Telelearning Session 24: Community University Partnerships – Lessons from the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships

Friday, November 25, 2011, noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific Time)


This session will explore the lessons gleaned from the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships around effective collaboration and developing appropriate partnership models.

In this session we will explore the following questions:

  • What's covered in the upcoming ebook on community-university partnerships?
  • What was learned about partnerships through CSERP?
  • What's important to think about when entering into a new partnership?


  • Peter Hall, Associate Professor in the Urban Studies Program
    at Simon Fraser University,
  • Ian MacPherson, co-director of the Canadian
    Social Economy Hub.


  • Michael Toye, Executive Director of the Canadian CED Network

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Dr. Peter V. Hall

Dr. Peter V. Hall is an associate professor of the Urban Studies Program and an associate member of the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. His work bridges the disciplines of geography, planning and economics, often combining quantitative and qualitative social research methods. His work is motivated by a concern with equity and is interested in the role of the local public sector in shaping the geography of economic activity and opportunity. Dr. Hall also serves as chair for the Canadian CED Network’s Research Advisory Committee, playing an active role in the network’s involvement as the national community partner in the Canadian Social Economy Hub.

Dr. Ian MacPherson

Dr. Ian MacPherson is the co-director of the Canadian Social Economy Hub and founder of the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies at the University of Victoria. Dr. MacPherson is a respected researcher, particularly in the field of co-operative history in Canada and internationally. He was the founding President of the Canadian Co-operative Association between 1989 and 1993 and played a significant role in the development of an identity statement for co-operatives and a revision of their basic principles through the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). He currently sits as the chair of the ICA’s Committee on Co-operative Research.

Michael Toye

Michael Toye is the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.  Michael first got involved with the Network in 2000 to help organize the National Policy Forum while serving as a coordinator with the Coopérative de consultation en développement La Clé. In 2003, as the Community Learning Program Director, Michael coordinated a 3-year action-research project exploring the links between social inclusion and CED. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Michael deepened his knowledge of Canadian social policy and parliamentary process serving as a policy analyst at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, while teaching courses on CED and social enterprise at Concordia University. Michael has written a number of articles and other publications on CED and the social economy, including co-editing the book, Community Economic Development: Building for Social Change.