Canada DE

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Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada) will host the next Canada DE program June 9 (afternoon) through to June 14 (evening), 2019 as a full immersion program.


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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 marked 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.

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What is DE?

We’ve been working with the well-established CaribDE (Caribbean Development Education Program) to develop this week long, full immersion program focused on the credit union business model. It will renew and deepen your understanding and appreciation for co-operative values, principles and practices with a focus on their relevance to the long-term success of credit unions. Furthermore, we have integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into the CanadaDE program; this is a unique opportunity to learn about UN SDGs in the context of your credit union.

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.    

                   As a graduate of the CanadaDE1, I can honestly say it was a good investment that served as a reminder of the power and continued relevance of the co-operative difference. As an employee of a values based financial institution like ACU, the DE experience was also a perfect complement to “money doing more” philosophy that guides our work.” – Nigel Mohammed, Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU)


Program fees: 

$3300 (+HST) CAD with payment processing by Saint Mary’s University*

$2500 USD (Caribbean and Latin American participants) with payment processing by CaribDE

The fee includes course fees, CanadaDE polo t-shirt, meals, break snacks, and 7 days of residence accommodations on campus (Saturday-Saturday).

*Saint Mary’s University processes all payments in CAD even if sent in other currencies. Final price may vary slightly for payments originating from non-CAD currencies depending on the exchange rate when processed.

About CaribDE: Since its May 2010 inception, 1020+ leaders from 23 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 CanadaDE, US CUDE and Africa DE programs.

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To register:

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