Calgary Co-op Director Election Candidates

ElaineBereziukSmith@calgarycoop.com

Elaine Bereziuk-Smith (Recommended)

ElaineBereziukSmith@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

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

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

Extensive professional relationships developed during 30 year career and one term on the Board of Directors.

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

Over 30 years food, petroleum and liquor industry experience and knowledge in human resource management, leadership, strategic planning, budgeting, marketing and customer service. This coupled with my previous Co-op Board experience is in full alignment with the needs identified by the board through their gap analysis.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

It 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
  • Business Liaison volunteer with the Calgary Police Service
  • Volunteer for Hockey Calgary

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

Former Board Director with Calgary Co-op and Federated Co-op and current Board Director with Granary Road (a Family Edutainment Centre). Governance Certifications with the Canadian Board Diversity Council, also ICD.D designation (Institute of Corporate Directors).

Have served on ALL Calgary Co-op Board Committees: Audit, Governance, Nominations,

Human Resource (Chair), Co-op Relations (Chair).

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

During my 30 year career with Calgary Co-op I became passionate about the co-operative business model and want to continue to contribute to our success. With the hands on experience I gained working in virtually every department of Calgary Co-op, I possess a complete understanding of how our Co-op operates. 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.

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 and the current economic downturn. 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 serve our member owners once again on our board of directors, and would like to thank you for your support.


AlexIngram@calgarycoop.com

Alex Ingram

AlexIngram@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? 

I am a seasoned real estate and property management executive, assets and acquisitions manager, including 20 years at the Senior Management/Vice Presidential level in major financial institutions, and a proven track record of successful team building. I understand and have dealt with the complex issues that the Board of Directors faces. 

What does being a Co-op mean to you? 

A cooperative is a member driven organization whose mandate is to provide value for the membership that it provides. It is accountable to its members.

What is your community or volunteer involvement? 

I am a former board member of Calgary Co-op and an active board member of the Progressive Group for Independent Business, a national not for profit group representing independent and small businesses. 

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

I have been successful property/asset manager, real estate broker, real property acquisitions specialist, senior executive for banks, property management organizations, insurance companies, and transportation conglomerates for four decades and have Director Level 11 Certification with the Cooperative System 

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

Calgary Co-op is a great and successful cooperative built upon the loyalty and input of its members. I wish to preserve that critical role our members play in its operation. Our Board of Directors have adopted a practice of pre-selecting director candidates for recommendation to the cooperative’s members, giving them preferential status. The candidate selection process must be returned to our members. I strongly believe the Board should not have the ability to choose whom they wish to see elected. We are a member driven cooperative. I see a great need to ensure members’ interests are protected and their democratic choices in director selection be preserved free of interference by the Board or by outside consultants. If elected, I will view that as my mandate to bring the candidate selection process under the governance of the general membership. 

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

The greatest challenges are cost control and supply chain management so Co-op may provide the most dollar value for its members. Our greatest opportunities are to embrace the increasingly diverse community Calgary has become by expanding upon the current diversity projects and to keep food costs affordable to members, something consumers became aware of in the last economic downturn. 


RoyGoodall@calgarycoop.com

Roy Goodall

RoyGoodall@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Master of Arts, Public Administration

Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator

Financial Management Advisor (FMA)

Institute of Corporate Directors Certification (ICD.D)

Co-Operative Director, Training Program with Federated Co-Operatives Ltd. 

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 effective team player, leader, public speaker and independent thinker with the courage to ask difficult questions, the ability to exercise good judgment, and the commitment to accomplish what needs to be done. 

I am an experienced Calgary Co-op director: three years as Board Vice-Chair; five years as a Committee Chair with three committees; two years as the Calgary Co-op representative/director with the AB Community and Co-operative Association; and a Federated Co-op Ltd delegate.

What does being a Co-op mean to you? 

Co-ops are about doing something for member-owners mutually agreed social, cultural or economic benefit. They enable members to create an environment for the common good.  Co-ops employ community members to sell goods purchased from local suppliers and manufacturers, and share the profit with member-owners.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

  • Fund raising and policy development for veterans;
  • Vice-President and Board Vice-Chair with the National Association of Federal Retirees;
  • Director with the Calgary Seniors Resource Society; and
  • Director with the Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society.

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

I developed consensus-building, public speaking and facilitation skills; project management and financial analysis abilities, board governance knowledge, and strategic leadership skills during 32 years of board service as a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Director with co-operative, community, not-for-profit, and government policy boards -- including seven years on international policy and financial boards.

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

Calgary Co-op is a unique community based Co-op with a rich tradition of exceptional service. As a committed director, fully supporting this tradition, I want to:

  • continue helping the Board oversee the implementation of the 10 year strategic plan to increase sales to $2 billion;
  • continue working enthusiastically on member-owners’ behalf to ensure profits are - reinvested in Calgary Co-op; used to improve common services to members; used for community welfare; and shared with member-owners; and
  • ensure our inspired and dedicated staff continue to consider Calgary Co-op as their employer of choice.

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

Challenges: fierce competition by national grocery retailers; cost constraints; and collaboration with other cooperatives.

Opportunity: to encourage our 460,000 member-owners to make greater use of our products and services by providing our culturally diverse community with the quality goods and services they want to purchase, at affordable prices.


MikeLambert@calgarycoop.com

Mike Lambert (Recommended)

MikeLambert@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations: 

Education:Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Honours B.Comm.) from the University of Windsor, Ontario; Designations: CPA, CA (Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant, formerly known as Canadian Chartered Accountant); ICD.D a member in good standing of the Institute of Corporate Directors; 

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

No formal 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? 

Successful track record in Executive Leadership and at the Board level in a multitude of industries including Retail and Fuel Marketing. My experience includes: 1) Executive of Canadian Tire and President of their Mark’s Work Wearhouse division; 2) Executive of Forzani Group, a successful Calgary based retailer (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Atmosphere); 3) Executive of Parkland Fuels Corp, an Alberta based company (Fas Gas, Esso and Chevron stations across Canada); and 4) A decade as an officer at the Weston Loblaw Group operating grocery stores across Canada (Loblaw, Real Canadian Superstore, to name a few). 

What does being a Co-op mean to you? 

For me it means operated for the benefit of, and owned by, the community of the Co-op. 

What is your community or volunteer involvement? 

Many years as a community sports coach (Soccer and Hockey); Along with my wife and children, supported creation of Classic Charity Events. This was a charity that hosted an annual charity hockey tournament (born out of our backyard skating rink). The annual tournament continues and is now operated by young adults with a goal of giving back to underprivileged youth to participate in sports. Was on fundraising committee for Mount Royal University; Finance Committee of the Calgary Health Trust. An active member and volunteer in our local Holy Spirit Church in Braeside. 

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

A successful Retail and Fuel Marketing Executive and also years of Board experience including: four public companies; Chair of Audit Committees; and Chair of Compensation Committee. A qualified CPA (formerly known as CA) and possess ICD.D designation. 

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

To be able to use my extensive professional experience and knowledge as a community member to contribute to a successful community oriented organization. 

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

Challenges: to stay relevant to the Community. Usually more challenging than it sounds in light of continuously changing demographics; Opportunities: to stay more relevant than others with our unique ownership and governance structure. Calgary Co-op Employees do make a difference.

 


PeggyLeSueur@calgarycoop.com

Peggy LeSueur (Recommended)

PeggyLeSueur@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations: 

  • Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.); B.Sc. Agriculture; M.Sc. Agriculture
  • ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Completed the ICD Directors Education Program in 2013
  • Completed “Enterprise Risk Oversight for Directors” (taught by the Chartered Accountants of Canada) in 2013
  • Completed “Leading Strategic Change” (taught by Rotman School of Management) in 2015
  • Institute of Corporate Directors - member 

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

Dedicated Calgary Co-op shopper since 1985

I am currently serving my second year as Calgary Co-op Board Chair, and have been on the Board for the last 6 years. It has been an absolute privilege to serve in these positions. 

My past Board experience includes positions on the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT, Development Disabilities Resource Centre, Agriculture and Food Council and the Grain Academy. 

I currently work for Alberta Innovates to provide strategic advice and business planning support for agriculture and food research. 

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

  • My experience as Board Chair for the last 2 years
  • Being Chair, CEO Selection Committee (2014) and Chair, Audit Committee (2 years)
  • Past employment at Alberta Wheat Pool ( a co-op) for 18 years
  • Trained facilitator and project manager 

What does being a Co-op mean to you? 

A co-operative has a special ability to provide positive contributions to the communities that it serves. A co-op also has a great responsibility to provide a strong business to its members. To me being a co-op means balancing these interests on behalf of members 

What is your community or volunteer involvement? 

  • Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary.
  • Volunteer in the Wee Reads Program, helping children read with confidence and joy.
  • Member of the Silver Springs Edible Garden Group. We also grow vegetables for the Calgary Food Bank and run programs to encourage school children to grow vegetables. 

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

With over 15 years of direct board experience, I have expertise in board governance, strategic leadership, risk management and teamwork. I have completed formal governance training. 

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

I am so proud of Calgary Co-op’s 60 year history. I am passionate about and determined to ensure the continued success of Calgary Co-op. 

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

Because we are a co-op we have the ability to longterm plan. Because we are local, we can serve our community with vigour. Because of the dedicated staff team at Calgary Co-op, we can adjust to changes in the marketplace. We can use these attributes to continue to serve our members in this very competitive market.

 

 

 


JenniferLewis@calgarycoop.com

Jennifer Lewis

JenniferLewis@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

P.Eng (Professional Engineer), PMP® (Project Management Professional), LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Associate Professional), B.E. (Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan)

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

No affiliations.

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

My leadership background, specifically in the areas of board governance, contract development, project management and sustainability through design.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

A Co-op empowers local communities, providing members the means to

  • advance products and services;
  • grow our organization collectively;
  • contribute to local culture; and
  • reward our communities directly.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

  • President and Director of Calgary NW’s largest condominium complex for the past 10 years
  • APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta). Volunteered with the Environmental committee (5yrs) and published articles for their magazine
  • ESL Tutor
  • Chair of Health and Safety Committees at TransCanada
  • VP of Public Relations for the Toastmaster’s Club
  • Member of the Calysto Steelband Society performing for charity and seniors  events
  • Community soccer referee and have trained with university women’s soccer clubs

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

As President of a condominium board in Calgary, I represent the interests of 250 owners. I lead a board of engaged and motivated individuals toward building a beneficial, financially secure and sustainable community. I have worked with various boards for more than 10 years, and have taken formal training through the CBDC.

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

I want to serve on a community oriented board that profits and enables Calgarians. The Calgary Co-op is unique in its ability to impact the greater area of Calgary, as well as individual members. I want to make a positive impact by understanding the needs of our members and responding through innovative strategy and responsible governance.

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

The Calgary Co-op has a ‘home-turf’ advantage and being a progressive organization is able to adapt its products quickly based on current health, culture and lifestyle trends. 

Opportunities:

  • Securing key retail space within high density areas and along transit routes (e.g. new C-train lines)
  • Online purchasing, delivery and pick up services
  • Expanding partnerships with local restaurants and businesses
  • Adapting pharmacy services to keep up with changing legislation

Challenges:

  • Maintaining affordable pricing through supply chain management
  • Prioritizing continued partnerships with local producers in the current economy while remaining competitive with larger retailers and seasonal markets
  • Maintaining quality of products and pricing in the wake of new international trade agreements and currency risk

 


TariqMalik@calgarycoop.com

Tariq Malik

TariqMalik@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

ICD.D                    Certified Director, Institute of Corporate Directors

CA / CPA              Chartered Accountant / Chartered Professional Accountant 

B.Comm              Bachelor of Commerce Degree

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

No affiliations with employees, contractors or anyone associated with Calgary Co-op

Board Chair, Corporate Director, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), senior executive, with 25+ years of experience in business oversight & management, risk management and large capital projects. Well versed in corporate governance, strategic planning, reporting, community & investor relations and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Professionally, a Certified Director, ICD.D, and a Chartered Accountant, CA /CPA, preceded by Bachelor of Commerce Degree.

Career covers large businesses like Coca Cola & sub of British Petroleum (BP). Significant exposure to Not-for-Profit organizations and associations, as well as, Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Power sectors.

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

Community worker, with excellent business/ commercial acumen and strong Governance experience.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

Co-op is an association of people, coming together, to achieve common economic and/or social objectives, through jointly owned business, managed democratically by the members, for the members.

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

Served as worker, treasurer and on various boards/ committees for past 25+ years – recently on:

  • BowValley College - Member, Audit & Risk Council, Board of Governors.
  • Calgary YouthLink, under Calgary Police  – Director
  • Edgemont Community Association - Director
  • Calgary Real Estate Board Co-op Ltd - Member,  Audit, Finance & Risk committee for Board.
  • Financial Executive International (FEI) - Director

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

A certified director, ICD.D and a Chief Financial Officer, (CFO), have served on various Boards as, 

  • Chairman of Board
  • Chair, Audit & Finance Committee
  • Chair, Intellectual Property (IP) committee
  • Chair, Communication Committee
  • Board Director
  • Member Governance Committee
  • Member Risk Committee

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

Calgary Co-op is an integral part of Calgary’s collaborative and co-operative spirit and a great platform for me to serve community at large, with my business & financial expertise.

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

  • Technology, on-line purchasing ‘Click & Pick’
  • Expanding current collection of Fine Wines & Spirits
  • Competitive prices with existing great service quality
  • Fresh produce

DennisNiebergal@calgarycoop.com

Dennis P. Niebergal (Recommended)

DennisNiebergal@calgarycoop.com

Education and professional designations:

George Brown College, Business Administration and Computer Science, Honours

University of Calgary, Institute of Corporate Directors, DEP Graduate (ICD.D)

University of Calgary, Institute of Corporate Directors, Board Financial Essentials

Total Quality Management, Hartford Connecticut

Marketing Mentoring program, Alberta Economic Development

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?

  • Over 25 years of experience as CEO & President of a large national technology healthcare company
  • I’m an “Institute of Corporate Directors” Certified (ICD.D) member, non-for-profit
  • Food warehousing and distribution experience (Livingston International Inc.)
  • Excellent Leadership qualities and People-oriented; I truly enjoy working with and being with people.
  • Persevering; I exude steadfast pursuit of a cause through continued effort and dedication

I am Honest and Responsible; Committed to integrity, honesty and accountability.

What does being a Co-op mean to you?

  • To me, it means being a part of an excellent member owned Co-op, while it equitably shares the profits and success
  • Continue in creating a strong value for its members
  • Community engagement, leadership and member involvement

What is your community or volunteer involvement?

  • Volunteer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Calgary, Board Director
  • Volunteer, Mosaic Primary Care Network, Calgary, Board Director
  • Volunteer, Aspen Family & Community Network Society,Past Board Director

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

  • CEO & President, Board member, CLINICARE Corporation – 1984 to 2009
  • Board Member, Governance Committee, Canadian Mental Health Association                                                     
  • Board Member, Mosaic Primary Care Network
  • UofC – Haskayne School of Business, Institute of Corporate Directors Certified (ICD.D)
  • Expert Evaluator – Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (part time)
  • Expert Evaluator – European Commission – Healthcare IT and Active Assisted Living for Seniors (part time)

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

  • My business, healthcare and technology experience, coupled with my Board of Director’s training and experience, will allow me to not only complement the current slate of board members' expertise, but also contribute to serving the Co-op members and employees towards outstanding service, growth and financial stability                                                                                             
  • As a member since 1980, I promise to help balance Calgary Co-op’s community involvement and its financial strength with the dedicated employee’s whom I believe the backbone to providing outstanding service
  • Together we can continue to help Calgary Co-op be successful and provide outstanding competitive products and services to the members

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 as largest retail co-operative in Canada, while providing competitive pricing for members.
  • As challenges, I feel 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
    • Compete on price against the large national and international retailers