Jan O’BrienJan O’Brien

I have sympathy for the MEC dilemma. As a coop, like the multi-billion dollar credit union where I am director, it is important to ensure that the members’ interest are well looked after. Being selective about who is on the board will not undermine the coop principles if directors are ensuring that there is values alignment as a foundational principle. Our credit union provides a five day orientation to directors and staff about coops and our own way of doing business which puts the members and their communities at the centre. When we inaugurated this program a few years ago every existing and new staff and directors had to participate.


“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.”