Co-operatives First is led by an innovative Board of Directors drawn from business, co-operative, and Indigenous communities throughout western Canada. Because Co-operatives First is a registered non-profit corporation, the board arranges for and supervises the organization’s management. They also provide high level strategic direction and oversight.


  • Sheldon Stener

    General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Federated Co-operatives Limited


  • Shaun Soonias

    Director of Indigenous Relations, Farm Credit Canada

  • Glen Tully

    Owner, Tulshaw Consulting Inc., former chair of Federated Co-operatives Limited, and past president Canadian Co-operative Association.

  • Eric Moes

    Owner-operator, Little Fork Ranch, Boundary Country, British Columbia

  • Nicole Woelke

    Owner, Confido DS Consulting Firm

  • Julie Breuer

    VP of Member Relations & Stakeholder Engagement, Central 1

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    Paul Ledoux

    Member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”