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Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of nine directors. Three directors are elected each year, although this can vary depending on vacancies.

There are three officers of the board: chair, vice chair, and secretary. Board appointment of officers, committees and representatives takes place each year following the annual general meeting. The board is based on a democratic structure and is committed to ensuring good corporate governance within the Association.

The board operates with five standing committees: Audit, Co-operative Relations, Governance, Nominating and Performance and Compensation.

 

Board Chair - Laura Sullivan

Board Chair - Laura Sullivan

Committees: ex-officio on Ad Hoc (CEO Selection), Audit, Co-operative Relations, Governance, Nominating, and Performance & Compensation.

Other:  Federated Co-operative Association Limited District 5 Director

Serving her 2nd term:  2012-2015

Laura is a board director and management consultant with experience in strategy, operations and governance in the technology, manufacturing, health and energy sectors.  She holds an MBA from Haskayne School of Business in venture development and is continually inspired by her family and friends who help push her to new (ad)ventures.  

Board Vice Chair - Terry Geib PHEc.

Board Vice Chair - Terry Geib PHEc.

Committees:  Co-operative Relations, Governance, Nominating (Chair)

Other:  Alberta Community and Co-operatives Association (Delegate)

Serving her 4th term: 2014-2017

Terry brings experience from serving on co-op not-for-profit and for-profit boards, as a professional home economist and from her 25 years in marketing and strategic planning. Since 1991, Terry has worked for The City of Calgary, the past three as the Issue Strategist for the Calgary Fire Department. In her spare time, Terry works with the Co-op Development Foundation to help mobilize resources - mostly from Canadian co-ops and credit unions - to help poor communities fight poverty and create more secure lives by building co-ops in some of the poorest regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Terry is the wife to Nick and has two grown children. 

Board Secretary - Elaine (Bereziuk) Smith

Board Secretary - Elaine (Bereziuk) Smith

Committees: Audit, Co-operative Relations (Chair), Governance, Nominating

Serving her 1st term:  2013 - 2016

Elaine comes to us with over 30 years of food industry experience, with extensive knowledge in human resource management, leadership, strategic planning, budgeting, marketing and customer service.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Personnel Psychology with a minor in business from the University of Calgary.  She also holds numerous certifications related to the food retail industry such as Food Safety and Environmental Compliance.  In addition to professional designations, Elaine continues to volunteer extensively within her community, including many organizations such as The Calgary Police Service and minor hockey associations.  Elaine is passionate about hockey and has spent many hours with her husband cheering for her two sons as they play Canada’s game. 

Board Member - Johanna Bates C.Dir

Board Member - Johanna Bates C.Dir

Committees:  Ad Hoc (CEO Selection), Performance & Compensation

Serving her 6th term: 2012-2015
 

Board Member - Myra D'Souza Kormann

Board Member - Myra D'Souza Kormann

Committees:  Performance & Compensation

Other: Federated Co-operative Association Limited Resolutions Committee

Serving her 3rd term (partial): 2013-2016

Board Member - Mark Gerlitz

Board Member - Mark Gerlitz

Appointed to serve: 2014-2015

Mark is a practicing lawyer with 12 years' experience; a director of an Alberta statutory corporation; a director of two community boards; and a member on the governance and nomination committee at Heritage Park.  He holds an MBA from the University of London and a Law degree from the University of Calgary.  He has completed Governance Education Programs and is a regular participant at Director Forums.  He has extensive involvement in the community.  Together with his wife, Sharilyn, they are the proud parents of one daughter.

Board Member - Roy Goodall CD2, ICD.D

Board Member - Roy Goodall CD2, ICD.D

Committees:  Ad Hoc (CEO Selection), Audit, Governance (Chair), Nominating, Performance & Compensation

Serving his 2nd term: 2014-2017

Roy is a member of 11 co-operatives; a director with two co-operatives; a director with two seniors not-for-profit boards and the Provincial Advocacy Officer with the National Association of Federal Retirees. Roy’s spare time is spent with friends hiking in the Kananaskis Country and  the Banff National Park.

Board Member - Peggy LeSueur ICD.D

Board Member - Peggy LeSueur ICD.D

Committees:  Ad Hoc (Chair, CEO Search), Audit (Chair), Performance & Compensation

Serving her 2nd term: 2014-2017

Peggy is an Agrologist and Business Development Professional with 30 years of diversified experience in operations management, business strategy, marketing and project management, obtained in agriculture, food and energy sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and a Masters in Plant Physiology. A supporter of co-operatives since 1982, she currently works for Alberta Innovates BioSolutions to provide strategic advice and support in the areas of agriculture, food and forestry research. Peggy sits on the Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT, an organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Peggy also enjoys cooking, trying new recipes with friends and family and learning how to play the harp.

Board Member - Rick Smith

Board Member - Rick Smith

Committees:  Audit, Performance & Compensation (Chair)

Other: Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (Director), Federated Cooperative Association Resolutions Committee Alternate

Serving his 4th term: 2012-2016

The board of directors welcomes member calls and comments. You can contact the board by calling 403-219-6040 and leaving a message. The board member you would like to speak to will return your call. Alternatively you can send an email to the board chair.

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