Know more about your board

2020 Director Election

Calgary Co-op’s 2020 Director Election will run February 24 – March 16, 2020. Three Board Director positions are available, and each elected Director will serve a three-year term beginning April 9, 2020.

Online and paper voting instructions included in the annual patronage mailout, issued in concert with the start of the election.

To vote in the upcoming Director Election, members must have purchased their membership by November 2, 2019 (last business day of the previous fiscal year). 

To learn more about the election and candidate requirements, please download the Director Election Handbook below

Director Election Handbook

2019 Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2020. More information will be posted here closer to the event.


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.

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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.