John Kay

President

John is a serial social entrepreneur and organizational builder with over two decades of experience building and growing successful organizations that combine purpose and profit.

Prior to joining Realize Strategies Co-operative in 2012, he held a number of senior and executive level positions in the private and public sectors. From 2001 – 2007, he led the national operations of WE Group of Companies where he...

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Stephanie Guico

Vice-president

A graduate of St Mary’s University MMCCU, Ms. Guico was Marketing Director for Montreal-based coopérative la Maison Verte, Quebec’s first multi-stakeholder cooperative, at a critical moment in its growth. Her experience inspired a thesis which assessed the impact of a multi-stakeholder governance model on business strategy and growth. 

In 2009-2010, Stephanie co-managed the Co-operative Development...

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Karen Miner

Vice-president

Karen’s career has been focused on governance, strategy, business management, and sustainability within co-operatives, non-profits, for-profit organizations, and government. She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), certified director (ICD.D - Institute of Corporate Directors; ACCUD - credit union system (Canada)), and Adjunct Professor teaching on co-operative enterprises at Saint Mary’s University.

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James Bettcher

Director

As an agricultural producer, I believe I have a very noble calling. It is my job to supply the world fresh, safe food. After graduating high school, I had aspirations of becoming a doctor of veterinarian medicine. However, due to my father’s sudden illness I choose to come back to our family farm.

My wife, son and I own and operate a 2nd generation 2,200 acre farm located in Taber, Southern...

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Martha Durdin

Director

Martha Durdin is currently the President and CEO at Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA). www.ccua.com

She is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in management, public affairs and advocacy. Previously, she was the Managing Principal of a leading national strategic public affairs firm and spent thirteen years as an executive at a large Canadian bank. Early in...

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Isabelle Garon

Director

Isabelle Garon is Vice-President, President’s Office, Cooperation and Director Support, Desjardins Group. She works closely with Desjardins Group’s President and CEO, providing support as he fulfills his mandate, and is the main liaison for the Board of Directors and for elected caisse directors.

Isabelle is in charge of coordination for the Office of the President and CEO. Her mandate also includes...

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Julien Geremie

Director

Julien Geremie is Executive Director with the Conseil de la cooperation de l’Ontario. He is responsible for providing support to over a dozen start-up co-operatives and social enterprises across Ontario, more specifically in the fields of agriculture, education, rural development, health, succession planning and much more. Julien works collaboratively with hundreds of partner organizations and he has a great knowledge of Ontario’s economic, social and cultural ecosystems.  He is a guest speaker at various...

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Randy Graham

Director

Randy Graham of Battleford, Saskatchewan was elected to the FCL Board in 2016.  Randy represents the 17 retail co-operatives in FCL’s district 11, which covers the northwest portion of Saskatchewan.  As an FCL Director, Randy is Vice Chair to the Board of Directors as well Chair of Audit Committee.

Randy was a member of the Discovery Co-op Board of Directors from 2002 to 2017, serving as the Board President...

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Ghislain Gervais

Director

Elected to La Coop fédérée’s board of directors in 2011, to the executive committee in 2013, and as first vice-president in 2014, Ghislain Gervais assumed the position of president of La Coop fédérée in February 2016.

A graduate of the Institut de technologie agricole (ITA), Saint-Hyacinthe campus, in Farm Management and Technology Program, Mr. Gervais is now a chicken, turkey and grain producer in Saint-...

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Normand Lafrenière

Director

Normand began his working career with the Canadian Federal Government. He worked successively for the Oil and Gas Sector of the Department of Energy; for the Corporate Income Tax Competitiveness Analysis Sector of the Department of Industry; and for the Sales Tax Sector of the Department of Finance.

He joined the Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (CAMIC) as President in 1993 and has been...

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Maggie Miland

Director

Maggie Miland is the Business Development and Engagement Lead at Realize Strategies Co-operative and the BC Co-operative Association. Her greatest strengths are in understanding issues in the purpose-driven sector from a systemic lens and empowering those affected to take actionable steps towards a solution. Maggie’s work with the BC Co-operative Association has led her to co-create and run community asset-mapping workshops amongst youth to encourage them to explore the co-operative sector as a viable career...

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Mark Needham

Director

Mark Needham, of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories has been an active member on the Board of Directors tof Arctic Co-operatives Limited and Arctic Co-operative Development Fund for the past nine years.

Residing in Yellowknife for 22 years, Mark presently serves on the Board of Yellowknife Direct Charge Co-op, first from 1992 -1994, and from 1996 onward, holding all executive positions. Recently, Mark was...

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Timothy Ross

Director

Tim Ross is a community builder, and advocate for inclusion. He moved to Ottawa in May 2016 to join the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. As Director, Strategic Affairs, he leads a talented team of co-operators focused on government relations, stakeholder relations, membership engagement, and the organization’s annual business meeting. In a short period of time, Tim has developed extensive relationships with elected and non-elected officials in federal, provincial and municipal governments....

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Jeannie van Dyk

Director

Jeannie van Dyk has a lifelong career in agriculture. She owns and operates a 100-cow dairy farm with her husband and two sons. She also is a partner with two of her brothers in an 1100-acre wild blueberry business. A graduate of Dalhousie Agricultural campus and MacDonald College, Jeannie holds a BSc. in Agriculture and an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

After university, she worked for...

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Jack Wilkinson

Director

Mr. Wilkinson is a Director of The Co-operators and serves as a director on a regional agriculture and consumer co-operative. He was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame for his work in improving the economic situation within rural Canada. In February of 2009, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph for his contribution to Canadian agriculture.

He  is a Past-...

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