Passing away of Ian MacPherson, drafter of the latest version of the cooperative principles

By Hazel Corcoran, Executive director of the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF) It is with profound sadness that we report the sudden death of Dr. Ian MacPherson, on November 16, 2013, at the age of 74 years. Ian was nationally and internationally renowned as a cooperator and cooperative historian, and had nearly fifty years of service to the cooperative movement including as the founding President of the Canadian Cooperative Association.

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He was the author-coordinator of the 1995 International Cooperative Alliance Statement of the Cooperative Identity, and was the founder and first Director of the B.C. Institute for Cooperative Studies (now called the Centre for Cooperative and Community-Based Economy or “CCCBE”) at the University of Victoria, Canada, where he was previously the Dean of Humanities. Further, he was the author, co-author or editor of 20 books and over 150 articles, including A Century of Cooperation (2009), and very recently Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World. At the time of his death, he was Director of the Cooperative Initiative for Peace and Social Inclusion at the University of Victoria.

Ian is well known to the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF) and CoopZone. Among other reasons, he was keynote speaker at CWCF’s founding Conference in 1991and spoke at three other CWCF-CoopZone Conferences, most recently in 2010. CWCF had the privilege of nominating him for the first CCA Canadian Cooperative Achievement Award in 2001, which he won.

Ian was humble, compassionate, warm, funny and had in-depth knowledge of current and historical co–operative movements. He will be greatly missed. We have lost a great cooperator and a wonderful human being, but one who has left a very important legacy, through his prodigious writings, through the creation of the CCCBE, through the many boards on which he served, and through his imprint on the very Statement of Cooperative Identity.

For more information or to make a tribute please visit :

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives

Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037
E-mail: cicopa[at]

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