There are several ways you can become more educated in all things co-operative, in both an academic and non-academic setting! Looking for a great space to host a workshop, conference or board/staff retreat? Look no further than the Co-operative Education Centre near Aylmer ON!



Sobey School of Business, International Centre for Co-operative Management, St. Mary's University: 

Master the co-operative enterprise model! If you are planning your career, organizational succession or leadership development, these Master's level business programs are designed to meet the growing demands of co-operative and credit union managers. From marketing to human resources, co-operatives have an opportunity to take unique approaches that optimize this business model. The right education means doing business differently in a way that elevates co-operatives and credit unions to stand out.

Each year, 25 seats are opened for co-operative professionals to join the ranks of some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the co-operative system. Join new, stimulating conversations. Build your business skills. Meet other keen co-operators from around the world. Get exposed to new solutions to current issues. Saint Mary's is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and offers online, part-time education for working co-operative professionals:

  • Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions (3 years, includes 10-day co-operative study tour to Spain)
  • Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (20 months)
  • Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months)

Apply by May 31st, or start your application by April 1st in order to be eligible to apply for bursaries. Visit them online to learn more about these opportunities, or contact Erin Hancock at [email protected] or at 902-802-7897 to discuss your options.




Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan: This program is designed for people from any educational or professional background who are working professionals and/or want to upgrade their skills or transition into a Master's program. Courses are available online and in-person, and can be completed in nine months of study. Visit them online to learn more.



  • ACE Co-operative Educators NETWORK: a brand new hub for educational resources and materials for teaching and learning about co-operative enterprises. Learn more.
  • Co-opZone online training program on co-operative development: the introductory course is appropriate for people interested in understanding the types and roles of co-operatives and the basic co-op development process, but who will not be active developers, and the advanced level is designed for people who seek to provide full development services to co-operatives. Learn more.
  • Cusource ® Professional Development and Education: whether you are a learning and development professional looking for development opportunities for your credit union staff, a credit union employee looking to grow your career, or a director sitting on a credit union board, they have something for you. Learn more.

    Need a creative space to host a workshop, conference or retreat? Look no further!

    The Co-operative Education Centre, established in 2018 by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative, was created to provide co-operators, community leaders and changemakers with an inspiring and serene space to create. Located near Aylmer, Ontario at the Gay Lea Dairy Museum, the C.E.C. is an ideal venue to host workshops, retreats, conferences and celebrations. 

    Learn more!