Canada DE

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Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada) will host the next Canada DE program June 3rd (afternoon) through to June 8th (evening), 2018 as a full immersion program, cross-listed as CaribeDE's 31st session.


CaribDE Logo The first-ever Canada DE was held June 4-10, 2017. A truly international event: The 1st ever Canada DE was also cross-listed as CaribDE’s 26th session, with 24 participants from 9 countries.

A bit about the program

The Credit Union Development Education (aka DE) program tackles the pressing challenges that co-operatives and credit unions face today while providing critical lessons in co-operative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues. While 2017 marks the launch of DE in Canada, the international network of programs has been going strong since the launch of the US program in the early 1980s.

What is DE?

Canada DE is a week-long, full immersion program focused on sharing and elevating your credit union knowledge while expanding your professional network. Every year, leaders around the globe become certified as Credit Union Development Educators. Becoming a DE also represents a personal commitment to deepen, rejuvenate and advance the role, value and impact of the co-operative sector.

Completing your Canada DE designation is one step on the path to achieving the distinctive International DE designation (I-CUDE). Requirements:

  • Complete your national DE Program – e.g. CanadaDE
  • Complete your DE project – e.g. piloting a new initiative in your CU, hosting an international delegation, conducting training on cooperative principles and values
  • Participate in an international program, conference or training opportunity – e.g. an international DE program (as participant or mentor), an international study tour or immersion program, an international volunteer assignment
  • Attend WOCCU’s international conference or another international conference (e.g. International Co-operative Alliance)

Canada DE is a collaborative effort: Building on relationships with Melvin Edwards, Carla Decker, David Marquez, and other leaders associated with the CaribDE program, we are creating something new in Canada! Canada DE involves close collaboration with others in the DE network (especially Tracey Kliesch in Canada, Lois Kitsch in the USA, and George Ombado in Africa).

Who Should Attend?

Executives, managers, staff and board members; regulators, trainers, service providers and others (18 years and over) interested in financial co-operatives.    

Program fees: $2500 USD (for US and Carribbean participants), $3250 CAD (for Canadians and all other). The fee includes course fees, meals, break snacks and 7 days of residence accommodations on campus (Saturday-Saturday).

*Payments are processed in CAD even if sent in other currencies so final price may vary slightly for non-CAD payments depending on the exchange rate when processed*

About CaribDE: Since its May 2010 inception, 800+ leaders from 21 countries (including Canada, USA, Bermuda, Haiti and Kenya) have graduated. CaribDE is endorsed by the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU), CUNA Caribbean Insurance Society (CCIS) and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). CaribDE partners closely with the US CUDE program.

Download a PDF to share with others here: CanadaDE2018

Planning your trip? Details on ground transportation

Credit Union Foundation of BC Bursary: Are you a credit union professional from British Columbia under the age of 40? You are eligible to apply for a bursary of $2000. Application deadline is January 31. CU Foundation of BC Application form


For more information on the Canada DE course, please contact Erin Hancock (