Walter PreugschasWalter Preugschas

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.


“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.”