AGM Postponement

Dear Members,

Further to our correspondence dated March 18, in which we provided you with notice of the postponement of the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”), the Board of Directors (the “Board”) has determined that a conventional in-person AGM cannot be held for some time. This is, of course, 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 restrictions on large gatherings.

At this time, the Board has also determined that it is in the members’ best interests to wait to hold the AGM conventionally, in an in-person format, as opposed to a virtual AGM, in recognition that some members may not have the requisite access to technology that is required to attend and participate in a virtual AGM. 

Additionally, given the number of members entitled to attend an AGM, which totals more than 440,000 members, a virtual AGM would be logistically difficult to host. To ensure all members have an equal opportunity to attend the AGM, the Board has determined that the best option going forward is to hold an in-person AGM when it is permitted and safe to do so.The deadline to receive member proposals will therefore be extended pursuant to 4.10 of Calgary Co-op’s Bylaws.

Despite this postponement, we are pleased to share our 2019 financial results , annual report and results of the 2020 Director Elections at this time.

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.

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2019 Annual Meeting

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



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: 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.