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In Memoriam: Jack Quarter

Monday, March 18, 2019  
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Jack Quarter passed away February 6, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Jack was known for his work on the social economy, worker co-operatives, non-profit organizations, and supported social enterprises.  At the beginning of his career, he was interested in democratic forms of work management and the equitably distribution of wealth. This led to his writings on worker-owned cooperatives, unionized employee ownership and investment funds, and socially innovative business owners. Then his work then broadened, and he focused on the larger social sector – the social economy.  He was particularly successful in leading large grants that brought together large numbers of university professors, independent researchers, students and community members. His mentorship of students was legendary.


In addition to his many published works, Jack was instrumental in starting the Canadian Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (he was the founding President), and its associated peer-reviewed journal, which, in line with the values of the social economy, is open access. He was recognized with numerous awards, and there is now a website to honour his life ( 


There are few that have had such a wide reach as Jack in bringing together scholars, community members, and students across Canada. Jack touched the lives of many with his kindness, dedication, and search for a better way. He will be missed immensely.  His obituary can be read at

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