Lou Hammond Ketilson
Director, and Fellow in Co-operative Management
University of SaskatchewanWebsite:
SIMULTANEOUS FORUM: Governance and democratic decision process
"I am participating in the International Summit of Cooperatives because..."
"…this event offers an extraordinary opportunity to learn from leading thinkers within the co-operative sector and research community. Their collective insight into the strengths and limitations of co-operatives will assist participants to design a strategy to advance co-operatives into the future"
Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson is the Director and Centre Fellow in Co-operative Management at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, an interdisciplinary teaching and research unit at the University of Saskatchewan. She holds a faculty position in the Department of Management and Marketing, Edwards School of Business. Dr. Hammond Ketilson's teaching, research and publications focus on the management of co-operatives and other forms of democratic organizations, Aboriginal co-op development, and diversity on co-op boards and governance bodies.
Her work has a strong policy focus related to sustainable economic and social development, specifically the role that co-operatives play in this context. Her most recent research is part of a 5 year, SSHRC funded CURA, Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network. She leads the Prairie Cluster, which is examining the social and economic impact of credit unions on their communities.
Dr. Hammond Ketilson is recognized nationally and internationally for her work on financial co-operatives, Aboriginal co-operative development and issues related to gender, diversity, and leadership in co-operatives. Significant publications include The Resilience of the Co-operative Business Model in Times of Crisis, commissioned by the International Labour Organization (with Johnston Birchall); Financing Aboriginal Enterprise Development. The Potential of Using Co-operative Models, commissioned by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (with Kim Brown), and A Report on Aboriginal Co-operatives in Canada: Current Situation and Potential for Growth (with Dr. Ian MacPherson).
Dr. Hammond Ketilson has just completed a 5-year study of the social economy in Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Her current role as Chair of the International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research has offered many opportunities to share ideas with co-operative leaders and researchers from around the world.
About the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives is an interdisciplinary teaching and research institute at the University of Saskatchewan. Established in 1984, it is supported financially by the University of Saskatchewan, by the co-op sector (SaskCentral, Federated Co-operatives Ltd., Concentra Financial, and The Co-operators), and by the Government of Saskatchewan.
We undertake research about co-operatives and other forms of community-based enterprise, and political, social, and economic issues relating to them. Our largest project — Linking, Learning, Leveraging: Social Enterprises, Knowledgeable Economies and Sustainable Communities — investigated how social economy enterprises help build more respectful relationships within communities and among stakeholders.
Our 4 faculty members teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their respective disciplines — Public Policy, History, Management and Marketing, and Sociology. Our Interdisciplinary research concentration Graduate Program in Co-operative Studies provides a framework for graduate students to combine different perspectives and disciplines for a more holistic understanding of co-operatives. Centre staff also work with community groups to provide educational programs about co-operatives.
We publish research results in various forms—books, professional journals, our series of occasional papers, booklets, research reports, a curated exhibit, and through electronic means. We offer a monthly seminar series that showcases the research of centre fellows, scholars, and others in complementary fields, it draws a faithful audience that includes invited national and international speakers. Our Resource Centre is a specialized library offering an extensive collection of journals, books, reports, and videos that focus on co-operatives and related social, political, and historical topics. We offer research support to anyone interested in studying co-ops. Our website, at www.usaskstudies.coop, provides access to information on co-operatives and co-op organizations around the world.
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