In Memory of Dr. Ian MacPherson
Dr. Ian MacPherson passed away suddenly on November 16th, 2013. He was 74 years old. A special service of remembrance was held at the University Club in the University of Victoria at 11:00 am on January 18, 2014. The Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Cooperative Union (SCCCU) sent a message of condolence to his university and his son, and in lieu of flowers, sent a donation to the Ian MacPherson Legacy Fund* at the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada.
* A scholarship fund in memory of the late Dr. Ian MacPherson established by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF), in partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC). The purpose of the Ian MacPherson Legacy Fund is to provide university students with support for conference travel, research and engagement with the co-operative sector.
Dr. MacPherson is known as a leading disciple of Alexander Laidlaw, who wrote “Co-operatives in the Year 2000,” commonly known as the “Laidlaw Report.” He was a world figure as an historian but also an activist in the world of co-operative enterprises. He took a leading role in creating the Canadian Co-operative Association, was the co-founder of CASC (the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operation), and chair of the International Co-operative Alliance committee that revised the co-operative principles in 1995.
He founded the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies (BCICS) in the year 2000 and worked as its director. The Centre became a prime source of scholarly material as well as support for practitioners in co-operative undertakings. In the same year, he was invited to Japan as keynote speaker for the “International Cooperative Symposium” organized by SCCCU.
After that, he came to Japan twice on invitations from the Seikatsu Club and made vigorous field trips to Seikatsu Clubs and workers' collectives. He was in Japan most recently in February 2013 to speak at the third symposium of the "Cooperative Forum: Expanding the Field of Activities of Co-operatives," which was co-organized by the Green Coop Consumers' Cooperative Union, the Consumers’ Financial Cooperative, and SCCCU.