Director Election Profiles

CindyAndrew@calgarycoop.com

Cindy Andrew - Elected

CindyAndrew@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

• Bachelor of Commerce Degree, University of Alberta
• Institute of Corporate Directors, Institute-certified Director, ICD.D

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

• None

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

I am an Institute certified Director with experience in for profit, not for profit, and community boards. I have experience across various industries and geographies as an executive. I am an independent thinker and have the tenacity to make things happen.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

A Co-op means I can participate with a group of individuals whom have similar thoughts, goals, and purpose for mutual benefit.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

For the last 10 years I have been a member of an MS Walk team ‘Remembering Joan’. I am currently a volunteer Director on two Boards. CKUA Radio Foundation celebrating our 88 year anniversary to enrich the lives of Albertans through music, story, and connection. The Canadian Dupuytren Society which I participated in incorporating this year and currently working to achieve charitable status.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

Designation: ICD.D

Oversaw governance as President of a for profit company along with managing governance issues associated with companies we acquired. Participating to influence the expansion of the governance role in a not for profit board. Active member of Institute of Corporate Directors to stay relevant on governance issues.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

I want to serve on a board where I have a personal interest, a passion and where I believe I can add value. I belong to the CKUA board as I have a strong passion for music and the support of local artists. I worked to develop the Dupuytren Society as my spouse developed this disease. I want to serve Calgary Co-op as this organization is where I shop for my family. I believe in Calgary Co-op’s Vision to enhance everyday living with life’s essentials especially while supporting local farming.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

In the current economic climate and competitive market it will be a challenge to balance providing consumers with local, healthy products at affordable prices. How can Calgary Co-op support and assist producers to provide quality goods in a sustainable manner at manageable price points.

Allergies are becoming more prevalent in our community. It is important to be able to find producers who can provide healthy and wholesome options for those with food allergies.

Cyber security and Fraud will continue to be a challenge in the future.


DCameron@calgarycoop.com

Doug Cameron

DCameron@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

CPA, CMA - Certified Professional Accountant
CMC - Certified Management Consultant
Queen Elizabeth High School - Calgary

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

N/A

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

I possess the following business literacies: Financial, Governance, Business Systems and Business Transformation which can be deployed to help the Calgary Co-op on behalf of its members.
As a native Calgarian, I have a desire to contribute to an organization which has been part of my life since 1973, and will continue to be part of our community for my children and grandchildren.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

The Co-Op offers its members a commercially owned enterprise which can produce and distributes goods and services and operates for the benefit of its member owners.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

Parkland Community Association - Director, Calgary Chamber of Commerce - Committee member, CMA – Provincial and Calgary Chapter - various committees, Mac’s Major AAA Hockey Tournament organizing committee, Canadian Figure Skating (Calgary) Championship organizing committee

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

Bow Valley Credit Union - Past Governance Committee member
Professional Consulting assignments – provide corporate governance infrastructure model(s) to the corporate policy and definition to the stakeholder roles and responsibilities. This business acumen has been acquired my work experience and as a designated accountant in review of current governance issues.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

In review of my goals and objectives, I want to continue to focus on providing value-add to the enterprise infrastructure by supporting the business strategy and its governance, with those value and experiences I have gained over my professional career.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Opportunities:
• continue to inform members why the Co-Op products/service provide a completive edge over the competition
Challenge:
• Co-Ops current diversity to offerings, the challenge of assigning the appropriate risk factor to each offering to attain the greatest overall return to its members.
• Co-op Products/Services - keep them affordable to the member and continue to be competitive with current and new market competitors.
• the challenge to attract and provide products and services for the various demographics


MDSouza@calgarycoop.com

Myra D’Souza

MDSouza@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

Bachelor of Arts B.A. Major: Political Sc, Minor: Psychology. (U of C)
Chartered Directors Program, C. Dir (McMaster University) Completed.
Governance Education Program Adv. Level 3 (Canadian Board Diversity Council)
Financials for Corporations (Mount Royal University)
Corporate Financials/Risk Mitigation (Federated Cooperatives)
Human Resource Mgmt Certificate (U of C)
Numerous Board Governance Seminars (ICD, Conf Board of Canada, Deloitte)
Canadian Human Resource Prof CHRP
Effective Human Relations/Communications (Dale Carnegie)
Inicidence Investigation (Govt. of Canada)

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

None

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

• I’ve served on the Calgary Co-op board for 7 yrs and chaired/served of all committees.
• I was selected as one of the 50 most Diverse persons in Canada to sit on FP500 boards.
• I have extensive Retail Industry/policy governance/Cooperative knowledge/experience.
• I’m a progressive/independent outside the box thinker, able to see multiple points of views and not succumb to group think. I have strong cooperative roots.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

To me Calgary Co-op means valuing/engaging our employees/members, listening to them with an open heart and mind. Ensuring we are true to our cooperative principles, we walk our talk, give back to the community.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

I’m a passionate/committed volunteer. My Volunteer work: Member of the Calgary Police Commission, Chair of Citizen’s Advisory Committee Corrections Canada(12 yrs), Director Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative(6yrs), Director FOCUS On Seniors. I spearheaded the Seniors free weekly grocery shopping bus program that transports thousands of seniors to shop at Co-op. Represented Canada at United Nations on Human Rights, Built homes in Mexico, prepared meals for Inn from the Cold, Servants Anonymous book sales, Medical Mercy Canada supply acquisitions, Canadian Red Cross Disaster Relief, World Alliance Relief Mission, Save the Children, Orphanage in Vietnam and Guatemala, Started Library in Nicaragua, My kids school/after school activities, Calgary Global Fest, helped CANOSCA Seniors get a facility to socialize and reduce isolation, Director Southwest Communities Resource Center.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

I have over 20 years of high level governance experience. Taught board Governance (Govt of Alta Board Development Program), Completed the Chartered Directors Program C.Dir McMaster University, Corporate Financials/Risk mitigation from U of C, numerous courses with ICD/Deloitte/Conference Board.
Sit/Chair: Audit/Finance/Performance/Compensation/Personnel/Governance/Member Relations/Nomination/Trust Fund/Stakeholder Relations Committees.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

I’m passionate about making a difference. My perseverance successfully enabled Co-op to see the value in lowering prices, diversifying the workforce to reflect Calgary’s demographics, changing wording in supplier contracts i.e. animal welfare, local/organic foods, introduction of multicultural foods, better environmental practices, doing away with plastic water bottles at the board room.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Challenges are aggressive competition from the retail industry, the changing economy, customer loyalty, our supply chain and IT. Opportunities come from diversifying our product offerings, acquiring key properties.


MDalton@calgarycoop.com

Mike Dalton - Elected

MDalton@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

Executive MBA (Athabasca University)
Chartered Professional Accountant (CA & CGA)
Certified Internal Auditor
Certification in Risk Management Assurance

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

None

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

I am the CFO of a publicly listed company. Prior positions include Director of Finance, Controller and other senior positions in industry and public practice. I am the Treasurer of the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre, including the Chair of its Audit and Finance Committee. My 24 years with the Canadian Armed Forces has helped me become a strong business leader, project manager and strategist. I have extensive experience with financial reporting, governance and risk management. I am comfortable working at the executive/board level and with various stakeholders, such as shareholders, auditors and government officials.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

The flexibility to adapt product and service offerings to meet members’ expectations regarding selection, price, quality and convenience while giving back to the community.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

Current:
• Treasurer/Director of the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre
• Vice-President/Director of an association mandated to preserve military monuments
Past:
• Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces (1991-2015)
• Past Treasurer/Director of the King’s Own Calgary Regimental Funds Foundation
• Past Treasurer/Director of the Calgary Military Museums Society
• Past Vice-President/Director of the Treasury Management Association of Canada

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

I have sat on both sides of the boardroom, as a director and as a member of senior management. I have evaluated and provided advice on organizational governance and enterprise risk management, complimented by a Certification in Risk Management Assurance. I am a Certified Internal Auditor, experienced in continuous improvement, internal controls and operational/functional procedures.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

I would like to contribute to discussions and decisions on ensuring the viability of the Calgary Co-op for current and future generations.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Calgary’s economy, the U.S. exchange rate and the supply chain efficiencies and purchasing power of large supermarkets will challenge Calgary Co-op’s competitiveness. A reduction in operating costs to maintain current retail prices could affect product/service selection and quality, and, perhaps, membership levels.

Calgary Co-op’s strengths include its local history, connection with Calgary communities and focus on customer satisfaction. As a smaller organization, it can implement changes more quickly in order to remain competitive. Calgary Co-op has the opportunity to reward existing members, attract new members and adapt/offer innovative products/services based on member feedback.


BDojcinovic@calgarycoop.com

Brian Dojcinovic

BDojcinovic@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

• Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Accounting - Completed in 2004 at Mount Royal University
• ProSci - Organization Change Management Certification (May 2011)
• Project Manager Designation (PMP), Project Management Institute (Nov. 2013)

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

My mother (Lily Dojcinovic) has worked for Calgary Co-op for almost 25 years. She is currently a Bakery/Deli Manager at the Oakridge location.

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

I have proven knowledge, experience, and literacy within various financial and accounting environments. I’ve lead project teams that have developed and implemented business and process improvements. I am detail oriented, adaptable to changing situations, and a proven team player that can deliver business value under pressure

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

Fresh. Quality. Community. These words resonate with me when I think of Calgary Co-op. I also think of opportunity, and how much more this sustainable concept can grow in this expanding city.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

I volunteer whenever times permits with a Heritage society this past decade. Most recently I served as a Board member and Vice-Chair of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission for two years (2010-2012). In that time I helped oversee and regulate over 40 Boxing, Kickboxing, and Mixed martial arts events for the City of Calgary including UFC 149. That was the highest grossing gate ever in the Saddledome history ($4.1 million gate with 16,000 in attendance).

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

In a previous role I managed a Governance agreement and acted as the Liaison for a Multi-Million dollar a year relationship between a Canada Finance organization and a Financial Shared Services organization in the United States.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

I would like to bring my fresh insight, and effective oversight to the Board. My perspective is unique; I’m a strong facilitator and effective collaborator that can bring teams together to help position them for success in the future.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Everyone talks about the challenging and expanding competition in the grocery market, fair enough but Calgary Co-op is more than just a grocery store. It’s an iconic Brand in this city that has been around for almost six decades and survived many boom and busts cycles over those years. I believe our biggest asset and competitive advantage is our Brand and our biggest opportunity is leveraging that Brand in the next 5 years.


SFrerichs@calgarycoop.com

Sue Frerichs - Recommended

SFrerichs@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA)
Certified Management Consultant (CMC)
B.Com (Hons) Bachelor of Commerce, University of Ottawa

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

None

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

As a Management Consultant with over 23 years’ international experience, I enjoy helping companies transform and grow while working to improve shareholder value. Through my position as President of Frix Consulting, a Management Consulting Firm, I bring previous board experience and proven leadership in Financial Management, IT Management, Strategy & Execution and Mergers & Acquisitions integration. I have also held a variety of leadership roles prior to starting Frix. My experience is in industries including Construction, Land Development, Oil & Gas, Retail, Utilities and Technology.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

It is a demonstration of the “power of community”, a Co-op is business owned and operated by its member community, creating strong value back to its members and to the community. A democratic voice that works with the community and for the community.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

Finance Committee Member, Association for Rehabilitation of Brain Injured(ARBI)
Past Board Member, Lycee Louis Pasteur.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

• Past Board Member & Treasurer, Chair of Audit & Risk Committee & Member of the Executive.
• Education, experience and continued professional development on best practices (strategy and management oversight, governance and risk.)
• Various Leadership and consulting roles (Governance Manager, Risk Management and Project Office Lead.)
• Membership with ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) and CMC.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

I believe in the power of community and participating in that community. It would be an honour to serve the membership through Board participation. I look forward to the opportunity enhance an already strong Board and to be able to utilize my experience and background to contribute to the growth of the Calgary Co-op.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Calgary Co-op has a continued opportunity to grow and be a pillar of social strength during a tough market economy. The aging demographics of Calgary will bring an increase in demand for Health services. Advances in retail technology will offer information to tailor to our member buying needs. Continuing to listen to our membership needs during this time is important to allow us to foster sustainable growth and continue to build on core competencies and strengthen member value.


MHanna@calgarycoop.com

Marian C. Hanna

MHanna@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

ICD (Institute of Corp. Directors) Diversity Scholarship recipient (currently enrolled),
BSc Geology/Geophysics including accounting (previous major) and economics courses,
Professional Geophysicist with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Alberta), Certified Petroleum Geologist with the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists).
Numerous in-house training courses on business economics, reserves and resources bookings, analysis, etc.

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

None

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

My courageous leadership and strategic, visionary thinking has created impressive collaborative business accomplishments through relationships. The cooperative business model is familiar in that my father was a Vice President for an agricultural cooperative bank and I was the President and member of a cooperative day care while in university. I understand the cooperative model and believe in the member’s stake-hold. My background included starting in accounting at university and doing bookkeeping for several companies including the Chamber of Commerce. The skills I’ve acquired in business, science and consumerism along with my love of food and cooking are transferable to the Co-op Board. My passion is second to none.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

It means supporting local businesses and being active locally by having a stake in the business through my membership. It means being able to influence that cooperative, which I've done by making suggestions to my local Co-op which were acted upon.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

I’m currently the 2015 VP/2016 President for the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) during a tough time. I’ve served as the Chief Geophysicists Forum chair for 2 years. Previously I've volunteered regularly & co-chaired the annual fund raiser for Soup Sisters in Calgary, Habit for Humanity, Beach sweeps (environmental clean-up). Also, I serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UBC School of Applied Sciences.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

Governance and bylaws for the CSEG. Oversight experience with the many committees internally to my employers and volunteering chairmanship.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

I believe that as a business leader, scientist and domestic engineer of our home, I bring analytical skills that are part of the business diversity thinking needed to provide advisory for Co-op’s future. As a member, I have a vested interest in that future. Food is common ground.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Some challenges and opportunities include the population demographic of increased baby boomers out numbering younger population with a focus on affordability for those retiring; large store chains decreasing in competition with WalMart; online shopping options; social values of food suppliers; ethnicity changes of population; food, health and lifestyle trends; local relevance to the neighborhood of each store and of course, quality of product supplied at an affordable price.


BHinton@calgarycoop.com

Brian Hinton

BHinton@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

Fellow Institute of British Bakers Graduate of Cambridge Baking Institute (National Baking Diploma)
Graduate Kansas State University (Certificate in Baking Science)
Management Diploma .Manchester College of Further Education

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

For 25 years Supplier of Gluten free and Organic Products ,now retired.I shop at my local Co-op frequently .

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

40 years experince in the food industry ,15 years in Senior Management postions ,followed by 25 years as Owner of Calgarys leading Allergy and Organic Bakery.Being a senior would represent this growing demographic .

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

A Democratically managed business organisation where membership is open to everybody and where members are provided with high quality goods and services at reasonable prices.Co-ops also ensure stability and continuity.But are only as effective as the governing board

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

Volunteer with Calgary Police Service , 3 years service 4 hours per week
Volunteer with Calgary Airport Authority as a White Hatter ,new,4 hours per week .

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

I offer 6 years with the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board .4 years as Chair Baking Association of Canada and 25 years Business Owner.In addition ,knowledgeable about Roberts Rules of Order and Chairing Meetings.Have read John Carvers book Boards that make a difference .

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

Having travelled extensively in North America ,have gained a broad range of experience that would be an asset to Calgary Coop .Now being retired have time to devote to ensuring Coop integrates well into our changing society

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Getting more locally produced foods .Presenting a greener image by increased emphasis on , Organic,Free range and antibolic free items. Availability of Ready Meals to go , for Young People. Catering to the increased ethnicity of our population.Catering to ageing population EG.smaller package sizes.Providing a pleasant shopping experience while reducing shop lifting


Aingram@calgarycoop.com

Alexander Ingram

Aingram@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

University of British Columbia – Real Estate Council Professional Development Program
Licenced Real Estate Broker in Alberta and British Columbia
Member Real Estate Institute of Canada
Certified Engineering Technologist – Province of Alberta
Member of the Institute of Canadian Bankers
City and Guilds London

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

No relationships, affiliations, nor business ventures exist between myself with any employee, contractor, or associate of Calgary Co-op.

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

Real estate and property management are identified skills being sought of potential members seeking to sit on the board of directors. I have 40 years of direct experience in real estate and property management, including asset acquisitions and management, 20 years at the Senior Management/Vice President level for major institutions. With this experience comes a proven track record of team building and team participation.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

Cooperatives are organization managed and owned by its members. As such their mandates are to provide value in the services provided for this membership, and community at large. In the case of Calgary Co-op, it is retail services. Co-ops are responsible to their members.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

I am a former board member of Calgary Co-op and have been active volunteer board member of the Progressive Group for Independent Business for several years, a not for profit group representing the interests of independent and small businesses coast to coast.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

For almost 40 years I have been successful property manager, asset manager, real estate broker, real property acquisitions specialist, and senior executive for banks, property management organizations, insurance companies, and transportation conglomerates.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

Calgary Co-op is an evolving organization that has seen major expansions, asset acquisitions, and realignment of its retail operations. My particular interest in serving Co-op members on the board is to bring my proven skills as a seasoned real estate/property management executive into the organization to ensure that Calgary Co-op’s asset management focus and direction provides an avenue and future for healthy growth and expansion of quality services to the membership.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Calgary Co-op is facing stiff competition from for profit organizations such as Safeway/Sobeys and Westfair Foods. Maintaining and expanding upon the current value added approach will present a challenge for revenue and return on revenue in the future. Marketing the membership concept to the public in a now very diverse society is an issue facing Calgary Co-op. Maintaining and expanding the current membership is a critical component of the cooperative’s survival. Co-op has diversified in its approach to retail, keeping that success on track is important. Sound fiscal management stands in the centre.


GMacLeod@calgarycoop.com

Gael MacLeod

GMacLeod@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors designation)
MBA (Master of Business Administration, Royal Roads University)
CMC (Certified Management Consultant)
FICB (Fellowship, Institute of Canadian Bankers)
B. Comm. (Bachelor of Commerce, University of Alberta)
Numerous other professional development certificates and designations

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

None

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

I am a proven leader with an extensive background in board governance, risk management, community relations, general business practices, real estate planning and land use, community investment and government relations. As the Principal of MacLeod Consulting my focus has been primarily providing governance, policy and research services to non-profit organizations.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

The underlying value of a co-operative is the common good and economic participation of the members and the community at large. Other equally important principles include democratic member control and concern for community.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

I have an extensive history of volunteerism having served on more than 20 different agencies over the past 20 years. I have held significant leadership roles including board chair of a $15M annual grant making program and Calgary City Council. My current volunteer commitments include Miistakis Institute Board, United Way Portfolio Advisory Committee, Calgary Public Library Council of Champions, and Vibrant Communities Calgary Board.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

In addition to my governance and business credentials, I have extensive experience with volunteer and crown boards. Calgary Parking Authority (Director), Calgary Housing Company (board chair) and Calgary Public Library (Director) are three boards where I have demonstrated leadership skills and an ability to make informed business decisions. As Chair of the City of Calgary Audit committee, I led the committee through the external audit process for the City and its civic partners in addition to the internal audit and whistleblower program.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

I have been a long-time advocate of co-operatives as a community based business model. In particular, I have supported Calgary Co-op because of its commitment to co-operative principles and at the same time thriving in a highly competitive marketplace.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

The marketplace challenges facing Calgary Co-op are significant with large scale stores offering deep discounts and often more product selection. With an increasing trend toward business models that seek social good as well as profitability, Calgary Co-op is well positioned as a competitively priced, values based option. Development of exclusive producer alliances that facilitate offering higher quality products that are locally produced will continue to be an effective strategy. Calgary Co-op’s commitment to community will continue to grow consumer loyalty.


PMcLeod@calgarycoop.com

Patricia McLeod, Q.C. (Patty) - Elected

PMcLeod@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

B.Com (1990), University of Alberta; LL.B. (1994), University of Alberta; MBA (2011) Queen’s University; Queen’s Counsel (appointed 2014); ICD.D (2011); Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (2011), Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE)

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

N/A

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

I have significant experience in governance, law, real estate development, ethics, policy development and corporate responsibility. I am passionate about making a difference in my community and ethical leadership.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

It means local and personal control of an organization committed to serving its members, customers and its community.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

I have strong community engagement, including volunteerism in the arts, social agencies and not-for-profit sector, as well as economic development agencies and initiatives. I donate my time and expertise through volunteer roles, mentorship, board work and philanthropy.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

Chair of the Board, YWCA of Calgary (member of Finance and Audit Committee, Project Oversight Committee, ex officio member of all board committees as chair);
Vice Chair of the Board, Calgary Economic Development (Chair of Corporate Governance & Effectiveness Committee);
Vice Chair of the Board, Calgary Film Center;
Chair of the Board, cSPACE (ex officio member of all board committees as chair);
Vice President of the Board, Calgary Girls Choir;
Board member of Beverage Container Management Board (member of the Compliance Committee);
Board member of Chestermere Utilities Inc. (chair of the HR & Compensation Committee);
Volunteered with various legal associations: Canadian Bar Association (AB Branch), Legal Education Society of British Columbia, In-house Counsel Network of Calgary.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

The role is an excellent fit with my experience and an opportunity to provide my governance, legal and policy expertise to the service of fellow members. Furthermore, I believe that my prior volunteer service in the not-for-profit community will assist the Calgary Co-op board in overseeing the mandate of the Co-op Foundation.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Calgary Co-op faces increasing competition and cost constraints. Calgary Co-op has a strong brand and a reputation for customer service. Opportunities include a growing population base and customer preference for fresh local produce and goods combined with knowing that their purchases have contributed to local community. Challenges include maintaining service level expectations while being competitive with other market alternatives. Calgary Co-op has competition on both ends of the spectrum – “big box” low cost grocers as well as boutique and local food markets.


DNiebergal@calgarycoop.com

Dennis P. Niebergal - Recommended

DNiebergal@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

George Brown College, Business Administration and Computer Science, Honors
University of Calgary, Institute of Corporate Directors, DEP Graduate (ICD.D) & Board Financial Essentials
Total Quality Management, DISC Inc. - Hartford Connecticut
Marketing Mentoring program, Alberta Government Economic Development

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

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What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

• As a long time Calgary Co-op member, I have 37 years of Business and Board experience in various industries.
• Experienced senior executive, corporate officer, board director, and entrepreneur with proven record of success in establishing and governing business operations.
• Adept at budget and P&L management, inventory control, strategic planning, contract negotiations, commercial real estate and M&A.
• Institute of Corporate Directors certified (ICD.D)

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

• Each of us being a part of a strong community organization sharing profits and success together.
• Community leadership and member involvement

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

• Volunteer, Aspen Family & Community Network Society, Board Director-Vice Chair
• Volunteer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Calgary, Board Director, Governance Committee.
• Volunteer, Mosaic Primary Care Network, Calgary, Board Director

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

• Board Member, Governance Committee, Canadian Mental Health Association
• Board Member, Vice-Chair, Aspen Family & Community Network Society
• Board Member, Mosaic Primary Care Network
• Institute of Corporate Directors Certified (ICD.D)
• Part-time Expert Evaluator – Alberta Government, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures
• Part-time Expert Evaluator – European Commission – Healthcare ICT and Active Assisted Living.
• Previous CEO & President, board member, CLINICARE Corporation

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

• I believe that my experience, skills and expertise will allow me to not only complement the current slate of members' expertise, but also contribute greatly to the continued growth of the Calgary Co-op.
• As a long time member, I promise to help balance Calgary Co-op’s community involvement and its financial health with the dedicated employees who are the backbone to providing outstanding service that is allowing Co-op to compete successfully in our community.
• I promise to serve the Calgary Co-op with integrity, honesty and accountability.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

• Calgary Co-op has the opportunity to grow while continuing to be the largest retail co-operatives in North America, while providing competitive pricing for members.
• Our Co-op needs a strong board to provide leadership as we:
• Expand “Fresh to go”, eat-local, organics, ethnic and Co-op brand foods
• Ensure fair prices that maintain Co-op value, and meet competitor's prices
• Care for our core of hard-working and loyal employees
• Improve member-owner refunds
• Update our Co-op locations and lines of business, while continuing to offer our best.
• Thank you for voting - Dennis Niebergal

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/dennisniebergal


ElaineSmith@calgarycoop.com

Elaine (Bereziuk) Smith - Recommended

ElaineSmith@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

Bachelor of Arts - Major in Personnel Psychology – Minor in Business and Management – University of Calgary, Governance Education Program Certification - Canadian Board Diversity Council, Directors Education Program - Institute of Corporate Directors (in progress), Certified Travel Consultant – Mount Royal College, Dairy Management – The Dairy Bureau of Canada, Management Essentials – American Management Association, Liquor Sales Management – Calgary School of Bartending, Environmental Management & Compliance – Environmental Science & Engineering Association, Produce Management – Produce Management Association, Medical Terminology Certificate – Mount Royal University, Food Safety – SAIT, Safe Food Handling – Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

Extensive professional relationships developed during 30 year career.

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

Over 30 years of food, petroleum and liquor industry experience, with extensive knowledge in human resource management, leadership, strategic planning, budgeting, marketing and customer service.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

Belonging to our Co-op means sharing in the services, successes and profits that make us a strong community. It’s supporting Local, and the wants and needs of our member owners.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

Member of Citizens Committee of Municipal Infrastructure – Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Police Service volunteer, Hockey Calgary volunteer – League Chair

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

Board experience with Calgary Co-op, Federated Co-op, and Granary Road (a Family Edutainment Centre). Governance Education Program Certification from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and currently in the process of obtaining the ICD D. designation. Have served on ALL Calgary Co-op Board committees; Audit, Governance, Nominations, Performance and Compensation (Chair), Co-operative Relations (Chair).

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

During my 30 year career at Calgary Co-op I became passionate about the co-operative business model and want to continue to contribute to the success of our association. With the hands on experience I gained while working in virtually every department of Calgary Co-op, I possess a thorough understanding of how the association operates. I can use this expertise to assist the board in the governance of Co-op. I am very receptive to feedback and willing to listen to our members and employees in order to provide valuable input to the board. I am proud of Calgary Co-op and strive to uphold its traditions and the great value it offers to our member owners so that we can continue to grow and prosper. I would be honoured to be trusted with your vote.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

We have such great opportunities to grow our business, especially in our exceptional ‘Fresh’ departments, as well as our gas bars, liquor stores and home health care centres despite Calgary’s ever increasing competition. We can build on our strong brand loyalty and our commitment to ‘Local’ while continuing to rely on our dedicated and knowledgeable team members. I would consider it a privilege to continue to serve our member owners on the Calgary Co-op board of directors, and would like to thank you for your support.


RickSmith@calgarycoop.com

Rick Smith

RickSmith@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

• Bachelor of Arts Degree Marketing - Eastern Washington State University
• Graduate Banff School of Advanced Management
• Graduate Revenue Sources Management School - North Carolina State University
• Co-operative Director Training Program – Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

• Board Member, Calgary Co-op
• Committee Member, Performance and Compensation, Co-op Relations, Governance
• Volunteer Co-op activities i.e., Seniors Day, Stampede Breakfasts

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

• I am a well-known, well respected, contributor to the community
• Highly motivated – know and understand Co-ops
• Extensive board and senior management experience
• Approachable, collaborative and results oriented
• Respected for initiative, integrity and commitment to service excellence

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

• Locally owned, community supporter
• Economic benefit to members
• Employer of choice
• Responsive to needs of community

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

• Co-Chair – Longview Music and Arts Festival
• Volunteer – Sheep River Health Trust
• Member – Historical Committee, Calgary Stampede
• Volunteer – Longview Municipal Library
• Member – Longview Economic Development Committee
• Judge – Tourism Alberta, Alto Awards

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

• Very successful 33 year career with Heritage Park, including 22 years as its General Manager
• Seasoned Calgary Co-op Director – 6 terms (18 years), chairing or serving on all major committees, including audit, Co-op relations, performance and compensation, and governance
• Served on several boards including:
- Alberta Community and Co-operative Association
- Alberta Tourism
- Tourism Calgary
- Better Business Bureau of Calgary and Southern Alberta
- Western Sky Land Trust
- Bar U Ranch National Historical Site
Member – Tourism Advisory Committee, Haskayne School of Business
Member – Historical Committee, Calgary Stampede – 23 years

My experience and skills have been recognized over the years by receipt of the following:
- 2014 – Mount Royal University – Distinguished Alumni-Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2013 – Calgary Stampede – Western Legacy Award, recognizing sustained contribution to Western values
- 2012 – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of contributions to Canada
- 2006 – City of Calgary Signature Award in recognition of outstanding community achievement
- 2005 – Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of contributions to the community
- 2002 – Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of contributions to Canada and the community

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

• I want to continue to contribute my business, governance and community experience to Calgary Co-op.
• I want to continue to represent all stakeholders at the board table, ensuring all voices are heard, thus ensuring balanced decision making.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

• Lead in outstanding customer service
• Enhance price competitiveness
• Be an employer of choice
• Develop new stores in key locations
• Expand ethnic product offerings
• Lead in the provision of fresh products
• Continue to be an iconic part of the fabric of Calgary and area

It would be a privilege to continue to serve on your Calgary Co-op Board of Directors. Your support is sincerely appreciated.


LSullivan@calgarycoop.com

Laura Sullivan

LSullivan@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

Dip. T (Food Science), B.G.A, MBA in Venture Development, The Directors College (C. Dir - In progress)

Disclosure of your relevant affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op:

What are your special attributes that make you a strong candidate for Calgary Co-op’s Board?

Six years of experience as a director of Calgary Co-op.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

Being a Co-op means being part of a member-owned and principles based organization that truely values employees, members, and the community.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

Twenty plus years of volunteering in the community as a mentor, coach, facilitator and board/committee member.

What are your governance and/or oversight experience, skills and qualifications?

Strategic planning and oversight, financial oversight and experience preparing financial reports, full P&L responsibility.
Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance Committee experience.

Why do you want to serve on the Calgary Co-op Board of Directors?

It would be a pleasure to continue working on board accountability and to share and broaden my experience and knowledge of Calgary Co-op.

What do you see as the opportunities and/or challenges for Calgary Co-op in the next 5 years?

Calgary Co-op has a position as a leader in the community. Our employees are our greatest ambassadors and we need to continue to find ways to ensure they are proud to work at our Co-op. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring it is relevant and sustainable in the highly competitive consumer marketplace.