Sarah FirbySarah Firby

Looking at the governance structure of FCL, I think it has developed in its relationship with member Co-op’s (its owners). Similar in structure to individual member Co-op’s, FCL is governed by a board of directors. Empowerment becomes a cycle for growth between both the owners and the organization in that support in development of products and services can help to empower member Co-op’s to enhance their offering.

I think the model for good governance is at play for many organizations, Co-op and not for profit from what I’ve experienced.It would definitely be great hear an example from the group of an organization where it may not be present or could improve to better understand the model.

In terms of the Diefenbaker Clinic case, the governance structure of the board is very interesting. It would be neat to be a fly on the wall during board discussions to watch the dynamics of the group and how those dynamics may affect decision making.
In situations like this where board members are appointed by certain groups, has anyone in the group encountered if parameters are usually set for eligibility? And if so how specific? It’s healthy to have differing perspectives on the board, but I do especially appreciate the perspective from an employee when making board decisions in this case. This group has the ability to see opportunities for improvement first hand.


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