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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Stéphane Forget

Director

Mr. Forget was, until his arrival at Sollio Cooperative Group, the CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec. Formerly Vice-president, Economic Strategies & Affairs with the same organization, he gained extensive experience in government and public affairs, holding various positions within the STM, the Ville de Montréal, in the community sector, at the Société Radio-Canada and the Government of Quebec. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the School of Management Sciences...

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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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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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Sébastien Proulx

Director

A lawyer since 1999, Sébastien Proulx has practiced law in various firms. He also held various political offices, such as councillor, MP and minister.

He was elected MP for Trois-Rivières and appointed House Leader in 2007 and 2008.

He returned to politics in 2014 by becoming Director of Strategic Planning...

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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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Sylvie Naud

Administrator

After fifteen years working in the co-operative sector, Sylvie has long been aware of the enormous potential of co-operation as a tool for the development of human beings, businesses and communities.

Over the years, her professional and dynamic approach has led her to work on the development of several social economy enterprises, more specifically in the co-operative world. She is mainly specialized in the management and development of co-operatives, community life and governance.

She holds a graduate degree in Management of Co-operative and Community Development from IRECUS...

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Alexandra Wilson

Administrator

A life-long co-operator, Alexandra Wilson has spent more than 45 years developing and providing services to non-profit housing co-operatives in Canada. CEO of the Agency for Co-operative Housing since 2005, she is a member of the board of the International Co-operative Alliance, the Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa and The Co-operators Group, where she chairs the Risk and Compensation Committee and is a past chair of the Sustainability and Audit committees. A member of multiple co-operatives, Alexandra chaired...

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