Co-operative Education and PROFESSIONAL development

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) encourages its members to continually expand their knowledge of the sector through webinars, seminars, and other events. Furthermore, CMC strongly supports post-secondary students’ interest in taking courses or undertaking programs related to the co-op movement.

Upcoming Events

Do you want to deepen your knowledge on co-operatives? Consult our list of upcoming events and register now to those that pique your interest. 

Education Programs

You want to deepen your knowledge about the co-ops by attending an university program or taking courses? Consult the list of post-secondary programs in co-operation.

Fund your co-operative studies

If you want to deepen your understanding of the co-operative movement through post-secondary education, funds and grants can help you achieve these education goals or finish your research project. Consult the different options below and find out if you are eligible.  


CMC manages the following scholarships :
  • Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship (graduate students only) sponsored by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada;
  • Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship (graduate students only) sponsored by the Ontario Credit Union Foundation;
  • Lemaire Co-operative Studies Award (undergraduate or graduate students).
The deadline to apply is March 31st. Interested?

The Ian MacPherson Legacy Fund

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF), in partnership with Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), has established a scholarship fund to commemorate the late Ian MacPherson and his outstanding contribution to the study and promotion of co‑operatives.

This fund supports student participation in research conferences, co-operative research, and co-operative involvement.

Students at post-secondary institutions under the age of 35 will be given priority, with a preference for those studying or researching co-ops and presenting at an event. 

Applications are accepted year-round, but we recommend that you apply at least 60 days prior to the date of an event you wish to attend.