and Sheffield Hallam       University and hosted by the Co-operative Group
    • Fall 2017: Vancouver, BC (More details TBD)
  •  Credit Union Development Education Program (CanadaDE) - June 4-10, 2017: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Master of Management and Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management Programs:

  • Accepting applications for these online, part-time programs geared to working professionals
  • August 11 - 16, 2017: In-person orientation for Master's and Diploma students, 2017 cohort, Halifax, Canada
  • Enjoy access to an extensive, global co-op network
  • Use your co-op as a case study and apply your learning directly to your co-op in every course
  • Master’s students participate in a European study tour (Italy or Spain)

Study Tours:

  • June 5 - 13, 2017: Emilia Romagna Region of Italy
  • July 18 – 22, 2017: Pula, Croatia
  • October 18 - 27, 2017: Mondragón, Spain


  • May 11 (evening) - 13, 2017:  2nd International Symposium on Accounting and Reporting: Co-operative           

Socio-economic Transformation, Halifax, Canada

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Saint Mary's Co-operative Management Education
923 Robie Street, Sobie Building Room 330
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
Phone: +1 902 491-6257

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