Lyle OlsonLyle Olson

I believe the governance model used at FCL is a very good model that is very well illustrated in the pictorial: a good downward flow of EMPOWERMENT, a good upward flow of ACCOUNTABILITY and good inter level flow both up and down.

” Model for Good Governance” captures the structure in in the coops that I have been involved in . It doesn’t capture the structure
found in many other (particularly community) organizations.

A few thoughts on Diefenbaker Clinic:
-It is not uncommon for Funding groups or bodies with a vested interest to be appointed to boards.
– While it might be helpful to have a doctor and a staff member on the board, it could lead to potential conflicts of interest or aboard controlled by employees. This should be addressed in bylaws.
– Elected directors should be members thereby having a true interest in the organization.
– Utilization of service should be a benefit of membership


“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.”