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SAN DIMAS, Calif. – What do coffee, wine, newspapers, bottle caps and auto loans have in common? Plenty, when they are produced by cooperatives. The values and principles that cooperatives share, and how they affect strategic decision making, is the basis of a Master’s program offered at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Kevin Lytle, WesCorp’s relatively new vice president of marketing and public relations, has been enrolled in the program since September 1995. Lytle learned about the degree when he was at CUNA; Saint Mary’s consulted with the trade organization when the school began developing the program five years ago. As far as he knows, he said, there is no comparable academic program in the United States.

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