Appointing directors with specific skills and experience is not uncommon in private or public corporations. So why shouldn’t it be a feature in the co-operative setting. If we place the right safeguards into the bi-laws and appoint only one or maybe two directors at the most, I can only see benefits. These appointed directors would need to be members and committed co-operative people.
1. Our retail co-operative would not consider the procedure adopted by MEC. We effectively seek out potential candidates by talking to them and encouraging them to run for board membership.
3. Our board encourages training of directors and has initial on boarding meetings with new members. We are just beginning a self assessment tool and a board evaluation program. I’m hoping that this will be an effective median for discussions and improvements.