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), established a scholarship fund in memory of Ian MacPherson to commemorate his lifelong contributions to the study and promotion of co-operatives.

As a scholar, educator and co-operative activist, Dr. MacPherson personified the relationship between Canadian co-operative academics and co-op practitioners. He served as president of both the Canadian Co-operative Association (now Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada) and Credit Union Central of British Columbia (now part of Central 1 Credit Union), as well as on the boards of various consumer, financial and health care co-operatives. He wrote dozens of articles and books about co-operatives, including A Century of Co-operation, the commemorative book marking the 100th anniversary of Canada’s organized co-operative movement in 2009.

The namesake legacy fund supports a broad range of activities that are important to co-op education and development, such as:

  • Attendance at research conferences;
  • Direct research on co-operatives;
  • Student engagement with co-operatives through activities.

Students at post-secondary institutions who are 35 years or younger will be given priority, with a preference for those doing co-operative research and/or education. Priority will be given to applicants who have an active role in an event (those presenting). Applications will be accepted throughout the year and are reviewed periodically. Approval times vary and it is suggested that you submit your application at least 60 days in advance of an event for which you are seeking financial support to attend.

Background and application