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2018 Director Election

Nominations for the 2018 Director Election are now closed. 

This year's candidates will be announced on February 22 and voting will begin on March 1, 2018.

2018 Director Election Handbook

Any questions regarding the Director Election can be sent to

Resolutions for 2018 Annual Meeting

Calgary Co-op is now accepting resolutions for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Guidelines for submitting a resolution
Resolution template

The deadline for submitting a resolution for the 2018 Annual Meeting is March 20, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. MST.

Calgary Co-op's 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary. Registration for the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.


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.


Our board operates with five standing committees. These include:

  • 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 fourstanding 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 AGM Delegate

Serving her 1st term: 2016-2019

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.

Cindy Andrew <br>ICD.D

Vice Chair

Cindy Andrew

Committees: Audit, Human Resources (Chair)

Serving her 1st term: 2016-2019

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.

Lisa Wise

Board Secretary

Lisa Wise

Committees: Governance, Nominations

Serving her 4th term: 2015 - 2018

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.

Elaine Bereziuk-Smith <br>ICD.D

Board Member

Elaine Bereziuk-Smith

Committees: Governance, Human Resources

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

Mike Dalton<br>CA, CIA, MBA

Board Member

Mike Dalton

Committees: Audit, Nominations

Other: Federated Co-operatives Limited AGM Delegate

Serving his 1st term: 2016-2019

Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of experience in financial reporting, governance and risk management. 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 served 24 years with the Canadian Armed Forces and is now a director with the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre. Currently, Mike provides outsourced CFO services to public and private companies.

Lori Ell

Board Member

Lori Ell

Committees: Audit (Chair), Human Resources

Serving her 1st term: 2015 - 2018

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.    

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

Board Member

Mike Lambert

Committees: Governance (Chair), Nominations

Other: Co-op Community Foundation, Observer to Canadian
Co-operative Association Annual Meeting

Serving his 1st term: 2017-2020

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

Mike is currently Audit Committee Chair for Gemini Corporation, a Professional Services public company serving the energy and other industries, and he volunteers for various community activities.

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

Board Member

Peggy LeSueur
ICD.D, P.Ag.

Committees: Human Resources, Nominations (Chair)

Other: Federated Co-operatives Limited AGM Delegate

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 BioSolutions 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.

Director Election Questions


Can you please clarify the requirements relative to the references - 
"8. Provide three References. (paper copy)"
Is this simply a paper copy of a list of  references, OR does this mean a written reference from 3 people?


Please provide a paper document with the names and contact information of 3 people who can act as a Reference for you. A good reference is someone who can accurately comment on your skills and attributes as they pertain to the role on the board, including skills, character attributes and other traits.