Janet TaylorJanet Taylor

It is our organizational belief that Owners should play a larger role in our co-op/credit union that allows us to succeed with our multi-level governance model. Our Owners elect a smaller group of representatives who we regularly interact with, keep informed and engaged. These individuals take on the responsibility of holding the board and management more accountable because of their additional knowledge and passion. Our Owner Representatives help our board and management stay focused on our Owners wants and needs.

I think it gets harder to engage with Owners directly as the co-op grows in size which might account for some of us saying that the board or management have the most authority.


“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.”