2020 Director Election

Calgary Co-op is pleased to announce the three  directors in the 2020 Director Election elected to the board to serve a three-year term:

Elaine Bereziuk-Smith
Victoria E. Bradbury 
Gael MacLeod

Calgary Co-op thanks all the candidates who chose to run in the 2020 Director Election.


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 governance@calgarycoop.com 

2020 Annual General Meeting

Thursday October 8, 2020

Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre
1000 Glenmore Court SE
Calgary, AB

Meeting 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

Detail on registering for the 2020 Annual Meeting below.


Our board operates with four standing committees.

  • Audit
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Nominations

2021 Director Election

Calgary Co-op is now recruiting candidates for our 2021 Director Election. Three Board Director positions are available and each elected Director will serve a three year term beginning April 9, 2021.

The deadline to submit your nomination package to qualify for the 2021 Director Election is November 2, 2020.

To learn more about the election and candidate requirements, please download the Director Election Handbook below. For ease in completing the required forms, a Microsoft Word document of the forms has been provided.

Director Election Handbook
Candidate Forms

2020 Annual Meeting

The 2020 Calgary Co-op Annual Meeting with be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre (1000 Glenmore Court SE). The meeting will begin at 7:00pm and conclude at 8:00pm.

In light of the ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19 and in order to comply with the gathering restrictions and social distancing measures imposed by the Alberta government, Calgary Co-op is encouraging members not to attend the Annual Meeting in person this year.  Instead, we encourage you to listen-in to the Annual meeting by following the instructions below.  In addition, we encourage you to visit our website for a video that provides a detailed business and financial update as well as the results of the 2020 director election.

LIMITED IN-PERSON OPTION: Due to COVID-19 and Alberta Health Services’ capacity restrictions on indoor gatherings, no more than 100 people are able to attend the meeting in person.  Further, no refreshments will be served this year.  To register to attend in person please call: 403-219-6040 (First come first served basis – subject to the Calgary Co-op Bylaws). Please leave a message with your name, member number, phone number and email address and indicate that you would like to attend in person. Registration is limited to one member per household.  Only members that have received confirmation of their registration will be permitted to attend.  In addition, members attending in person will be required to comply with COVID-19 screening requirements.  Anyone exhibiting symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat will not be permitted to enter. 

CALL-IN OPTION: A listen-in only option will also be provided for members. To register and receive the call-in instructions, please call: 403-219-6040 and leave a message with your name, member number, phone number and email address and state you would like to listen-in.  The instructions will be provided to you in advance of the meeting.  Please note:  Attending the listen-in option will not be considered as part of quorum and voting and questions and answers will not be available.  

To submit a member’s proposal (Resolution) for this year’s Annual Meeting, please review the member proposal guidelines attached below. A word version of the member proposal template has been included for those members that wish to submit a member proposal for consideration at the Annual Meeting.

Member Proposal Guidelines

Member Proposal Template

Please note: The deadline to submit a member proposal for the 2020 Annual Meeting is 5:00 pm. MST on September 23, 2020.

Please continue to monitor our website for any important information related to the Annual Meeting. Calgary Co-op may take additional precautionary measures in the event of further developments regarding COVID-19, which could include further adjourning or postponing the Annual Meeting.  

Note that the Annual Meeting has already had to be postponed as a result of COVID-19 and was done in accordance with orders from the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.  The order of March 16 extended the deadline to hold the meeting to June 30, 2020.  The second order of May 12 further extended the deadline to October 30.  The orders also set the financial statements required to be provided at the meeting, the record date for the meeting and the method required to send notice of the postponed meeting to members.

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: Governance, Human Resources

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, Nominations (chair)

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

Serving her 3rd term: 2020-2023

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: Governance, 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: Nominations, 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: Audit, Human Resources

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.

Roy is the Vice-President and Board Vice-Chair of the National Association of Federal Retirees, and the Pensioner Representative on the Nominating Committee for the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. 

Lisa Wise <br> MBA

Board Member

Lisa Wise

Committees: Governance (chair), 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.

Victoria E. Bradbury <br>FCA, BFP, CPA/CA, CMC, B.A.

Board Member

Victoria E. Bradbury

Serving her 1st term: 2020-2023

Committees: Audit, Nominations

Other:  Federated Co-operatives Limited Delegate

I believe in giving back, working hard, working together, listening to the membership and growing our communities for everyone: ourselves, our children, our seniors, our newcomers and our future generations. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant with over twenty-five years experience and understand the financial aspects of Calgary Co-op and the issues it is facing. As a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and having served on many boards, I also understand good governance and have the skills necessary to ensure the interests of the membership and the organization are always prioritized. My many years of real estate experience will assist the Board develop its long-term strategic vision and maximize the value of its largest assets.

Gael MacLeod <BR>ICD.D, MBA, B.Comm.

Board Member

Gael MacLeod
ICD.D, MBA, B.Comm.

Serving her 1st term: 2020-2023

Committees: Audit, Human Resources

Other: Calgary Co-op Community Foundation

30 years experience in senior leadership roles both as a board member and reporting to boards across business, government and non-profit sectors. Enjoy working with organizations driven by values. Board skills include governance, audit, financial reporting, strategic planning, enterprise risk management, CEO hiring, compensation & evaluation, board evaluation, conflict management and social responsibility. Continuous learner with capacity to listen, learn and share. Strong and balanced leadership style with experience managing publicly sensitive decisions. Board Chair for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission, an organization of similar size and complexity. Familiar with the business and regulatory environment for cannabis and liquor. Proven ability to work collaboratively with board colleagues, management, staff and the public. Strong communication skills.