AGM Postponement

Due to the rapidly evolving situation with respect to Covid-19, and based on advice from medical health authorities and the Government of Alberta’s prohibition on gatherings of more than 250 people, Calgary Co-op has obtained an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench order granting the postponement of the Calgary Co-op Annual General Meeting (AGM), originally scheduled for April 8, 2020. As circumstances are rapidly changing, a new date has not been confirmed at this time but it is our current intention to reschedule the AGM on or before June 30, 2020. I can assure you, the decision to postpone the Annual General Meeting was not made lightly. However, the safety of our members, team members and our community is our top priority during these uncertain times.

Calgary Co-op is monitoring the situation closely and will issue a new Notice in respect of the date and time of the postponed AGM once the Board is satisfied that it is safe to do so. An official decision regarding a new date will be announced when possible as we continue to monitor this critical situation and heed all advice and requirements from medical and provincial authorities.

The postponement of the Annual General Meeting does not affect the election results for Calgary Co-op’s Board of Directors. The results of this election, which closed on Monday March 16, 2020, will be communicated to members and the candidates at the postponed AGM in accordance with Calgary Co-op’s bylaws. The current members of the board of directors continue to serve in their roles until the completion of the AGM on its rescheduled date.

All members that were eligible to vote at the April 8, 2020 AGM will remain eligible to vote at the postponed AGM. All Member Proposals that have been received thus far will be carried forward to the postponed AGM, unless they are withdrawn by the member in the interim. In addition, the deadline to submit Member Proposals will be extended such that new Member Proposals will be accepted up to 15 days prior to the commencement of the postponed AGM.

Please be assured that our management and front line teams are doing everything possible to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for our members, team members and community during these challenging times. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your co-operation and understanding and I look forward to communicating our postponed AGM date to you very soon.

Patricia McLeod, QC
Board Chair

2020 Director Election

Calgary Co-op’s 2020 Director Election voting is now closed. Three Board Director positions are available, and each elected Director will serve a three-year term. Calgary Co-op will be communicated to members and the candidates at the postponed AGM in accordance with Calgary Co-op’s bylaws. The current members of the board of directors continue to serve in their roles until the completion of the AGM on its rescheduled date.

To learn more about the election and candidate requirements, please download the Director Election Handbook and learn more about the nominations process.

Calgary Co-op is pleased to announce the eight candidates in the 2020 Director Election:

Elaine Bereziuk-Smith (Recommended)
Victoria E. Bradbury (Recommended)
Bob Hawkesworth
Alex Ingram
Peggy LeSueur
Jennifer Lewis
Gael MacLeod (Recommended)
Kenneth R. White (Recommended)

To learn more about each of the candidates participating in this year's election, please click here.

2019 Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be announced when a new date becomes available.



2020 Guidelines for Submitting Resolutions

Resolutions to the Annual Meeting of the Association provide member-owners with a formal process for placing matters before members for consideration.

- 2020 Guidelines for Submitting Resolution and Non-Formal Resolution Template


Corporate governance is primarily the responsibility of our board. Our board members perform these duties with the support of the executive team, management, support staff and all other employees, in line with the wishes and expectations of our members.

For more information, please contact 


Our board operates with four standing committees.

  • Audit
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Nominations

Meet Your Co-op Board of Directors

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 Meeting.

The Board operates with four standing committees: Audit, Governance, Human Resources and Nominations.

Patricia McLeod <br>Q.C., ICD.D, MBA


Patricia McLeod

Committees: Ex officio on Audit, Governance, Human Resources and Nominations

Other: Federated Co-operatives Limited Delegate

Serving her 2nd term: 2019-2022

A corporate/commercial lawyer and corporate director with over 22 years of legal and business management experience, Patricia is proficient and skilled in the areas of corporate and board governance, corporate/commercial, compliance and securities law, privacy, ethics, risk management and corporate social responsibility. Patricia has been general counsel and vice president of regulated Alberta utilities and financial corporations.  Her extensive Board experience includes chair, vice chair and committee chair roles with private, crown and not-for-profit corporations including Alberta Innovates, Beverage Container Management Board, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Film Centre and the YWCA of Calgary.

Lori Ell <br> ICD.D, CPA, CMA

Vice Chair

Lori Ell

Committees: Audit

Serving her 2nd term: 2018 - 2021

Ms. Ell holds over 25 years of broad-based executive experience working with multi-billion dollar, start-up, and mid-market companies in diverse industries including food manufacturing, technology and oil & gas. Her most recent position was as President of Agristar Inc., a food processor located in Alberta with sales throughout North America, Asia, and Africa, and prior to that, CFO for Quortech Solutions Ltd., a technology company. Currently, Ms. Ell consults with business leaders to help construct processes for strategic execution. She is also a Chair with
TEC-Canada, where she leads a select group of CEOs through confidential peer advisory forums and provides one-to one executive coaching. She sits on several public,  private and not-for profit boards, She holds a Bachelor of Management degree, is a Certified Public Accountant and has also received her ICD.D in Board Governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors.    

Elaine Bereziuk-Smith <br>ICD.D

Board Secretary

Elaine Bereziuk-Smith

Committees: Governance, Human Resources

Other: Co-op Community Foundation, Observer to Canadian
Co-operative Association Annual Meeting, Federated
Co-operatives Limited Delegate

Serving her 2nd term: 2017-2020

Elaine has served on all of the board’s committees; Audit, Governance, Nominations, Human Resources (Chair) and the Co-operative Relations Committee (Chair). Elaine has both retail and wholesale board experience as she also was elected to the Federated Co-operatives (FCL) Board as the District 5 representative and served as an FCL delegate. She has represented the board on Calgary Co-op’s Community Foundation in support of local charities. Elaine has over 30 years of food, petroleum and liquor industry experience and knowledge in operations, human resource management, leadership, strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, customer service and environmental compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology with a minor in business. Elaine is active in the community, volunteering for the Municipal Infrastructure Committee for the City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service, Hockey Calgary and other community groups. She and her husband Glenn enjoy cheering on their 2 sons as they play Canada’s game.

Cindy Andrew <br>ICD.D

Board Member

Cindy Andrew

Committees: Audit, Human Resources (Chair)

Serving her 2nd term: 2019-2022

Cindy brings strong board experience to Calgary Co-op, with service as a board member in both profit and not for profit organizations. Cindy's experience across various industries includes oil and gas, regulated utilities, engineering and construction, power, transportation and environment. With 25 years of in-depth experience in Canada and exposure to international operations, Cindy’s skill set includes executive leadership, an extensive knowledge of operational management, strategic development and planning, financial, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mike Dalton<br>ICD.D, MBA, CA, CIA

Board Member

Mike Dalton

Committees: Audit (Chair)

Other: Federated Co-operatives Limited Delegate

Serving his 2nd term: 2019-2022

Mike is an experienced financial executive, corporate director and retired officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Through senior and director positions in public practice, industry and non-profit organizations, Mike has a proven ability to identify opportunities, drive process efficiency and lead necessary change to achieve value. Mike is now a Controller with ATCO, Director with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and a Citizen Member of the Audit Committee for the City of Calgary.

Roy Goodall <br> CD2, ICD.D

Board Member

Roy Goodall

Committees: Nominations (Chair), Governance

Other: Federated Co-operatives Limited Delegate

Serving his 3rd term: 2018-2021

Roy was a member of the Canadian Forces from 1962 until 2000 as a Communications and Electronics officer across Canada, in Europe and the USA.

Not-for-Profit community board experiences during his military career included a community hockey board, community associations, and the Military Family Resource Centre in Brussels, Belgium. Experience gained through work related and not-for-profit board experiences included leadership (Board Chair, Board Vice-Chair and Secretary), capital budgeting, risk management and strategic planning.

In 2006 Roy completed the policy governance facilitator training offered by the AB Board Development Program, and he subsequently spent two years facilitating policy governance workshops for fledgling not-for-profit boards in Southern AB. Roy completed the Institute of Corporate Directors ‘Not-for-Profit’ Governance Essentials course in 2009, and the Director Education Programme in 2011.

Currently, Roy is the Vice-Chair of the National Association of Federal Retirees. 

Mike Lambert <br>ICD.D, CPA, CA

Board Member

Mike Lambert

Committees: Governance (Chair), Nominations

Other: Co-op Community Foundation

Serving his 1st term: 2017-2020

Mike has over 30 years of successful Executive and Board Leadership including Strategic Planning, Executive and Board Governance, Enterprise Risk Management and Stakeholder Engagement. His experience includes Executive or Board level experience in public and private companies in various industries. Companies that Mike impacted include: Canadian Tire, the George Weston Loblaw group (Real Canadian Superstores), Mark’s Work Wearhouse, The Forzani Group (Sport Chek), Parkland Fuel Corporation, Canadian Pacific Railway, Yellow Pages Group, and Premium Brands Inc.

Mike is also currently on not for profits Boards, including ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured) and THE SINNEAVE FAMILY FOUNDATION and is on the Audit Committee of the City of Calgary. Mike also volunteers for various other community activities.

Peggy LeSueur <br>ICD.D, P.Ag.

Board Member

Peggy LeSueur
ICD.D, P.Ag.

Committees: Human Resources, Audit

Other: Co-op Community Foundation

Serving her 3rd term: 2017-2020

Peggy is an Agrologist and Business Development Professional with 30 years of 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 to provide strategic advice and support in agriculture, food and forestry research. Peggy’s past Board experience includes positions on the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT, Development Disabilities Resource Centre, Agriculture and Food Council and the Grain Academy. Peggy also enjoys time as a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and the Wee Reads Program within Calgary Reads.

Lisa Wise <br> MBA

Board Member

Lisa Wise

Committees: Governance, Nominations

Other: Co-op Community Foundation, Federated Co-operatives Limited Delegate

Serving her 5th term: 2018 - 2021

Lisa Wise has served as board director for Calgary Co-op for over 8 years including chairing the Governance, Nominations and Member Relations committees. Lisa was Board Secretary and a committee member of the Audit, Performance and Compensation and Charitable Trust Fund committees. She represented Calgary Co-op as a delegate and Resolutions committee representative with Federated Co-operatives Limited. Lisa provided 20 years of business leadership as Marketing Director for Canada's leading swimwear retailer. She owns her own business marketing agency and completed her MBA at the Haskayne School of Business (2003). Lisa cherishes time with her family: Robert, Katelyn and Jackson.