Janet TaylorJanet Taylor

I know that the practice of appointing directors to fill skills gaps is common in public companies. My personal opinion is that it isn’t a good fit with co-operative values or the democratic process. Especially in large co-ops there are member/owners who will have the skills being sought and it will take effort to find them. Sometimes it means thinking outside of the box – for instance a director with a background with emergency services (police, fire) may bring really strong risk experience to the board even if it isn’t financial risk. They have the thought process that can be used to think about financial risks. Alternatively the board can engage advisors to fill gaps when there is a need.


“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.”