Janet TaylorJanet Taylor

We are in year 2 of a 3 year transition that will see us reduce the current number of Owner Representatives, we will have 1 Owner Representative for every 1,000 Owners in a governance region. There will remain 103 (or slightly higher if our ownership numbers increase) Owner Representatives by the start of 2022. That compares to 11 directors. Having an additional 103 sets of eyes and ears in our communities and interacting with the board and management helps keep us better informed.

This model is resource intensive and the value we derive is worth the investment. We underwent a lengthy and thorough review of our model which led to the transition noted above. We are seeing positive changes in the way our Owner Representatives interact within their Regional Council groups and finding them more engaged in their role.


“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.”