Director Election

Calgary Co-op (Calgary Co-operative Association Limited) is a local co-operative owned by its Member-owners. The share you purchase when you join Calgary Co-op allows you to participate in the “one member-one vote” democratic process which means you have the ability to nominate an eligible Member-owner as a candidate for the Board, vote in Director Elections and actively participate in meetings of Member-owners. The board has important work overseeing our growing $1.2 billion co-operative. Calgary Co-op’s Board has nine directors and each year, three seats are up for election, and the nomination and election process helps our Calgary Co-op achieve strong and balanced leadership with the right mix of skills, experience and attributes.

The Calgary Co-op Board wants to ensure its directors have the skills and experience required to provide effective oversight of our complex business. Therefore, the Board reviews its collective skills and identifies areas where knowledge gaps may exist. Using this information, the Board may recommend candidates for Board positions. An independent consultant may also assist in this process to ensure fairness and objectivity.

Some of the key areas where Board Members’ skills and experience are important include:

  • Leadership, including experience as a senior executive, grocery management or in retail administration
  • Previous board or governance experience
  • Financial or legal experience
  • Human resources, including culture and employee engagement, change management
  • Technology knowledge, such as e-commerce, artificial intelligence, cyber security
  • Real estate
  • Social responsibility

All those who look to become a member of the Board must also adhere to Co-op’s Code of Conduct and uphold Co-op’s core values.

Cooperatives Act 
Cooperatives Regulations
Our By-laws
Board Articles
2023 Director Election Handbook 
Director Election Application
Code of Conduct 

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Nomination Process

Consideration of Certain Candidates

Our Board has nine directors and each year, three seats are up for election. As a Calgary Co-op member, you may vote for up to three candidates each year. We all play an important role in electing members to our Board because a great Board is needed to oversee our growing $1.2 billion co-operative. Together as members, we make the final decision about who is elected.

Learn More

Director Election Handbook & Application Form


View the full Director Election Handbook that provides details on the overall process, time commitment, compensation, policies and agreements. To view part one of the handbook please click here

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Code of Conduct


Whatever the area of activity and whatever the degree of responsibility, such persons are expected to act in a manner that will enhance Calgary Co-op’s reputation for honesty, integrity, and the faithful performance of undertakings and obligations.

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