ICCM celebrates 20 years of cooperative management education and research excellence

ICCM’s education programs have engaged more than 1,100 cooperative professionals in over 360 organizations from 41 nations.

More than 70 founders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners and friends gathered at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada last month to mark the International Centre for Co-operative Management (ICCM)’s 20-year anniversary. This event focused on learning, networking, visioning and celebrating and featured:

  • A day of storytelling, reflexivity, visioning and knowledge-sharing;
  • Local cooperative tours with Glitter Bean Café Co-operative, Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative, Healthy Minds Cooperative and Halifax Circus Co-operative;
  • A harbor boat tour and networking social;
  • Convocation ceremony for the 2023 class followed by an evening of celebration.

2023 marks 20 years since the launch of ICCM’s flagship Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions program. Today, ICCM has grown to offer a suite of online, part-time graduate programs, short courses, a credit union leadership program, international co-op study tours and special topics webinars. ICCM’s education programs have engaged more than 1,100 cooperative professionals in over 360 organizations from 41 nations. Additionally, ICCM is acknowledged as a global leader in cooperative research, which has culminated in symposia, books, journal articles and reports.

“During my decade plus with the Centre, I can see the impact of our work within the cooperative sector,” said Karen Miner, ICCM Managing Director and Adjunct Professor. “We have built a global network of partners, meaningful involvement in key areas of research, and a wide spectrum of education opportunities for working professionals. Plus, we continue to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of co-operative enterprises of all sizes, types, sectors, and locations. Marking 20 years is a significant achievement.”

Tom Webb, ICCM Co-Founder, Former Program Manager and Adjunct Professor, said his dreams for the program were “pretty ambitious” in the beginning. “Knowing it has exceeded them is very satisfying.”

“The [Co-operative Management Education] programs gave me an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with hundreds of people who fill me with hope—a hope that in these difficult times, we might yet build a better economy and a better world to leave our children and grandchildren,” Webb added.

ICCM exists to elevate the global cooperative sector through education and research that is by, for and about cooperatives.

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