2024 Director Election

Help steer one of Canada’s largest retail co-operatives. Calgary Co-op is seeking to fill three positions on our Board of Directors. Each elected Director will serve a 3-year term beginning April 11, 2024. Interested candidates can submit a nomination package to qualify for the 2024 Director Election, before October 31, 2023 at 4:30pm MST.

Nominations Period: September 14 – October 31, 2023

Member-owners are invited to nominate qualified candidates to run in the 2024 Director Election.

Qualified member-owners are invited to  submit a nominations package to run in the 2024 Director Election.

Election Period: February 13, 2024 – March 13, 2024

Winners Announced:  April 11, 2024

For more information, please contact governance@calgarycoop.com

Vote for your Calgary Co-op Board of Directors

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.

Why does the Board recommend certain candidates?

The Calgary Co-op Board wants to ensure its directors have the competencies required to provide effective oversight of our complex co-operative. Therefore, the Board reviews its skills and identifies areas where knowledge gaps exist. The Board uses the gaps as a foundation for the skills it seeks from candidates running in the election. Those candidates whose skills best align are then recommended to the membership.

Required competencies as approved by the Board:
Competencies in one or more of the following areas: Senior Executive Leadership; Grocery Retail Experience and Leadership; Calgary Co-op
Leadership; Board Governance Experience; Financial Literacy; Human Resources; Digital Economy/Technology; Real Estate; and Social Responsibility.

“Recommended” candidates are those individuals who, after a thorough and independent review process, were assessed as having the best match of competencies that will further strengthen our Board. We use an independent consultant to create a fair and objective process.

Each year, Calgary Co-op asks its member-owners to nominate fellow member-owners to stand for election to the Board of Directors. All who meet the minimum qualifying criteria may go forward on the election ballot.

The nomination and election process helps our Calgary Co-op achieve strong and balanced leadership with the right mix of skills, experience and attributes.

Senior Executive Experience
This includes: CEO/Executive experience, strategy, change management and transformation expertise, and experience reporting to a board.

Retail Experience and Leadership
This includes: executive retail leadership of grocery, consumer goods or other retail, and retail operations, customer service experience, marketing, merchandising communications branding and supply chain.

Leadership with Co-operatives
This includes: Co-operatives that are of a size and complexity similar to Calgary Co-op.

Board Governance Experience
This includes: Board experience with large organizations, strategy/strategic planning, legal and enterprise risk management.

Financial Oversight
This includes: financial literacy and/or oversight, investment analysis, audit committee/Internal controls, corporate development or growth transactions; and corporate finance.

Human Resources Experience
This includes: people, culture and employee engagement, change management, executive compensation/incentive plans/performance management, succession planning and talent development.

Digital Economy and Technology Experience
This includes: Omni Channel, ecommerce and related communications, experience with cyber security and supply chain.

Real Estate Experience
This includes: Real estate development, leasing, air rights, land banking and large capital builds.

Community Leadership, Environment and Social Oversight Experience
This includes: Social responsibility, community leadership/engagement, environmental/climate change, sustainability and health and safety.